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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601636

Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan) Cardozo papers


This collection mainly consists of photocopies of the correspondence and drafts of Benjamin N. Cardozo and his secretary (1918-1937), a notebook entitled Constitutional History of England, and petitions for writs of certiorari U.S. Supreme Court, Oct. Term 1932.


  • Creation: 1916 - 1938

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. Publication contingent upon permission from Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University, New York, NY.


3 boxes

The first series contains correspondence and drafts of Cardozo's. The second series consists of two volumes of photocopies of holograph letters addressed to Joseph M. Paley, who was appointed Cardozo's secretary in 1918. The correspondence covers the period of 1918 to 1937, but there are only scattered letters after 1929. The letters are essentially personal-professional. The third series is a photocopy of a notebook entitled: Constitutional History of England. The fourth series contains photocopies of petitions for writs of certiorari U.S. Supreme Court, Oct. Term 1932. Photocopies of manuscripts, addresses and essays are included in the fifth group of papers.

Biographical Note

Jurist. A.B., 1880, A.M., 1890, LL.D., 1915, Columbia; recipient of fifteen honorary degrees. Admitted to New York Bar, 1891; Justice of Supreme Court of N.Y. for term 1914-1928. Appointed Associate Justice Supreme Court of U.S. in 1932. Author of books dealing with law and legal process.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Contact Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.

Processing Information:

None available.

Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan). Papers, 1916-1938: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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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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