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HOLLIS 5978318

Sacks, Albert, Papers, 1915-1991: Finding Aid.

Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard Law School

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 5978318
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sacks, Albert.
Title: Albert Sacks papers
Date(s): 1915-1991.
Quantity: 1 collection (221 manuscript boxes, 29 Paige boxes, 1 oversize box;; 123 linear feet.)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Papers relating to the professional life of Albert M. Sacks's including tenure at Harvard Law School as both faculty (1952-1967, 1982-1990) and Dean (1971-1981), his co-authorship of The Legal Process with Henry Hart (pub. 1958), and presidency of American Association of Law Schools (1980-1981).

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated to the Library by Adelle Sacks, August 1993.

Processing Information:

Processed by Diana Hsu, 2012, and Margaret Peachy, 2014.

Conditions Governing Access:

Due to the nature of the collection, many folders in Series I and II are closed for 50 or 80 years according to University policy to protect student and institutional privacy. 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 4 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.

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Scope and Contents

The Papers of Albert M. Sacks consist of materials relating primarily to his career as first a faculty member, then later Dean of Harvard Law School and his work as the coauthor of The Legal Process with Henry M. Hart. The entire collection spans from 1915 to 1991, though most of the papers date from between 1955 to 1989. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, reports, transcripts, teaching notes, articles, news clippings, telegrams, speeches, reprints, bibliographies, drafts of The Legal Process and other articles. The Albert M. Sacks papers consist mainly of three areas- his work with Henry Hart on The Legal Process , his time as a faculty member of the Harvard Law School including his years as Dean and his extracurricular activities, including his presidency of the Association of American Law Schools and his involvement in civil rights (both the NAACP and also on behalf of the Wampanoag tribe). He was also active in constitutional law, participating in a movement to pass an amendment to the Constitution requiring a balanced budget. The papers also contain some personal materials, including letters congratulating Sacks on his appointment to Dean and personal biographical notes.

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Additional Index Terms

Civil procedure--Study and teaching--United States
Civil rights--Study and teaching--United States
Constitutional law--Study and teaching--United States
Harvard Law School
Law -- Methodology
Law -- Study and teaching.
Law -- United States -- Philosophy
Public health laws--Study and teaching--United States
Dorsen, Norman
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
Hart, Henry Melvin
Sacks, Albert M. (Albert Martin), 1920-1991
American Bar Association
Law School Admission Council