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American Bar Association records, 1970-1984

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Call No.: MS#0023
Bib ID 4079318 View CLIO record
Creator(s) American Bar Association
Title American Bar Association records, 1970-1984
Physical Description 23 linear feet (55 boxes)
Language(s) English .

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Correspondence and Financial Records, 1970-1977, Box 1a; Correspondence re. Application for Research Positions (PRTS) & Volume 1. Chapter 1 Drafts, Box 1b; Volume 1. Chapters 1-5, Boxes 2-11; Volume 1. Miscellaneous Working Papers, Boxes 12-14; Volume II. Working Papers: Executive History Incident Memoranda, Boxes 15-18; Volume II. Working Papers: Summary of Congress, Box 19-24; Volume II. Preface, etc. and Chapters 1-4, Boxes 25-32; Volume II. Revised Master Proof, etc., Box 33; Volume II. Miscellaneous Working Papers, Boxes 34 & 35; Volume II. Working Papers: Presidnetial Administrations, Boxes 36-46; Volume II. Working Papers: Events, Boxes 47-51; Post Volume II. Working Papers: Events, Boxes 52-54.



Correspondence, memoranda, manuscripts, typescripts, manuscript notes, proofs, photocopies of original letters, manuscripts, documents, and other supporting materials used in the research, writing and publication of the American Bar Association's "War Powers Study." The correspondence and memoranda include applications for research positions with the project and communications among the project staff. By far the majority of the papers consist of heavily corrected manuscripts and typescript drafts of each chapter for the multi-volume series entitled: WAR, FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND CONSTITUTIONAL POWERS (Cambridge, Mass., Ballinger, 1976-). Each chapter's drafts are followed by extensive working papers which include research papers written by the staff, photocopies and transcripts of original letters, manuscripts and documents, inventories and calendars of historical documents, and excerpts from printed sources.

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This collection has no restrictions.

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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); American Bar Association records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.


As each volume is published, the drafts and working papers will be forwarded for inclusion in the collection.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 03/22/1989.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2011-12-15 XML document instance created by Catherine C. Ricciardi

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American Bar Association. Fund for Public Education Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. School of Law Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Constitutional law -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Henry, Milton Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law -- Research -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presidents -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sofaer, Abraham D Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sterling, Enid Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tondel, Lyman M., Jr Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Congress Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
War and emergency powers -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

In 1971 the American Bar Association formed a committee to prepare a study "..on the respective powers under the Constitution of the President and of the Congress to enter into and conduct war." The committee was chaired by Lyman M. Tondel, Jr. and the project was funded by the Association's Fund for Public Education which in turn contracted with Columbia University to carry out the study. The staff included Abraham D. Sofaer, Project Director and Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia since 1969; Professor Milton Henry, Project Historian; Enid Sterling, Research Associate; and Columbia University Law School students who did background research and writing for the project.

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Series I: Administrative Records

Box 1a Correspondence and Financial Records, 1970-1977

Box 1b Correspondence re Application for Research Positions PRTS

Series II: Volume I

Chapter 1

Box 1b Drafts

Box 2 Working Papers

Chapter 2

Box 2 Drafts

Box 2 Working Papers

Chapter 3

Box 3 Drafts

Box 3 Working Papers

Chapter 4

Box 3 Drafts

Box 4 Drafts

Box 5 Drafts

Box 6 Working Papers

Box 7 Working Papers

Chapter 5

Box 7 Drafts

Box 8 Drafts

Box 9 Drafts

Box 10 Drafts

Box 10 Working Papers

Box 11 Working Papers

Miscellaneous Working Papers

Annals of Congress (i.e. Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States…1789-1824

Photocopies, excerpts, notes, etc.

Box 12 vol. 1-23

Box 13 vol. 24-30

Box 13 Complete Summaries (1)

Box 14 Complete Summaries (1)

Box 14 Master Proof

Box 14 War, Foreign Affairs and Constitutional Powers: The Origins Vol. I.

Series III: Volume II

Working Papers: Executive History Incident Memoranda

Box 15 1820-1853

Box 16 1854-1890

Box 17 1891-1904

Box 18 1906-1955

Working Papers: Summaries of Congress (Manuscripts, typescripts, photocopies, excerpts, notes, etc.)

Box 19 1841-1853 (27th-33rd Congress), 1841-1853

Box 20 1853-1866 (34th-39th Congress), 1853-1866

Box 21 1867-1976 (40th-44th Congress), 1867-1976

Box 22 1877-1880 (45th-47th 1st Session Congress), 1877-1880

Box 23 1881-1892 (47th Special Session-52nd Congress), 1881-1892

Box 24 1893-1899 (53rd-55th Congress), 1893-1899

Box 25 Preface

Box 25 Acknowledgements

Box 25 Table of Contents

Box 25 Introduction

Box 25 Notes

Box 25 Chapter 1--Drafts

Box 26 Chapter 2--Drafts

Box 27 Chapter 2--Drafts

Box 28 Chapter 2--Drafts

Box 28 Chapter 3--Drafts

Box 29 Chapter 3--Drafts

Box 30 Chapter 3--Drafts

Box 30 Chapter 4--Drafts

Box 31 Chapter 4--Drafts

Box 32 Chapter 4--Drafts

Box 33 Revised Master Proof

Box 33 Index Proof

Box 33 Index Cards

Box 34 Miscellaneous Working Papers

Box 35 Miscellaneous Working Papers

Working Papers Presidential Administrations

Box 36 1829-1845 Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, John Tyler, 1829-1845

Box 37 1845-1853 James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, 1845-1853

Box 38 1853-1861 Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan, 1853-1861

Box 39 1861-1865 Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865

Box 40 1865-1869 Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869

Box 41 1869-1877 Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877

Box 42 1877-1881 Rutherford B. Hayes (46th Congress, 1st session), 1877-1881

Box 43 1877-1889 Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland (49th Congress ), 1877-1889

Box 44 1881-1889 Grover Cleveland; Diplomacy during Garfield, Arthur, Cleveland, 1881-1889

Box 45 1889-1897 Benjamin Harrison, Grover Cleveland, 1889-1897

Box 46 1897-1901 William McKinley, 1897-1901

Working Papers: Events

Box 47 1831-1837

Box 48 1839-1847

Box 49 1851-1871

Box 50 1871-1895

Box 51 1898-1902

Cases Studies

Box 51 Mexico, 1822-1876

Box 51 Guatemala, 1839-1900

Box 51 Panama, 1856-1903

Series IV: Post Volume II

Working Papers: Events

Box 52 1902-1917

Box 53 1918-1950

Box 54 1955-1972

Box 54 Congressional Hearings/Papers on Vietnam and Tonkin

Box 54 Resolution