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Edward S. Corwin Papers

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Corwin

These papers document Edward Corwin's personal and professional life, including his time as chair of the Politics Department at Princeton University. The collection includes files on subjects such as church-state relations, the commerce clause, civil rights, due process of law, the Presidency, the Bricker Amendment, and American foreign policy.

Organized into the following series:

Series 1 and 7 are arranged topically. Series 2 and 3 are arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent. Series 4, 5, and 6 are arranged alphabetically by subject or title.

Digital images created in 2008 of Series 3, Professional Correspondence, 1907-1961, are available in PDF format on DVD and are also accessible in the contents list.

Papers were sent from Corwin's home to Princeton University on July 31, 1963.

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

This collection was processed by Edward Jaramillo (Class of 1996), Theresa Marchitto, and Monica Ruscil from 1993-1996 with support from the Class of 1927 and from Alan Gettner and Henriette Herrman Gettner, son and widow of Victor S. Gettner, Class of 1927. Finding aid written by Edward Jaramillo in 1996.

Records were pre-sorted and some were removed by Gerald Garvey before transfer to Princeton in 1963. No information is available about whether records have been separated from this collection while at Princeton.

Publisher
Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Author
Edward Jaramillo
Finding Aid Date
1997
Sponsor
The creation of this finding aid was made possible by the generous support of the Princeton University Class of 1927.
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Collection is open for research use.

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Series 1, Biographical Data, 1865-1961, contains personal information regarding Corwin's retirement, finances, and appointments, honors and awards. This series also contains bibliographies listing Corwin's works.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

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1 box

American Philosophic Society, 1936. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Appointment Calendar, 1937. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Biographical Information, Bibliographies, Etc, 1935. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cosmos Club, 1927. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Democratic National Committee, 1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Financial Holdings: Parents/Grandparents, 1865-1873. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Financial Information, 1918-1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1912. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Invitations to Princeton Dinners and Activities, 1913. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Invitations to U.S. Presidential Inaugural, 1933. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Man of the Week, Trenton, 1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Outlines of Personal Life, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Retirement, 1946-1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Rodrigues, Lieda Boechat (Translated article), 1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

University of Michigan: Honors and Awards, 1900. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Who's Who File (British Edition), circa 1950. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Series 2, Personal Correspondence, 1899-1961, contains personal correspondence between Corwin and family members, including his mother, sister, and stepfather. There are also personal letters from his wife.

Arrangement

Materials in this series are arranged alphabedically by correspondent.

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2 boxes

Bellows, Willis A. (brother-in-law), 1940-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Carmody, Francis, 1902-1924. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Cole, Adelaide (sister) to ESC, 1905-1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ESC to Corwin, Dora Lyndon (mother), 1907-1938. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Corwin, Mildred to ESC, 1901-1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ESC to Cole, F. A. (stepfather), 1902-1904. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ESC to Corwin, Jane (sister), 1907-1941. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Corwin, Jane to ESC, 1905-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Corwin, Mildred (wife) to ESC, 1911-1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Corwin, Mildred (wife) to Jane Corwin, 1909-1939. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Corwin, Mildred (wife) to Dora Corwin Cole, 1909-1939. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Father to Mildred Corwin, 1909. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous, 1899-1906. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Miscellaneous to Mildred Corwin, 1909-1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Series 3, Professional Correspondence, 1907-1961, is the largest series in this collection, and contains correspondence to and from colleagues at Princeton, other educators, political leaders, and Supreme Court justices. Most of this correspondence pertains to constitutional issues facing the nation, his teaching, and his writings. Correspondents include U.S. Presidents from Woodrow Wilson through John F. Kennedy, and noted jurists Hugo Black, Benjamin Cordozo, Felix Frankfurter, John Marshall Harlan, Harlan F. Stone, and Earl Warren.

Arrangement

Correspondence is in alphabetical order. Some files are designated by correspondents' alphabetical ranges by last name; files with a greater volume of material are identified by name.

Physical Description

6 boxes

A, 1931-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Ba-Bi, 1918-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Bl-By, 1918-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Ca-Cl, 1920-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Coa-Cou, 1922-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Committee for Defense of the Constitution, 1954-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Cow-Cu, 1913-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Da-Di, 1922-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Di-Du, 1919-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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E, 1920-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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F, 1911-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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G, 1923-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Ha-He, 1920-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Hi-Hu, 1917-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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I, 1909-1948. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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J, 1922-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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K, 1909-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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L, 1911-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Ma-Max, 1934-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Me-My, 1913-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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N, 1937-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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O, 1936-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Pa-Po, 1911-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Permanent Committee for the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise, 1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Po-Pu, 1915-1956. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Q, 1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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R, 1924-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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S-Sl, 1939-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Sm-Sp, 1931-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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St-Sz, 1919-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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T, 1914-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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U, 1911-1960. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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V, 1937-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Wa-Wh, 1924-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Wi-Wu, 1933-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Wilson, Woodrow, 1907-1918. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Y, 1919-1955. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Yenching University, 1928-1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Z, 1936-1959. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Series 3, Professional Correspondence Digital Files, 1907-1961. 1 folder.
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1 folderDVD

Scope and Contents

Series 4, Subject Files, 1910-1958, contains primarily articles and academic papers authored by others on subjects such as the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, legislation, liberty, police power, poll tax, the Presidency, and segregation collected by Corwin for his research.

