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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601604

Robert Braucher papers

Overview

Bulk of the collection relates to Braucher's work as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission on Uniform State Laws, together with material on his work on the statute of Fraud for the New York Law Revision Commission, as reporter for the American Law Institute, as a member of the Massachusetts Statutory Special Commission on Code of Ethics, the Massachusetts Attorney General Advisory Council on Conflict of Interests, and the National Commission on Uniform State Laws, and as chairman of the National Commission on Consumer Finance. TEST

Dates

  • 1936 - 1971

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.

Extent

1 collection (68 boxes and 3 Paige boxes)
The Papers of Judge Braucher (1916-1981), which were deposited with the Harvard Law School Library in 1971, span the years 1936-1971, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1940-1970.

The Papers consist of correspondence, teaching notes, student notes, drafts, outlines, syllabi, memoranda, reports, legal documents, legislative documents, court documents, news clippings, unbound printed items, and financial records. Much of the material is in photo-duplicated form.

The Braucher Papers deal with Judge Braucher's professional background and career up to the time of his appointment as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (January 1971). They include his notes as a student at the Harvard Law School; his teaching notes for his various courses at the Harvard Law School and other institutions which he visited; manuscripts of and correspondence about his professional writings and special lectureships; his work on the Statute of Fraud for the New York Law Revision Commission; his work as a reporter for the American Law Institute, especially his contributions to the Model Penal Code and the Restatement of Contracts; his work as a member of the Massachusetts Statutory Special Commission on Code of Ethics and the Massachusetts Attorney General Advisory Council on Conflict of Interests; and his work as a member of the National Commission on Uniform State Laws and as a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission on Uniform State Laws. The bulk of these Papers deals with this latter involvement as a Commissioner on Uniform State Laws, namely his contribution to the drafting of various uniform codes, especially the Uniform Commercial Code and the Uniform Consumer Credit Code.

There are also three manuscript boxes of material dealing with Judge Braucher's contribution to the National Commission on Consumer Finance of which he was Chairman in 1969 and 1970. Four manuscript boxes contain material on miscellaneous professional activities of Judge Braucher. There is little personal-biographical material included in these Papers, and all of the correspondence is professional in character. There are no extended correspondence series with any particular person.

Historical/Biographical Information

Braucher, Robert: lawyer, educator, legal scholar, judge.

  • Feb. 23, 1916 b. New York City, s. Howard S. and Edna Vaughan (Fisher) B.
  • 1936 A.B. (high honors), Haverford College,
  • 1939 LL.B. magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • Jan. 15, 1942 Married Mary Elizabeth King, children: Roberta, William King, Jean, and Karen
  • 1939 Admitted to New York bar
  • 1950 Massachusetts bar
  • 1939-1941 Associate, Hughes, Hubbard & Ewing, N.Y.C.
  • 1946-1949 Visiting prof. in law, Harvard Law School
  • 1949-1971 Professor of law
  • 1959 Fulbright lecturer, Chuo and Tokyo Universities, Japan
  • n.d. Consultant, N.Y. Law Revision Committee
  • 1954-1971 Mass. Commissioner on Uniform State Laws
  • 1954-1971 Member National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • 1959-1968 Reporter, American Law Institute, Restatement of Contracts
  • 1961-1962 Member Massachusetts Statutory Special Commission on Code of Ethics; Massachusetts Attorney General Advisory Council on Conflict of Interests
  • 1971-1981 Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 1941-1945 Served to major USAAF
  • 1946-1955 CBI, PTO; to lt. Col. USAF Res. Decorated Legion of Merit, D.F.C., Air Medal
  • August 26, 1981 Died
Author:
Feb. 23, 1916
b. New York City, s. Howard S. and Edna Vaughan (Fisher) B.
1936
A.B. (high honors), Haverford College,
1939
LL.B. magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
Jan. 15, 1942
Married Mary Elizabeth King, children: Roberta, William King, Jean, and Karen
1939
Admitted to New York bar
1950
Massachusetts bar
1939-1941
Associate, Hughes, Hubbard & Ewing, N.Y.C.
1946-1949
Visiting prof. in law, Harvard Law School
1949-1971
Professor of law
1959
Fulbright lecturer, Chuo and Tokyo Universities, Japan
n.d.
Consultant, N.Y. Law Revision Committee
1954-1971
Mass. Commissioner on Uniform State Laws
1954-1971
Member National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
1959-1968
Reporter, American Law Institute, Restatement of Contracts
1961-1962
Member Massachusetts Statutory Special Commission on Code of Ethics; Massachusetts Attorney General Advisory Council on Conflict of Interests
1971-1981
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
1941-1945
Served to major USAAF
1946-1955
CBI, PTO; to lt. Col. USAF Res. Decorated Legion of Merit, D.F.C., Air Medal
August 26, 1981
Died
Editor Harvard Law Review, 1937-1939.

.
  1. Introduction to Commercial Law (with Charles Corker), 1949.
  2. Cases on Commercial Law, 1950.
  3. Documents of Title, 2nd ed., 1958.
  4. (withFuller) Basic Contract Law, 1964.
  5. Commercial Transactions (3rd ed. with Sutherland),1964.
  6. Commercial Transactions (4th ed. with Sutherland),1968.
  7. Also numerous other book titles, reports andjournal articles.

Series List

  1. Series I. Correspondence
  2. Series II. Teaching Notes
  3. Series III. Writings
  4. Series IV. Japan
  5. Series V. New York Law Revision Commission
  6. Series VI. American Law Institute
  7. Series VII. Massachusetts Statutory Special Commission on Codeof Ethics
  8. Series VIII. Massachusetts Attorney General Advisory Council onConflict of Interests
  9. Series IX. National Conference of Commissioners on UniformState Laws
  10. ___ Subseries A. Bankruptcy Act
  11. ___ Subseries B. Douglass Bill
  12. ___ Subseries C. Model Anti-Discrimination Code
  13. ___ Subseries D. Truth in Lending Act (Proxmire)
  14. ___ Subseries E. Uniform Anti-Trust Act
  15. ___ Subseries F. Uniform Commercial Code
  16. ___ Subseries G. Uniform Consumer Credit Code
  17. ___ Subseries H. Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act
  18. ___ Subseries I. Uniform Land Transactions Act
  19. ___ Subseries J. Other Acts, Codes, General Matters
  20. Series X. National Commission on ConsumerFinance
  21. Series XI. Other Professional Activities
  22. Series XII. Biographical, Bibliographical, Student Notes,Harvard Miscellany
  23. Series XIII. Paige Boxes

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Papers of Robert Braucher, lawyer, educator, legal scholar, and judge, were presented to the Harvard Law School Library by Judge Braucher in January 1971 as a gift.

Processing Information

Prepared by Richard D. Prentiss 1973 and Erika S. Chadbourne
Link to catalog
Title
Braucher, Robert. Papers, 1936-1971: Finding Aid.
Author
Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00068

Repository Details

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