Records of the Choate Club, 1955-1967
- Choate Club (Harvard Law School) (Organization)
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Extent0.18 cubic feet (1 half document box)
History of the Choate Club
In its later years, the Club appears to have been a secret society composed of Law School students and professors, with a focus on social and intellectual stimulation outside of study of the law. Monthly meetings at the Signet Society, which included cocktails and an informal dinner, featured guest speakers who were encouraged to speak on any non-legal topic, including discussions of current events or philosophical musings. Speakers were frequently prominent politicians, writers, and scientists.
The Club should not be confused with the Choate Law Club, one of many Law School clubs that competed in the Ames Competition in Appellate Brief Writing and Advocacy.
The archivist left the records in the original order in which they were received and in most cases retained the original folder title, noting when the contents varied from the given dates. Because notes had been written on several of the original folders, photocopies of the original folders are included at the front of each folder for the researcher’s use.
Two items found loose at the beginning of the collection appeared to belong to the Ames club of the same name, rather than the Choate Club, and were subsequently moved to the Records of the Choate Law Club (Harvard University Archives call number: HUD 3277.4000)
- Choate Club (Harvard Law School). Records of the Choate Club : an inventory
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