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HOLLIS 4981259

Henry Wise. Papers, 1918-1970: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 4981259
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Wise, Henry.
Title: Henry Wise papers
Date(s): 1918-1970
Quantity: 12.5 linear feet (30 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of Henry Wise, who practiced law in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the early to mid-twentieth century. Wise focused his practice mainly on unions, housing, and the fishing industry. He was a strident supporter of collective bargaining for workers in the Boston and Cambridge area and assisted Massachusetts fishermen in their efforts to establish fishing collectives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Papers of Henry Wise (1918-1970) were presented to the Harvard Law School as a gift by his wife, Pearl K. Wise.
The Addenda to the Papers of Henry Wise was presented on October 15, 2007, to the Harvard Law School as a gift by his daughter, Rebekah Wise Sachs.

Processing Information:

Processed by Jessica K. Reeder, October 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 Historical and 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 Historical and 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


Henry Wise was born on July 14, 1896 in Boston's South End. He attended and graduated from the Boston Latin School, Harvard College in 1918, and Harvard Law School in 1921. In 1927 he married Pearl Katz, a civic and political leader in her own right. (Her papers are now at Harvard's Schlesinger Archives.) Over the course of his career, he became involved with a number of unions around Massachusetts. In particular, he became a member of the Stenographs' and Bookkeepers' Union Delegate Boston Central Labor Union. In addition to his legal practice, he wrote on education, and became an instructor in law at Lynn Labor College, Salem Labor College, Boston Trade Union College, and Wellesley College. He was also a legal consultant expert for Co-operative Marketing Organization. He fought for civil rights in education, when he drafted a resolution, passed by A. F. of L., Condemning restriction of students by Harvard because of race. Wise worked in the private and public sector primarily on labor laws, public housing, and urban renewal. As part of his public housing work, he served on the Cambridge Housing Authority and was an advocate for urban renewal legislation in Massachusetts. He also worked extensively with the fishing industry in Massachusetts, predominantly during WWII. Henry Wise died in 1989 at the age of ninety-three.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Henry Wise span the years 1918-1970, with the bulk of the material falling between the years 1923-1955. The documents in this collection reflect the legal career of Henry Wise, and consist primarily of papers dealing with Wise's legal work with various trade unions and social programs, with a bulk of the material focusing on Wise's work with the fishing industry in New England, primarily the Atlantic Fishermen's Union.
Included are full newspapers and magazines, as well as clippings, correspondence, booklets, pamphlets, legal documents, printed acts and bills, memorandum, notes, maps, statistics, and surveys. There are also administrative records for many companies and unions including, but not limited to: by-laws, constitutions, rules and regulations, statistics, reports, surveys, and maps.

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Additional Index Terms

Electric industry workers –United States.
Electric power –New England.
Electric utilities –New England.
Fisheries –New England.
Fisheries –North Atlantic Oceans –Congresses.
Fisheries, Cooperative –Massachusetts.
Electric industry workers –Labor unions –Massachusetts.
Fishers –Labor unions –Massachusetts.
Cambridge Gas and Electric Company.
New England Gas and Electric Association.
New Hampshire. Public Service Commission.
White Mountain Power Company.
Associated Gas and Electric Company.
Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc.
New England Council of Utility Workers.
International Union of Operating Engineers.
Walter Baker & Company.
Gloucester Seafood Workers' Union.
Gorton Pew Fisheries.
United States. National War Labor Board.
Maine Fisheries Corporation.
Neptune Trawling Company.
Atlantic States Marine Commission.
International Convention for Northwest Atlantic Fisheries.

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