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HOLLIS 012970931

Fisher, Roger. Papers: Finding Aid

Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Harvard Law School
March 2012

© 2012 The President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 012970931
Creator: Roger Fisher
Title: Papers, 1950-2002.
Quantity: 208 boxes.
Abstract: This collection documents the professional career of Roger Fisher, including his time in the private sector, government, as an independent consultant and, most prominently, in education as a Professor at the Harvard Law School. The collection includes: correspondence; research notes, unpublished articles, briefs, drafts, reports, speeches, and newspaper clippings.

Processing Information:

Processed by Stephanie Reiches, March 2012

Acquisition Information:

Donated by the Fisher family in 2011.

Access Restrictions:

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.

Use Restrictions:

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.

Scope and Content

The material in this collection primarily reflects the professional life of Harvard Law School professor Roger Fisher. Covering a period beginning in the 1940s up to his retirement in 2002, the collection documents a career that saw Fisher work in the private sector, government, and education as well as serving as a consultant on many high profile international negotiations. The bulk of the material reflects his work as a professor of law and as a member of the Harvard community. His involvement in the co-founding and development of the Harvard Negotiation Project, and the Conflict Management Group is well documented in the collection. Also well documented is his work on the television series "The Advocates" and material related to the publication of many of his books including the bestselling Getting to YES: Negotiating Without Giving In. The collection includes: correspondence, research notes, unpublished articles, briefs, drafts, manuscripts, reports, speeches, and newspaper clippings.

Series List/Description

Historical/Biographical Information

Roger Dummer Fisher was born on May 28, 1922, in Winnetka, Illinois, to Walter Taylor Fisher, a prominent Chicago lawyer, and Katharine Dummer Fisher. He grew up with four brothers and sister.
After serving in World War II as a weather reconnaissance pilot, Fisher graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in Government in 1943. In 1948, he graduated from Harvard Law School with an LL.B.. That same year, Fisher married Caroline (Carrie) Speer and moved to Paris where he worked on the Marshall Plan in Paris under W. Averell Harriman from until 1949.
After returning to the US, Fisher worked for the Washington D.C. law firm Covington & Burling from 1950-1956, with most of his work dealing with international issues. From 1956-1958 he served as an assistant to the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice. In 1957, Fisher argued for the United States in Roth v. United States, a landmark obscenity case, and won.
In 1958, Fisher returned to Harvard Law School as a lecturer on law, becoming a full professor of law in 1960. He soon found his calling in international law and negotiations. In 1976, he achieved tenure becaming the Samuel Williston Professor of Law.
In 1969, Fisher proposed the Peabody Award-winning television program The Advocates. The program focused on “stimulating public participation, and understanding, by focusing on realistic choices that must be made in the future, by having both sides of the question presented, and by demonstrating the interest that public officials have in both reasoned arguments and the views of their constituents.” Fisher was Executive Producer from 1969 to 1974 and then again bi-weekly from January 26, 1978 through September 9, 1979. In 1975 Fisher also worked on the WGBH documentary series Arabs & Israelis. His work on both of these programs was a manifestation of his interest in using television as a medium for communicating information about the law and current events to the public.
In 1979, Fisher co-founded the Harvard Negotiation Project (HNP) in 1979 with William Ury and Bruce Patton, serving at the director. HNP's mission is “to improve the theory and practice of conflict resolution and negotiation by working on real world conflict intervention, theory building, education and training, and writing and disseminating new ideas.”
In addition to his work at Harvard and as an author of numerous books, Fisher was a highly sought-after consultant in international negotiations from the 1960s to the 1980s. In 1981, Roger Fisher and William Ury published the bestselling book Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In , a seminal book in interest-based negotiation. In 1984 Fisher founded the consulting firm Conflict Management Group and with Howard Raiff and William Ury founded Conflict Management Inc. also in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Through these firms, Fisher was able to conduct negotiations and train negotiators around the world, including different South African government parties during the Apartheid.
In 1992, Fisher became the Samuel Williston Professor of Law, fully retiring in 2002.

Chronology

Author:

These are only some of Fisher's numerous publications

Additional Index Terms

The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated bibliographic databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Fisher, Roger, 1922 -
Patton, Bruce.
Ury, William.
Mediation, international.
Anguilla -- History -- Revolution, 1967.
International law -- study and teaching.
Arms control.
Negotiation.

CONTAINER 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.

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