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March 12, 2014
A look at the Penn Law Archives collection of the oldest continuously published law journal in the United States… read more!
February 26, 2014
A spotlight on the collection of papers from attorney, legal scholar, and Penn Law professor, William E. Mikell. read more!
October 23, 2013
Check out the General Motors Bankruptcy Files in the Archives! read more!
March 19, 2013
The Archives highlights the National Bankruptcy Archives collections related to women. read more!
January 9, 2013
On May 29, 2012, the National Bankruptcy Archives filmed an oral history panel entitled, An Early History of the United States Trustee Program: Three Pioneers Reflect." Developed and funded by the American College of Bankruptcy, for donation to the National Bankruptcy Archives at the University of Pennsylvania's Biddle Law Library, the panel discussed the challenges that faced the program during its inception, the mixed reception by the bench and the bar, and the ways in which the program dealt with its challenges. read more!
October 5, 2012
The archives recently processed two relatively small but informative collections from the National Bankruptcy Archives and the American Law Institute Archives. From the National Bankruptcy Archives, came the Judge Joyce Bihary Papers, and from the American Law Institute Archives, came the Deborah A. DeMott Papers. read more!
September 28, 2012
On May 8, 2012, the Penn Law community lost a great man, Judge Louis Heilprin Pollak. Pollak was a civil rights advocate, former Penn Law dean, U.S. District Court judge, and was regarded as one of the leading members of the judiciary in the country. read more!
May 2, 2012
The collection, dating from 1768 to 1787, is from the courts of Bucks, Chester, and Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania, as well as the court of oyer and terminer. read more!
December 21, 2011
In 1970, Morris Wolf, Esq., a senior member of the Philadelphia bar, donated to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a manuscript letter by Thomas Jefferson. Written on August 30th, 1814, from Jefferson at Monticello, the letter outlines a course... read more!
May 19, 2011
Written by Jessica Lydon, Archives Intern. A leading figure in the history of Penn Law, the Philadelphia legal community, and the law profession at large, A. Leo Levin served as the Leon Meltzer Professor of Law for forty years, eventually receiving... read more!
May 6, 2011
Written by Zev Fagin, Special Collections Assistant.A leading scholar of United States and comparative insolvency law, Samuel L. Bufford currently teaches as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at The Dickinson School of Law at Penn State. He recently retired from the... read more!
May 2, 2011
Written by Megan Good, Archives Intern.Wharton Professor George W. Taylor was not only a notable teacher and scholar, but also a significant figure in the labor relations industry. The “Father of American Arbitration” graduated from Penn with his B.A. in... read more!
April 15, 2011
One of the leading figures in the development of the consumer bankruptcy field, Henry J. Sommer, has lectured at Penn Law and currently serves on the Toll Public Interest Center Advisory Board.  The Biddle Law Library Archives recently processed Sommer's papers and the... read more!
March 17, 2011
 In the wake of the economic hardship brought on by the Great Depression, the United States was compelled to revisit its system of debt relief.  Legislative efforts in the 1930s culminated in the passage of a new federal bankruptcy law,... read more!
March 2, 2011
The Penn Law community was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Professor John O. Honnold, Jr., a preeminent figure in international law who taught at the Law School from 1946 until his retirement in 1984.  Given Professor Honnold's stature in... read more!
January 28, 2011
In 1953, ALI-ABA, the continuing legal education program jointly run by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association, set out to develop a periodical that would impart knowledge to temper the day-to-day challenges of practicing law.  Unlike legal treatises and... read more!
January 11, 2011
Penn Law and the community at large lost one of the singular figures in American legal education with the passing of Professor Clyde Summers who died on October 30, 2010. Summers was widely regarded as one of his generation’s leading authorities... read more!
December 1, 2010
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November 11, 2010
Written by Megan Good, Archives Intern. Bernard Segal was an accomplished Philadelphia lawyer devoted to civil rights advocacy. After graduating from Penn with both his undergraduate degree from Wharton in 1928 and his law degree in 1931, he became the... read more!
August 18, 2010
 In his book, The Voice of the Past, the sociologist Paul Thompson comments on the cultural importance of oral histories, saying:[oral history] can break down barriers between teachers and students, between generations, between educational institutions and the world outside ... it can give back... read more!
