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Chayes, Abram. Papers: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS009000799
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Abram Chayes papers
Date(s): 1939-2000
Quantity: 180 linear feet (294 boxes)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection documents the professional career of Abram Chayes, including his time in the private sector, government, international law and, education. Professor Chayes successfully argued on the behalf of Nicaragua against the United States of America and notably served as the Legal Advisor for the State Department during the Kennedy Administration. The collection includes: correspondence; casework, publications, research notes, drafts, speeches, and teaching materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated to the Harvard Law School Library by Antonia Handler Chayes, 2010.

Processing Information:

Processed by Jamie Brinkman, February 2015

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.

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Scope and Contents

The Abram Chayes Papers cover the entirety of his professional career as professor, lawyer, and public servant. The collection spans the 1930s up to his death in 2000, and contains correspondence, casework, teaching materials, publications, and research materials. The majority of the collection is of a professional nature, though there are some personal materials, as well. His academic career is represented by a large amount of administrative and teaching materials, including memoranda, meeting minutes, exams, and course distributions. His work as an international lawyer is documented through a copious amount of court documents and correspondence. Meeting minutes, speech drafts, mementos from work-related events and trips document Chayes's time as the Legal Advisor for the State Department. In addition to his various roles, Chayes published articles and books frequently. Manuscripts, drafts, correspondence, reserach material and off prints respresent his publication efforts.
Due to the nature of Chayes's work at Harvard Law School as professor of law, there is some of sensitive material in the collection. Restrictions on personal student information and official university administration records are noted in the container list below.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

International law
United States. Department of State.
Harvard Law School
Soviet Union. Treaties, etc. United States, 1972 May 26 (ABM)
Public law
Law teachers
United States. National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders
American Society of International Law
Chayes, Abram, 1939-2000