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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS 601603

Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research on Israel's Legal Development records

Scope and Contents

The records of the Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research on Israel’s Legal Development Program cover the years of 1940-1961. Materials are in English and Hebrew and include: correspondence, drafts of legislation, minutes of meetings, reciepts, vouchers, and pamphlets.


  • 1940 - 1961


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.


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Historical/Biographical Information

In 1951 Uri Yadin, the Director of the Department of Legal Planning of the Israeli Ministry of Justice, met with Harvard Law School Dean David Cavers seeking aid in the process of drafting a law code for the new state of Israel. The creation of the Harvard Law School Research in Aid of Israel’s Legal Development program in 1952 was the result of this meeting. The program was funded by private Israeli donors and the Israeli government. It was developed by Harvard Law School faculty and members of the Israeli government. Joseph Laufer was appointed the first director.

In 1956, Harvard announced that Brandeis University would become involved with the program. The name of the program was changed to Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research n Israel’s Legal Development. The program was reorganized and effectively ended in 1958, as another project was developed that created a closer connection between Harvard and the Hebrew University.

Series List/Description

At the time of processing the collection appeared to be organized into two groups. Material in one group (Series I below) was generally arranged alphabetically (B through Y), by folder title. This material appears to contain mostly correspondence among members of the project. The alphabetical arrangement was not changed. Material in the second group (Series II) also appeared to be arranged alphabetically, but within multiple sub-groups. Material in this second group contains documents related to legislative and financial matters. It was decided to treat these two groups as separate record Series, with material in series II broken down into sub-series.

  1. Series I: Alphabetical files, 1940-1959 1940-1959

    This Series containscorrespondence, pamphlets, and receipts related to the project.Material is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

  2. Series II: Legislative and financialfiles, 1951-1959 1951-1959 TheSubseries A and C to H contain correspondence, notes, and articlesrelated to research on possible legislation. Subseries B, I, and Jcontain correspondence, receipts, and vouchers regarding thefinancial matters of the project.
  3. ___ SubseriesA: Correspondence
  4. ___ Subseries B: Fund Drive
  5. ___Subseries C: Miscellaneous Draft Bills
  6. ___Subseries D: Draft Companies Bill
  7. ___Subseries E: Draft Criminal ProcedureBill
  8. ___Subseries F: Draft FamilyBill
  9. ___Subseries G: SuccessionBill
  10. ___Subseries H: Legislation inProgress
  11. ___Subseries I: Gifts
  12. ___Subseries J: Vouchers
  13. SeriesIII: Red Set Materials, 1952-1961 1952-1961

    Drafts of theproposed bills and minutes of meetings concerning them.

    This material was transferred to the Red Set SmallManuscript Collection, Hollis number 4180940.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Please consult Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.

Related Materials

Harvard-BrandeisCooperative Research on Isreal's Legal Development, Reports and Publications. Hollis number 4180940.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna Krohn, September 2008
Link to catalog
Harvard-Brandeis Cooperative Research on Israel's Legal Development. Records, 1940-1961: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138

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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