Conditions Governing Access
In addition, access is governed by the terms of access as set forth by Mrs. Blanche C. Leach in her letter of October 24, 1972, addressed to professor Morris L. Cohen, Librarian of the Harvard Law School Library (for copy see Case File).
The papers of Walter Barton Leach relate to his professional life and activities as law teacher and legal scholar (1930-1971); his service in the American Air Forces during World War II (1942-1945); his role as a consultant to the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of the Air Force (1946-1966); his founding and work with the so-called Defense Policy Seminar, established at Harvard University in 1954; and his involvement in national defense matters beginning in the early 1950's. There are drafts of several sections of an autobiography which 4dBL had planned but which was not completed. The Leach Papers also include manuscripts of most of his published and unpublished speeches and occasional pieces such as anecdotes and poems.
The correspondence files of WBL include both letters received and carbons of letters sent. There is a complete file of carbons, the so-called "dictation file", in chronological order, covering the years 1958 through 1970; carbons are bound, each volume covering a six-months' period. Among Professor Leach's correspondents were:
- Robert Amory
- Robert R. Bowie
- Edward W. Brooke
- Harold Brown
- JosephS. Clark
- James B. Conant
- R, Ami Cutter
- James If. Douglas
- Robert F. Drinan
- Trevor N. Dupuy
- Herbert B. Ehrmann
- Thomas K. Fin letter
- Felix Frankfurter
- James M, Gavin
- Arthur L. Goodhart;
- Murray Green
- JohnM, Harlan
- Christin A. Herter
- Edward F.Kennedy
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy (President of theU.S.)
- Robert F. Kennedy
- Henry A.Kissinger
- Laurence S. Kuter
- Curtis E.LeMay
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.
- James K,Logan
- Glen W, Martin
- Bernard Law Montgomery(Field Marshal)
- Lauris Norstad
- Frank Pace,Jr.
- Thomas S. Power
- Nathan M. Pusey(President of Harvard University)
- Donald A.Quarles
- Fred Rodell
- Sir John C. Slessor
- Telford Taylor
- Nathan B. Twining
- Hoyt S.Vandenberg
- Raymond S. Wilkins
- Charles E.Wyzanski, Jr
- Eugene M, Zuckert.
- January 6, 1900b. Boston, Massachusetts. s. Walter Barton and Grace Winifred (Wise) L.
- 1921A.B., cum laude, Harvard University
- Summer 1920Graduate student, Universite de Grenoble,
- 1924LL.B., cum laude, Harvard Law School
- 1924m, Florence T. Malcolm; divorced, 1941
- 1944m. Jane Mcllwraith; deceased, 1963
- 1964m. Blanche C. Bartlett
- 1924-1925Secretary to Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court
- 1925Admitted to Massachusetts bar
- 1925-1930Engaged in general practice of law in Boston, associated with the firm of Warner, Stackpole & Bradlee
- 1929Instructor in law, Harvard Law School
- 1930Assistant professor of law, Harvard Law School
- 1931-1960Professor of law, Harvard Law School
- 1960-1969Story Professor of law, Harvard Law School
- 1954-1969Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration
- 1952Visiting professor, Oxford University
- 1947Consultant to U.S.A.F.
- 1918Served as private, Infantry, U.S. Army
- June 1942Commissioned major, U.S. Army
- January, 1943Lt. col. Air Corps
- August, 1944Col., Air Corps
- 1949Brig, general, 11.5. Air Force Reserve
- 1945Legion of Merit
- 1949Exceptional Civilian Service Award
- December 15, 1971d. Waltham, Massachusetts
- Cases on Future Interest, 1935
- Cases on Massachusetts Law of Evidence, 1935
- Cases on Mills, 1939; revised edition, 1960
- Handbook of Massachusetts Evidence, 1940; the third edition (with John T. McNaughton), 1956; 4thedition with Paul J. Liacos, 1967)
- Cases and Text on Property (with A. James Casner), 1950; second edition, (with A. JamesCasner), 1969
- The Rule against, Perpetuities (England, with J.Ii.C. Morris), 1955
- The Rule against Perpetuities (U.S., with Owen Tudor), 1957
- Cases and Text on Future Interests and Estate Planning, 1961 (with J, K. Logan)
- Also author of articlesin legal and other periodicals
- Co-author of American Law of Property, 1952
This collection is grouped into two contingencies. The first is arranged in eight series. The second is arranged into four of the initial given eight series.
- Contingent I.
