C. C. (Christopher Columbus) Langdell research notes and correspondence
- 1852 - 1902
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- May 22, 1826 Born to John Langdell and Lydia Beard in New Boston, NH.
- 1845Enters Phillips Exeter Academy.
- 1851Graduates Harvard College with an A.B.
- 1852-1854Serves as student librarian at Harvard Law School.
- 1853Graduates Harvard Law School with LL.B.
- 1854-1870Works in private law firm in New York City.
- January 6, 1870Becomes Dane Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
- September 27, 1870Elected as the first Dean of Harvard Law School.
- 1895Steps down as Dean but continues as Dane Professor of Law.
- 1900Becomes Dane Professor Emeritus.
- July 6, 1906Dies.
- May 22, 1826
- Born to John Langdell and Lydia Beard in New Boston, NH.
- Enters Phillips Exeter Academy.
- Graduates Harvard College with an A.B.
- Serves as student librarian at Harvard Law School.
- Graduates Harvard Law School with LL.B.
- Works in private law firm in New York City.
- January6, 1870
- Becomes Dane Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
- September 27,1870
- Elected as the first Dean of Harvard Law School.
- Steps down as Dean but continues as Dane Professor of Law.
- Becomes Dane Professor Emeritus.
- July 6, 1906
- Series I: Manuscripts Relating to Published Materials, 1887-1900 1887-1900
- ___ Subseries A: Manuscripts of Published WorksThe publications for which Langdell prepared these manuscriptsinclude "Discovery Under Judicature Acts 1873, 1875;" "Brief Surveyof Equity Jurisdiction;" "Patent Rights and Copy Rights;""Classification of Rights and Wrongs."The folders arelabelled with the titles and publication dates of the publishedarticles to which the manunscript notes led. For each manuscript, thepublished article is printed from HeinOnline and placed at the beginning of the manuscript notes.
- ___Subseries B: Notes for Published WorksThese notes refer to two of Langdell's articles: "Discovery UnderJudicature Acts 1873, 1875" and "Summary of Equity Pleading."
- ___Subseries C: Notes on Equity PleadingThese notes contain summaries and miscellaneous notes on thesubject of equity pleading.
- Series II: Writings and Notes on Suretyship, 18831883
This seriescontains lecture notes and case briefs on the subject ofsuretyship.
- Series III: Collections of Case Briefs or Case Indices, 1852-1874 1852-1874
- ___Subseries A: Case Briefs on RailroadsNotes and case briefs on topics relating to railroads, includingcase briefs that appeared in American Digest, 1893-1894.
- ___Subseries B: Case Briefs and Notes on Court ofChanceryNotes and summaries on the Court ofChancery relating to the areas of pleading and traversing note. Thereare also notes on reports from the Chancery Commission.
- ___Subseries C: Case Briefs on AdministrationIn these case briefs, Langdell focuses more specifically onadministration suits, administration of assets, and administration ofwills.
- ___Subseries D: Case Briefs on EquityThissubseries includes Langdell's notes on Henry Ballow's A Treatise of Equity...with notes by John Fonblanque, in addition to notes on equity pleading.
- ___Subseries E: Case Briefs on Easements and Enjoyment ofPropertyThis subseries includes Langdell'snotes on Gale and Whatley's Law of Easements.
- ___Subseries F: Case Briefs on InjunctionsThis subseries includes Langdell's notes on Robert Henley EdenHenley's A Treatise on the Law on Injunctions.
- ___Subseries G: Case Briefs on DiscoveryThissubseries includes Langdell's notes on William Kerr's Treatise on the Laws of Discovery.
- ___Subseries H: Case Briefs on Separate TopicsTopics covered by Langdell in this subseries include: writ ofaccount; John Chipman Gray's Law of Property; procedure and pleading; wills and inheritance; ejectment,mortgages and foreclosures.
- ___Subseries I: Briefs of Cases Noted in Seton, Decrees in Equity This subseries contains Langdell'snotes on Henry Wilmot Seton's Decrees in Equity.
- Series IV: Research Notes other than Case Briefs, 1880-1883 1880-1883
- ___Subseries A: PleadingThis subseriescontains Langdell's lecture notes, and notes on Star Chamber andorders of the court.
- ___Subseries B: Various TopicsTopics coveredby Langdell in this subseries include: bills; states of the U. S.;wills and inheritance; injunctions; trespass.
- Series V: Correspondence April 14, 1856-April 23, 1902 April 14, 1856-April 23, 1902
- ___Subseries A: Letters to Joseph WebsterThis subseries contains 53 letters from Langdell to Joseph Webster,with most of them referencing thecase Kuhn v. Webster, 12 Gray 3.
- ___Subseries B: Individual LettersCorrespondence includes letters from James BarrAmes,Joseph Baker,LouisD. Brandeis,John Chipman Gray, Jr.,R. W. Haynes,O. W.Jackson,John Twerdy,and Benjamin H. Webb.
- ___Subseries C: Extracts of Letters about CCL and JBACCL stands for Christopher Columbus Langdell and JBA standsfor James Barr Ames.
- Series VI: Unidentified Partial Manuscripts, n.d.n.d.
This series includes Langdell's notes on the rights ofproperty, notes on Coke on Littleton, and other notes the subjectmatter of which is not easily identifiable.
- Series VII: Miscellaneous, 1871-1883 1871-1883
- ___Subseries A: Class MaterialsThissubseries contains moot court briefs and handwritten syllabi from the1870s.
- ___Subseries B: Foreign Language MaterialsThis subseries contains exercises in French and two manuscripts inLatin.
- ___Subseries C: Personal MaterialsThis subseries contains check stubs and cancelled checks from the 1871-1883.
- Series VIII: Notes of James Barr Ames,n.d.n.d.
These notes of Ames all touch upon subject areas ofinterest to Langdell. They include notes on equity pleading,annotations to Cases on Contracts, notes about tort for infringement of patent, and notes indefense of statute of limitations.
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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Re-processed by Margaret Peachy, July 2008.
- C. C. (Christopher Columbus) Langdell Research Notes and Correspondence, 1852-1902: Finding Aid
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