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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS601626

Sheldon Glueck papers

Includes papers relating to Glueck's literary interests as well as material on Glueck's career in criminology and administration of criminal justice, especially the Harvard Law School Survey of Crime and Criminal Justice in Boston, 1926-1933, war crimes and criminals, Glueck's work on the Model Penal Code of the American Law Institute, membership on two advisory committees on Federal rules of criminal procedure (1941-1942, 1960-1966), and his study (1926-1938) of the Belgian Ministry of Justice. The bulk of the collection consists of professional correspondence (1920's-1972), chiefly with professional organizations, public and private agencies, and their respective officials.

Dates

  • 1916 - 1972

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

129 boxes

The 35,000 items in the papers of Sheldon Glueck (1896-1980) span the years 1916 to 1972.

The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports, transcripts, press releases, notes, legal documents, telegrams, drafts and outlines of speeches and writings, lecture notes and outlines, lists, bibliographies, index cards, news clippings, printed items, and official documents.

Professor Glueck's special field was criminology and the administration of criminal justice, and his papers relate to his teaching, research and writing in this field, and to his participation in organizations and service as a member of committees, boards and surveys concerned with delinquency, crime, penology and other areas of criminal justice. The papers include notes of Glueck while he was a college student in Washington, D.C., and a graduate student at Harvard (1916-1927), and teaching notes and materials of Glueck's from his time as a professor at Harvard (1926-1963). A large group of materials deals with the work of the so-called Harvard Crime Survey (Harvard Law School Survey of Crime and Criminal Justice in Boston). Glueck was general assistant to Professor Felix Frankfurter who served as director of this survey. This group of papers covers essentially the years 1926-1933. Other important groups of papers relate to Glueck's concern with war crimes and war criminals and his early writings on this problem (1943-1945); his work on the Model Penal Code of the American Law Institute (1955-1956); his service as a member of two advisory committees on Federal rules of criminal procedure (1941-1942, 1960-1966); and his study of the Belgian Ministry of Justice ( 1926-1938).

There is also a sizeable group of literary and other non-legal manuscripts of Glueck, mainly plays, short stories and scripts for the public media, and including correspondence with publishers, literary agents, actors, and actresses.

Of the 35,000 items in the Sheldon Glueck Papers, roughly 27,500 are correspondence items. Correspondence is of a predominantly professional nature; it ranges from the early 1920's to 1972. A great deal of the correspondence is with various professional organizations, public and private agencies, and their respective officials.

Among Sheldon Glueck's correspondents are: Haruo Abe; Sanford Bates; David L. Bazelon; Clifford W. Beers; Alfred Bettman; Jacob Billikopf; Louis Dembitz Brandeis; Benjamin Nathan Cardozo; Henry P. Chandler; Tom Clark; Morris Raphael Cohen; Fernand Collin; Paul Cornil; Homer Cummings; Robert F. Drinan; David L. Edsall; Herbert Brutus Ehrmann; Sanford Fox; Felix Frankfurter; Bernard Glueck; Erwin N. Griswold; Jerome Hall; Learned Hand; Albert J. Harno; William Healy; Carroll C. Hincks; Alexander Holtzoff; E.A. Hooton; Charles Evans Hughs; Alvin S. Johnson; George W. Kirchwey; Richard H. Kuh; Norman D. Lattin; William Draper Lewis; Frank Loveland; Arthur T. Lyman; George F. McGrath; Karl A. Menninger; Justin Miller; Raymond Moley; Fulton Oursler; Winfrad Overholser; John J. Parder; Herbert C. Parsons; Morris Ploscowe; Roscoe Pound; Max Radin; Thorsten Sellin; Harold M. Stephens; Joseph N. Ulman; August Vollmer; Earl G. Warren; Herbert Wechsler; Lewis H. Weinstein; Hans Weiss; Paul Dudley White; Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr.

Historical/Biographical Information

Glueck, Sheldon, criminologist, law professor, scholar, author.

