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Allan F. Smith papers, 1960-1981

3.5 linear feet

Allan F. Smith (1911-1994) was a law professor and former dean of the University of Michigan Law School, and was an active member of the law faculty at U of M from 1947 to 1982. The Allan F. Smith papers include subject files related to his professional activities during his tenure at U of M, as well as files from the various committees on which he served throughout his career, including the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, the National Commission on Accrediting, and the National Science Foundation.

The Allan F. Smith papers comprise 3.5 linear feet of materials, spanning the years 1960 to 1981. The papers include subject files related to the professional activities of Allan F. Smith, as well as files for the various committees on which he served.


Andrew S. Watson papers, 1952-1998

4.25 linear feet — 16.3 GB (online)

University of Michigan law school professor combining training in law and psychiatry.

The Andrew S. Watson Papers document the professional career of a scholar, practicing psychiatrist, and teacher. The papers include correspondence, lecture notes and other course materials, published and unpublished writings, and several instructional films in which Watson appeared. The collection is arranged into four series: Biographical, Professional, Audiovisual, and Case Files.


James R. Golden notebooks, 1928

1 linear foot (21 volumes)

Law student at the University of Michigan, later first Black lawyer in Battle Creek, Michigan. Notes on law classes.

Notes on law classes.


Joseph Vining papers, 1953-2012

59 linear feet — 3.71 GB (online)

Professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1969 to 2009, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and prominent legal scholar on a variety of topics including animal law, administrative law, and legal philosophy. Personal papers, correspondence, speeches, writings, and topical files.

The Joseph Vining papers contain 59 linear feet and 3.71 GB of personal and family papers, correspondence, writings, and topical files materials illustrating Vining's personal life, legal career, and scholarly work. The collection is divided into four series.

The Personal and Family Papers series features Vining's personal diaries and poetry written by Vining.

The Correspondence series contains correspondence organized by topic, year, and correspondent that focuses on Vining's legal career, scholarship, and leadership at the University of Michigan Law School.

The Speeches and Writings series includes recordings, transcripts, notes, and correspondence from speeches and presentations delivered by Vining. The series also contains correspondence, records, and notes from Vining's published and unpublished scholarly writings.

The Topical Files series contains materials about Vining's early legal career in Washington, D.C., his membership in various professional associations, and his scholarly work.


Law School (University of Michigan) law lectures, 1881-1919

13 linear feet

Transcripts, notes, and outlines of class lectures at the University of Michigan Law School, reproduced and sold by campus area businesses.

The Law Lectures collection contains transcripts, notes, and outlines of class lectures at the University of Michigan Law School for the period 1881-1919. The lectures were produced by various campus area firms, Edwards Bros. being the most prolific publisher. Law Students had the lectures bound for future reference and these bound volumes make up the bulk of the collection.


Law School (University of Michigan) oral history interviews, 1988-2002

1.7 linear feet — 126 audiocassettes

The Law School History Oral History Interviews contain transcripts and audio cassette tapes of interviews with University of Michigan Law School faculty discussing their background, education, careers, and the Law School.

This record group consists of three series, Oral History Transcripts, Oral History Audiocassettes, and Oral History Computer Discs. The series contain audiocassettes, bound copies of the transcripts and subject indexes, and a small number of computer discs with transcript files. Transcripts and cassettes are arranged alphabetically by interviewee.

The interviews typically include discussions of the interviewees' backgrounds and education, and subsequent commentary on legal education. The administration of the law school is well covered in these interviews which also add significant detail to the operation of the University as a whole.


Law School (University of Michigan) Photograph and Artwork Collection, 1870-1994 (majority within 1900-1950)

1.0 linear foot (in 4 boxes) — 3 items

Portraits, photographs, and artwork previously displayed in the University of Michigan Law School, featuring prominent alumni, faculty, notable figures in the legal profession, and images of the Law School grounds. Also, records concerning art owned by the Law School, including surveys, inventories, reports, and scattered information on specific portraits.

The University of Michigan Law School Photograph and Artwork Collection contains portraits of faculty, alumni, and notable legal figures as well as several inventories of the art, and documentation requesting portraits, risk management measures, and decisions to remove much of the artwork.

The records are arranged into four series: Documentation, Individual Photographs and Portraits, Other Artwork and Documents, and Oil Paintings.


[Law School (University of Michigan) publications], 1859 - 2017

24 linear feet — 1.98 MB

Includes addresses, annual reports, bibliographies, brochures, bulletins, catalogs, directories, histories, journals, lectures and magazines. Some titles include The Law School, 1940 - 1973; Legal Education at Michigan, 1859 - 1959; A Short History and Some of the Graduate of the Department; and the Michigan Journal of International Law.

This collection is divided into four subseries: Unit Publications, Sub-Unit Publications, Topical Publications, and Student Publications. Some publications may no longer be available in print but are available in digital format through the Law School's archived or current website or in Deep Blue, the University's institutional repository. Links to digital content is provided in the detailed contents list.


Law School (University of Michigan) records, 1852-2010

121 linear feet — 1 oversize volume — 4 oversize folders — 2 folders — 1 drawings (outsize; roll of architectural drawings and blueprints) — 2.1 GB (online) — 11 digital audio files — 1 digital video file

Records of the Law School document the evolution of legal education at the University of Michigan as well as tenures of various deans and faculty. Documentation includes historical and class files; student organizations and activities; planning and construction of Law School buildings; information on William W. Cook and his bequest; topical files; deans' correspondence; reports and minutes. Also included are materials related to the Thomas M Cooley and William W. Cook lecture series and portraits of faculty and students, photographs of activities of the Judge Advocate General's School held at the Law School during World War II, the construction of the Law Quadrangle and Law Library addition, and student activities.

The Law School Records begin in 1852 and span the years through the end of the twentieth century. The records document the history of legal education at the University of Michigan, the administration of the Law School, and the lives of some of the scholars who have studied and taught there.

The physical arrangement of the records reflects the various accessions of material that have been received from the Law School over the years. This finding aid is structured to reflect the intellectual organization of the records - continuing series and like materials have been brought together regardless of when the records were transferred to the library. The Summary Contents List provides and overview of the organization of the records.

There are eight major series in the record group: Historical and Class Files (1865-1974); Deans of the Law School (1852-1999); Faculty Files (1859-1994); Student Files (1894-1996); Law Quadrangle and William W. Cook, (1919-1938); Law School Lecture Series; Committee of Visitors and Audio/Visual Materials.


L. Hart Wright course materials, 1970, undated

1 volume

L. Hart Wright (1917-1983) was the University of Michigan's Paul G. Kauper Professor of Law and whose areas of expertise included taxation and tax law. Includes a binder of course materials used in teaching L. Hart Wright's seminar on tax problems and procedures.

The collection includes a binder of course materials used in teaching L. Hart Wright's seminar on tax problems and procedures.