Thomas Reed Powell papers
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Extent1 collection (11 Paige boxes (lettered A-H, J) in 25 Hollinger boxes)
The major contingent of Professor Powell's papers (approximately 3,000 items) consists of correspondence (both incoming and copies of outgoing mail) during the period when he was a member of the Harvard Law School faculty, namely 1925-1955. This correspondence is of a professional nature, with colleagues and other professional persons, relating directly to his work as law teacher and legal scholar. Another large group of materials relates to Professor Powell's work as consultant and mediator in legal cases, involving mainly tax, insurance and railroad matters. The third significant group in these papers consists of manuscript material, both professional and non-professional; the latter group includes his various humorous pieces in verse and prose. Professor Powell was president of the American Political Science Association during 1937-1938, and his correspondence relating to this office is included in his papers.
Among Professor Powell's correspondents, besides colleagues on the Harvard Law School and other faculties, were: Arnold, Thurman Wesley, 1891-1969; Beard, Charles Austin, 1874-1948; Biddle, Francis, 1886-1968; Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941; Burlingham, Charles Culp, 1858-1959; Cardozo, Benjamin N., 1870-1938; Clark, Charles Edward, 1889-1963; Dewey, John, 1859-1952; Dickinson, John, 1894-1952; Douglas, William O. (William Orville), 1898-; Frank, Jerome, 1889-1957; Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965; Hand, Learned, 1872-1961; Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935; Jackson, Robert Houghwout, 1892-1954; Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950; MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-; Morse, Wayne Lyman, 1900-; Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946; Van Doren, Irita, 1891-1966; Wyzanski, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1906-.
- April 29, 1880 b. Richford, Vermont. s. E. Henry and Georgiana (Reed) Powell
- 1900 A.B., University of Vermont
- 1925 LL.D., University of Vermont
- 1904 LL.B., Harvard
- 1913 Ph.D., Columbia
- 1930 D.C.L., University of New Mexico
- July 27, 1915 m. Mary Lee Hale; children - Mary Lee (Mrs. Robert H. Davenport, Jr.), Georgiana Reed (Mrs. Brent Maxwell Abel), Thomas Reed, Jr.
- 1904 Admitted to Vermont Bar
- 1904-1906 Practiced at Burlington
- 1904-1906 Assistant treasurer, University of Vermont, and State Agricultural College
- 1907-1908, 1911-1912 Lecturer in public law, Columbia
- 1908-1910 Associate in political science, University of Illinois
- 1910-1911 Honorary fellow administrative law, Columbia University
- 1912-1913 Associate in law, Columbia University
- 1913-1920 Associate professor constitutional law, Columbia University
- 1920-1923 Professor, Columbia University
- 1923-1925 Ruggles professor constitutional law, Columbia University
- 1925-1928 Professor of law, Harvard Law School
- 1928-1938 Langdell professor of law, Harvard Law School
- 1938-1949 Story professor of law, Harvard Law School
- 1949 Emeritus, Harvard Law School
- 1950-1955 Professor of constitutional law Suffolk University
- 1951 Lecturer New School of Social Research
- 1942 Admitted to Massachusetts Bar
- 1945 U.S. Supreme Court Bar
- 1923-1924 Visiting professor, University of California, Berkeley
- 1929 Visiting professor, Columbia
- 1936, 1941 Special assistant to Attorney General of U.S.
- 1941 Member President's Emergency Board on National Railway Strike
- 1918-1920 Member, executive council, American Political Science Association
- 1921 Third vice-president, American Political Science Association
- 1937 President, American Political Science Association
- August 16, 1955 Died
- Separation of Powers, 1913
- Indirect Encroachment on Federal Authority by the Taxing Powers of the States, 1919.
- The Supreme Court and State Police Power, (1922-1930), 1932.
- Managing editor, Political Science Quarterly, 1913-1916.
- Contributor to legalperiodicals
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Powell, Thomas Reed. Papers, 1905-1955: Finding Aid. HOLLIS 601714
- Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
- EAD ID
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