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At a Glance
The collection is arranged into two series.
The Edwin W. Patterson Papers collects the papers of Patterson related specifically to the revision of the New York Insurance Law 1939 while he worked as Deputy Superintendent of the Insurance Department of New York State. Patterson was an expert in insurance law and authored both "The Insurance Commissioner in the United States" 1927) and "Essentials of Insurance Law" (1935). The collection contains the work of the New York Insurance Department, in particular the Committee of Insurance Law Reform. The documents are in the form of minutes, correspondence, memoranda, and drafts of bills proposals with annotations and marginalia. The collection also holds the transcript of hearings held by the New York State Legislature on Insurance reform in the 1930s.
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Restrictions on Access
You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.
This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.
This collection has no restrictions.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.
Choose one of the following (unbold the name when you choose): Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Edwin W. Patterson Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Related Collection: Edwin M. Patterson Manuscript Collection contains two versions of a draft manuscript related to insurance reform worked on by Edwin Patterson
Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Ownership and Custodial History
Collection made a gift by Edwin W. Patterson to the Diamond Law Library (date unknown).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2013.2014.M030: Source of acquisition--Diamond Law Library. Method of acquisition--transfer; Date of acquisition--07/23/2013.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers processed Whitney Bagnall, with edits by Virginia Millington 2010.
Finding Aid written Craig P. Savino and Virginia Millington 2010.
2016-12-09 File created.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Edwin Wilhite Patterson (1889-1965) was the Cardozo Professor of Jurisprudence at Columbia University from 1922 to 1957, as well as the Director of the Graduate law program. Previous to his appointment at Columbia, he attended the University of Colorado Law School and taught law at the University of Texas Law School and the University of Iowa. Professor Patterson was an expert in insurance law and the author of the influential "The Insurance Commissioner in the United States" (1927) and "Essentials of Insurance Law" (1935). Patterson was the Deputy Superintendent of Insurance of New York for four years, during which time he worked to revise the New York Insurance Law. He was also an expert in Contract Law and Jurisprudence, with numerous publications on those and related topics.