June 30, 2010
In an effort to expand the National Bankruptcy Archives' holdings in rare material predating the establishment of the nation's first major bankruptcy law in 1898, the Archives has begun to acquire a selection of 18th and 19th century pamphlet and... read more!
June 11, 2010
Jonathan Ellis received the Peter McCall prize at Penn Law's 2010 graduation.   This prize is awarded annually to the member of the graduating class who has received the highest grades during their three years at Penn Law.  You might wonder, who was Peter McCall,... read more!
May 12, 2010
  Written by Megan Good, Archives InternJohn Honnold was an expert in international commercial sales law and known as the Father of the Vienna Convention. After working in private practice for a few years after Harvard Law School, Honnold became Chief of the Court... read more!
February 17, 2010
John Lettou introduced the printing press to London in 1480. Two years later, with the help of partner William de Machlinia, he produced the first law book typeset in England. Machlinia was succeeded by Richard Pynson who, by 1500, moved... read more!
November 25, 2009
 In preparation for a researcher who was visiting the American Law Institute Archives, I was reviewing some Executive Director files when I came across the following letter, excerpted here:Who's it from?Archival collections can contain, literally, tens of thousands of items. ... read more!
September 1, 2009
 While playing housekeeper in the archives vault recently, I came across an unprocessed collection of essays written by former Penn Law students.  What I found particularly interesting about this collection is that most of the essays date back to the... read more!
May 19, 2009
 Many of you in the Penn Law community might have taken a class from Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard on civil procedure.  Still others might know Professor Hazard as one of the foremost experts on legal ethics in the United States.  However, Professor... read more!
March 11, 2009
 Thanks to a grant from the ACTEC Foundation, the Biddle Law Library Archives was able to process the papers of Richard V. Wellman, the primary architect of the Uniform Probate Code.  A finding aid for the processed collection can be... read more!
February 13, 2009
  There are many interesting projects currently going on in the National Bankruptcy Archives, a repository of records and papers related to bankruptcy, debtor-creditor relations, and the reorganization of debt.  Our pilot project funded by the Leon S. Forman Bankruptcy... read more!
December 30, 2008
These greeting cards were sent from Dr. Rokuichiro Nasujima to George Wharton Pepper-- Professor at Penn Law, Senator of Pennsylvania, and and former President of the American Law Institute.  (The Law School Archives maintains Pepper's personal papers as well as... read more!
December 16, 2008
From working in the archives, I have found certain tasks, while essential to archival practice, can be mundane and rather repetitive.  Two that come to mind are accessioning, where new materials are formally received by the receiving institution and given... read more!
November 12, 2008
  Continuing a thread from my previous post, I discovered a couple of other non-paper items in the Wellman Papers:  a cassette tape and 3.5 inch diskette.  Both of these data formats in today's world are pretty much obsolete.  This... read more!
October 31, 2008
Coming into this project, I had assumed that all the materials I would be working with would be documents in nature.  The first couple of boxes I cracked open and accessioned seemed to agree with this.  However, during the... read more!
October 17, 2008
Stepping into the processing area of the Biddle Law Library Archives, one can easily be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of great collections stored there--especially when one's previous archival experience amounts to two cartons processed over the period of... read more!
October 17, 2008
I was excited to finish processing recently a small but very interesting collection: 12 notebooks filled with the research and lectures of former Penn Law Professor John Dickinson.Born in Maryland in 1894, Dickinson was born into a legal history pedigree:... read more!
September 18, 2008
Last spring, the Archives was happy to receive a grant from the ACTEC Foundation to process the papers of Richard V. Wellman.  Dick Wellman was a professor at University of Michigan Law School and, later, University of Georgia School of... read more!
September 16, 2008
Thanks to a generous contribution from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the National Bankruptcy Archives, located here at Penn Law School, was able to shoot a promotional video providing more information about the Archives' unique holdings.  You can watch... read more!
April 11, 2008
Last week, the Copyright Office's Section 108 Study Group released a report that suggests changes in current copyright law for the benefit of librarians and their patrons. (More after the jump.)... read more!
March 13, 2008
Biddle has created a new exhibit that showcases some of the materials culled from the National Bankruptcy Archives. (More after the jump.)... read more!
September 20, 2007
What an exciting week at the Archives! I had a patron come all the way from the hinterlands of Norway to conduct research in arguably our most valuable records: The American Law Institute's "Statement of Essential Human Rights" Collection. (More... read more!