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Hall, Livingston. Papers, 1947-1973: Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: 601612
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hall, Livingston, 1903-
Title: Livingston Hall papers
Date(s): 1947-1973
Quantity: 50 boxes
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers relating to Hall's membership on Massachusetts District Court Survey, Massachusetts Judicial Survey Commission, Massachusetts Judicial Council, Massachusetts Criminal Law Revision, and Governor'S Committee on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The papers of Livingston Hall were transferred through gift to Harvard Law School Library in 1975 by Professor Hall.

Processing Information:

Prepared by Virginia Agnew Gartrell, August, 1976.

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.

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

Hall, Livingston, professor of law, lawyer.
b. May 5, 1903, Chicago, Ill.
s. James Parker and Evelyn Hallam (Movius) Hall.
Ph.B. University of Chicago, 1923.
LL.B. magna cum laude, Harvard, 1927.
m. Elizabeth Blodgett, September 13, 1930; children: Thomas L., Margaret R., Elizabeth C., and John K.
Admitted to New York Bar, 1934.
Law practice with firm of Rood, Clark, Buckner, Howland, and Ballantine, New York, NY, 1927-1931.
Assistant U.S. attorney Southern District, NY, 1931-1932.
Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard, 1932-1937; Professor of Law, 1937-; Vice Dean, 1938-1958; Acting Dean, 1959.
Regional price and enforcement attorney O.P.A. (on leave from Harvard) Boston, 1942-1943.
Moderator: Town of Weston, 1947-1949, Town of Concord, 1957-1967.
Commissioned Lt. Col. AC, A.U.S. in Manilla P.I., Feb. 1945; served as dep. chief Operations Analysis sects., overseas with 13th and Far East Air Forces, 1943-1945, and in Washington, D.C. with 20th Air Force, 1945.
Awarded Medal of Freedom, 1946.
Member of American and Massachusetts Bar Associations (pres. 1963-1964); Massachusetts Judicial Council; Phi Beta Kappa; Rep. Episcopalian Clubs; Curtis; Social Circle 1782.

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Scope and Contents

The 3000 items in the Papers of Livingston Hall, attorney, educator, and legal scholar, span the years 1947 to 1973.
The collection includes correspondence; reports; memoranda; agenda and minutes of meetings; charts; tables; maps; drafts; forms; legal and other documents; bibliographies; newspaper clippings; and printed items.
The Papers relate to Professor Hall's activities as a member, and frequently chairman, of study groups, surveys, commissions, and councils which were charged with monitoring law enforcement agencies and the judicial system of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and with presenting recommendations and/or drafting legislation for the revision of existing laws and codes. Professor Hall participated in specific studies by the following: Massachusetts District Court Survey; Massachusetts Judicial Survey Commission; Massachusetts Judicial Council; Massachusetts Criminal Law Revision Commission; and the Governor's Committee on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice. Professor Hall assisted in drafting the Massachusetts District Court reorganization bill of 1953, with its subsequent amendments, and the drafting of the new Massachusetts Criminal Code of 1972.
Correspondence in these papers is minimal and is confined to the scheduling of meetings and other extraneous matters.

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Additional Index Terms

Criminal law.
Criminal justice, Administration of.
Court administration.
Court congestion and delay.
Courts -Massachusetts.
Law teachers.
Hall, Livingston, 1903-