Thayer, James Bradley, 1831-1902. Papers, 1787-1902: Finding Aid.
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Creator: Thayer, James Bradley, 1831-1902
Title: James Bradley Thayer, 1831-1902. papers
Quantity: 1 collection (27 boxes, 1 Paige box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection includes materials relating chiefly to Thayer's writing and teaching
career. Includes research notes and drafts for A Preliminary Treatise on the Law of
Evidence at the Common Law (1898) and his biography of John Marshall (1901); papers
relating to his participation in the writing of the constitutions of North and South
Dakota, 1889, and his chairmanship of a committee concerned with Indian legislation,
1887-1892; diary-like letters to his wife, Sophia Bradford (Ripley) Thayer, written
while on a Western journey with Ralph Waldo Emerson; and letters to Emerson relating
to Emerson's business affairs.
The Papers of James Bradley Thayer (1831-1902), attorney, law teacher and legal scholar,
were presented to the Harvard Law School Library in 1949 as a gift by his grandson,
James B. Thayer (1899-).
Prepared by Tom Brudney and the Staff, October 1974.
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Thayer, James Bradley, attorney, law professor, legal scholar.
b. Haverhill, Massachusetts, January 15, 1831.
s. Abijah Wyman and Susan Bradley Thayer.
A.B., Harvard College, 1852.
Graduate work, Harvard University; LL.B., Harvard Law School, 1856.
LL.D., Iowa State University, 1891; Harvard University, 1894.
m. Sophia Bradford Ripley, 1861.
Practiced law in Boston from 1856 until 1874.
Royall Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, 1874-1883 (appointed Royall Professor
December 8, 1873); Weld Professor of Law, 1883-1902.
d. February 14, 1902 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- A Western Journey with Mr. Emerson, 1884.
- The Teaching of English Law in Universities, 1892.
- " The Origin and Scope of the American Doctrine of Constitutional Law, " read at the Congress of Jurisprudence and Law Reform in Chicago, August 9, 1893,
and published in the Harvard Law Review, 7:129 (1893).
- The Development of Trial by Jury, 1896.
- Reverend Samuel Ripley of Waltham, 1897.
- A Preliminary Treatise on the Law of Evidence at Common Law, 1898.
- John Marshall, 1901.
- Also articles in legal journals, monthly magazines and Bovier's Dictionary of Law.
- Letters of Chauncey Wright, 1878.
- Selected Cases on Evidence at Common Law, 1892, 1900.
- Cases on Constitutional Law, 2 volumes, 1895.
- Series I.Student and Moot Court Notes of JBT as Student at the Harvard Law School. 1854-1856.
1854-1856.This Series consists of bound notes on miscellaneous moot court cases, and individual
unbound briefs for specific cases.
- Series II.Teaching Notes. 1874-1901. 1874-1901.This Series contains notebooks in which JBT entered his lecture notes chronologically
for courses he taught at the Harvard Law School. Some of these sets are complete for
the entire academic year or years covered, while some are incomplete. The largest
group is his notebooks for his courses on evidence, a field which became his specialty.
The Series is arranged alphabetically by names of courses, and chronologically within
- Series III.Moot Court Notes of JBT as Teacher. 1874-1877, 1880-1895. 1874-1877, 1880-1895.These are loose notes which are arranged in fairly consistent chronological order.
- Series IV.Writings and Research. 1880-1902. 1880-1902.This Series contains various soft-cover notebooks of notes, drafts, and research materials
for JBT's published and projected works on the law of evidence. The second largest
group of materials in this Series relates to JBT's research for his address and printed
booklet (in 1901) on John Marshall, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and to
the delivery of his address and publication of his booklet. There is also a small
group of miscellaneous notes for speeches and articles, mostly in the 1890's. Materials
are arranged by subject.
- Series V.Correspondence. 1850-1902. 1850-1902.Correspondence is of a mixed personal and professional nature. The most interesting
group of letters are JBT's diary-letters to his wife while he was on a journey in
the western part of the United States with Ralph Waldo Emerson and other friends from
the Boston area. Much of the remainder of the correspondence relates to JBT's various
publications and his views on political issues of his time.
There is also a group of seven file folders of unsorted letters received by JBT from
various acquaintances, both business and personal. The arrangement is alphabetical
- Series VI.Harvard and Other Miscellany. 1872-1902. 1872-1902. The papers in this Series relate to some of JBT's contributions as a consultant on
government legal matters, particularly in regard to North American Indian legislation
and the Dakota Constitution of 1889. There is also a miscellaneous group of materials
on official Harvard Law School matters and additional items relating to his research
for his writings in the field of evidence. Materials are arranged by subject.
- Series VII.Biographical. 1846-1916. 1846-1916.This Series includes miscellaneous items relating to JBT and other members of his
family, many posthumous.
- Series VIII.Addenda
The 1700 items in the papers of James Bradley Thayer (1831-1902) span the years 1850
to 1902; a small number of research items used by Professor Thayer date back to the
time of James Monroe and Chief Justice John Marshall.
