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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 13777568

The Paper Chase, photographs


Photographs of the 1973 movie, The Paper Chase, and of cast members from the 1983 Showtime television series.


  • 1973 - 1983


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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.


1 collection (28 black and white photographs)
The collection includes 28 black and white photographs dating from circa 1973 to 1983 and ranging in size from 5 x 8 inches to 8 x 10 inches. The photographs feature movie stills and behind the scenes photographs from the 1973 film The Paper Chase , as well as candid shots of some of the cast from the 1983 Showtime TV series The Paper Chase being interviewed and at an event, possibly at Harvard Law School.

Historical/Biographical Information

John J. Osborn, Jr. graduated from Harvard Law School with a J.D. in 1970. In 1971, he published the novel The Paper Chase , which he began writing during his third year of law school. Following the popularity of the book, Twentieth Century Fox produced a movie in 1973 based on the book. All exterior movie shots were filmed onsite at the Harvard Law School and all interior shots were filmed on sound stages built in Toronto, Canada. The book also spawned a television series that aired on CBS from 1978-1979 and was later picked up by Showtime and aired from 1983-1986. Osborn was a writer for the series.

Series List

  1. SERIES I: Movie Stills

    Arranged numerically by “PC” number, which presumably correspondswith scenes from the movie.

  2. SERIES II: Miscellaneous Images

Physical Location

Art Office, Langdell Hall

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This is a composite collection made up of a 2012 donation from John Jay Osborn Jr. and existing holdings in Historical & Special Collections.

Related Materials

Papers relating to John Jay Osborn's books: The Paper Chase ; The Only thing I've done wrong ; and The Associates. 1971-1978 (Hollis 601662)

General note

  1. Austin Hall (Cambridge, Mass.)
  2. Beckel, Graham
  3. Bottoms,Timothy, 1949-
  4. College and school drama,American -- Massachusetts -- Cambridge
  5. Harvard LawSchool. Drama
  6. Hasty PuddingClub
  7. Hermann,Edward
  8. Houseman,John
  9. Kaczmarek,Jane
  10. Naughton, James,1945-
  11. Nelson, CraigRichard
  12. Osborn, John Jay
  13. Stephens, James
  14. TwentiethCentury-Fox Film Corporation
  15. Upton,Mary Davis
  16. Wagner,Lindsay

Processing Information

Processed by Lesley Schoenfeld, 2013.
Link to catalog
The Paper Chase, Photographs, circa 1973-1983: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138

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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