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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS601640

Gordon Ireland papers

This collection consists of materials relating to Ireland's education at Harvard and Harvard Law School, his work as legal counsel for various Cuban sugar companies, particularly Cuban Cane Sugar Corporation, 1925-1928, teaching career at Harvard Law School, 1929-1932, and at Portia Law School, Calvin Coolidge College, and Calvin Coolidge Law School, all in Boston, 1939-1941, the establishment of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, his work with the Bureau of International Research of Harvard University and Radcliffe College, and publication of his books, Boundaries, Possessions and Conflicts in South America (1938), and Boundaries, Possessions, and Conflicts in Central and North America and the Caribbean (1941).

Dates

  • 1897-1944

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

2 boxes

The papers of Gordon Ireland (1880-1950) span the years 1897 to 1944. They include correspondence, charts, lists, memoranda, reports, clippings, other printed items, and pictorial material.

Historical/Biographical Information

Lawyer, professor of civil and Latin American Law.

  • 1880 born December 23, son of Oscar B. and Jeannie (Gordon) Ireland
  • 1901 A.B. Harvard College, magna cum laude, final honors in Philosophy
  • 1902 A.M. Harvard University
  • 1905 LL.B. Harvard Law School
  • 1908 November 11, m. Helen N. Maynard, c. Frederick, Elizabeth
  • 1926 J.S.C. Yale Law School
  • September 1901 to September 1903 Assistant in Philosophy, Harvard University. Assisted Professors Francis Greenwood Peabody (Divinity) and George Santayana (Philosophy).
  • 1904 to 1924 Practiced law, admitted to Massachusetts (1904), New York (1906), Connecticut (1920) and United States Supreme Court (1919) bars; served as Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Charities, New York State, 1914.
  • 1925 to 1928 Head of Legal Department, Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation.
  • 1929 to 1932 Assistant Professor of Latin American Law, Harvard Law School.
  • After 1933 Professor of Civil and Latin American Law, Louisiana State University Law School
  • 1950 died
Author:

" El Digesto Cubano, " Vol. I, 1931

" Boundaries, Possessions and Conflicts in South America, " Harvard University Press, 1938

" Boundaries, Possessions and Conflicts in Central and North America and the Caribbean, " Harvard University Press, 1941
1880
born December 23, son of Oscar B. and Jeannie (Gordon) Ireland
1901
A.B. Harvard College, magna cum laude, final honors in Philosophy
1902
A.M. Harvard University
1905
LL.B. Harvard Law School
1908
November 11, m. Helen N. Maynard, c. Frederick, Elizabeth
1926
J.S.C. Yale Law School
September 1901 to September 1903
Assistant in Philosophy, Harvard University. Assisted Professors Francis Greenwood Peabody (Divinity) and George Santayana (Philosophy).
1904 to 1924
Practiced law, admitted to Massachusetts (1904), New York (1906), Connecticut (1920) and United States Supreme Court (1919) bars; served as Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Charities, New York State, 1914.
1925 to 1928
Head of Legal Department, Cuba Cane Sugar Corporation.
1929 to1932
Assistant Professor of Latin American Law, Harvard Law School.
After 1933
Professor of Civil and Latin American Law, Louisiana State University Law School
1950
died

Arrangement

The papers are divided into four SERIES:

  1. SERIES I: Harvard student, teacher, alumnus, 1897to 1944 1897to 1944

    Boxes 1-1 to 1-6

    Consists of a large number of small sequences which relate toProfessor Ireland's student days at Harvard (1898 to 1905), theperiod of his membership on the Harvard Law School Faculty as anAssistant Professor (1929 to 1932), the establishment of the FletcherSchool of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and membership insocial clubs and organizations to which he belonged.

  2. SERIES II: Bureau of International Research of HarvardUniversity and Radcliffe College, 1934 to1941 1934 to1941

    Boxes 1-7 to 2-4

    Consists of correspondence (1935 to 1940) relating to ProfessorIreland's connection with the Bureau of International Research ofHarvard University and Radcliffe College and with the publication ofhis two "Boundaries" books.

  3. SERIES III: Portia Law School, Calvin Coolidge College andCalvin Coolidge Law School, 1939-1943 1939-1943

    Boxes 2-5to 2-6

    Materials relating to Professor Ireland's teaching atPortia Law School, Calvin Coolidge College and Calvin Coolidge LawSchool.

  4. SERIES IV: Cuba, File I (was marked: Cuba-Law), 1925to 1942 1925to 1942

    Boxes 2-7 to 3-8

    Includes correspondence of George Ireland in his capacity as legalcounsel for various Cuban sugar companies (1925 to 1928),particularly the Cuban Cane Sugar Corporation.

    Within eachseries and/or subseries individual items or folders are identified bybox and folder number. For example, the number 5-12 corresponds tobox 5, folder 12.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William Wilhauck, Antique Dealer, November 22, 1971.

Processing Information

Processed by Erika Chadbourne, 1973.
Link to catalog
Title
Ireland, Gordon. Papers, 1897-1944: Finding Aid.
Author
Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138
EAD ID
law00083

Repository Details

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