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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 12254359

Felix Frankfurter Visual Materials

Overview

Prints and photographs relating to the life and career of Felix Frankfurter.

Dates

  • 1895 - 1982

Conditions Governing Access

Access to these materials is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. Open to the public without restrictions. This collection requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

The vast majority of material in Historical & Special Collections (HSC) is either in the public domain or under copyrights not controlled by HSC. If researchers wish to quote, publish, perform, reproduce or otherwise make any use of an item in HSC's collections that requires permission from the copyright holder(s) of the item, it is the researcher's responsibility to obtain all such permissions.

Extent

1 collection (205 images, 16 x 20 in. and smaller, stored; in 2 boxes)
The majority of images in the collection are black and white photographs of Felix Frankfurter and his family and friends and include both candid photographs and formal and informal portraits. In addition, there are a few etched and/or engraved portraits of Frankfurter, one original portrait sketch, and three caricatures/political cartoons, most signed by the artists. Approximately half of the images are undated, but in most cases a date can be inferred based on the subject’s history.

Historical/Biographical Information

  • 1882, Nov 15Born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1894 Immigrated with parents to New York City
  • 1902 A.B.,College of the City of New York (City College of New York -CCNY)
  • 1906 LL.B., Harvard Law School
  • 1906-1910 Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
  • 1911-1914 Law Officer, Bureau of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of War
  • 1914-1920 Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1917 Major and Judge Advocate, Officers’ Reserve Corps, U.S. Army
  • 1917-1918 Assistant to the Secretary of War; Secretary and Counsel to the President’s Mediation Commission
  • 1918 Assistant to the Secretary of Labor
  • 1918-1919 Chairman, War Labor Policies Board
  • 1919, Dec. 20 Married Marion A. Denman (died 1975)
  • 1920-1939 Byrne Professor of Administrative Law, Harvard Law School
  • 1931 Declined Governor Ely’s nomination to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1933-1934 George Eastman Visiting Professor, Balliol College, Oxford University, England
  • 1939, Jan. 5 Nominated Associated Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1939, Jan. 17 Confirmed by U.S. Senate
  • 1939, Jan. 30 Took Office
  • 1962, Aug. 28 Retired from Supreme Court of the United States
  • 1965, Feb. 22 Died, Washington, D.C.
1882, Nov 15
Born in Vienna, Austria
1894
Immigrated with parents to New York City
1902
A.B., College of the City of New York (City College of New York - CCNY)
1906
LL.B., Harvard Law School
1906-1910
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
1911-1914
Law Officer, Bureau of Insular Affairs, U.S. Department of War
1914-1920
Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
1917
Major and Judge Advocate, Officers’ Reserve Corps, U.S. Army
1917-1918
Assistant to the Secretary of War; Secretary and Counsel to the President’s Mediation Commission
1918
Assistant to the Secretary of Labor
1918-1919
Chairman, War Labor Policies Board
1919, Dec. 20
Married Marion A. Denman (died 1975)
1920-1939
Byrne Professor of Administrative Law, Harvard Law School
1931
Declined Governor Ely’s nomination to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
1933-1934
George Eastman Visiting Professor, Balliol College, Oxford University, England
1939, Jan. 5
Nominated Associated Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
1939, Jan.17
Confirmed by U.S. Senate
1939, Jan. 30
Took Office
1962, Aug. 28
Retired from Supreme Court of the United States
1965, Feb. 22
Died, Washington, D.C.

Physical Location

Art Office, Langdell Hall

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the collection was donated by the Frankfurter Estate along with Frankfurter’s papers; the photographs and other visual materials were separated from the manuscripts for processing and storage. Other images were acquired from a variety of sources, including from Frankfurter himself and his various acquaintances and/or colleagues, and were incorporated into the larger collection; these are noted in the finding aid.

Related Material

The Law School also holds Frankfurter’s papers, which are described in the finding aid entitled “Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965. Papers, 1900-1965: Finding Aid.”

Processing Information

Processed by Jane Bowers Fall 2004.

Processed by Melinda Spitzer Johnston Spring 2006.

Additional edits made by Lesley Schoenfeld, 2015-2016.
Link to catalog
Title
Felix Frankfurter. Visual Materials, ca. 1895-1982: Finding Aid
Author
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00228

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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