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Manuscript Collections

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George Wharton Pepper Law School Papers (MSS.001)

George Wharton Pepper (1867-1961) was born in Philadelphia in 1867. He graduated from Penn Law School with an LL.B. in 1889 and was first in his class. As a student, Pepper helped found The Daily Pennsylvanian, the university’s student-run examination. In addition to studying law with Philadelphia scion George Washington Biddle, Pepper taught at Penn Law School from 1893 to 1910, when he left to attend to his expanding private practice. Pepper also served as United States Senator for Pennsylvania from 1922 to 1927.

William Draper Lewis Papers (MSS.002)

William Draper Lewis was Dean of Penn Law at the turn of the 20th Century and founding director of the American Law Institute in 1923. This collection documents Lewis’ personal life and spans the years 1874-1949.

David L. Bazelon Papers (MSS.003)

In 1949, President Harry S. Truman named David L. Bazelon, one of the youngest judges ever appointed, to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often described as the country’s most influential court next to the Supreme Court. The 212 linear feet of the Bazelon Papers, which cover the years 1941-1993, include cases, speeches, lectures, correspondence, meeting materials, and subject files documenting his years on the bench as well as other professional activities and affiliations.

Law Firm Docket from Warren County, Pennsylvania (MSS.004)

A unidentified ledger or docket listing court cases and client payments from 1889 to 1892, probably for an unidentified law firm in Warren County, Pennsylvania.

John Dickinson Notebooks (MSS.005)

The 12 notebooks include handwritten and typewritten excerpts from books related to Roman law, as well as Dickinson’s own notes on the subject. A Professor at the Law School from 1929 to 1948, Dickinson was writing a book on Roman law in the 1940s.

Henry S. Drinker Papers (MSS.006)

Henry S. Drinker (1880-1965) was graduate of Haverford College, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1904, Drinker joined the prominent Philadelphia Law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath in 1904. An authority on legal ethics, Drinker’s book on the subject, “Legal Ethics,” was published in 1933 and went on to become a classic. This collection inclueds writings by Henry S. Drinker regarding criticism by Sir Francis Newbolt over some of his books, an essay called “Legal Plots,” and a writing called “The Lawyers of Anthony Trollope. Also featured is correspondence with Alfred A. Knopf and Sir Francis Newbolt.

Peter McCall Papers (MSS.007)

Peter McCall (1809-1880) was Professor of practice, pleading, and evidence at law and in equity at Penn Law School. After resiging his post at the Law School, McCall became a University Trustee. McCall was a prominent member of Philadelphia public life, serving as mayor in 1844 and as Chancellor of the Law Academy of Philadelphia, the oldest law association in the United States, from 1873 until his death in 1880. This collection, 1855-1861, includes handwritten lectures from 1856 on Appearance, Bail, and Judgment of Default; Argument Lists of the Law Academy of Philadelphia sessions, 1855-1861; and an 1858 pamphlet entitled “Charter, Constitution & Bylaws of the Law Academy of Philadelphia.”

William Kincaid Newman Student Papers (MSS.008)

Willian Kincaid “Bill” Newman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1910. He graduated from Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he received his degree in 1934. This collection includes Newman’s class notes, exam booklets, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Law Examiners exam.

Bernard G. Segal Papers (MSS.009)

176 cubic feet of Bernard G. Segal Papers document Penn Law alumnus Bernard G. Segal’s myriad activities outside of his work as a lawyer at Schnader, Harrison, Segal and Lewis, including his life-long relationship with the University of Pennsylvania. 35 scrapbooks created and maintained by his wife, Geraldine R. Segal, preserve mementos from Segal’s career and personal life.

George W. Taylor Papers (MSS.010)

George W. Taylor was born in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1901. He attended the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1921 and a Ph.D. in 1929. Taylor taught at Wharton for over 30 years. During that time, he became an influential expert in the field of industrial relations, includling arbitration, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution. Taylor first received major acclaim when he mediated an end to the Apex Hosiery Strike in Philadelphia in 1932. This collection includes Taylor’s papers related to his mediation work on the Apex Hosiery Strike.

University of Pennsylvania Law School Class of 1908 Scrapbook (MSS.011)

Clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia, from 1908 to around 1960, regarding the University of Pennsylvania Law School Class of 1908.

Owen J. Roberts Outlines for Constitutional Law Lectures (MSS.012)

Outlines of lectures Owen J. Roberts gave at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on Constitutional Law. A graduate of Penn Law School, Roberts is best known as a former Supreme Court Justice from 1930 to 1945.

Student Essays Collection (MSS.013)

Approximately 125 student essays written by former Penn Law Students from 1886 to 1934.

John Honnold Papers (MSS.014)

John Honnold was born in 1915. He graduated from Harvard University Law School in 1936 and became Chief of the Court Review Branch of the Office of Price Administration during World War II. Honnold served as a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1946 to 1969, when he became Chief of Legal Staff to the Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). He resumed teaching at the Penn Law School in 1974 while working on the UNCITRAL draft that was ratified at the Vienna Convention. The collection, circa 1983-1993, includes copies of letters Honnold sent and received as the co-chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the Vienna Conference and Chief of Staff of UNCITRAL. The collection also contains a reference file that spans from 1986 to 1993.

A. Leo Levin Papers (MSS.015)

Leo Levin began his career at Penn Law as an Assistant Professor of Law in 1949, becoming a full professor in 1953, and went to the Emeritus Professor status in 1989. Levin was the director of the Federal Judicial Center from 1977 to 1987. Levin served on the Planning Committee of the Claims Commission charged with making recommendations concerning the proper disposition of hundreds of millions of dollars being paid, both as restitution and reparations, to survivors of the Holocaust.

Other Manuscript Collections

A partial index to other manuscript materials currently uncataloged can be found here. For more information about these materials, please contact the Archives.