Austin Wakeman Scott papers
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Extent1 collection (35 boxes and 5 Paige boxes)
The collection includes correspondence (both letters received and carbons of letters sent); minutes of meetings; reports; financial statements; legal documents; forms; research notes; outlines; drafts and typescripts of writings, speeches and special lectures; press releases; proof sheets; clippings and other printed items.
The bulk of A.W. Scott's correspondence relates to his activities as law teacher and legal scholar, and to his preeminence as an authority in the fields of trusts and civil procedure. Correspondence with colleagues concerns his and their writings and teaching. Correspondence with former students relate to their careers, to their inquiries regarding particular points of law in Professor Scott's area of special expertise, and to Harvard alumni matters. Correspondence also includes invitations to write articles, participate in conferences and meetings, and join professional and non-professional groups. Scott's letters demonstrate his scholarly interest in presenting as meticulous and clear a reply as possible, especially when conveying his thoughts regarding trusts and civil procedure. Many inquiries stem from bankers, especially trust officers.
A group of seventy-nine items chronicles Scott's term as Visiting Professor at Brasenose College, Oxford University, England, in the spring of 1954. An additional ten items were generated when Oxford conferred an honorary D.C.L. (Doctor of Civil Law) on him in June 1954.
Austin Wakeman Scott's American Law Institute files (1924-1966) consist of correspondence and drafts. Scott served as reporter for trusts and co-reporter for restitution and judgments. Drafts are mainly in typed, mimeographed form, with marginalia, and include comments by others. The correspondence sequence with William Draper Lewis, Director of the ALI, spans the years 1923 to 1943.
Other series in the Scott papers relate to his service as clerk of the Ames Foundation (1920-1966) which publishes series of annual volumes covering both English and American legal history; to his service as a member of the board of and adviser to the Harvard Cooperative Society (1940s and 1950s), a department store in Cambridge, Massachusetts, catering primarily to the Harvard University community; to his miscellaneous writings including manuscripts of special lectures and unpublished addresses; to notes he made on the history of the Harvard Law School; to the Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University, where he served as a visiting lecturer; and to current Harvard Law School and to personal/professional matters.
Also of interest are Professor Scott's letters to his parents which he sent to them during his first two years as a student at the Harvard Law School, 1906-1908; these letters were edited and published by the Harvard Law School in 1974 in honor of Professor Scott's 90th birthday. In addition, a small group of miscellaneous addenda, gifted to the Harvard Law Library at a later date, includes personal and family correspondence from the 1950s to the 1970s, especially personal notes from to Scott on his 90th birthday.
Major correspondents in the Scott papers, besides William Draper Lewis, include:
- Joseph H. Beale
- Henry W.Bikle
- George C.Bogert
- Louis D.Brandeis
- William J. Brennan,Jr.
- Charles C.Burlingham
- Benjamin N.Cardozo
- Zechariah Chafee,Jr.
- Loring C.Christie
- James B.Conant
- Sir RaymondEvershed
- Herbert F.Goodrich
- Erwin N.Griswold
- James M.Landis
- Walter B.Leach
- Julian W.Mack
- Edmund M.Morgan
- The Right Honorable LordNathan
- Warren A.Seavey
- Mayo A.Shattuck
- Harlan F.Stone
- Arthur E.Sutherland
- 1903 A.B., Rutgers College
- 1909 LL.B., Harvard University
- 1933 LL.D., Rutgers University
- 1944 Harvard University
- 1960 Brown University
- 1965 Osgoode Law School, Upper Canada
- 1954 D.C.L., Oxford University
- 1910 Admitted to New York State bar
- 1911 Massachusetts bar
- 1909-1910 Instructor, Harvard Law School
- 1910-1914 Assistant Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
- 1914-1920 Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
- 1 September 1915 to 1 February 1916 Acting Dean, Harvard Law School
- 1920-1938 Story Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
- 1938-1961 Dane Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
- 1961-1981 Dane Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School
- 1911-1912 Served on leave of absence, as Dean of the College of Law, State University of Iowa
- 1928 Reporter for Trusts, American Law Institute; co-reporter for Restitution and Judgments President, Association of American Law Schools Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences Clerk, Ames Foundation
- 1935-1959 Faculty member, Graduate School of Banking, American Bankers Association
- 1961 Recipient, Harvard Law School Association Distinguished Service Award
- 9 April 1981 d. Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Cases on civil procedure. 1914, 1919
- Fundamentals of procedure in actions at law. 1922
- The law of trusts. 1939, 1956, 1967
- Cases and othermaterials on civil procedure (with Sidney Post Simpson). 1950
- Cases on trusts. 1951
- Also other legal monographsand numerous professional articles.
- Series I. Ames Foundation
- Series II. General Correspondence
- Series III. Letters of Austin W. Scott to his Family,1906-1908
- Series IV. American Law Institute
- Series V. The Graduate School of Banking, RutgersU.
- Series VI. Harvard Cooperative Society
- Series VII. Miscellaneous Writings
- Series VIII. Harvard Law School, Biographical, and OtherMiscellany
- Series IX. Addenda
- Series X. Oversized Materials
- Series XI. Paige boxes [bound items].
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Scott, Austin Wakeman. Papers, 1906-1979: Finding Aid.
- Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University
- EAD ID
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