The collection includes correspondence; memoranda; bound and unbound notes and drafts;
copies of letters from other institutions used for research purposes; bona fide legal
documents and moot court briefs; clippings; and other printed items, some with inscriptions
to Thayer, and some with marginalia by Thayer.
The bulk of James B. Thayer's papers related to his teaching years at the Harvard
Law School, covering the years 1874 to his death in 1902. The papers include fairly
complete notes for the various courses that he taught, particularly for his course
on evidence. Most of these notes are entered chronologically by lecture dates in softbound
notebooks. These papers covering his teaching years also contain a considerable amount
of research materials, research notes and drafts of his various writings such as his
casebooks, his Preliminary Treatise on the Law of Evidence at Common Law, occasional journal articles, speeches, and other writings. He collected much research
material in connection with his address and published piece on the occasion of the
Centennial celebration of the installation of John Marshall as Chief Justice of the
United States (1901). Miscellaneous items relating to his Harvard years consist of
moot court notes and briefs from his law student and his teaching years, and some
general Law School administrative matters.
Two small but interesting groups of papers deserve special mention. One relates to
Thayer's participation in the writing of the Dakota Constitution of 1889, the other
to his chairmanship of a committee on Indian legislation, 1887-1892. The latter group
includes a carbon of a letter of Thayer's addressed to U.S. President Grover Cleveland,
dated December 10, 1887.
Thayer's correspondence mainly concerns his publications, including both correspondence
with his publishers and "fan mail." There is a small group of miscellaneous personal-professional
correspondence covering the years 1863-1902 which is arranged in roughly chronological
periods. Two important folders contain his diary-letters to his wife, "Sophy," which
he wrote to her on his western journey in 1871 with Ralph Waldo Emerson and a small
party of others from the Boston area. In 1884 Thayer published a small volume entitled
A Western Journey With Mr. Emerson, based on these letters. There is also a small group of holograph letters of Thayer's
addressed to Emerson, covering the dates 1861-1876, but relating mostly to business
matters of Emerson's. There is a small group of letters, dating 1890-1897, which Thayer
marked "Letters from important persons"; these are mostly letters thanking him for
the receipt of reprints of various articles of his, and they include letters from
Augustus Noble Hand, Learned Hand, George Shattuck, and William Howard Taft.
1 Ledger book recording JBT's sales of his books on evidence and on constitutional
1 Notebook of cases used in JBT's course on torts
1 Notebook of cases used in JBT's course on constitutional law
- Series: Student and Moot Court Notes of JBT as Student at Harvard Law School
- 1-1. Bound notes 1854 - 1856
- 1-2. Unbound moot court briefs and arguments
- Series: Teaching Notes
- 1-3 to 1-4. Agency
- The folders each contain one notebook, marked nos. 1 and 2 respectively. Notes cover
1879 to 1884 period, but they are not complete for each academic year.
- 2-1. Carriers [1 notebook] n.d.
- 2-2 to 3-1. Constitutional law
- These folders each contain one notebook marked one through five, covering the academic
years 1879/1880 through 1901, but they are not complete for each academic year.
- 3-2 to 4-1. Criminal Law
- These folders each contain one notebook marked one through seven, covering JBT's academic
years of Criminal law teaching from 1876/1877 through 1883/1884. Lectures are in chronological
- 4-2 to 7-2. Evidence
- These folders each contain one notebook marked Nos. 2 through 25; 2 notebooks, ca.
1889, have front covers missing and are not numbered. Evidence notes cover 1874/1875
through 1894/1895 academic years; they are fairly complete for 1874 through 1883.
- 7-3 to 8-1. Sales
- These folders each contain one notebook, marked nos. one through six respectively.
Notes cover 1876/1877 through 1878/1879 academic years, and these lecture notes are
entered in chronological sequence.
- 8-2 to 8-7. Trusts
- These folders contain one notebook each, marked nos. one through six respectively.
Notes cover 1874 - 1876 period, and they are entered in chronological sequence.
- Series: Moot Court Notes of JBT as Teacher
- 9-1 to 9-6. Moot court notes as teacher and moot court judge, 1874 - 1877
Date: 1874 - 1877
- 9-7 to 9-9. Moot court papers 1880 - 1895
Date: 1880 - 1895
- Series: Writings and Research
- 10-1 to 10-4. Notes for book on Evidence 1880 - 1886
Date: 1880 - 1886
- 10-1. Notebook marked I, dated 4 April, 1884
Date: 4 April, 1884
- 10-2. Notebook marked II, dated 20 August, 1886
Date: 20 August, 1886
- 10-3. Notebook marked III, dated 15 October, 1883
Date: 15 October, 1883
- 10-4. Loose notes, dated between 1880 and 1884
Date: 1880 and 1884
- Notes for book on Evidence 1880 - 1886
Date: 1880 - 1886
Note: It is not clear whether these notes were incorporated in JBT's PRELIMINARY TREATISE
ON THE LAW OF EVIDENCE, IN his SELECTED CASES, or whether they were research notes
for his projected but unfinished major treatise on the law of evidence at common law.