Arrangement

Subject files are in alphabetical order.

Physical Description

3 boxes

Miscellaneous, 1931-1958. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Air Force, Constitutional Status of, circa 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Alaska, 1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Amending Power, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

American Thought, History of, 1946. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Anti-Trust Acts, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Atomic Energy, 1947. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Book Reviews written by Corwin, 1939-1952. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Book Reviews of works by Corwin, 1935. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Business Cards, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Church and State, 1952. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Commerce Clause (Congressional Powers), 1939. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Compact Clause, 1926. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Congressional Procedure, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Conspiracy, Doctrine of, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Constitution, 1917-1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Constitutional Law, 1931-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Declaratory Judgments, 1934. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Democracy, 1949. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Double Jeopardy, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Due Process, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Elections, Congressional, control of, 1926. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Emergency War Powers, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Federal Government, 1936-1937. 1 folder.
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1 folder

First Amendment, 1920. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Fourteenth Amendment, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1956-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Judges (Famous), undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Judicial Notice, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Judicial Review, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Labor and the Court, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Labor Law, 1940. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Lawyers (Famous), 1919. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Legislation, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Legislative Power to the Executive, Delegation of, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Liberty, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Marshall, John, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

National Power, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

National Recovery Act (NRA), circa 1934. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Police Power, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Poll Tax/Right to Vote, 1942. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Presidency, 1941-1944. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Public Officers Liability, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Revolution, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Segregation in the schools, circa 1954. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Separation of powers, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Sir Blackstone (Abe Glasser), undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Social Theory, 1940. 1 folder.
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1 folder

State Government, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

State Power, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Statement on Supreme Court Reorganization, 1937. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Steel Seizure, 1948-1953. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Supreme Court, 1936. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Taxation, National, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Treason, 1930. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Treaty-Making Powers, 1953. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Truman, Harry, 1950. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Wilson, Woodrow, 1910. 1 folder.
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1 folder

University of Yenching, 1928. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Series 5, Manuscripts and Publications, 1906-1957, contains manuscripts for a few of Corwin's books, including Court Over Constitution and The Doctrine of Judicial Review: Its Legal and Historical Basis and Other Essays. This series also contains publications with articles written by Corwin as well as book reviews and letters to editors.

Arrangement

Information about archivists' interventions in this series is not available. Materials do not appear to be in any particular order, and may reflect the order in which materials were sent to Princeton.

Physical Description

4 boxes

The Comity Clause, 1929. 2 folders.
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2 folders

The Constitution and What it Means Today, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Court over Constitution, 1953. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Edwin Stanton and Reconstruction, 1953. 3 folders.
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3 folders

John Marshall, circa 1919. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Judicial Review, circa 1914. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Powers of Congress, undated. 7 folders.
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7 folders

Powers of Congress, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

War Powers, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Untitled, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letters to the Editors, Writings, 1944-1957. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Publications with Corwin articles, 1906-1915. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Publications with Corwin articles, 1917-1956. 6 folders.
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6 folders

Scope and Contents

Series 6, Notes and Class Materials, circa 1930-1951, contains note papers and note cards with class lecture notes and historical information. There are also class exams and syllabi in this series.

Arrangement

Information about archivists' interventions in this series is not available. Materials do not appear to be in any particular order, and may reflect the order in which materials were sent to Princeton.

Physical Description

6 boxes

Lecture notes, undated. 6 folders.
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6 folders

Lecture notes, undated. 6 folders.
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6 folders

Lecture notes, undated. 6 folders.
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6 folders

Lecture notes, undated. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Notes, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Course Note Cards: American & European History, Civil War, The Colonies. Notes for "Oregon Question", undated. 1 box.
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1 box

Lecture Notes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Class materials: examinations, syllabi, undated. 4 folders.
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4 folders

Speeches, circa 1930-1945. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Guest lectures at Emory University, 1951. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Notes, undated. 2 folders.
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2 folders

Miscellaneous, undated. 3 folders.
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3 folders

Scope and Contents

Series 7, Photographs, circa 1880- circa 1960, contains black and white photographs of Corwin, including some in his college days, but most taken in mid- to late-life. This series also contains photographs of his wife, children, family members, and friends, though many early photographs are unidentified.

Arrangement

Photographs in this series are arranged by subject.

Physical Description

5 boxes

Photographs with E.S. Corwin, circa 1900-1960. 1 box.
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1 box

Photographs with Mildred Corwin, circa 1900-1960. 1 box.
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1 box

Photographs of Corwin family children, circa 1930-1960. 1 box.
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1 box

Miscellaneous family photographs, circa 1880-1950. 1 box.
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1 box

Oversize: Two photos and four certificates, circa 1900-1961. 1 box.
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1 box

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