Penn Law School Collection
Held at: University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library [Contact Us]3460 Chestnut Street, Biddle Law Library, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3406
This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.
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The University of Pennsylvania Law School was founded in 1850 as the law department of the University of Pennsylvania. In fulfilling its core mission of providing legal education and scholarship, the school has, among other activities, hosted lecture series, symposiums, and other educational programs, and its students, faculty, and alumni have taken part in the activities of various academic legal societies. The school has undergone several renovations and construction projects over the years so as to expand the resources available to students and faculty. In addition, the school has engaged in institutional development activities, including alumni relations and other promotional programs. Members of the school community have also taken part in a variety of extra-curricular activities and law school related social events.
The Penn Law School Collection, 1873-2010, includes publications and other materials related to the law school's administration, student life, alumni activities, academic programs, departments, and history; promotional materials, invitations, and programs for events related to the law school; correspondence, minutes, and other material pertaining to the Penn Law School chapter of the Order of the Coif, an honorary legal society; and notes, correspondence, building plans, publications, and other material related to law school construction and renovations projects from the 1950s to the 1990s.
- Law School Admissions Tickets
- Events and Programs
- Order of the Coif
- Building Renovation and Construction Projects
- September 11 File
- Penn Law School Histories
- Other Materials
Prior to their transfer to the archives, these records were created by and located in a variety of departments in the Law School, including Development and Alumni Relations, Communications, the Dean's Office, and student groups.
Records were transferred and collected by the Library and Archives at various points during the history of the Library.
A container list that describes the collection at item level and folder level is available offline in spreadsheet form.
Processed by Jeremiah Eagen, September-November 2010.
- University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library
- Finding Aid Author
- Jeremiah Eagen, with additional processing by Hoang Tran
- Finding Aid Date
- Access Restrictions
The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.
- Use Restrictions
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Correspondence, minutes, membership certificates, a member roster, and other material related to the University of Pennsylvania Law School's Chapter of the Order of the Coif, an honorary legal society for members of the legal community who graduated in the top ten percent of their law school class.
Notes, correspondence, meeting minutes, memoranda, floor plans, architectural plans, events programs, publications, and other material related to Law School construction and renovation projects in the 1950s, 1960s, 1980s, and 1990s.
Notes, meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, floor plans, and other material related to a proposed addition to Biddle Law Library in the late 1950s.
Notes, correspondence, memoranda, floor plans, product catalogs, event programs, publications, and other material related to the Biddle Law Library construction and other renovation projects in the 1960s.
Correspondence, memoranda, and development plans related to Law School construction projects, including the Biddle Law Library renovation, in the 1980s.
This subseries also includes a computer drawing of Lewis Hall, given to the Law School in 1989. More information about its provenance is included in the folder.
Memoranda, architectural plans, event materials and programs, publications, and other material related to Law School construction and the dedication of Tanenbaum Hall in the 1990s.
Proceedings and programs from the dedication of Lewis Hall in 1900 and its rededication in 1996.
Articles, clippings, commentary, website print-outs, and related material collected in relation to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the event's relationship to Penn Law School.
Published and unpublished articles, manuscripts and honors theses about the history of Penn Law School.
The Archives also maintains a copy of an unpublished manuscript about the history of the Law School. Please contact the Archives for more information.
Photocopy of a senior honors thesis.
Photocopy of a senior honors thesis.
Programs, invitations, correspondence, promotional material, and other material for programs and events related to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, including commencement, alumni functions, lecture series, conferences, musical productions, banquets, and other social events.
Alumni Banquet programs for the James Wilson Law Club, an organization founded at the University of Pennsylvania Law School to honor James Wilson, a signatory to the United States Declaration of Independence, original member of the United States Supreme Court, and legal scholar.
Invitations, programs, correspondence, and other material related to the Owen J. Roberts Memorial Lecture Series, an annual scholarly lecture held in honor of the late Owen J. Roberts, a former dean of the Law School and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Includes correspondence from Elie Roberts, Justice Roberts' widow; Felix Frankfurter, former Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court; Arthur Lehman Goodhart, a noted British legal scholar; and Paul Henri Spaak, former Prime Minister of Belgium and Secretary General of NATO.
Programs for musical concerts and productions staged by Law School student music groups, including the Law School Light Opera Company, a choristers group, and several instrumental ensembles.
