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HOLLIS 601656

Van Waters, Miriam. Papers, 1926-1931: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601656
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Van Waters, Miriam
Title: Papers, 1926-1931
Date(s): 1844-1931
Quantity: 31 boxes
Abstract: Papers from studies of juvenile delinquency directed by Dr. Van Waters for the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement (Wickersham Commission) and for Harvard Law School's Survey of Crime and Criminal Justice in Boston. Bulk of the material relates to the work of courts, social agencies, and public institutions with juvenile offenders in Boston and other cities and states, particularly California, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The bulk of the papers of Miriam Van Waters (1887-1974) concerning the Harvard Crime Survey and the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement were transferred to the Harvard Law School Library from the so-called Women's Archives (the precursor of the Schlesinger Library) of Radcliffe College on April 3, 1958; the Director of the Women's Archive at that time was Elizabeth B. Borden. An additional group (now MS boxes 27 through 31) was transferred from the present Schlesinger Library to the Harvard Law School Library in July 1979.

Processing Information:

Prepared by John J. Feeney, Jr., March 1975.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.
In addition, researchers are required to sign a special form relating to photocopying and use of names [copies of this form are kept in the Special Colletions' CASE FILES under Van Waters, Miriam: "Conditions for Use of the Collection."] Open to the public without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.

Historical/Biographical Information

Van Waters, Miriam, social worker, penologist.
b. October 4, 1887, Greensburgh, Pennsylvania.
s. George Brown and Maude (Vorgurg) Van Waters.
A.B. University of Oregon, 1908 (Phi Beta Kappa).
M.A. University of Oregon, 1910.
Ph.D. Clark University, 1913.
LL.D. Smith College, 1934.
Superintendent, Juvenile Court Detention Home, Los Angeles, 1917-1920.
Superintendent, El Retiro (school for delinquent girls), San Francisco, 1919-1920.
Referee, Los Angeles County Juvenile Court, 1920-1930.
Director, juvenile delinquency section, Harvard Law School Crime Survey, 1926.
Consultant in juvenile delinquency, National Committee on Law Observance and Enforcement, 1928-1931.
Superintendent, Massachusetts Reformatory for Women, Framingham, 1932-1957.
International Committee on Penal Affairs of the United Nations, 1948.
d. January 17, 1974, Framingham, Massachusetts.
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Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, interviews, case histories, statistical summaries, printed matter, and other papers from studies of juvenile delinquency directed by Dr. Van Waters for the National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement (Wickersham Commission), and for Harvard Law School's Survey of Crime and Criminal Justice in Boston. The bulk of the material relates to the work of courts, social agencies, and public institutions with juvenile offenders in Boston and other cities and states, particularly California, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

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Additional Index Terms

Harvard Law School Crime Survey.
United States. Wickersham Commission.
Criminal law -United States.
Juvenile delinquency -United States.
Reformatories - United States.
Prison reformers.
Social workers.
Bettman, Alfred.
Cabot, Fred P.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-
Parsons, Herbert Collins, 1862-1941.
Van Waters, Miriam.
National Commission on Law Observance and Enforcement.

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