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New Collection in the Archives: Samuel Bufford Papers

May 06, 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 bench, after serving for twenty-five years as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in the Central District of California. The Biddle Law Library Archives has processed Bufford's papers and the collection is now open for research.
According Bufford's Penn State website, "Judge Bufford has authored a treatise on international bankruptcy law [United States International Insolvency Law:  2009-2009, Oxford University Press, 2009]  and a bench book for U.S. judges. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for the International Insolvency Review  and West Annual Review of International Insolvency... and is past chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges of the American Bar Association."
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The Samuel L. Bufford Papers, 1980-2010, includes judicial calendars and summarized rulings from Bufford's tenure as a bankruptcy judge, correspondences and related materials from his involvement in the annual National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, articles and correspondence from his involvement in the American Bankruptcy Law Journal, and papers from his time abroad teaching seminars, on insolvency, sponsored by foreign judicial departments, USAID, and the International Insolvency Institute.
The Archives considers the Bufford papers to be an important part of the National Bankruptcy Archives (NBA), a national repository of materials relating to the history of debtor-creditor relations, bankruptcy, and the reorganization of debt. These papers chronicle the activities of a judge who has greatly influenced the field of bankruptcy law. The finding aid for the Samuel L. Bufford papers is located here. If you are interested in learning more about this collection, contact or stop by the Archives.