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Robert Lee Hale papers, 1912-1958

Summary Information

Abstract

Professional correspondence, manuscripts, course materials, and printed works documenting the education and career of Robert Lee Hale (1884-1969), economist and Columbia University professor of law.

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0535
Bib ID 4078851 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hale, Robert L. (Robert Lee), 1884-1969
Title Robert Lee Hale papers, 1912-1958
Physical Description 13 linear feet (26 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

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.

Materials with student grades in Box 23 are closed to researchers until 2026.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three series. Subseries I.1 is arranged in alphabetical order by the correspondent's last name. The remaining materials in the collection are largely grouped by subject and are arranged in alphabetical order. Selected material cataloged; remainder listed and arranged.

Description

Scope and Contents

Professional correspondence, manuscripts, course materials, and printed works documenting the education and career of Robert Lee Hale (1884-1969), economist and Columbia University professor of law. Prominent correspondents of Hale's include Louis Brandeis, Benjamin N. Cardozo, Felix Frankfurter, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Harlan Fiske Stone, and William Howard Taft. Many of these letters deal with contemporary cases before the Supreme Court. There are also materials Hale used in classes he taught at Columbia University. His notes, manuscripts, and typescripts for many of his articles and papers, along with correspondence relating to them, are included in the collection. In addition, there are extensive mimeographed copies of Hale's unpublished works, including the five editions of his Legal Factors in Economic Society, which he used as a classroom text between 1935 and 1947. Finally, there are academic papers from Hale's years at Harvard College and Harvard Law School.

  • Series I: Correspondence

    Series I contains Hale's professional correspondence. Much of the correspondence in Subseries I.2 discusses Hale's law review articles.

  • Series II: Teaching materials

    Series II contains materials Hale used to teach his classes in the Columbia University economics department and at Columbia University School of Law. These include course outlines, lecture notes, exams, and course readings.

  • Series III: Research and scholarship

    Series III contains notes and outlines, unpublished manuscripts, legal briefs, and published works by Hale and others. It also contains a small amount of Hale's coursework from Harvard University.

Using the Collection

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Restrictions on Access

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.

Materials with student grades in Box 23 are closed to researchers until 2026.

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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Robert Lee Hale Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Libraries.

Accruals

Gift of Warren J. Samuels, 1990.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 06/--/89.

Materials were intellectually arranged into series at the same time the finding aid was converted to EAD. The biographical note was also expanded. Nothing in the collection was physically rearranged.

Revision Description

2020-06-30 PDF finding aid converted to EAD by CLB.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Cardozo, Benjamin N (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
College teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University -- : Faculty Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harvard Law School -- : Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Harvard University -- : Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, Jr., 1841-1935 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law and economics Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawyers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Taft, William H (William Howard), 1857-1930 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Robert Lee Hale (1884-1969) was an economist and professor of law at Columbia University School of Law.

Robert Lee Hale was born in Albany, New York on March 9, 1884. He graduated from Harvard College in 1906 and Harvard Law School in 1909. He practiced law until 1913, then taught economics at Columbia University, where he completed a Ph.D. in economics in 1918.

Hale joined the faculty of the Columbia University School of Law in 1918 and became a full professor of law in 1935. His classes and published works focused on the intersection of economics and law. He approached legal scholarship through the framework of legal realism, which advocated applying the principles of scientific inquiry to jurisprudence as a means of coping with the inherent ambiguity of the law. Hale's best-known works are Valuation and Rate-Making: The Conflicting Theories of the Wisconsin Railroad Commission, 1905-17 (1918) and Freedom Through Law: Public Control of Private Governing Power (1952). Upon his retirement from full-time teaching in 1949, he was granted professor emeritus status.

Hale married Dorothea Keep on December 20, 1913. They had one child, Robert Lee Hale, Jr. Robert Lee Hale died in Stamford, Connecticut on September 1, 1969.