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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 4139965

Albert Martin Kales correspondence on The Rule Against Perpetuities


Correspondence to and from Albert M. Kales and John C. Gray regarding Gray's book The Rule Against Perpetuities. Also included are articles written for publication by Kales, concerning Gray's work.


  • 1904-1913

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1 collection (1 box (half-hollinger))
This collection consists of correspondence between Albert M. Kales and John C. Gray as well as articles by Kales related to Gray's The Rule Against Perpetuities. Some correspondence between Kales and Judge Julian W. Mack is also included.

Historical/Biographical Information

Albert Martin Kales, born in 1875, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1899 and began practicing law in his native Chicago. In 1902, he also began teaching property law at Northwestern University Law School, and became a professor there in 1910. He also taught for one year (1916-1917) at his alma mater, Harvard Law, but turned down the offer to work there permanently because the school would not let him carry a personal case load of 6 cases a year, something he saw as the only way to stay truly up-to-date. Kales was also the author of several books, including Unpopular Government in the United States (1914) and Estates and Future Interests (1920). He died in 1922 of typhoid fever.

John Chipman Gray's Rule of Perpetuities was published in 1906, and as is apparent from the contents of this collection, was the subject of significant correspondence between Gray and Kales, as well as fodder for several Kales articles. Gray (1839-1915) was another Harvard Law graduate and the Royall Professor of Law at HLS for 44 years. He was also a founding partner of the prominent Boston firm of Ropes and Gray.

Physical Location

Small Manuscripts Collection

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Roland Gray, 24 July 1954.

General note

  1. Future interests -- United States
  2. Gifts -- Law and legislation -- United States
  3. Gray, John Chipman, 1839-1915
  4. Mack, Julian W. (Julian William), 1866-1943
  5. Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Law
  6. Perpetuities -- United States

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Fenning, February 2006
Link to catalog
Kales, Albert Martin. Correspondence on The Rule Against Perpetuities, 1904-1913: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138

Repository Details

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