Programs, fliers, invitations, and other material for symposiums, lectures, conferences, moot court events, and social events related to the Law School.
Publications related to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, including alumni journals, reports of the dean, faculty handbooks and guides, students handbooks and facebooks, law school bulletins, student publications, registration booklets, alumni giving reports, and publications related to the Law School's history, its departments, programs, and institutes, as well as other material.
Subseries is missing Vol. 2, no. 2 (1957); Vol. 3, no. 2 (1957); Vol. 3, no. 3 (1959); Vol. 4, no. 1 (1959); Vol 4, no. 3 (1960); Vol. 5, no. 3 (1961); Vol. 6 (1961?-1962?); Vol. 7, no. 2 (1963?); Vol. 7, no. 3 (1963?); Vol. 8 (1963?-1964?); Vol. 9 (1964?-1965?).
This publication was discontinued after Volume 9. A new publication, the Law Alumni Journal, took its place as the Law School's alumni newsletter.
Subseries is missing Vol. 1, no. 1 (1965?); Vol. 3, no. 3 (1968);Vol. 5, no. 5 (1970); Vol. 6, no. 3 (1971); Vol. 7, no. 1(1971); Vol. 9, no. 1 (1973); Vol. 9, no. 3 (1974); Vol. 10, no. 3 (1975); Vol. 11, No. 2 (1976?); Vol. 11, no. 3(1976?); Vol. 12 (1976-1977?); Vol. 13 (1977-1978?); Vol. 16, no. 2 (1981?); Vol. 16, no. 3 (1981); Vol. 17, no. 1 (1981); Vol. 19 (1983?-1984?); Vol. 21, no. 1 and no.2 (1985?-1986?); Vol. 22 (1986?-1987?); Vol. 23 (1987?-1988?); Vol. 24, no. 1 (1988?); Vol. 24, no. 2 (1989?); Vol. 25 (1989?-1990).
The name of this title was changed from the Law Alumni Journal to the Penn Law Journal beginning with Vol. 26, no. 1, the January 1991 issue.
The title of this publication was changed from the Law Alumni Journal to the Penn Law Journal beginning with Volume 26.
Subseries is missing Vol. 26 (1991); Vol. 27 (1992); Vol. 28 (1993); Vol. 29 (1994); Vol. 30 (1995?); Vol. 31, no. 1 (1995); Vol. 32 (1996?-1997?); Vol. 33 (1998); Vol. 39 (2004); Vol. 40. (2005); Vol. 41 (2006); Vol. 42 (2007); Vol. 43 (2008); Vol. 44 (2009).
Note that both issues of Volume 37 appear to have been mislabeled on their covers as Volume 35.
Subseries is missing 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995, 1995-1996.
Includes publications related to the Law School's history, departments, and programs, as well as an alumni directory, student publications, University publications related to the Law School, annual reports for Law School's Institute for Law and Economics, and a pamphlet written by a former dean of the Law School. Also includes a published volume from 1967 entitled "Opportunities for Negros in the Law" and a 1957 ABA Directory of Teachers.
Booklets containing information about the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Include academic calendars, information regarding staff, the law school and its programs, admissions, financial obligations and assistance, curriculum requirements, course descriptions, student life, student and alumni organizations and programs, a list of contact information, and other material.
Subseries includes issues for 1912-1913, 1913-1914, 1914-1915, 1915-1916, 1922-1923, 1923-1924, 1928-1929, 1929-1930, 1930-1931, 1931-1932, 1932-1933, 1933-1934, 1934-1935, 1937-1938, 1941-1942, 1942-1943, 1943-1944,1944-1945, 1945-1946, 1946-1947, 1948-1949, 1949-1950, 1950-1951, 1951-1952, 1952-1953, 1959-1960, 1960-1961, 1961-1963, 1963-1965, 1965-1967, 1967-1969, 1983-1984, 1984-1986, 1987-1989, 1990-1992 to 1990-92.
Subseries is missing 1916-1917, 1917-1918, 1918-1919, 1919-1920, 1920-1921, 1921-1922, 1924-1925, 1925-1926, 1926-1927, 1927-1928, 1935-1936, 1936-1937, 1938-1939, 1939-1940, 1940-1941, 1947-1948, 1951-1952, 1969-1971, 1971-1973, 1973-1975, 1975-1976.
Subseries is missing 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2003-2004.
Subseries is missing Law Forums from 1979-1981; Vol. XV No. 4 1997