- 10-5 to 11-1. Notes and drafts for a treatise on evidence
- 10-5. Notebooks nos. 1 - 12 dated 22 December, 1884 through 14 March, 1885. This folder
includes JBT's " Plan for a Treatise on Evidence", dated August 1885
Date: 22 December, 1884 through 14 March, 1885.
Date: August 1885
- 10-6. Notebooks nos. 13 - 23, dated 18 March, 1885 through 22 May, 1885
Date: 18 March, 1885 through 22 May, 1885
- 11-1. Notebooks nos. 24 - 32, dated 3 June, 1885 through 12 April, 1886
Date: 3 June, 1885 through 12 April, 1886
- Notes and drafts for a treatise on evidence
Note: These may quite possibly be lecture notes which JBT planned to incorporate into
his PRELIMINARY TREATISE, or his projected but unfinished treatise.
- 11-2 to 11-4. Notes for unfinished treatise on evidence ca. 1899 - 1902
Date: 1899 - 1902
- 11-3. p. 152 - 201; including 3 notebooks
- 11-4. one notebook and loose notes
- 12-1 to 12-4. Notes on German Law of Evidence
- Folders contain student papers of students in JBT's criminal Law course on the German
law of evidence from ca. 1882 - ca. 1886.
- 12-5. Memoranda on cases and other materials 1883 - 1886
Date: 1883 - 1886
- Folder contains 7 small notebooks, mainly marked "memos on evidence"
- 12-6. Unidentified notebook with memoranda on evidence
- 13-1 to 14-11. Papers relating to John Marshall, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
- 13-1. Copies of letters of John Marshall to James Monroe, 1787 - 1826
Date: 1787 - 1826
- 13-2 to 13-6. Printed material relating to John Marshall and drafts of JBT's writings and speech
on the Chief Justice.
- 13-7 to 14-4. Correspondence addressed to JBT re John Marshall, in particular re Inman portrait
of Marshall, and "fan mail" re JBT's address on Marshall, printed copies of which
were sent to libraries and personal friends.
- 14-5. Detroit Bar Association printed copy of its celebration and speeches honoring John Marshall on the centennial
of his installation as Chief Justice. Copy sent to JBT with the compliments of the
Detroit Bar Association.
- 14-6. Copies of letters of John Marshall, addressed to George Washington from Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1796 - 1799. Includes a few copies of the letters of Monroe and one from JM to Richard Peters.
Date: 1796 - 1799.
- 14-7. Correspondence re publication matters of JBT's piece on Marshall
- 14-8 to 14-10. Additional MS drafts of JBT's writings on John Marshall
- 14-11. Miscellany including printed invitation of President and Fellows of Harvard College to participate in John Marshall celebration exercises and listing JBT as delivering
- Papers relating to John Marshall, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
The material in these 21 folders relates to the Centennial celebration of the installation
of John Marshall as Chief Justice of the U.S., which took place all over the U.S.
on 4 February 1901. Much of the material consists of the drafts of JBT's address on
Marshall at the Harvard celebration exercises and MS drafts for a small book on Marshall
which was an outgrowth of his address.
- 15-1 to 15-3. Notes for speeches, mostly in 1890's
- 15-4. " Law of Fact in Jury Trials" by JBT. Folder contains Harvard Law Review issue of November, 1890 (vol. IV, no.4) in which JBT's article appeared. This was
Thayer's own autographed copy, with marginalia in his hand.
Date: November, 1890
- 15-5. " Memo book No. 1" 1880 - 1882
Date: 1880 - 1882
- These seem to be mainly research notes for JBT's teaching and writing.
- 15-5a. Clippings of book reviews of James Bradley Thayer's
- LETTERS OF CHAUNCEY WRIGHT; WITH SOME ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE (1878.)
- 15-5b. " Remarks" to Women's Indian Association, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 3 May 1886
Date: 3 May 1886
- Fragment of printed remarks of JBT
- Series: Correspondence
- 15-6. Campbell, James A.
- Paper relating to land ownership matters re J.A. Campbell 1863
- 15-7. Emerson, Ralph Waldo
- All holograph letters of JBT to RWE, 1861 - 1876; one letter addressed to Ellen Emerson, daughter of TWE. These letters were apparently returned to JBT by Emerson's family after Emerson's death.
- 15-8. Forbes, Edith (Mrs.)
- Letters to Mrs. Forbes, mainly from JBT; a few are from other members of his family.
There are also three items of Mr. Forbes, relating to the conservation of the Alden
Papers, and to Forbes' interest in the expansion of the railroads into the West. 1850
- 1866, 1889, 1891.
- 16-1. Hale, Charles 1864
- 16-2 to 16-3. Thayer, Sophia Bradford (Mrs. James B. Thayer)
- Diary - letters of JBT written to his wife ["Sophy"] on his western journey with Ralph
Waldo Emerson, Edith Forbes and others from the Boston - Cambridge - Concord area. The occasion was a lecture
tour of Emerson's. Dates of letters are 13 April - 20 May, 1871. JBT published an
account of this journey in 1884 under the title "A Western Journey with Mr. Emerson";
this account is based on these letters.
