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HOLLIS 601611

Hart, Henry Melvin. Papers, 1927-1969: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601611
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hart, Henry Melvin
Title: Papers, 1927-1969
Date(s): 1928-1969
Quantity: 56 boxes
Abstract: Materials relating to Hart's career as a legal scholar, labor arbitrator, and as special assistant to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1940-1941) and associate general counsel to the U.S. Office of Price Administration (1942-1945).

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Papers of Henry M. Hart, Jr., law professor and legal scholar, were presented to the Harvard Law School as a gift on June 9, 1969, by Prof. Hart's widow, Mary W. Hart.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Charles Harrison, 1971, and Stephen T. Kelly, 1969, June 1, 1970.

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. Access to these papers is governed, in addition, by the terms of the Agreement between Mary W. Hart and the Harvard Corporation (see Special Collections Case Files).

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

Hart, Henry Melvin, Jr., lawyer, professor of law, legal scholar.
b. Butte, Montana, December 25, 1904.
s. Henry Melvin and Mary (Tyson) H.
A.B. summa cum laude, Harvard College, 1926.
LL.B. magna cum laude, 1930; S.J.D. 1931.
LL.D., Columbia, 1954.
m. Mary Jane White, December 3, 1932; 1 daughter, Elizabeth Tyson.
Admitted to the Washington, D.C. Bar, 1939.
Law clerk to Justice Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court, 1931-1932.
Assistant Professor, Harvard Law School, 1932-1937.
Professor, 1937-1969.
Dane Professor of Law, 1960-1969.
Head Attorney with Office of U.S. Solicitor General, 1937-1938.
Special Assistant to Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Attorney General's Office, 1940-1941.
Associate General Counsel to Office of Price Administration, 1942-1945.
General Counsel, Office of Economic Stabilization, 1945-1946.
Julius Stone Visiting Professor at Ohio State University, 1954-1955.
Recipient of Presidential Certificate of Merit, 1947.
Author (with Herbert Wechsler) of The Federal Courts and the Federal System, 1963.
d. March 24, 1969.

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Scope and Contents

The approximately 5000 items of the Papers of Henry Melvin Hart, Jr. (1904-1969) span the years 1927 to 1969. The collection includes professional correspondence, student notebooks of Hart, teaching notes in manuscript and typed form, student papers written for Hart's courses, research notes and printed research material, manuscripts of writings and speeches in draft and in final typed form, and mimeographed material circulated by Government agencies such as memoranda, reports, tables, and circulars.
The Papers of Professor Hart relate to his activities as law teacher, legal scholar, arbitrator of labor disputes, and to his years of service with various Government agencies in Washington, especially between 1940 and 1946.
Among Professor Hart's correspondents other than faculty members of Harvard and of other law schools were: Dean G. Acheson, Francis Biddle, Chester Bowles, Charles E. Clark, Charles P. Curtis, Jr., Francis Deak, Marshall E. Dimock, William O. Douglas, Felix Frankfurter, John Kenneth Galbraith, Herbert F. Goodrich, William H. Hastie, Louis M. Lyons, Ralph Nader, Stanley Reed, David Riesman, Jr., Eugene V. Rostow, Frederick Bernays Wiener, and Willard Wirtz, Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.

Official Harvard Law School Material Transferred to Harvard Archives from Henry M. Hart Jr. Papers

Appointments Committed, 1955-1959
Committee on Curriculum, 1933-1936
Committee on Graduate Degrees, 1933-1934
Committee on Graduate Studies, 1936-1942, 1949-1952, 1955-1958
Committee on Legal Education, 1946-1961
Committee on Third Year Program, 1949-1950
Faculty Matters, 1935-1968
Littauer Curriculum, 1941
Special Writing Program, 1950-1951
Miscellaneous committees

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Additional Index Terms

United States. Office of Price Administration.
United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Arbitration, Industrial.
World War, 1939-1945 -United States.
United States -History -1933-1945.
Law teachers.
Public officers.
Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971
Biddle, Francis, 1886-1968.
Bowles, Chester, 1901-
Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963.
Curtis, Charles Pelham, 1891-1959.
Deák, Francis, 1898-1972.
Dimock, Marshall Edward, 1903-
Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Galbraith, John Kenneth, 1908-
Goodrich, Herbert Funk, 1889-1962.
Hart, Henry Melvin.
Hastie, William.
Lyons, Louis Martin, 1897-
Nader, Ralph.
Reed, Stanley Forman, 1884-
Riesman, David, 1909-
Rostov, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1913-
Wiener, Frederick Bernays, 1906-
Wirtz, Willard, 1912-
Wyzanski, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1906-