  • August 15, 1896b. Warsaw, Poland. s. Charles and Anna (Steinhardt) Glueck.
  • 1903Brought to U.S.
  • n.d.Student, Georgetown University Law School
  • 1920A.B., George Washington University; S.S.D., 1963
  • 1920LL.B., LL.M., National University Law School
  • 1926Student, Harvard Law School
  • 1922A.M., Harvard; Ph.D., 1924; Sc.D., 1958
  • 1948LL.D., U. of Thessaloniki (Greece)
  • April 16, 1922m. Eleanor Touroff (dec.); daughter Anitra Joyce Rosberg (dec.)
  • 1925-1929Instructor, criminology and penology, Dept. of Social Ethics, Harvard; assistant professor, criminology, Law School, 1929-1931; professor, 1931-1950; Lowell lecturer, 1935; Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, 1950-1963; emeritus, 1963-
  • 1925-Director, Basic researches into causes, management and prevention of juvenile delinquency
  • n.d.Board of advisors, Psychiatry and the Law Foundation
  • 1930Official delegate of the U.S. Government to International Prison Congress, Prague; Paris, 1950
  • n.d.Member, Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure, U.S. Supreme Court; American Law Institute, for Youth Correction Authority, for the Model Penal Code
  • n.d.Adviser to Justice Robert H. Jackson on law governing War Crimes criminals
  • n.d.Board of Overseers, Brandeis University Center for the Study of Violence
  • n.d.Served with A.E.F., World War I
  • 1961Recipient, Isaac Ray award, American Psychiatric Association, ; (with wife) August Vollmer award, American Society of Criminology, 1961; Gold medal, Institute of Criminal Anthropology, Rome (Italy), 1964; Beccaria Gold medal, German Society of Criminology, 1964
  • n.d.Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Psychiatric Association (hon.); International Academy of Law and Science
  • n.d.Member, American Society of Criminology (past vice-president), American Bar Association (Juvenile delinquency committee), N.Y. State Bar
  • March 10, 1980Died.
Author:
August 15, 1896
b. Warsaw, Poland. s. Charles and Anna (Steinhardt) Glueck.
1903
Brought to U.S.
n.d.
Student, Georgetown University Law School
1920
A.B., George Washington University; S.S.D., 1963
1920
LL.B., LL.M., National University Law School
1926
Student, Harvard Law School
1922
A.M., Harvard; Ph.D., 1924; Sc.D., 1958
1948
LL.D., U. of Thessaloniki (Greece)
April 16, 1922
m. Eleanor Touroff (dec.); daughter Anitra Joyce Rosberg (dec.)
1925-1929
Instructor, criminology and penology, Dept. of Social Ethics, Harvard; assistant professor, criminology, Law School, 1929-1931; professor, 1931-1950; Lowell lecturer, 1935; Roscoe Pound Professor of Law, 1950-1963; emeritus, 1963-
1925-
Director, Basic researches into causes, management and prevention of juvenile delinquency
n.d.
Board of advisors, Psychiatry and the Law Foundation
1930
Official delegate of the U.S. Government to International Prison Congress, Prague; Paris, 1950
n.d.
Member, Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure, U.S. Supreme Court; American Law Institute, for Youth Correction Authority, for the Model Penal Code
n.d.
Adviser to Justice Robert H. Jackson on law governing War Crimes criminals
n.d.
Board of Overseers, Brandeis University Center for the Study of Violence
n.d.
Served with A.E.F., World War I
1961
Recipient, Isaac Ray award, American Psychiatric Association, ; (with wife) August Vollmer award, American Society of Criminology, 1961; Gold medal, Institute of Criminal Anthropology, Rome (Italy), 1964; Beccaria Gold medal, German Society of Criminology, 1964
n.d.
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Psychiatric Association (hon.); International Academy of Law and Science
n.d.
Member, American Society of Criminology (past vice-president), American Bar Association (Juvenile delinquency committee), N.Y. State Bar
March10, 1980
Died.
Author (with Eleanor T. Glueck):
  1. Mental Disorder and the Criminal Law, 1925.
  2. Crime and Justice, 1945.
  3. The Nuremberg Trial and Aggressive War, 1946.
  4. Crime and Correction: Selected Papers, 1952.
  5. Law and Psychiatry: Cold War or Entente Cordiale? 1962.
Author (with Livingston Hall):
  1. 500 Criminal Careers, 1930.
  2. Five Hundred Delinquent Women, 1934.
  3. One Thousand Juvenile Delinquents, 1934.
  4. Later Criminal Careers, 1937.
  5. Criminal Careers in Retrospect, 1943.
  6. After-Conduct of Discharged Offenders, 1945.
  7. Unraveling Juvenile Delinquency, 1950.
  8. Delinquents in the Making, 1952.
  9. Physique and Delinquency, 1956.
  10. Predicting Delinquency and Crime, 1959.
  11. Family Environment and Delinquency, 1962.
  12. Ventures in Criminology, 1964.
  13. Delinquents and Nondelinquents in Perspective, 1968.
  14. Toward a Typology of Juvenile Offenders: Implications for Therapy and Prevention, 1970.
Editor:
  1. Cases and Materials on Criminal Law, 1940.
  2. Cases on Criminal Law and its Enforcement, 1951; 2nd ed. 1958.
Co-editor:
  1. The Welfare State and the National Welfare, 1952.
  2. The Problem of Delinquency, 1958.
  3. Roscoe Pound and Criminal Justice, 1965.
Member of editorial board:
  1. Preventing Crime, 1936.
  2. Identification of Predelinquents, 1972.
Consulting editor: Community Mental Health Journal

Contributor to numerous professional journals.

Author of various dramatic and other literary writings.
  1. Federal Probation
  2. International Journal of Social Psychiatry

Series List

  1. Subseries a. consists of miscellaneous correspondence through 1940.
  2. Subseries b. includes major correspondence, and miscellaneous correspondencefor the years 1941 to 1971. The major correspondence covers roughlythe years 1941 to 1971 also, although a few of these exchangescommence before 1941, and a very small number, notable those of LouisDembitz Brandeis and Benjamin Nathan Cardozo, end before 1941.Glueck's current correspondence, beginning with 1972 and the time ofhis wife's death, will be included in Series XV: Addenda.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of Sheldon Glueck, criminologist, law professor, scholar, and author, were presented to the Harvard Law School on June 10, 1970 as a gift by Professor Sheldon Glueck.

Existence and Location of Copies

The Sheldon Glueck 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

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn and Annie M. Campbell, December 1973.
Link to catalog
Title
Glueck, Sheldon. Papers, 1916-1972: Finding Aid.
Author
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00073

Repository Details

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