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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 4140130

Sir William Haley correspondence with Felix Frankfurter


Photocopies of correspondence between Justice Felix Frankfurter and Sir William Haley (originals held at the Churchill Archives Centre), primarily written during Haley's years as editor of the London Times, which constitute an ongoing discussion of British and American legal topics, current events, and other issues.


  • 1952 - 1965

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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 days' advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for these papers has not passed into the public domain. Permission to publish is required from the heirs of Sir William Haley.


13 folders

This collection consists of photocopies of correspondence between Felix Frankfurter and Sir William Haley, from 1952 to 1965, which are primarily concerned with British and American politics, law and current events, as well as literature and social affairs. Issues such as obsenity, censorship, presidential elections and the works of Henry James are among the varied topics of conversation, as are mutual acquaintances such as Paul Freund and Dean Acheson.

The originals of these papers are held by the Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge, England in the papers of Sir William John Haley.

Historical/Biographical Information

Haley was born in 1901, on the island of Jersey. After working on the staffs of several newspapers and at Reuters, he become the head of the BBC in 1944, a position he held until 1952. He was then editor of the London Times from 1952-1966 and editor of the Encyclopedia Britannica from 1968-1969. He died in 1987 in Jersey.

Frankfurter was born in Vienna, Austria in 1882, and immigrated with his parents to New York in 1894. A lifelong Anglophile, Frankfurter was educated at Harvard and was eventually nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1939, where he served until his retirement in 1962. He died in 1965.

Physical Location

Small Manuscripts Collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of D.J. Haley, 9 April 1994.

General note

  1. British Broadcasting Corporation
  2. Curtis, Lionel, 1872-1955
  3. Eden, Anthony, Earl of Avon, 1897-
  4. Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965
  5. Great Britain--Politics and government--1945-1964
  6. Hodson, H. V. (Henry Vincent), 1906-
  7. Insanity--Jurisprudence--United States
  8. Obscenity (Law)--United States
  9. Pornography--Law and legislation--United States
  10. Thorneycroft, Peter
  11. Tyerman, Donald
  12. Times (London, England)
  13. Wiretapping--Law and legislation--United States

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca FenningFebruary 2006

Sir William Haley. Correspondence with Felix Frankfurter, 1952-1965: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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