- 16-4. Whittier, Mary F. 1851 - 1862
Date: 1851 - 1862
- 3 letters of JBT to "Cousin Mary", 1851 - 1862
- 16-5. Correspondence re A WESTERN JOURNEY WITH MR. EMERSON ( 1884)
- Folder contains fan mail, correspondence with publishers, and clippings of book reviews
regarding JBT's book.
- 16-6. Letters from important persons 1890- 1897
Date: 1890- 1897
- These are mostly letters thanking JBT for receiving from him reprints of various articles
written by him; many of the letters discuss the subject matter of the articles. Folder
includes letters by Learned Hand, Augustus N. Hand, William Howard Taft, George Shattuck.
There is one letter dated 16 January 1883 from Charles W. Duncan to John Chipman Gray.
- 16-7 to 16-8. Correspondence and miscellaneous papers relating to JBT's paper " The Origin and Scope of the American Doctrine of Constitutional Law" ( 1893). [See BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE]
- 16-9 to 16-11. Correspondence re JBT's SELECTED CASES ON EVIDENCE AT COMMON LAW ( 1892, 1900)
Date: 1892, 1900
- 16-9. 1892, 1893
Date: 1892, 1893
- 16-10 to 16-11. 1895 - 1901, but mostly concerning the 1900 edition
Date: 1895 - 1901,
- 17-1 to 17-2. Correspondence re JBT's CASES ON CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, 2 vols. ( 1895)
- "Fan mail", corr. with publishers, etc. 1894 - 1901
- 17-3 to 17-4. Correspondence re JBT's A PRELIMINARY TREATISE ON THE LAW OF EVIDENCE AT COMMON LAW
- Folders include clippings and reviews of the treatise. 1898 - 1899
- 17-5. Letters to JBT concerning his article " The Presumption of Innocence in Criminal Cases", ( 1897), Yale Law Journal VI( 1897), pp. 185 - 212.
- 17-6. Correspondence concerning " Reverend Samuel Ripley of Waltham", a short work by JBT ( 1897)
- 17-7. Correspondence pertaining to the Spanish-American War, the Phillippines, and other
U.S. Territories, 1896 - 1898, 1900
Date: 1896 - 1898, 1900
- Folder includes correspondence with Secretary of the Navy at the time, John D. Long
- 17-8 to 17-9. Correspondence, clippings and other papers reflecting JBT's views on U.S. Foreign
policy ca. 1898 - 1899
Date: 1898 - 1899
- Folders include letters of U.S. Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, Sr., addressed to JBT, 1898 and 1899.
- 18-1 to 18-2. Correspondence concerning various publication matters re books and articles of JBT
between 1896 and 1901.
Date: 1896 and 1901.
- Note: This material has not been sorted. It relates mainly to the 1-volume edition
of JBT's 1898 PRELIMINARY TREATISE...
- Army and Navy Journal (Gazette)
- see New England Loyal Publication Society
- 18-3 to 18-4. Association of American Law Schools
- Corr. with E.W. Huffert of Cornell Law School, among others, re establishment of the Association, 1900-1901, certification of applications,
first annual meeting. Huffert first secretary of AALS. Includes letter of James Barr Ames which contains discussion about general H.L.S. matters.
- 18-5. Brown, Henry B., U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1890-1906
- One letter, 1898, re article of JBT.
- 18-6. Eliot, Charles
- Corr. relating to the appointment of JBT to Royall Professorship of Law, 1873. Eliot
President of Harvard University.
- 18-7. Fiske, C.H.
- Boston attorney; corr dated 1900. Personal corr. re will of a relative of JBT and
- 18-8. Graves, C.A.
- Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University.
- 4 letters to JBT, 1893, re JBT's writings.
- 18-9. Gray, Horace, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1882-1902
- 1 note to JBT, 1898; 1 copy of letter of JBT to Gray (1888).
- 18-10. Gray, John Chipman
- 1 undated letter of JCG to JBT, with copy of JBT's answer, March 14 (no year). 1 fragment.
- 18-11. Harvard University
- Corr. re JBT's resignation from Commencement Part Committee, May 1890. Incl. copies of JBT letters. One letter of C.C. Everett.
- 18-12. Kaneko, Kentaro (Viscount)
- 6 A.L.S., Kaneko to JBT, also 2 newspaper clippings, 29 Aug. 1889 - 26 April 1890,
while Kaneko was in the U.S., London, and the Continent. Discusses his research relating
to his drafting of the new Japanese Constitution.
- 18-13. Lee, Blewett H.
- Atlanta (Ga.) attorney; corr re JBT's writings on evidence and related matters. 1891-1893.
- 18-14. Maitland, Frederic William
- 19 holograph letters and 2 postal cards, FWM to JBT, 1877, 1886-1899.
- 18-15. New England Loyal Publication Society
- Formed in 1863, the Society was intended to provide "for the public, at home and abroad,
and especially for the army, such publications as may counteract the devices of traitors
and rebels." JBT elected member of Committee of Ten, also secretary in 1863 and 1864.
Includes lists, corr, minutes of meetings, constitution of Society. 1963, 1864. Contains
three items of a projected journal to be called Army and Navy Journal or Army and
- 18-16. Peddrick, W.F.
