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SERIES Identifier: HOLLIS 601611



  • 1927 - 1969

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 Special Collections staff for further information. Access to these papers is governed, in addition, by the terms of the Agreement between Mary W. Hart and the Harvard Corporation (see Special Collections Case Files).


56 boxes

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

General note

Series Note

This series consists almost entirely of letters dealing with the two major phases of Hart's professional career: the time he spent working in Washington, and the time in which he taught at the Harvard Law School. Beginning in about 1928, when Hart was a student at the Harvard Law School, the letters trace his activities and his friendships with the people around him. Of particular interest are the files of letters to and from Felix Frankfurter and Frederick Wiener, a friend of Hart's from Law Review days onward.

The material in this series demonstrates in an impressive way the clarity of Hart's mind. This same quality is also manifest in the material preserved in Series IV; Writings and Speeches.

The series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The dates following the entry for each individual correspondent indicate the inclusive dates of that particular sequence of correspondence. Folders for individuals include both incoming and outgoing nail and enclosures. Persons having a correspondence of less than five items are grouped under "Miscellany" at the end of each alphabetical letter, e.g. A Miscellany, B Miscellany, etc.

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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