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Henry S. Drinker Papers


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Henry S. Drinker was born in 1880. A graduate of Haverford College, Harvard University, and the University of Pennsylvania, Biddle joined the prominent Philadelphia Law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath in 1904. An authority on legal ethics, Drinker's book on the subject, "Legal Ethics," was published in 1933 and went on to become a classic. An amateur musicologist, Drinker founded the Drinker Library of Choral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Drinker Music Center was dedicated in his name at Haverford College in 1962.

Drinker died in 1965.

Primarily writings by Henry S. Drinker regarding criticism by Sir Francis Newbolt over some of his books, an essay called "Legal Plots," and a writing called "The Lawyers of Anthony Trollope. The collection, 1929-1950, also includes correspondence with Alfred A. Knopf and Sir Francis Newbolt.

Gift of "Miss Arnold, for Sophie M. Drinker," undated.

Processed by Jordon Steele in October 2008.

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