General Correspondence, 1916-1956, 1916-1956
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Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library, and by the special terms of access as stated in the letters of Zechariah Chafee 3rd dated Sept. 18, 1957 and Dec. 26, 1969, respectively, and Mr. Earl C. Borgeson's letter of Jan. 6, 1970. Most of this collection is open to the public without restriction. This collection is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.
There is material relating to Harvard Law School Admissions and Faculty appointments that is governed by the University rules for administrative records and these may be closed to researchers (Boxes 54, folders 14-22; 55-19 and 20; 56-8-18; 57-9 and 10; 57-14 through 59-4, and box 61-11).
Predominantly general professional correspondence, dealing with Chafee's writings, lectures, speeches, general law school matters, publication matters, proposed federal legislation, etc. Correspondents include Harvard College and Harvard Law School colleagues, law teachers in other parts of the U. S. and abroad, practicing lawyers, editors of law reviews and national publications, former students, etc. Period covered is mainly 1916 to 1928, with little correspondence after that. Correspondence concerning specific activities is generally filed with the particular activity, committee, investigation, organization in Series IV, V or VI.
Correspondence includes letters from Harold Laski, Archibald MacLeish, Allan Nevins, Frank W. Taussig, Alfred North Whitehead, Herbert Croly.
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