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HOLLIS 601655

Williston, Samuel. Papers, 1927-1951: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601655
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Williston, Samuel, 1861-1963
Title: Papers,
Date(s): 1927-1951.
Quantity: 4 boxes
Abstract: The Samuel Williston Papers encompass Williston's work as a private legal counselor, a reporter for the American Law Institute (ALI), and especially his work as an individual author on the law of sales.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The materials in Series I, correspondence between Samuel Williston, and the law firm of Gang, Kopp & Tyre relating to Gene Autry v. Republic Productions, Inc., were presented to the Harvard Law School Library as a gift from the firm of Gang, Tyre & Brown in March 1975. The Cornell University Law Library presented the materials in Series II to the Harvard Law School Library in September 1987.

Processing Information:

Erica Bicchieri, n.d., Sally Vermaaten, 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

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Series List

Within each series and/or subseries individual items or folders are identified by box and folder number. For example, the number 5-12 corresponds to box 5, folder 12.

Scope and Contents

The Samuel Williston Papers encompass his work as a private legal counselor, a reporter for the American Law Institute (ALI), and especially his work as an individual author.
Williston's extensive manuscript revisions on the second edition of his work, The Law Governing the Sales of Goods at Common Law and Under the Uniform Sales Act, make up the bulk of the collection. The collection contains Williston's work on p. 774-827 and p. 1002-1954. Williston individually and comprehensively annotated each page of the text, almost certainly for his next edition of The Law Governing the Sales of Goods.
The collection also contains correspondence between Williston and and the law firm of Gang, Kopp, & Tyre. Together they served as legal counsel for Gene Autry in the case of Autry v. Republic Productions, Inc. 30 Cal. 2d 144 (Cal. SC, 1947). The case affirmed Autry's petition to retain some rights under his motion picture contract with Republic, though Autry was not able to fulfill the all the duties of his contract because of military service during 1942-1945.
Other miscellaneous items in the Williston Papers include a draft of a speech which he was to deliver at the dedication of the Harkness Graduate Commons, a few personal letters, and correspondence relating to Williston's drafting of ALI's first Restatement of the Law of Contracts.

Transferred Material:

Certificate of Honorary Membership in the ABA. Feb 1957. Transferred to the Diplomas and Certificates collection.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Artists' contracts
Lawyers
Sales
American Law Institute
Autry, Gene, 1907-
Corbin, Arthur L. (Arthur Linton), 1874-1967.
Ferson, Merton L. (Merton Leroy), 1876-1964
Gang, Kopp & Tyre.
Kopp, Robert E.
Republic Pictures Corporation.
Thompson, George J.
Vold, Lawrence, b. 1886
Waterhouse, Mrs. James F.
Williston, Samuel, 1861-1963.

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