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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601651

Herbert Pope papers


The Herbert Pope Papers document Pope's career as a Chicago attorney and an author. The legal documents in the collection involve a wide range of legal cases including corporate and tax law cases.


  • 1899-1949

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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.


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The Herbert Pope Papers span the years 1899-1953 and document aspects of Pope's career as a Chicago attorney and author. The collection contains a small amount of correspondence, including a letter from Felix Frankfurter, but articles and briefs constitute the bulk of the papers.

Articles by Pope are both manuscripts and typescripts and deal with several areas of the law. Among the articles are also an opinion and a paper given to Pope by other authors.

Briefs and other court documents from cases heard before the Illinois Supreme, Federal District, Circuit, and United States Supreme Courts make up the largest group of items in the collection. The cases deal with a number of areas of law, especially corporate finance and trade law ( Link Belt Machine Co. vs. George R. H. Hughes (195 Ill. 413), Harry L. Steeves vs. William Rodman (12 F.2d 915)) and tax law ( Mabel G. Reinecke vs. Emelie W. Peacock, (3 F.2d 583), Eldorado Coal and Mining Co. vs. Harry Mager (255 U.S. 522)).

Historical/Biographical Information

Herbert Pope was born in Cleaveland, Ohio on Dec 16, 1870, the son of John Lang and Frances Emily (Whipple) Pope. Pope married Maud Isabel Perry on December 5, 1900. In 1912, Maud Pope died. Pope remarried four years later. Herbert Pope's brother, Arthur Pope, a 1901 Harvard College graduate, was a Harvard professor of fine arts and director of the Fogg Museum.

Pope graduated from Harvard College in 1897 and obtained a LL.B. from Harvard Law School. Immediately after graduation he entered the law offices of Webster and Cook, in Cleaveland, Ohio. However, Pope soon left his hometown for Chicago, Illinois, where he worked with Herrick, Allen, Boyeson and Martin. Later in life, Pope worked with attorneys Rush C. Butler, James J. Forstall, and Frank E. Harkness.

In addition to his legal practice, Pope wrote several articles, which were published in the Harvard Law Review and Illinois Law Review including: "Municipal Contracts and the Regulation of Rates," (1902), "The Legal Aspect of Monopoly," (1907), and "Uncommon Law and the Common Man."

Series List

  1. Series I: Articles and correspondence, 1911-1949 1911-1949

    This series contains letters written to and from Herbert Pope, manuscript and typescript drafts of his articles, as well as a paper and an opinion given to him. The correspondence is arranged chronologically and the article drafts and papers are organized alphabetically by title.

  2. Series II: Briefs and other court documents, 1899-1953 1899-1953

    Briefs, appeals, replies and other court documents from cases managed by Herbert Pope, his law firm, or colleagues. Some are annotated, signed, or contain laid-in notes. This series is arranged alphabetically by party name.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Isabel Pope Conant, 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Sally Vermaaten, May 2004.

Pope, Herbert. Papers, 1899-1949: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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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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