- Corr. re the Constitutional Conventions and related matters of the new states of the
Pacific Northwest, 1889.
- See also Villard, Henry
- 18-17. Storey, Moorfield
- Corr. re an article written by JBT in the Harvard Law Review dealing with American
foreign policy in regard to the Phillipine Islands, 1899. Includes copies of JBT's
replies. 2 letters are 1901. Moorfield Storey prominent Boston attorney.
- 18-18. Taft, William Howard, President of the U.S.
- 2 TLS of WHT relating to founding of U. of Cincinnati Law School, 1896. 1 copy of reply of JBT.
- 18-19. Thayer, Ezra Ripley
- ERT to JBT
- 1889-1891, some undated. ERT son of JBT (1866-1915).
- 19-1 to 19-3. Thayer, James Bradley: personal
- Folders contain personal legal documents, related corr., clippings. Folder 3 contains
JBT's certificates of admission to the Massachusetts Bar, 1856, also admission to
practice before U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 1868.
- 19-4. Thayer family
- Folder contains letters and papers of or relating to Thayer family members other than Ezra Ripley and James Bradley Thayer.
- 19-5. Villard, Henry
- Corr. re. the Constitutional Conventions and related matters of the new states of
the Pacific Northwest, 1889.
- See also Peddrick, W.F.
- 19-6. Wigmore, John Henry
- 1893 to 1902. Mainly discussion of their respective research and writing in the field
- 19-7 to 19-12. Miscellaneous correspondence
- 19-7. Miscellaneous correspondence
- Abbot, Edwin H. (2)
- Abbott, Austin
- Adams, Edward B. (5)
- Ames, Charles W.
- Ames, James Barr
- Arnold, John Himes re ERT's grades
- Baker, Voorhis & Co.
- Baldwin, Simion E.
- Beaman, Charles C. (4) re N.D. Constitution
- see also 19-15 Dakota Constitutions,1889
- Bell, Helen Choate
- Bennett, Edward H.
- Bigelow, Melville
- Boston Book Co.
- Browne, Irving (2)
- 19-8. Miscellaneous correspondence
- Carter, J.C.
- Chamberlayne, Charles F.
- Chase, George
- Choate, Charles F.
- Corcoran, John H. (3)
- Dunphy, James G.
- Furness, Horace Howard
- Garrison, Lloyd McK.
- Greece: 2 issues of Sparta, a Greek newspaper, and a longhand translation of one of
the articles, entitled, "The Travellers".
- Grinnell, Charles E.
- Guthrie, William D.
- 19-9. Miscellaneous correspondence
- Hammond, William G.
- Hoar, George F.
- Homans, Robert
- Judson, Frederick N. (2)
- Kaufman, Henry P. (2)
- Keely, Joseph
- Kirchwey, George W., Dean of Columbia Law School
- Ladd, Fletcher
- Langdell, Christopher Columbus
- Lee, Henry (2)
- Leverett, George V.
- Lewis, Charlton T. (3)
- Lyman, Arthur
- 19-10. Miscellaneous correspondence
- Mack, Alfred
- McClain, Emlin
- Morris, Homer (2)
- Morton, James M. Jr.
- Nesbitt, John (3)
- Nichols, Edgar
- Pike, L. Owen (7) Librarian at Public Records Office
- Sandford, Edward
- Shattuck, George O. (2)
- Sedgewick, A.G.
- 19-11. Miscellaneous correspondence
- Thompson, William G.
- Thorndike, S. Lothrop
- Ware, Darwin E.
- Whittier, C.B.
- Winsor, Justin
- 19-12. Unidentified correspondence
- Series: Harvard and other Miscellany
- 19-13. Papers relating to William Cullen Bryant's blank-verse translation of the ODYSSEY
- 19-14. Indian legislation 1887 - 1892
Date: 1887 - 1892
- Memoranda, drafts and correspondence concerning JBT's "Indian Law Bill" relating to
the clarification of legal matters concerning the North American Indian. Includes
carbon of letter of JBT to Grover Cleveland, President of the U.S., while JBT served as chairman of a committee on Indian legislation; letter dated 10
- 19-15. Papers relating to Dakota Constitution, 1889
- Includes JBT's draft notes, correspondence, and a printed "Synopsis". Also included
is correspondence with Ezra Ripley Thayer in 1906 regarding his father's draft notes
and part in writing the constitution. Also included, a reprint of the "Plenary Session,
Journal of the Constitutional Convention" for the day 5 January, 1972 which includes
a tribute to JBT's contributions to the drafting of the Dakota Constitution of 1889
[see Filing Cabinet, 2nd drawer, Correspondence under Tudor, Robert B.]
- 19-16. Letters addressed to JBT in answer to a request for an endowment fund for the Harvard Law School Library, 1882.
- 20-1 to 20-2. Papers concerning Harvard Law School 1878 - 1898
Date: 1878 - 1898
- Letters addressed to JBT, printed curricula and "Catalogs" of the school, faculty
matters. These items are in legal-sized envelopes and their contents are roughly indicated
on the outside of each envelope.
