Burlingham Underwood LLP. records
- 1876 - 2002
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Extent1 collection (7 boxes, 105 Paige boxes)
Some of the companies represented by the firm included Anchor Line, Holland America Line, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, and other European and South American lines, as well as some Atlantic Coast lines. After the 1912 sinking of the Titanic, the firm represented the White Star Line in a Supreme Court case that resulted in a landmark ruling in which American laws were judged applicable to foreign shipping firms. The result was, according to a history of the firm found in the collection, "a signal victory for the White Star Line and all other foreign ship owners who need to have recourse to our courts in cases appropriate for limitation of liability."
The firm remained one of New York City's major admiralty firms throughout the twentieth century. It closed its doors in 2002.
- Series I. Briefs, 1901-1983, n.d.
This Series contains over six hundred bound volumes of briefs produced by Burlingham Underwood, LLP. Access to individual cases in these volumes is made possible by two card catalogues, one organized alphabetically by case name and the other by subject.
- Series II. Firm History, 1876-2002. This Series contains materials related to the history of Burlingham Underwood, LLP and its predecessors. Most of these materials were gathered by members of the firm specifically for the purpose of recording the firm's history.
- ___ Subseries A: Firm History I.
- ___ Subseries B: Firm History II.
- ___ Subseries C: Firm History III.
- ___ Subseries D: Firm History IV.
- ___ Subseries E: Firm History V, Obituaries.
- ___ Subseries F: Firm History VI, Miscellaneous.
- ___ Subseries G: Elliott B. Nixon.
- ___ Subseries H: Move to 25 Broadway.
- ___ Subseries I: CCB Memorabilia.
- ___ Subseries J: Titanic.
- ___ Subseries K: Passenger Vessels Destroyed/Damaged by Fire.
- ___ Subseries L: Miscellaneous.
- ___ Subseries M: Firm Directories.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Burlingham Underwood LLP. Records, 1876-2002: Finding Aid
- Harvard Law School LibraryCambridge, MA 02138
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