Simon Greenleaf papers
- 1792 - 1853
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Extent26 boxes (24000 items)
Simon Greenleaf's papers relate to the various aspects of his professional life, with little reflecting his public activities or personal matters. An interesting segment of his papers titled, Greenleaf Reports, focus on his work as a practicing attorney in Maine. These eight manuscript boxes include a variety of materials regarding cases he litigated. A majority of cases relate to probation of wills and property conflicts involving deeds and titles. Another interesting group are the three manuscript boxes Greenleaf accumulated while a professor of law at Harvard Law School (1833-1848). This group includes Greenleaf's extensive notes on the Moot Court, as well as correspondence from his pupils. Greenleaf's involvement with Christ Church of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and other religious topics are documented in Series IV. Religious Matters. This group includes a manuscript box of correspondence and other documents touching on such issues as the Western Baptist Theological Institute and the Tract Society of Massachusetts.
A major drawback of the collection is its lack of depth into Greenleaf's personal life. Only one box covers such matters as his household expenses and house insurance. In fact, very little of the collection reflects a personality distinct from his formal dealings. In addition, due to the fact that the collection has been acquired in pieces on various occasions and has been tampered with by several individuals, the collection suffers from an inconsistency of organization and arrangement.
Simon Greenleaf papers can also be found in the following repository:
The Joseph Story Papers, 1796-1845William L. Clements LibraryUniversity of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan
- 1783 Born December 5 in Newburyport, Massachusetts
- 1790-1799 Attended the Latin School, Newburyport
- 1801 Entered apprenticeship in law office of Ezekiel Whitman of Gloucester, Maine
- 1806 Admitted to the Bar of Cumberland County, Maine in June
- 1806 Married Hannah Kingman, daughter of Capt. Ezra Kingman of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts on September 18
- 1807-1817 Practiced law in Gray, Maine
- 1818 Moved law practice to Portland, Maine
- 1820-1832 Reporter for the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine
- 1821 Published, Cases Overruled
- 1833 Appointed to Royall Professorship of Law at Harvard Law School
- 1842 Published, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence
- 1845 Appointed Dane Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
- 1848 Resigned teaching position at Harvard Law School
- 1849 Appointed judge to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, but declined
- 1853 Died, October 6 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Born December 5 in Newburyport, Massachusetts
- Attended the Latin School, Newburyport
- Entered apprenticeship in law office of Ezekiel Whitman of Gloucester, Maine
- Admitted to the Bar of Cumberland County, Maine in June
- Married Hannah Kingman, daughter of Capt. Ezra Kingman of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts on September 18
- Practiced law in Gray, Maine
- Moved law practice to Portland, Maine
- Reporter for the Supreme Judicial Court of Maine
- Published, Cases Overruled
- Appointed to Royall Professorship of Law at Harvard Law School
- Published, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence
- Appointed Dane Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
- Resigned teaching position at Harvard Law School
- Appointed judge to the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, but declined
- Died, October 6 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
- Series I. Correspondence, 1820-1853. Boxes 1-4. This Series, arranged alphabetically by name,covers a variety of topics from his involvement in the American Colonization Society to his work at Harvard. This Series is divided into two (2) Subseries:
- ___ Subseries A. Major Correspondence
- ___ Subseries B. Miscellaneous Correspondence
- Series II. Legal Materials, 1792-1852. Boxes 5-18.This Series, divided into three Subseries, includes materials related to Greenleaf's work in the field of law, both as a practicing attorney and as a legal scholar.
- ___Subseries A. Cases and Opinions Contains, in an alphabetical arrangement, briefs of cases which he authored, notes on cases which set precedents in various areas of the law, and hand-written opinions regarding cases he was asked to consult on.
- ___Subseries B. Greenleaf Reports Also arranged alphabetically, is titled, "Greenleaf Reports," and essentially contains what were bound materials that Greenleaf kept relating to cases he litigated.
- ___Subseries C. Treatise on Evidence Manuscript copy of his work titled, "A Treatise on the Law of Evidence." Much of the arrangement and folder titles in this Series is derived, due in part to the chaotic state the papers were found.
- Series III. Harvard Law School, 1833-1851. Boxes 19-23.This Series, divided into two Subseries,contains papers relating to Greenleaf's activities as a member of thefaculty of Harvard Law School.
- ___ Subseries A. Moot Court Cases Relates to the Moot Court held by the law students.
- ___ Subseries B. Academic Miscellani Alphabetically arranged and contains a variety of topics relating to Greenleaf's academic involvements.
- Series IV. Religious Matters, 1826-1850. 1826-1850.
Greenleaf's extensive involvement with ChristChurch in Cambridge, as well as, other religious matters is welldocumented in this Series. The Series, arranged alphabetically anddivided into two Subseries, also includes his correspondence with avariety of individuals discussing church activities as well as hisactivities and involvement with other local protestant denominationsand religious organizations.
- Series V. Personal Papers, 1787-1853. 1787-1853.
This Series is arranged alphabetically and includessome peripheral activities Greenleaf was involved with such as, theMutual Protection Society, Bowdoin College, and the American PeaceSociety. Also included are household related documents and severalessays in tribute to Joseph Story, his friend and colleague.
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Finding aid updated by Margaret Peachy, 2012.
- Greenleaf, Simon. Papers, 1792-1853: Finding Aid.
- Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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