- 20-3 to 20-6. Miscellaneous materials on evidence
- 21-1 to 21-2. Notebooks containing a digest of selected English cases on the law of evidence [ 1889]
- Notebooks marked Nos. I and II. There are two letters of Samuel Williston addressed to JBT, dated 1889, inside cover of Notebook I. Handwriting of "Digest"
seems to be that of Samuel Williston; apparently Williston assisted JBT with his SELECTED CASES ON EVIDENCE AT COMMON LAW.
- 21-3. Miscellaneous notes and drafts on the law of evidence 1885 - 1902
Date: 1885 - 1902
- 21-4. Miscellaneous court decisions, briefs, lectures by others than JBT, 1876 - 1895
Date: 1876 - 1895
- Some of these items are inscribed to JBT, others have marginal annotations in his
- 21-5. Notebook entitled " The Lawyer's Common-Place Book, with an Index alphabetically arranged of Titles generally
used in the Practice and Study of the Law" [ 1884]
- This bound book contains JBT's entries, mostly of cases, under various legal categories.
Fly-leaf inscribed " Ezra R. Thayer"; notebook apparently passed on to ERT by his father. There are a few entries in
the notebook dated after JBT's death and apparently added by ERT when he became Dean
at the Law School and Dane Professor of Law.
- Series: Biographical
- 22-1 to 22-4. Family Correspondence
- Correspondence between members of Thayer and Ripley families; some correspondence
between JBT and Boston attorney Charles Hale; several letters of President Charles W. Eliot addressed to JBT; a few unsigned poems; one poem about JBT by S.W. [Samuel Williston?]; holograph draft of a speech of JBT before the Boston Bar Association in 1885. One
letter of John Holmes to JBT, 1888. 1846 - 1908
- 22-5. Family photos
- Mainly small photos of Ezra Ripley Thayer as a child, and Mrs. J.B. Thayer at various stages of her life.
- 22-6. Clippings
- Mostly obituary notices and memorials to members of Thayer and Ripley families; reprint of address of JBT on "Emerson and Religion"; clippings about the American Society of Miniature Painters ( Theodora W. Thayer). 1890 to 1916
- 22-7. Diary of JBT for 1862
- This diary consists mainly of entries for appointments, engagements and financial
receipts and disbursements.
- 22-8. Howe, Mark DeWolfe. " The first Law School lecture of James Bradley Thayer". Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Autumn, 1949). Xerox copy of reprint.
- Series: Addenda
- 23-1. 1 bound notebook, dated 6 May 1858 inside of cover
- First part are listings of cases handled by JBT in his practice. Second part is marked
"Memoranda book No. 3 (continued from book 2)": additional note reads: "Palgrave begins
- 23-2. Memoranda book No. 4 [bound]
- Jan. 11, 1883-[June?] 1883.
- 23-3. Memoranda book No. 5 [bound]
- Dated: London, Lincoln's Inn Library, June 18, 1883. Includes holograph letter of Emma L. Ware, 17 Feb. 1891.
- 23-4. Misc. rough notes, etc., on Constitutional Law, Evidence courses, 1890s to 1902
Date: 1890s to 1902
- 23-5 to 23-7. Loose notes in soft cover marked: Constitutional Law, Book 6
- Contains a number of holograph letters relating to JBT's memo on judicial opinions;
one such letter is by Judge Charles Doe of N.H.
- 24-1. " Letters from the West," by JBT
- The printed letters as they appeared in the (Boston?) Evening Post, which JBT sent
to the Evening Post while on a trip to New York (state), Ohio, Illinois and Missouri
where he studied the development of the various railroads, Aug. 1-Sept. 15, 1853.
Includes a covering note by J.M. Forbes, 1 March 1887.
- 24-2. "Fan mail" received by JBT re his Harvard Law Review article on presumptions (1889)
- Mostly letters of Nov. 1889 through early 1890. Includes letters from Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Louis Dembitz Brandeis, James Fitzjames Stephen, and great number of colleagues at law schools other than Harvard.
- 24-3. Re JBT's tribute to John Eldredge Hudson, reprinted in Proceedings of AAAS, vol. 36 (1901)
Letters and other acknowledgements of receipt of reprint, 1901. 1 copy of reprint,
autographed and dated by JBT, 25 June 1901.
- 24-4. Miscellaneous letters, 1880-1901
- Correspondents include Charles W. Eliot, W.B. Van Rensselaer, John O. Sargent. Also included are two holograph letters of JBT to J.D. Brannan, Esq., 1897, who joined the Harvard Law School faculty in 1898. 3 letters are undated, two incomplete. Corr. mainly concerns professional
matters. JBT to Andrew Clark, 1901.
- 24-5. Miscellaneous research notes of JBT
- 24-6. Thayer, James Bradley. Translation of Homer's ILIAD MS, in four small notebooks marked
Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4. 1845.
- 24-7 to 24-8. Compositions
- Group of short papers, by JBT, on various themes, probably from his Harvard College years.
- 24-9. Harvard College miscellany
- Includes student records, commencement and other printed programs, class poems, dinner
menus, notifications of elections to clubs.
