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Mason, Alpheus Thomas, 1899-1989. Mason

Alpheus Thomas Mason (1899-1989), McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Princeton University, was born in a small farming and fishing village two miles outside of Snow Hill, Maryland. At age fifteen he gained a reputation as a speaker, and at age sixteen he entered Dickinson College and receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1920 (and a Master of Arts degree in 1921, plus a Doctor of Philosophy in 1923 from Princeton University).

In 1923 Alpheus Thomas Mason became a professor at Trinity College (now Duke University) a small Methodist coeducational institution. In 1925 he accepted a teaching position at Princeton University where he became a distinguished Constitutional scholar in the Politics Department. He remained at Princeton University for forty three years until he retired to emeritus status in 1968. After his retirement from Princeton University, Mason went on to teach at fifteen different universities in the United States, Japan and Israel.:

Alpheus Thomas Mason was the author of twenty-two books and numerous articles relating to the Supreme Court and its Justices including:

He was awarded the American Library Association's Liberty and Justice Award and the Francis Parkman Prize in history for Harlan Fiske Stone: Pillar of the Law. In the 1930's, he was one of the few political scientists to hold a visiting membership at the Institute for Advanced Study. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Political Science Association.

At the time of his death on October 31, 1989, Mason was survived by his wife Christine, daughter Louise Bachelder, three granddaughters and two great-grandchildren.

Consists of papers of Mason, including material relating to Supreme Court justices Harlan Fiske Stone and Louis D. Brandeis and to Woodrow Wilson.

This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

Most of the collection was the gift of Christine Mason in 1992. The accession number associated with this gift is ML1992-7. The material that comprises Box 30 was donated by Louise Mason Bachelder in 1998. The accession number associated with this gift is ML1998-6. The material that comprises Box 29 was donated by John Fatherley in 2011. The accession number associated with this gift is ML.2011.030.

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This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory. A box accessioned in 1998 that was not included in the inventory was found in the repository in 2014 and added to the collection as Box 30.

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Public Policy Papers
Finding Aid Date
2001
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6 boxes

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3 boxes

General Correspondence-Student Recommendations, dates not examined. 3 boxes.
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3 boxes

Letters to students, dates not examined. 3 boxes.
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3 boxes

Publishers and Editors, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Law Schools-Universities-Faculty etc; Lawyers, Judges and Graduate Schools, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Correspondence A-Z student files, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

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8 boxes

General Correspondence, Salary, degrees; Notes, clippings and Princeton Alumni Weekly, dates not examined. 4 boxes.
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4 boxes

NEH Seminar-America's continuing revolution, 1979. 1 box.
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1 box

Supreme Court Material-Relating to P.U. Notes on Philosophers- Mills, Hobbes & Burke, unexamined. 1 box.
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The folder labeled "Goldmark--Josephine" contains two original photographs of Alice Goldmark, the wife of Louis Brandeis (Josephine Goldmark's sister), some correspondence with Brandeis, and two of his daily diaries for 1899 and 1906.

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1 box

Politics-course material. Other colleges- Yale, Harvard, Pomona centre, Yugoslavia and Israel, unexamined. 1 box.
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1 box

Political Philosophy; Pamphlets, Reports, clippings & Watergate, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

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6 boxes

Brandeis-Philosophy of L.B.-Pamphlets, clippings, notes from L.B. diary & correspondence, dates not examined. 2 boxes.
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2 boxes

Original Harlan Fiske Stone documents: Correspondence, clippings, notes and briefs, circa 1910-1929. 3 boxes.
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3 boxes

Various Justices: Chase, Fuller, Hughes, Marshall, Taft, Warren and Frankfurter, circa 1940-1985. 1 box.
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1 box

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2 boxes

Pamphlets, reports, official reports and statements, dates not examined. 2 boxes.
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2 boxes

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4 boxes

Relating to Supreme Court, dates not examined. 3 boxes.
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3 boxes

Book Manuscripts, circa 1950. 1 box.
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Consists of one, possibly two, book manuscripts, including a biography of Louis Brandeis.

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1 box

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1 box

Letters and two copies of an autobiography, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

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1 box

A. Mason-wife Christine-daughter Louise, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

Album of photographs taken in Japan, 1953. 1 box.
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1 box

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Three Radio Recordings, 1966 March 13. 1 box.
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1 box

A. Mason-Free Gov't in the Making, dates not examined. 1 box.
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1 box

September 2011 Accession: Correspondence between Claude F. Walker, Charles Swan Walker, Ray Stannard Baker, and Alpheus Thomas Mason, 1932-1964. 1 box.
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1 box

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