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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601705

Edmund Morris Morgan papers


Papers relating to Morgan's service as chief reporter for the American Law Institute's Model Code of Evidence, member of the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Rules for Civil Procedure, chairman of the War Shipping Panel of National War Labor Board, and chairman of the Dept. of Defense Committee on a Uniform Code of Military Justice. Also included are teaching notes, student theses, and other papers from his career at Harvard.


  • Creation: 1925-1949

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.


13 boxes (2 Paige boxes)

The Edmund M. Morgan Papers in the Harvard Law School Library span the years 1925-1949. The collection includes correspondence, notes, handwritten and mimeographed drafts, proof sheets, printed drafts, legal documents, government documents, outlines, minutes of meetings, reports, student theses, printed items, memoranda, and statistical tables.

The Papers relate to Professor Morgan's work as the chief reporter for the American Law Institute's Model Code of Evidence, mainly during the 1937-1942 period, to his contributions as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (1936-1937), and to his service as Chairman of the War Shipping Panel of the National War Labor Board (1943-1945). Also included are teaching notes and other Harvard miscellany, a small group of correspondence, and seven bound volumes of items which Professor Morgan collected while serving as Chairman of the Committee charged with drafting the Uniform Code of Military Justice (1948-1949).

Among Professor Morgan's correspondence were: Charles E. Clark, Felix Frankfurter, Augustus Noble Hand, Learned Hand, William Draper Lewis, John M. Maguire, Harlan Fiske Stone, John H. Wigmore, and John N. Woolsey.

Another group of papers of Professor Morgan was left by him with the Vanderbilt University Law School Library. This material consists mainly of correspondence and lecture notes.

Historical/Biographical Information

Morgan, Edmund Morris, Jr., educator.

  • November 11, 1878 b. Mineral Ridge, O.; s. Edmund Morris and Sarah M. (Davis) M.
  • 1902 A.B., Harvard
  • 1903 A.M., Harvard
  • 1905 LL.B., Harvard
  • 1919 A.M., Yale
  • April 26, 1911 m. Elsie Sears Smith; children: Roberta Mary, Edmund Sears
  • 1905 Began practice at Duluth
  • 1907-1912 Member Wilson & Morgan
  • 1912-1917 Professor of Law, University of Minnesota
  • 1917-1925 Professor of Law, Yale
  • 1925-1950 Professor of Law, Harvard
  • 1936-1937, 1942-1945 Acting dean, Harvard School of Law
  • 1938-1950 Royall Professor
  • 1950-???? Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
  • n.d. Chairman, Office Secretary of Defense, Committee to draft uniform military justice code.
  • 1908-1910 Assistant city attorney and acting city attorney, Duluth
  • 1912-1913 Special Counsel, Duluth Charter Commission
  • 1913 Appointed city attorney, Duluth, but declined to qualify
  • September 1917 Commanding major, judge advocate
  • July 1918 Lt. col., judge advocate
  • September, 1917 - June, 1919 Assistant to the judge advocate general, U.S. Army, Washington
  • January 1966 Died.
Reporter on Code of Evidence, American Law Institute Member, Advisory Committee, U.S. Supreme Court on Rules of Civil Procedure.

  1. Introduction to Study of Law, 1924, 1948
  2. Cases on Common Law Pleading, (Whittier and Morgan), 1917
  3. Cases on Evidence (Morgan and Maguire), 1934, 1942
  4. The Legacy of Sacco and Vanzetti (with G.L. Joughin), 1948
  5. Some Problems of Proof under Anglo-American System, 1956

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of E. M. Morgan in 1950.

Existence and Location of Copies

The seven volumes of unpublished materials from the Committee on a Uniform Code of Military Justice from the Edmund Morris Morgan Papers have been digitized. Click here to view images.

Processing Information

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn, April, 1972

Morgan, Edmund Morris. Papers, 1925-1949: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
Language of description

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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