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American Law Institute Law of Airflight records


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Overview and metadata sections

In 1937, the American Law Institute (ALI) partnered with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law (NCCUSL) to analyze and correct perceived defects in the Law of Airflight. The Law of Airflight project was concerned with three acts: the Aviation Liability Act, the Law of Airflight, and the Air Jurisdiction Act.

The Law of Airflight Records, 1937-1939, include correspondence, minutes, proceedings, drafts, and related records concerning the ALI's involvement with NCCUSL to correct perceived errors in the Law of Airflight.

Throughout this collection, researchers should note the following abbreviations when examining the collection: "PD" stands for Preliminary Draft "TD" stands for Tentative Draft "CD" stands for Council Draft

First shipment received from the American Law Institute in 1995.

An item-level container list is available offline in spreadsheet form.

Preliminary container list prepared by Melissa Backes, 1995-2005.

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, May 2008.

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Collection Inventory

1938-1939 Herbert Goodrich and William Schnader, 1938-1939.
Box 1 Box Folder 1

1937 Proceedings of a meeting (re: aviation liability act), 1937 January 23.
Box 1 Box Folder 2
1937 Minutes of aeronautical flight conference. Draft discussed: fourth revised draft of uniform law of air flight., 1937 February 12.
Box 1 Box Folder 3
1937 Conference minutes. Revision proposed, Tentative Draft no. 1 discussed., 1937 March 19.
Box 1 Box Folder 4
1937 Draft of joint committee meeting, 1937 March 19.
Box 1 Box Folder 5

1937 Uniform state aviation liability act. Fourth draft by the Schnader joint committee, 1936. Comments and re-draft by John H. Wigmore., 1937 January.
Box 1 Box Folder 6
1937 Proposed TD no. 1. Subjects covered: uniform aviation liability act, uniform law of air flight, uniform air jurisdiction act. Reporter, Wm. A. Schnader., 1937 February 16.
Box 1 Box Folder 7
1937 TD no. 1. Subjects covered: aviation liability act, law of airflight, air jurisdiction act. Reporter: William A. Schnader., 1937 April 7.
Box 1 Box Folder 8
1937 Proposed TD no. 2. Subjects covered: articles 1-8. Reporter, William A. Schnader., 1937 August 3.
Box 1 Box Folder 9
1937 Suggested section 607 to proposed TD no. 2. Submitted by Arnold W. Knauth, Esquire., 1937 September 2.
Box 1 Box Folder 10
1937 Criticisms and suggestions relating to the proposed uniform aviation liability act, uniform law of airflight, and uniform air jurisdiction act contained in TD no. 1. Submitted by Paul M. Godehn, Gerald B. Brophy, Francis D. Butler, and Hamilton O. Hale, a committee appointed by Colonel Edgar S. Gorrell, president of the air transport association of America., 1937 September 3.
Box 1 Box Folder 11
1938 Preliminary Draft no. 6. Subjects covered: articles 1-8. Reporter, William A. Schnader. Note that PDs 1-5 apparently do not exist., 1938 February 10.
Box 1 Box Folder 12
1939? Draft, 1939?.
Box 1 Box Folder 13

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