- 24-10. Thayer, James Bradley. "Socrates"
- MS of "an oration delivered before the Hastie Pudding Club on the 12th of January, 1852." 32 pp., holograph.
- 24-11. Class Day oration, Harvard College, 1852
- 24-12 to 24-13. Birthday poems to James Bradley Thayer 1875-1902
- Includes birthday poems to JBT's sister Sarah, whose birthday fell on the same day
(15 January) as JBT's.
- 24-14. Loose diary pages of JBT, 1877-1901
- 25-1 to 25-3. Letters of James Bradley Thayer from Europe to his wife: 1883 trip
- 25-4. Miscellaneous wills
Includes newspaper clipping re JBT's will, undated. JBT's daughters were Sarah ("Sally"),
Theodora ("Dora"); his sons were William Sidney, Ezra Ripley. William's wife was Susan; Ezra's wife was Ethel.
- (1) Will of Susan B. Thayer, JBT's mother, 6 August 1884
- (2) Will of JBT, 11 July 1897
- (3) Will of Sophia Bradford Thayer, 4 Feb. 1911
- 25-5. Letters from friends, 1890s
- Includes reminiscence of The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts, and the story of
the tea caddy, 8 May 1896.
- 25-6. Letters of congratulation upon JBT's honorary LL.D. degree from Harvard University, June 1894
Date: June 1894
- 25-7. Miscellany relating to the Old Manse, Concord, Massachusetts
- Includes photostats of letters of George F. Simmons to "Charles," also photostat of typed letter of U.S. Senator George F. Hoar (Massachusetts) to JBT, 20 Jan. 1897. Also memorandum of Ezra R. Thayer re conversation with Elizabeth B. Ripley (Sophia B. Thayer's sister) as to road in front of The Old Manse, 28 Dec. 1892.
- 25-8. Poem to James Bradley Thayer [ 1898]
- There is a reference to Phillips Place, Five ( Miss Theodora Thayer lived at 5 Phillips Place). Reference to JBT's LL.D. degree, Evidence authority. Take-off
on "T'was the night before Christmas."
- 25-9 to 25-12. Letters of condolence upon James Bradley Thayer's death, 1902
- Letters addressed to Sophy Thayer (Mrs. JBT). Includes letters from the following:
- ___ Abbot, Lyman (Dr.)
- ___ Ames, James Barr
- ___ Beale, Joseph H.
- ___ Brandeis, Alice G. (Mrs. Louis Dembitz)
- ___ Bryce, James
- ___ Hale, Edward Everett
- ___ Hart, Albert Bushnell
- ___ Higginson, Thomas Wentworth
- ___ James, Alice H. (Mrs. William James)
- ___ Kaneko, Kentaro
- ___ Lawrence, William (Bishop)
- ___ Washington, Booker T.
- ___ Wigmore, John H.
- ___ Williston, Samuel
- 25-13. Miscellaneous biographical items
- Includes newspaper clippings re JBT's appointment as Royall Professor of Law, 1874.
Also obituary notices, 1902, and a clipping re appointment of JBT's grandson, James
Bradley Thayer, as Assistant Professor at Harvard Law School, 1927, with photos of JBT, Ezra Ripley Thayer, and James Bradley Thayer (1899-1976). One letter of JBT's father, Abijah W., to JBT, 10 June 1838.
- 25-14. Presentation of posthumous oil portrait of James Bradley Thayer by Harvard Law School Association to Harvard Law School, ca. 1902/1903. Typed MSS remarks by John Chipman Gray and James Byrne. Presented together with oil portrait of Dean James Barr Ames. Artist for both: Wilton
- 25-15. Special items
- (1) Eastman, Samuel C.
- (2) James, Alice H. (Mrs. William James)
- (3) James, Henry
- (4) Thayer, Mrs. Ezra Ripley: letter of condolence to her upon death of husband, signed by four friends including
Charles Eliot Norton.
- (5) Poem by J.W.
- (6) Dinner menu of 1853 class reunion of Harvard College Class of 1852.
- 25-16. Adams, Charles Francis
- CFA to JBT re Richard Henry Dana, Jr., biography, social engagements, 1891 and undated.
- Dana, Richard Henry, Jr., re
- 25-17. Forbes, J.M.
- Correspondence between Forbes and JBT and members of their families; mainly letters
from Forbes, 1857-1893.
- 26-1. Hoar, Elizabeth
- Copy of part of a letter from Elizabeth Hoar to Mrs. Lewis of Chicago re Margaret
Fuller, Concord, Massachusetts, 2 May 1875. [Holograph copy, 5pp.].
- 26-2. Holmes, John
- Brother of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Letter to JBT about an edition of letters of Chauncey Wright, 29 January 1878.
- 26-3. Ripley, Christopher Gore
- Chief Justice of Minnesota. Materials by and relating to C.G. Ripley and his wife Fanny, 1874-1891.
- 26-4. Ware, Darwin Erastus
- 2 letters, one of Richard Henry Dana, Jr., 1891.
- 26-5. Willard, Mrs.
- Letters of JBT and Sophy to Mrs. Willard, 1860s.
