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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS601641

Albert Lévitt papers

Materials used and collected by Lévitt for his study of the crisis in Rhodesia following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence, November 11, 1965, together with his proposals for and efforts in behalf of a reconciliation between Rhodesia and Great Britain. The 1974 addition to the collection includes papers relating to Lévitt’s teaching career, court papers, study and research material on international treaties and nationality and comparative law, and miscellaneous personal and professional papers.

Dates

  • 1817-1968

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.

Extent

1 collection (44 boxes and 16 Paige boxes)

The 5500 items in the papers of Judge Albert Lévitt (1887-1968) span the years 1927-1937 and 1965-1968; a small number of research items used by Judge Lévitt date back to the early 1920s and to the 1800s.

The collection includes correspondence, notes, memoranda, reports, minutes of meetings, bibliographies, government and legal documents, drafts, newspaper clippings, photographs, an outline of an uncompleted manuscript, files of index cards, partial files of newspapers, pamphlets, copies of magazines, printed parliamentary debates, and books. The books are association copies, and most of them have either marginal annotations, marginal check-marks, and/or slips marking special places of reference. All of the parliamentary debates are marked with both slips and check-marks.

The papers cover two distinct periods of Judge Lévitt's life. The first group covers roughly the years 1927-1937 when he taught at the Brooklyn Law School of St. Lawrence University (1927-1930), his professional and political activities in Connecticut from 1930-1933, and his service as a Special Assistant Attorney General of the U.S. (1933-1935, 1936-1937), as a Representative of the U.S. Department of Justice on a Committee of Advisors on the Codification of Nationality Laws of the U.S. (1933-1935), and as a Judge of the U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands (1935-1936). These papers contain his study of, and research materials in, international treaties, nationality and comparative law; his court papers; and some personal/professional miscellany.

The second group consists mainly of research material which Judge Lévitt collected and received in connection with his study of the crisis in Rhodesia following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence on November 11, 1965, and with his proposals and efforts for a reconciliation between Rhodesia and the British Crown.

Among Judge Lévitt's correspondents were: Sir Hugh Beadle, Chief Justice, High Court of Rhodesia; Clifford Dupont, Officer Administering the Government, Rhodesia; D.W. Lardner-Burke, Minister of Justice, Rhodesia; Oliver Sprague; Sir Robert Tredgold, Rhodesia; Sir Roy Welensky, Prime Minister, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland; Patrick Wall, M.P., House of Commons, Great Britian.

The arrangement which Judge Lévitt had imposed upon his files, including Series titles and folder headings, has been preserved.

Historical/Biographical Information

Lévitt, Albert, lawyer, judge, public servant.

  • March 14, 1887 b. Woodbine, Maryland,s. Thomas Reeve and Ida Alee Lévitt
  • 1911 B.D. Meadville Theological School
  • 1913 B.A. Columbia, cum magnis honoribus, Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1920 LL.B. Harvard Law School
  • 1923 J.D. Yale Law School
  • December 24, 1921 m. Elsie Mary Hill, 1 daughter, Leslie Hill Lévitt
  • 1904-1907 Served as private and sergeant, Hospital Corps, U.S. Army, (in Phillipines, 1906-1907 and later with the American Ambulance, French Army at the front, 1915.)
  • 1913-1914 Lecturer in Philosophy, Columbia
  • 1915-1916 Acting Professor of Philosophy, Colgate University
  • June-September, 1917 Regimental sergeant major Harvard R.O.T.C.
  • 1917 - January, 1919 Chaplain, U.S. Army (overseas after April 1918 in Baccarat sector, Oise-Aisne and Meuse-Argonne offensive where he was wounded and gassed.)
  • 1920-1921 Assistant Professor of Law, George Washington University
  • 1921-1922 Professor of Law, University of North Dakota
  • 1924 Lecturer on Medical Jurisprudence, Johns Hopkins Medical School
  • 1924-1927 Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University
  • 1927-1930 Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School of St. Lawrence University
  • 1939 Lecturer on the Law of Finance, School of Commerce, New York University
  • 1942-1943 Professor of Law, Hasting College of the Law, University of California
  • 1923-1924, 1933-1935, 1936-1937 Special Assistant Attorney General of the U.S.
  • 1935-1936 Judge, U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands
  • 1921 Member, U.S. Assay Commission
  • 1933-1935 Representative of the U.S. Department of Justice on Committee of Advisors on Codification of Nationality Laws of the U.S.
  • 1941 Special advisor to the Office of Production Management, Priorities Division
  • 1932 Candidate of Independent Republican party for governor of Connecticut
  • 1950 Republican candidate, U.S. Senator, California
  • June 18, 1968 d. Manchester, Massachusetts
Author:

