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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601600

Charles Culp Burlingham papers

Papers relating to Charles C. Burlingham's personal and professional affairs, cultural affairs in New York City, efforts on behalf of civic and judicial reform, alumni activities with Harvard College and Columbia University Law School, espousal of civil liberties causes, and work on behalf of the Episcopal Church.

Dates

  • 1876 - 1960

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.

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 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.

Extent

1 collection (22 boxes and 1 Paige box)

The 8,500 items in the Papers of Charles Culp Burlingham (1858-1959), attorney, civic leader, reformer, span the years 1876 to 1960, with the bulk of the Papers falling into the 1920-1958 period. The collection consists mainly of correspondence. In addition it includes reports, government documents, drafts and printed copies-of writings and speeches, genealogies, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, photo-clippings, printed items and photos. The Papers of Charles C. Burlingham reflect his capacity for close and enduring friendships, his keen, lifelong interest in the cultural affairs of New York City, his indefatigable efforts on behalf of civic and judicial reform, his loyalty to his two Alma Maters Harvard College and Columbia University, his leadership in his profession, his espousal of civil liberties causes, his dedication to the welfare of his Church and its outreach.

Charles C. Burlingham retained papers for the following organizations in which he held office, journalistic endeavors in which he participated, and civic and church-related movements and affairs in which he served as driving force or critic:
  1. Association of the Bar of the Cityof New York, 1927-1958
  2. Berkeley Divinity School, NewHaven, Connecticut, 1920-1959
  3. Christianity and Crisis (ajournal), 1941-1950
  4. The Episcopal Church,1921-1959
  5. The preservation of Fort Clinton, N.Y.,1942-1958
  6. The Fusion Campaigns of 1933 and 1937 in NewYork City
  7. Harvard Alumni Association, 1933-1953
  8. Harvard Fund Council, 1932-1952
  9. Harvard Researchin International Law, 1930-1941
  10. New York StateJudiciary, 1922-1959
  11. National Child Labor Committee,1935, 1937
  12. New York City Board of Education,1895-1942
  13. Sacco-Vanzetti case, 1927-1929
  14. St. George's Church, New York City, 1920-1959
  15. U.S.Supreme Court Bill, 1937
  16. Washington Square, New YorkCity, 1949-1958
  17. Welfare Council of New York City,1931-1952
  18. World Court, 1939-1946
There is a small group of biographical-genealogical material relating to Burlingham and his family. It includes chapters of an unfinished autobiography of Charles C. Burlingham and thirty-one of his diaries/appointment books covering the years 1928-1959.

Charles C. Burlingham's major correspondents were:
  1. Dean Acheson
  2. Adolf A. Berle, Jr.
  3. Louis Dembitz Brandeis
  4. Nicholas MurrayButler
  5. James Byrnes
  6. Benjamin NathanCardozo
  7. Grenville Clark
  8. Benjamin V.Cohen
  9. Charles P. Curtis
  10. William AdamsDelano
  11. Thomas E. Dewey
  12. Ruth Draper
  13. Abraham Flexner
  14. Felix Frankfurter
  15. Lloyd K. Garrison
  16. Arthur L. Goodhart
  17. Augustus N. Hand
  18. Learned Hand
  19. FrancisW. Hirst
  20. Mark A. DeWolfe Howe
  21. Robert H.Jackson
  22. Philip C. Jessup
  23. George F.Kennan
  24. John A. Kingsbury
  25. Fiorello H.LaGuardia
  26. Herbert H. Lehman
  27. Monte M.Lemann
  28. Sir Frank D. MacKinnon
  29. CharlesMerz
  30. George S. Messersmith
  31. RobertMoses
  32. Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich
  33. Reinholdand Ursula Niebahr
  34. John Lord O'Brian
  35. Frances Perkins
  36. S.K. Ratcliffe
  37. JosephRedlich
  38. Geoffrey W. Russell
  39. SamuelSeabury
  40. Ellery Sedgwick
  41. Henry D.Sedgwick
  42. Whitney North Seymour
  43. Count CarloSforza
  44. Henry L. Stimson
  45. Harlan FiskeStone
  46. William Howard Taft
  47. Frank W.Taussig
  48. Thomas D. Thatcher
  49. HarrisonTweed
  50. Oswald Garrison Villard
  51. George W.Wickersham
  52. Charles Edward Wyzanski, Jr.

