Ezra Ripley Thayer papers
- 1882 - 1915
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Extent1 collection (15 boxes, 2 Paige boxes)
The bulk of the Ezra Ripley Thayer papers relates to his years at Harvard, both as a student at the College and as a student, teacher and dean at the Law School. Thayer preserved sets of examination questions, student notes, and personal financial records while a student at Harvard (1884-1891). His papers from his teaching period (1910-1915) include some of his lecture notes, studies for the Massachusetts Bar Association and for the Carnegie Foundation concerning the quality and content of Bar examination questions and methods of teaching in American law schools. Also contained is a certain amount of correspondence with colleagues and others concerning professional matters. Arrangement of this correspondence is partially chronological (11 folders) and partially alphabetical. The chronological sequence contains a considerable amount of correspondence with Harlan Fiske Stone, at that time Dean of the Columbia University Law School. Among his other correspondents during this period were: Adolf Berle, Jr.; F.W. Grinnell; Richard W. Hale; Judge Joseph C. Higgins; Roscoe Pound; John H. Wigmore; and Bruce Wyman.
A third prominent group of papers consists of material preserved from his years as practicing attorney (1893-1910). Included in this group are seven letterpress volumes of carbons of letters sent during this period. There is also a small amount of correspondence with Louis D. Brandeis and Henry L. Stimson.
b. February 21, 1866, Milton, Massachusetts.
p. James Bradley and Sophia Bradford (Ripley) T.
A.B. Harvard College, 1888.
LL.B. Harvard Law School, 1891.
m. Ethel Randolf Clark, June 23, 1898 (three children).
Secretary to Justice Horace Gray, U.S. Supreme Court, 1892.
Practiced law in Boston with the firm of Brandeis, Dunbar, and Nutter, 1893-1900.
Practiced law in Boston with the firm of Storey, Thorndike, Palmer and Thayer, 1900-1910.
Dane Professor of Law and Dean of the Harvard Law School, 1910-1915.
d. September 14, 1915.
- "The Harvard Law School: Looking Ahead," Harvard Alumni Bulletin 17, 7, November 11, 1914, pp. 104-105.
- "Observations on the Law of Evidence," Michigan Law Review XIII, 5 March, 1915.
- "Judicial Administration"; an address before the Law Association of Philadelphia, 1915.
- References to Cases and Statutes to Accompany Lectures on Massachusetts Practice, 1903-1904.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Thayer, Ezra Ripley. Papers, 1882-1915: Finding Aid.
- Harvard Law School Library Cambridge, MA 02138
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