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Happy New Year from Japan (and the Biddle Archives)

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 his ALI files, where these items are located.)  Nasujima had enlisted the help of Pepper and his American colleagues in the formation of the “Anglo-American Law Institute of Japan,” an educational organization that sought to bring to the East the legal principles of the West. 

Over the course of this project, Pepper and Nasujima developed a close professional relationship.  These two cards, wishing Pepper a Happy New Year, remind us that even in the time before digital communication, intercontinental well-wishing was still possible.

Happy New Year from the Biddle Law Library!