- ___Series I. General Correspondence (Unbound)Correspondence is mainly of a professional nature. Topicsdiscussed in the letters include publications by WBL and by hiscorrespondents, employment matters of former students, nationaldefense matters in general way, studies at Harvard and other placesin the field of military defense.Correspondents includeprofessional colleagues, persons in Massachusetts and nationalpolitics, Harvard alumni, news media editors, members of the armedservices of the United States and Great Britain. Correspondenceconsists of letters received and carbons of letters sent. Asubstantial amount of correspondence is with various members of theCenter for International Affairs at Harvard University, a divisionunder the Graduate School of Public Administration. In 1954, WBLhelped establish the Defense Policy Seminar at the Center, and he wasinstrumental in procuring many of the Seminar's guest lecturers suchas Field Marshall Montgomery. Of interest are the folders relating toWBL's activity as an advisor to John F. Kennedy during the 1960presidential election.Important correspondents: U.S. SenatorsJoseph Clark, Edward Brooke and Stuart Symington, U.S. Supreme CourtJustices Felix Frankfurter and John Harlan, Henry Kissinger, Sir JohnSlessor, Telford Taylor, and Barbara Tuchman.
- ___Series II. General Correspondence (Bound)This is a so-called "dictation file" of carbons of letters sentout by WBL. Carbons were bound in chronological order, each volumeconvering six months of a given year. The period covered is January1, 1958 to December 31, 1970. In content, the series is similar tothe unbound correspondence series.
- ___Series III. Teaching NotesThis seriesrelates primarily to courses on Property (conveyancing, wills, futureinterests, perpetuities) with some material on Evidence andContracts. Boxes 19-24 contain loose-leaf books filled with notes andassignments. Boxes 25 and 26 contain unbound notes, correspondencewith students, and material for a manual (never published) for lawstudents.
- ___Series IV. Writings and ResearchThisseries relates to books, articles and speeches by WBL and to materialon perpetuity reform throughout the world. It consists of notes,drafts, research material, final typewritten manuscripts and reprintsof some of WBL's writings and speeches as well as correspondenceabout specific subjects or specific pieces of writing. A substantialpart of this series deals with the three casebooks (on wills,property and future interests) put together by WBL, alone or inconjunction with others.This series begins with books by WBL,arranged alphabetically by author or co-author. Speeches and articlesare then arranged chronologically by date of publication or delivery.Research material on perpetuities reform is at the end, arrangedalphabetically.
- ___Series V. Defense StudiesThe majorportion of the material in this series concerns matters relating tothe Defense Policy Seminar which WBL helped establish at Harvard in1954. Other groups of material deal with WBL's involvement innational defense matters beginning in the early 1950's, and witharticles and speeches of WBL advocating a strong defense force. Thematerial has been left in its original arrangement. Dates covered are1951-1966.
- ___Series VI. Harvard MiscellanyThisseries consists of correspondence with colleagues, speeches atmeetings of Harvard Clubs and Harvard Law School Associationsthroughout the country, and material relating to the Harvard LawReview, the Harvard Law School Model Trial, the Leach Club, and otherHarvard University activities. Period covered is1930-1970.
- ___Series VII. Biographical and Other MiscellanyThis series contains clippings, photographs, correspondence,and typewritten drafts for a proposed autobiography (unpublished) byWBL. There is a good deal of material relating to his activities inthe United States Air Force; also a section on legal poetry. Theseries is arranged alphabetically.
- ___Series VIII. U.S. Air ForceProfessorLeach's Air Force files consist chiefly of material relating to hisservice with the American Air Forces during World War II andsubsequently with the United States Air Force, both active serviceand service after retirement. Files include his reports and memorandarelating to operations analysis; material relating to his work as aconsultant; appointments and travel orders; correspondence concerningspecial missions; material relating to investigations of particularstrategic weapons or aircraft; recommendations regarding the U.S. AirForce Academy at Colorado Springs and other Air Force schools.The series contains a sizeable amount of correspondence withvarious staff officers. Among Professor Leach's major correspondentsare: Harold Brown, James B. Conant, James H. Douglas, Jr., Thomas K.Finletter, Murray Green, Henry A. Kissinger, Laurence S. Kuter,Curtis S. Power, Donald A. Quarles, Stuart Symington, Nathan P.Twining, Hoyt S. Vandenberg, Eugene M. Zuckert.All of thismaterial is now de-classified.
- Contingent II.
- ___Series IX. General Correspondence (Unbound)
- ___Series X. Defense Studies
- ___Series XI. Harvard Miscellany
- ___Series XII. Air Force
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Leach, W. Barton (Walter Barton), 1900 -1971. Papers, 1920-1971: Finding Aid.
- Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
- EAD ID
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