- 1898 - 1957
Conditions Governing Access
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).
Professor Chafee was the outstanding legal scholar of the first part of this century in the field of Civil Liberties. For forty years he spoke and wrote about the Bill of Rights and the problems of Civil Liberties such as mail censorship, academic freedom, loyalty oaths, etc. Material in this series includes reports, memoranda, analyses of Browder, Bridges, Hollywood Ten and similar cases, discussion of Congressional bills and state legislation designed to limit constitutional freedoms. MSS of Chafee's writings in the field of Civil Liberties are found in Series IX.
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