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HOLLIS 9344895

Coolidge, William Henry. Briefs, 1879-1897: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 9344895
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Coolidge, William Henry, b. 1859
Title: William Henry Coolidge briefs
Date(s): 1879-1897
Quantity: 1 collection (1 Paige box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This is a collection of briefs in cases argued by Coolidge and others in the state and federal courts of New England. The cases frequently relate to railroads.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

This four-volume set was received by the Harvard Law Library on March 3, 1936 as part of a larger gift of 264 volumes from William H. Coolidge. This collection is numbered Volumes 1, 2, 3, and 5; the unknown Volume 4 was not included in the gift to HLS.

Processing Information:

Processed by Jennifer Carter, 2004.

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

William Henry Coolidge
b. Feb. 23, 1859 in Natick, Mass.
A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1881
Studied law at Harvard (class of 1884, but did not earn an LL.B.) and at the Boston firm of Hyde, Dickinson & Howe
Admitted to the Suffolk bar, Jan. 1885
m. May Humphreys, Oct. 3, 1887 in Bergen Point, N.J.
Partner in the Boston firm of Strout & Coolidge and Assistant General Counsel to Boston & Lowell R.R. Co. and Boston & Maine R.R. Co., to ca. 1898
Partner in the Boston firm of Coolidge & Hight
d. May 28, 1936

Scope and Contents

The volumes in this collection encompass the early years of Coolidge's career and contain briefs in cases argued by Coolidge and others in the state and federal courts of New England. The contents of Volumes 1 and 2 are alphabetized by party name, and most are cases argued either by Coolidge or his colleagues at bar in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Coolidge frequently represented railroads in tort and other suits, and these dominate the collection. The collection also contains railroad cases in a variety of other matters (for example, land use, bankruptcy, and constitutional law), and miscellaneous corporate suits.

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Additional Index Terms

Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court
Railroad law--United States