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HOLLIS 601624

Casner, A. James (Andrew James). Papers, 1927-1984: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601624
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Casner, A. James, 1907-1990
Title: A. James (Andrew James) Casner papers
Date(s): 1927-1984
Quantity: 44 linear feet (100 Hollinger, 6 paige, )
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Correspondence, notes, memoranda, and printed matter relating to Casner's activities in various professional organizations.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Contact Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.

Processing Information:

Processed by Janet Hayashi, June 1993.

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

Andrew James Casner was born in Chicago in 1907. He received an LL.B. degree from the University of Illinois in 1929, and an A.B., also from the University of Illinois, a year later in 1930. He received a J.S.D. degree from Columbia University in 1941, and an LL.D. from Harvard University in 1969.
During the Second World War, Casner served as a colonel in the USAAF (1942-1945), and received the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
Casner was an instructor of law at the University of Illinois from 1929-1930, a Professor of law at the University of Maryland from 1930-1935, Professor of Law at the University of Illinois from 1936-1938. He joined the Harvard faculty as a Professor of Law until 1938, and held the Austin Wakeman Scott emeritus professorship from 1961. In addition, Casner served as Harvard's Associate Dean and Acting Dean.
A member of the bar in Illinois (1929), Maryland (1934), and Massachusetts (1940), Casner was an associate of the Boston firm of Ropes, Gray, Best, Coolidge & Rugg from 1945-1958. He was also a member of the American Law Institute, for which he served as adviser on numerous projects from 1930.
In addition to numerous articles in law journals, Casner was the author of Estate Planning, published in 1953 (5th edition 1985), and its annual supplements, as well as Cases and Texts on Property (coauthored with W.B. Leach), published in 1959 (3rd edition 1982) and its supplements. He was editor-in-chief of American Law of Property (1951) and its supplement, chairman of the law editorial board of Little Brown & Co., and a reporter for Restatement of Property.
Casner died on August 31, 1990, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Series List

Arranged chronologically within each organization.

Scope and Contents

The Andrew James Casner Papers consist documents relating to Casner's career as legal scholar, law professor, author and editor. The papers date from 1928-1978; the bulk are from 1950-1978.
The papers include correspondence, brochures, typescripts of speeches and articles, and printed materials. They are divided into fifteen series. The largest series are those relating to Casner's work on various committees of the American Bar Association, his activities at the Harvard Law School, and his many speaking engagements nationwide.
Although the collection offers a good deal of information about the nature of Casner's professional activities, there is very little substantive discussion of legal matters and virtually nothing of a personal nature. Much of the correspondence deals with travel arrangements, course scheduling, or social functions, or is limited to brief notes expressing concurrence or disagreement on matters unknown. Most of the correspondence is in the form of carbon copies of typewritten letters.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

United States --Commission on Organization of the Executive Government (1947-1949).
United States --Internal Revenue Service.
Estate planning --Study and teaching --Massachusetts.
Estates (Law) --Study and teaching --MAssachusetts.
Legal ethics.
Property --Study and teaching --Massachusetts.
Law teachers.
Casner, A. James (Andrew James), 1907-
American Bar Association.
American Bar Foundation.
American Law Institute.
Association of American Law Schools.
Little, Brown and Company.