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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601671

John MacArthur Maguire papers


Content of collection concerns Maguire's career as lawyer and professor of law at Harvard Law School, together with personal, biographical and genealogical material, papers relating to rules of evidence in Israel and New Jersey, and material relating to his student days and other associations with Colorado College, Colorado Springs.


  • Creation: 1924-1973

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.


42 boxes

The 12,000 items in the Papers of John MacArthur Maguire (1888-1978), attorney, educator and legal scholar, span the years 1924 to 1973. The collection includes correspondence; memoranda; minutes of meetings; reports; research notes; legal documents; holograph drafts and typed manuscripts of writings; lecture notes; bibliographies; lists; tabulations; printed items; student papers.

The bulk of the Maguire Papers relates to Professor Maguire's professional life as law teacher and legal scholar. This group contains correspondence with colleagues at Harvard and other institutions, students, alumni, law review editors, publishers, and journalists; teaching notes for his courses and seminars in evidence and taxation; subject files in the field of taxation; detailed evaluations of papers handed in by students in his Taxation seminars; files concerning his participation in professional organizations and their committees such as the American Association of Law Libraries, American Association of University Professors, American Bar Association, and American Law Institute. Other folders reflect his contributions to the drafting of the Evidence Bill for Israel and his critique of the revised rules of Evidence as proposed by a special commission called by the State of New Jersey.

Among Professor Maguire's professional correspondents were: Archibald Cox; Felix Frankfurter; Erwin Nathaniel Griswold; William Draper Lewis; Edmund Morris Morgan; Clarence Morris; Roscoe Pound; Reginald Heber Smith; Roger J. Traynor; Hermann Weitnauer; Joseph N. Welch.

A certain amount of Professor Maguire's correspondence is of a personal nature, with friends of his Colorado College days, family friends in the East Coast area, owners of camps and resorts which the Maguires visited in the Adirondacks, in the West and in Canada during summer vacations, with suppliers of equipment for his favorite hobbies, fishing and photography, and with former employees in his office and in his household. A group of Harvard and biographical miscellany relates to Maguire's association with various student, alumni and other non-teaching activities of Colorado College and Harvard University; this group also includes some genealogical material.

Historical/Biographical Information

MAGUIRE, JOHN MacARTHUR, lawyer, educator, legal scholar

  • Oct. 9, 1888 b. Denver, Colorado. s. William Miguel and Emily Mallet-Prevost M.
  • c. 1904 Preparatory education, Cutler Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • 1908 A.B., Colorado College
  • 1909 LL.D., Colorado College
  • 1911 LL.B., Harvard
  • June 22, 1923 m. Mary Ballantine Hume; children: Catherine Hume (Mrs. Edward Henry Cumpston, Jr.), Nancy Ballantine (Mrs. Theodore B. Hoffman)
  • 1911 Admitted to Massachusetts bar
  • 1911-1916 With firm Hale & Grinnell, Boston
  • 1916-1917 Partner, Hale, Grinnell & Swaim
  • 1917-1919 Member War Emergency Division, Department of Justice, Washington
  • 1919-1923 Partner, Hale & Dorr, Boston
  • 1957-1973 Counsel
  • 1923-1957 Professor of Law, Harvard University
  • 1950-1957 Royall Professor of Law, Harvard University
  • 1957-1978 Royall Professor emeritus
  • 1938, 1943 Consulting expert, U.S. Treasury Department
  • 1939-1942 Assistant reporter, American Law Institute Code Evidence
  • 1949-1954 Consultant, American Law Institute Federal Income Tax Statute
  • 1978 Died
Member, American, Massachusetts, Boston bar associations, Phi Beta Kappa

  1. Casebooks on Evidence and Taxation
  2. The Lance of Justice (history of New York Legal AidSociety)
  3. Evidence: Common Sense and Common Law(textbook)
  4. Evidence of Guilt: Restrictions Upon ItsDiscovery or Compulsory
  5. Disclosure
  6. Alsojournal articles in fields of evidence and taxation.

Series List

  1. SERIES I. General Correspondence: ChronologicalSeries.
  2. SERIES II. General Correspondence: AlphabeticalSeries.
  3. SERIES III. Correspondence re Writings.
  4. SERIES IV. Writings: Research Notes, Drafts,Miscellany.
  5. SERIES V. Taxation Materials.
  6. SERIES VI. Teaching Notes.
  7. SERIES VII. Evaluations of Student Papers.
  8. SERIES VIII. Other Professional Activities.
  9. SERIES IX. Harvard and Biographical Miscellany.
  10. SERIES X. American Law Institute.
  11. SERIES XI. Addenda.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Hume Maguire in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by David Boyle, Kim Webster, and Erika Chadbourn, July, 1978.

Maguire, John MacArthur. Papers, 1924 - 1973: 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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