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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 5995928
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: E. (Edwin) Merrick Dodd papers
Quantity: 1 collection (4.59 linear feet in 11 Hollinger boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The papers of E. (Edwin) Merrick Dodd consist of materials related to Dodd's professional activities as professor of law, author, and legal scholar.
See Papers of Zechariah Chafee, Jr., 1885-1957.
- October 31, 1898
- Born Providence, Rhode Island.
- A.B., Harvard College.
- LL.B., Harvard Law School.
- Practiced law with Brandeis, Dunbar & Nutter, Boston.
- Practiced law with Herrick, Smith, Donald & Farley, Boston.
- Associate Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University.
- Legal Section, United States War Industries Board.
- Practiced law with Channing, Corneau & Frothingham, Boston; member of firm, 1920-22.
- Professor of Law, University of Nebraska.
- Acting Professor of Law, University of Chicago.
- Married Winifred Hyde, of Lincoln, Nebraska.
- Professor of Law, Harvard University; Fessenden Professor, 1946-51.
- Adviser, American Law Institute Restatement of Business Associations.
- Harvard University, Committee of Eight, Walsh-Sweezy appointment termination case.
- Compliance Commissioner, local office of United States War Production Board.
- November 3, 1951
- Died with his wife in an automobile accident, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The arrangement that Prof. Dodd imposed upon his files, including folder headings, was largely preserved. Exceptions are in brackets. For convenience of handling, large, bulky folders were broken up into thinner folders. Removed from the collection were: journals received in the year of his death; off-prints of journal articles by other authors and published material available elsewhere in the Harvard Library. A list of these items is available. Mail, chiefly from publishers, much unopened, was also removed.
- Series I. Harvard Law School. 1932-51.
- ___ Subseries A. Committee Work. Many files in this subseries contain information about studentsthat will not be accessible to researchers until 80 years after theirdates of creation.
- ___ Subseries B. General Administrative Files. Manypapers from 1951, the year of Dodd's death, were not filed into hissystem and remain separate in this subseries.
- ___ Subseries C. Alphabetical Files. Dodd used an alphabetical arrangement for many of his files.Largely comprised of correspondence, this part of the collection isincomplete; the alphabet begins with the letter "I." Thecorrespondence is primarily on topics involving the law school andthe university, including correspondence with colleagues such asRoscoe Pound and Thomas Reed Powell, and with former students.Another topic found in his correspondence is public affairs, whichDodd generally viewed from the left.
- ___ Subseries D. Teaching materials. This subseries contains correspondence and memoranda aboutcurricular changes affecting Dodd's Business Organizations course, aswell as notes, case summaries, and other materials for his othercourses.
- Series II.Walsh-Sweezy Case, 1937-38. Dodd was a memberof a committee of "nine senior professors," later known as theCommittee of Eight, appointed by Harvard President James BryantConant to report on the University's termination of the appointmentsof John R. Walsh and Alan R. Sweezy, junior faculty in the EconomicsDepartment. The action of the University was met with discussion,comment, and protest among students, faculty, members of theCambridge Union of University Teachers, and the public, who raisedissues of due process and academic freedom. Dodd's committee filescontain correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, and printedmaterial regarding the case.
- Series III.Writing. With his faculty colleague Ralph J. Baker, Dodd co-edited Cases and Materials on Business Associations. The second edition was published shortly before his death.With DeForest Billyou, Dodd published Cases and Materials on Corporate Reorganization. Most of Dodd's scholarship appeared in his many law reviewarticles. Drafts and notes for Dodd's publications are included inthe collection. Some are in Series III: Writing; others are includedin the Series I, Subseries C: Alphabetical Files, under Law ReviewArticles and under Writings. Dodd's manuscript for American Business Corporations until 1860: with Special Reference to Massachusetts, was published posthumously, edited by his friend andcolleague Zachariah Chafee, Jr., The manuscript and correspondenceabout the book is in the Zachariah Chafee Papers. Dodd also wrotemany letters to the editors of Boston and New York newspapers, someof which are in the Red Set.
- Series IV. Miscellaneous. Miscellaneous. This series contains a few items from outside the general scope ofDodd's professional activities at Harvard Law School, including a lawschool class notebook and two spiral-bound notebooks that appear tobe a checklist of Nazi documents associated with the Nurembergtrials.
E. (Edwin) Merrick Dodd was a legal scholar, author, and professor at Harvard Law School between 1928-1951, where he taught courses and wrote about business organizations, corporate finance, corporate reorganization, and labor law. With a few exceptions, this collection is comprised of law school office files relating to Dodd's professional activities at Harvard, including: reports; minutes of meetings; professional correspondence; teaching materials; drafts of writings, speeches, and lectures; pamphlets; poems. There is virtually no family-related or other personal material. The collection offers a rich view of academic life at Harvard during the 1930s and 1940s. The law school committee files contain information on contemporary issues in legal education curriculum and admissions, including the admission of veterans returning from World War II.