Code of International Criminal Law, 1928

How to Study Law, 1928

The Law of Community Property of California, 1951

The President and International Affairs of the United States

The Public Utilities of Connecticut, 1931

Vaticanism: The Political Principles of the Catholic Church

Associate editor:

Central Law Journal, St. Louis, 1921-1930.
March14, 1887
b. Woodbine, Maryland,s. Thomas Reeve and Ida Alee Lévitt
1911
B.D. Meadville Theological School
1913
B.A. Columbia, cum magnis honoribus, Phi Beta Kappa
1920
LL.B. Harvard Law School
1923
J.D. Yale Law School
December 24, 1921
m. Elsie Mary Hill, 1 daughter, Leslie Hill Lévitt
1904-1907
Served as private and sergeant, Hospital Corps, U.S. Army, (in Phillipines, 1906-1907 and later with the American Ambulance, French Army at the front, 1915.)
1913-1914
Lecturer in Philosophy, Columbia
1915-1916
Acting Professor of Philosophy, Colgate University
June-September,1917
Regimental sergeant major Harvard R.O.T.C.
1917 - January,1919
Chaplain, U.S. Army (overseas after April 1918 in Baccarat sector, Oise-Aisne and Meuse-Argonne offensive where he was wounded and gassed.)
1920-1921
Assistant Professor of Law, George Washington University
1921-1922
Professor of Law, University of North Dakota
1924
Lecturer on Medical Jurisprudence, Johns Hopkins Medical School
1924-1927
Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University
1927-1930
Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School of St. Lawrence University
1939
Lecturer on the Law of Finance, School of Commerce, New York University
1942-1943
Professor of Law, Hasting College of the Law, University of California
1923-1924, 1933-1935,1936-1937
Special Assistant Attorney General of the U.S.
1935-1936
Judge, U.S. District Court of the Virgin Islands
1921
Member, U.S. Assay Commission
1933-1935
Representative of the U.S. Department of Justice on Committee of Advisors on Codification of Nationality Laws of the U.S.
1941
Special advisor to the Office of Production Management, Priorities Division
1932
Candidate of Independent Republican party for governor of Connecticut
1950
Republican candidate, U.S. Senator, California
June 18, 1968
d. Manchester, Massachusetts

Series List

  1. Series I. Personal Files: Rhodesia
  2. Series II. Personal Files: Other Countries
  3. Series III. Pamphlet File: Rhodesia and otherCountries
  4. Series IV. Constitutional Law I
  5. Series V. Constitutional Law II
  6. Series VI. Constitutional Law: Treaties
  7. Series VII. International Law: Opinions, Memoranda
  8. Series VIII. Treaties
  9. Series IX. Treaties I: International Law
  10. Series X. Virgin Islands and other Miscellany
  11. Series XI. Public Utilities Files
  12. Series XII. Russian Insurance Cases, Recognition of Russia,1933: Exhibits and Translations of Decrees and Constitutions of theU.S.S.R and other data
  13. Series XIII. Personal and Biographical Miscellany
  14. Series XIV. International Miscellany: Argentina, Germany,Japan, Russia
  15. Series XV. Nationality
  16. Series XVI. Newspaper Files: Rhodesia and otherCountries
  17. Series XVII. Gr. Britain - Parliamentary Debates - House ofCommons
  18. Series XVIII. Gt.Britain - Parliamentary Debates - House ofLords
  19. Series XIX. Rhodesia - Parliamentary Debates
  20. Series XX. Books on Rhodesia, International Law, BritishCommonwealth Nations
  21. Series XXI. Miscellaneous material other than InternationalLaw

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

In 1968 the heirs of Albert Lévitt, teacher, ordained minister, lawyer, government official, judge and author, presented to the Harvard Law School, as a gift, a sizeable group of Judge Lévitt's papers, reflecting mainly his interest and research in international law and international affairs.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Albert Lévitt Papers is available on microfilm; see the HOLLIS record for more information.

Researchers are required to use the microfilm copy of the collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Erika S. Chadbourn and John J. Feeney, Jr., September 1968, November 1974
Link to catalog
Title
Lévitt, Albert. Papers, 1817-1968: Finding Aid.
Author
Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00067

Repository Details

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