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Rodell revisited / materials for the book edited by Loren Ghiglione


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Fred Rodell (1907-1980) was a law professor born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College in 1926 and received his law degree from Yale University in 1931. After attending law school, Rodell worked as a special legal advisor to Governor Gifford Pinchot of Pennsylvania until 1933, when he joined the faculty of the Yale Law School. He became a full professor in 1939 and remained at Yale until 1973, when he retired and received an honorary LL.D. from Haverford. During his career, Rodell maintained a large number of other activities, such as a feature writer for the Chicago Times (1940), Director of Cooperative Consumers, Inc. in New Haven, Connecticut (1941-1945), contributing editor for Progressive magazine (1943-?), working at the American Civil Liberties Union, and writing a great deal of legal journalism. Rodell was the author of Fifty-five Men: the Story of the Constitution (1936); Woe Unto You Lawyers (1939); Nine Men: a Political History of the Supreme Court from 1870 to 1955 (1955); as well as many articles.

Biographical information from Directory of American Scholars, sixth edition, vol. IV (New York: Bowker Co., 1974) and Charles Alan Wright, "Goodbye to Fred Rodell," 89 Yale L.J. 1455 (New Haven: Yale Law Journal Co., Inc., 1980).

Loren Ghiglione (1941-) received his B.A. from Haverford College in 1963, his Ph.D. in American civilization from George Washington University and his Master of Urban Studies and J.D. from Yale. A journalist, he owned and edited the Southbridge (Mass.) Evening News and ran its parent company, Worcester County Newspapers, for 26 years (1969-1995). He won two dozen regional and national awards for reporting and editorial writing.

Biographical information from Northwestern University, Medill School of journalism website.

This collection centers on the materials accumulated by journalist Loren Ghiglione (Haverford College, class of 1963) to document the life of Fred Rodell (Haverford College, class of 1926) who gained wide recognition as a prolific writer and professor of law at Yale University. The collection contains some original material by Rodell, as well as a compilation of many of his articles. The result was a book edited by Ghiglione entitled Rodell revisited: selected writings of Fred Rodell, edited by Ghiglione and published in 1994. The book contains an introductory essay by Ghiglione.

There are two boxes in this collection. Box 1 includes:

Draft of Loren Ghiglione's essay with bibliography and lay-out of sections; articles about Fred Rodell; Christmas cards from Fred Rodell; Ghiglione correspondence with readers of his essay about Fred Rodell; articles citing Fred Rodell; Fred Rodell bio-bibliography; original typescripts by Fred Rodell and others; Ghiglione's interviews with various people about Fred Rodell

Box 2 includes:

Photocopies of typescripts and other material by Fred Rodell; photocopies of published articles by Fred Rodell;

Rodell revisited / materials for the book edited by Loren Ghiglione were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College by Loren Ghiglione.

Processed by Diana Franzusoff Peterson. Revised by Allison Hall; Completed May 2020.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Diana Franzusoff Peterson
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This collection is open for research use.

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Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17). Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Collection Inventory

Draft of Loren Ghiglione's essay with bibliography and layout of sections.
Box 1
Articles about Fred Rodell.
Box 1
Christmas cards from Fred Rodell.
Box 1
Ghiglione correspondence with readers of his essay about Rodell.
Box 1
Articles citing Fred Rodell.
Box 1
Fred Rodell bio-bibliography.
Box 1
Original typescripts by Rodell and others.
Box 1
Ghiglione's interviews with varioius people about Rodell.
Box 1
Materials by Rodell (1/2).
Box 2
Materials by Rodell (2/2).
Box 2
Articles by Rodell (1/2).
Box 2
Articles by Rodell (2/2).
Box 2

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