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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601654

Andrew Wylie papers


Papers relating to Wylie's legal practice and his work as judge of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia.


  • Creation: 1854 - 1886

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.


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The Papers of Andrew Wylie (1814-1905) span the years 1854 to 1886. They include correspondence; legal and financial documents; notes; memoranda; transcripts; and newspaper clippings.

The Papers relate to Andrew Wylie's legal practice and to his work as a Judge of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. Attorney's papers (1854-1859) consist of correspondence with clients and prospective clients. Judge Wylie apparently specialized in financial litigation, and the letters reflect his clients' business problems. Letters are chronological in sequence, and were originally pasted in three separate letter books. All letters are incoming mail; there are no copies of outgoing letters.

The judicial papers include some of Judge Wylie's legal opinions in cases of public interest, trial notes, drafts, briefs, memoranda, notes on authorities, and correspondence relating to these cases. Some of the more interesting cases in which Judge Wylie wrote for the Court and which are represented in these Papers are United States v. Baker (1864) and the so-called Star-Route Trial (1883).

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Papers of Andrew Wylie, attorney and judge, were presented to the Harvard Law School Library as a gift by Judge Wylie's grandson, Mr. Craig Wylie, editor, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston. The papers were transferred over a span of years, the last transfer being made on December 26, 1973.

Processing Information

Prepared by Erika S. Chadbourn, January 1974.

Wylie, Andrew. Papers, 1854-1886 Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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