- 26-6. Letters of James Bradley Thayer to members of his family, 1840s
- Mainly letters to his parents Abijah W. and Susan B. Thayer. One letter from JBT's father addressed to JBT, 11 Feb. 1846.
- 26-7. Letters of James Bradley Thayer to members of his family, 1850s
- Letters to his parents, sister Sarah B. Thayer ("Sally"), and his future wife Sophia B. Ripley ("Sophy"). One letter, Sophia Ripley to her mother, describing JBT's class day ceremonies and
Harvard College graduation festivities .
- 26-8. Correspondence, 1850s-1890s, 1902
Date: 1850s-1890s, 1902
- Includes letters of JBT addressed to [James Barr] Ames, 15 May 1898, and to Mrs. [James Barr] Ames ("Maggie"), 15 June 1900 and 21 June 1901.
- 26-9. Letters of James Bradley Thayer to members of his family, 1860s
- Letters to his parents, sister Sarah, wife, and son William ("Willy"). Also "Articles
of Copartnership" between Abijah W. Thayer and A. Perry Peck, 1 September 1859, and AWT's withdrawal from copartnership, 1 Sept. 1862 (on verso
- 26-10. "Old" family letters 1868-1874, 1881, and undated
Date: 1868-1874, 1881,
- Mainly letters of JBT's wife Sophia ("Sophy") to JBT's mother Susan B. Thayer. One letter of SBT to JBT's son, William ("Willie") signed "Grandma", 22 June 1881.
- 26-11 to 26-12. Letters of James Bradley Thayer to members of his family, 1870s
- Mainly letters to his wife.
- 26-13. Letters of James Bradley Thayer to members of his family, 1880s
- Mainly letters to his wife and son William.
- 26-14 to 26-15. Letters of James Bradley Thayer to members of his family, 1890s
- Mainly letters to his wife, son William, and daughters Sarah ("Sally") and Theodora
- 26-16. Letters of James Bradley Thayer to members of his family, 1900-1902
- Letters to his son William and grandson "Johnny."
- 26-17. Family letters, undated
- 26-18. Miscellaneous unsorted family letters and poems
- 26-19. Unidentified scraps of letters, poems
- 27-1. Knickerbocker, Frances W. " New England Seeker: Sarah Bradford Ripley."
- Reprint, 1957. [JBT's maternal great-grandmother]
- 27-2. Harvard College Class of 1846. " Proceedings on the death of Lieutenant Ezra Ripley, August 12, 1863."
- Printed, soft-bound, 1863. Inscribed: S.B.T. Aug. 28, 1863. Obituary clipping posted
on fly-leaf. [Brother of Sophia]
- 27-3. Letters of James Bradley Thayer from Europe to his wife: 1883 trip
- 27-4. Smith, William Farrar. " From Chattanooga to Petersburg under Generals Grant and Butler."
- Bound, printed MS, no title-page, 113 pp. Signed and dated by JBT on front, 28 Jan.
- 27-5. Scrapbook of clippings of obituaries on James Bradley Thayer's death
- Printed, some transcribed in long-hand.
- 27-6. Loose clippings of obituary notices on James Bradley Thayer's death
- Loose items from obituary "Scrapbook". A few items are obituaries of Mrs. J.B. Thayer
and George Partridge Bradford.
- 27-7. The Colonial Society of Massachusetts. " Tribute to James Bradley Thayer," 1902
- 27-8. Ames, James Barr. "James Bradley Thayer".
- Reprint from the Proceedings of the A.A.A.S., vol. 37. Inscribed: "Emily with much
love from Cousin Sophy."
- 27-9. Ojeda, Luis Thayer. " Catalogo Biografico de la Casa de Thayer de Braintree," 1904.
- 27-10. Faxon, Walter, and others. " Tayer (Thayer) Family Entries in the Parish Register of Thornbury, Gloucestershire,
- 27-11. Ojeda, Tomas Thayer. " The Thayer Family of Thornbury: A Study Trying its Reconstitution," 1907.
- Printed, soft-bound geneaology.
- 27-12. Ojeda, Luis Thayer. " The Thayer Family of Brockworth: According to the Researches of Rev. Canan William
- Printed, soft-bound geneaology.
- 27-13. Lowell, James Russell 1868-1908
- Includes handwritten letters of JRL to JBT, and a copy of JRL's poem "From Bull to
- 27-14 to 27-15. Miscellaneous correspondence 1858-1900
Also includes "Extracts from a Phi Beta Kappa oration of [ Harv. Univ.] President [James] Walker, 1862."
- Includes letters of the following:
- ___(1) Adams, John Quincy
- ___(2) Bryce, James
- ___(3) Darwin, Charles
- ___(4) Eliot, Charles W.
- ___(5) Gray, John Chipman
- ___(6) Holmes, Oliver Wendell, M.D.
- ___(7) Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr.
- ___(8) Kaneko, Kentaro
- ___(9) Taft, William Howard
Law -Study and teaching.
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Hand, Augustus Noble, 1869-1954.
Hand, Learned, 1872-1961.
Marshall, John, 1755-1835.
Shattuck, George O.
Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
Thayer, James Bradley, 1831-1902.
Thayer, Sophia Bradford Ripley.