Historical/Biographical Information

  • 1858 31 August, born, Plainfield, N.J.; son of Aaron Hale (D.D.) and Emma (Starr)
  • 1879 A.B., Harvard College
  • 1881 LL.B., Columbia University, LL.D., Williams, 1931 Columbia, 1933; Harvard, 1934
  • 1881 Admitted to Bar Attorney and partner, Burlingham, Veeder, Clark & Hupper, later Burlingham, Hupper & Kennedy, New York City, a firm specializing in admiralty law
  • 1883 29 September m. Louisa W. Lawrence, (d. 7 December 1937); children: Charles, Ann Hoe, Robert
  • 1881-1960 Member: New York State bar associations; New York County Law Association; American Law Institute; International Law Association; Maritime Law Association of the United States; Comite Maritime International
  • 1929-1931 President of Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Various Dates: Board member and president at: New York (City) Board of Education; Welfare Council of New York City; Harvard Alumni Association; Columbia Law School Alumni Association. Warden, St. George's Episcopal Church, New York City.
  • 1943-1949 Author of pamphlets and memorials such as: James Byrne, 1857-1942.
  • 1942 Nomination of John Purroy Mitchel for Mayor of the City of New York in 1913. Nomination of Fiorello H. LaGuardia for Mayor of the City of New York in 1933. Joe Evans, 1857-1898. Harrington Putnam [prepared for the Ass'n. of the Bar of the City of New York] Van Vechten Veeder (with Augustus N. Hand) [prepared for the Ass'n. of the Bar of the City of New York]
  • 1959 6 June, died in New York City.
1858
31 August, born, Plainfield, N.J.; son of Aaron Hale (D.D.) and Emma (Starr)
1879
A.B., Harvard College
1881
LL.B., Columbia University, LL.D., Williams, 1931 Columbia, 1933; Harvard, 1934
1881
Admitted to Bar
Attorney and partner, Burlingham, Veeder, Clark & Hupper, later Burlingham, Hupper & Kennedy, New York City, a firm specializing in admiralty law
1883
29 September m. Louisa W. Lawrence, (d. 7 December 1937); children: Charles, Ann Hoe, Robert
1881-1960
Member: New York State bar associations; New York County Law Association; American Law Institute; International Law Association; Maritime Law Association of the United States; Comite Maritime International
1929-1931
President of Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Various Dates: Board member and president at: New York (City) Board of Education; Welfare Council of New York City; Harvard Alumni Association; Columbia Law School Alumni Association. Warden, St. George's Episcopal Church, New York City.
1943-1949
Author of pamphlets and memorials such as: James Byrne, 1857-1942.
1942
Nomination of John Purroy Mitchel for Mayor of the City of New York in 1913. Nomination of Fiorello H. LaGuardia for Mayor of the City of New York in 1933. Joe Evans, 1857-1898. Harrington Putnam [prepared for the Ass'n. of the Bar of the City of New York] Van Vechten Veeder (with Augustus N. Hand) [prepared for the Ass'n. of the Bar of the City of New York]
1959
6 June, died in New York City.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Papers of Charles Culp Burlingham (1858-1959), attorney, civic leader, reformer, were presented to the Harvard Law School as a gift 16 March 1978 by his son, Charles Burlingham, of New York City.

Paige Box #1: 31 "Diaries" (appointment books)

  1. 1928
  2. 1929
  3. 1929
  4. 1930
  5. 1931
  6. 1931
  7. 1933
  8. 1935
  9. 1936
  10. 1937
  11. 1938
  12. 1939
  13. 1940
  14. 1941
  15. 1942
  16. 1943
  17. 1944
  18. 1945
  19. 1946
  20. 1947
  21. 1948
  22. 1949
  23. 1951
  24. 1952
  25. 1953
  26. 1954
  27. 1955
  28. 1956
  29. 1957
  30. 1958
  31. 1959
Several of these "diaries" contain clippings, invitations, notes on books and articles read, telephone calls, activities of personal importance, letters written.

Processing Information

Prepared by Kim Webster and Erika Chadbourn, August 1978.
Link to catalog
Title
Burlingham, Charles Culp. Papers, 1876-1960: Finding Aid.
Author
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00016

Repository Details

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