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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS8844614

Harvard Law School Forum records


This collection contains correspondence relating to Harvard Law School Forum speakers and reel-to-reel, cassette, PCM and VHS tapes and phonograph recordings of the Forum speakers.


  • 1946-2000

Conditions Governing Access

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-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

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.


36 boxes
The Harvard Law School Forum was founded by thirty Law School students, veterans returning from World War II, as a memorial to fellow students killed during the war. The Forum presented its first program on March 8, 1946, a discussion of the war crimes trials.

In 1948 the Forum was chartered as a nonprofit corporation. It is administered entirely by Law School students, with financial support from the legal and business communities. The Forum does not pay its speakers honoraria, nor does it endorse their views. It is committed to hosting prominent individuals from all fields to address Harvard Law School students and faculty -as well as the Harvard community at large- on a broad range of current issues. It offers an active and varied program of speakers and panel discussions, all of which are open to the public and receive extensive local and national media attention.

Series List

This collection is divided into eight series:
  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1946-2000 1946-2000
  2. Series 2: Assorted Papers, 1946-2000 1946-2000
  3. Series 3: 10" reel-to-reel tapes, 1946-2000 1946-2000
  4. ___ Subseries 1: Edited Master Reels Boxes 19-20
  5. ___ Subseries 2: Other 10" reel-to-reels Boxes 20-21
  6. Series 4: 7" reel-to-reels, 1960-1976 1960-1976
  7. Series 5: Cassette tapes, 1960-2000 1960-2000
  8. ___ Subseries 1: Recordings corresponding to the 10" reel-to-reeltapes (1960-1999) (1960-1999)
  9. ___ Subseries 2: Remaining cassette tapes (1954-2000) Boxes 28-32(1954-2000)
  10. Series 6: PCM tapes, 1961-1987 1961-1987
  11. Series 7: VHS tapes, 1983-2000 1983-2000
  12. Series 8: Two vinyl phonograph records, 1954 1954

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Due to condition issues we do not provide playback options for the audio portion of this collection. Researchers may request to have one audio or video item reformatted per calendar year; requests are generally processed in 6 months.
Researchers should be aware that following reformatting and a rights review conducted by library staff, copyright and privacy concerns may prohibit the audio or video from being made publicly accessible. Access methods for audiovisual items vary based on this review and are usually mediated by HSC staff.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Jon Rose, representative of the Harvard Law School Forum, transferred these audio-visual tapes, phonograph records, and papers to the Harvard Law School Library on May 19 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Lubicz-Nawrocki, Fall 2000-Spring 2001.
Link to catalog
Harvard Law School Forum. Records, 1946-2000: 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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