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HOLLIS 8032020

Jaffe, Louis. Papers: Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: HOLLIS 8032020
Repository: Harvard Law School Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Jaffe, Louis Leventhal
Title: Papers, 1928-1976
Date(s): 1928-1976
Date(s): 1948-1972
Quantity: 15 linear feet (in 37 boxes.)
Abstract: This collection documents the professional career of Louis Jaffe. This collection includes correspondence, arbitration work, case notes, writings, readings, and teaching and administrative materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Donated to the Harvard Law School Library by Miles Jaffe, September 2013.

Processing Information:

Processed by Dana Bronson April 2015.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2-day advance notice for retrieval. Files containing student information are closed for 80 years; those with Harvard Law School or Harvard University administrative records are closed for 50 years. All restrictions are noted in the container list below. Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. 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.

Biographical Information


Louis L. Jaffe was born in Seattle in 1905, and spent much of his youth in San Francisco. He graduated from John Hopkins University in 1924 at the age of 19, and then entered into the Class of 1928 at Harvard Law School. As a law student he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review and ranked third in his graduating class. After he graduated, he became a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, where he worked for three years. After completing his clerkship, he tried unsuccessfully to enter the workforce during the height of the Great Depression. He went on to complete an S.J.D. degree at Harvard Law School in 1932, and two years later he became an attorney with the Agricultural Adjustment Administration—an agency of the New Deal. In 1935, he left to join the National Labor Relations Board as an attorney.

In 1936 Jaffe became a professor at the University of Buffalo School of Law, where he went on to become Dean in 1948. Jaffe joined the faculty of Harvard Law School in 1950, and fifteen years later he published Judicial Control of Administrative Action. His work on judicial review was widely commended and cited by other scholars and judges. He also co-authored a casebook, Administrative Law: Cases and Materials, which became a standard text for law students all over the country. Throughout his career he served as a commentator and expert adviser on issues such as regulation by the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Federal Communication Commission, and the Federal Aviation Commission.

Professor Jaffe retired in 1976, and spent the next 20 years residing in Cambridge. He died at the age of 90, on December 11, 1996.

Series List/Description

Scope and Contents

The Louis Jaffe Papers cover the entirety of Jaffe's professional career as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, an attorney, a dean and as a professor at Harvard Law School. Professor Jaffe received national recognition for his arguments and positions on the scope of judicial review of agency decisions, and for his analysis of the role of courts in the review of administrative agencies. The collection spans from the 1930s up to his retirement in 1976, and contains correspondence, teaching materials, publications, case notes, writings and readings. The majority of the collection is of a professional nature, though there are some personal materials as well.
Restrictions on personal student information and official university administration records are noted in the container list below.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Administrative Law -Study and teaching
United States, Federal Communications Commission
Harvard Law School
Law teachers
Jaffe, Louis Leventhal

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