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HOLLIS 601603

Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research on Israel's Legal Development. Records, 1940-1961: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 601603
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research on Israel's Legal Development
Title: Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research on Israel's Legal Development records
Date(s): 1940-1961
Quantity: 15 boxes
Language of materials: English

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Please consult Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.

Processing Information:

Processed by Anna Krohn, September 2008

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.

Related Materials

Harvard-BrandeisCooperative Research on Isreal's Legal Development, Reports and Publications. Hollis number 4180940.

Historical/Biographical Information


In 1951 Uri Yadin, the Director of the Department of Legal Planning of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, met with Harvard Law School Dean David Cavers seeking aid in the process of drafting a law code for the new state of Israel. The creation of the Harvard Law School Research in Aid of Israel's Legal Development program in 1952 was the result of this meeting. The program was funded by private Israeli donors and the Israeli government. It was developed by Harvard Law School faculty and members of the Israeli government. Joseph Laufer was appointed the first director.

In 1956, Harvard announced that Brandeis University would become involved with the program. The name of the program was changed to Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research n Israel's Legal Development. The program was reorganized and effectively ended in 1958, as another project was developed that created a closer connection between Harvard and the Hebrew University.

Series List/Description


At the time of processing the collection appeared to be organized into two groups. Material in one group (Series I below) was generally arranged alphabetically (B through Y), by folder title. This material appears to contain mostly correspondence among members of the project. The alphabetical arrangement was not changed. Material in the second group (Series II) also appeared to be arranged alphabetically, but within multiple sub-groups. Material in this second group contains documents related to legislative and financial matters. It was decided to treat these two groups as separate record Series, with material in series II broken down into sub-series.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research on Israel's Legal Development Program cover the years of 1940-1961. Materials are in English and Hebrew and include: correspondence, drafts of legislation, minutes of meetings, reciepts, vouchers, and pamphlets.

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