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Paul R. Hays papers, 1910-1980

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#0571
Bib ID 4079533 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Hays, Paul R (Paul Raymond), 1903-1980
Title Paul R. Hays papers, 1910-1980
Physical Description 51 linear feet (107 boxes 9 oversized items)
Language(s) English .

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-107. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library 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.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



Personal, academic, and legal correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, and memoranda. Among the legal files, there is particular emphasis on labor and welfare law. The files also contain materials about his judicial appointment, the American Law Institute, the Columbia University School of Law, and the Project on International Procedure. Among the major correspondents are: James A. Farley, Arthur J. Goldberg, Philip C. Jessup, Robert F. Kennedy, Harold R. Medina, James A. Pike, and Lionel Trilling

  • Series I: Cataloged Correspondence

  • Series II: Cataloged Photographs

  • Series III: File Folders

  • Series IV: Bound Materials and Miscellaneous Papers

  • Series V: 1979 Addition to the Collection

  • Series VI: 1991 Addition to the Collection

    This small addition of photographs, correspondence and journal entries provides background information about Paul Hays' ancestors as well as offering a rich insight into life in 1860s America.

    The bulk of the additional material concerns the Civil War correspondence of Edward Bridges to his family. Bridges, the elder brother of Susan Hatch (nee Bridges), Paul Hays' maternal grandmother, served with the 55th Regiment--Company B, Illinois Volunteers between 1861 and 1864. Born on June 30, 1843 in Windsor, Vermont, Bridges enlisted as a teenager and though wounded at Shiloh, fought in subsequent battles before dying of sickness on January 10, 1864.

    85 letters from Bridges are preserved in a bound scrapbook, which has a note on Bridge's history, handwritten by Paul Hays. Bridges' letters to his family document his experiences as a soldier and chart his movement through various camps in the South. Also included in the scrapbook are letters of condolence upon his death, from Bridges' friend and co-soldier Thomas Wilson, the Chaplain of Bridges' unit L. Harvey, and a letter from the Sanitary Commission. Correspondence in the scrapbook has been retained in its original order, which is close to chronological.

    Hays' paternal ancestry is represented by a typed transcript of Mary Hollingsworth's journal which documents her experience as a teacher to freed slaves in Mississippi from 1865 through 1866. Hollingsworth, who married Walter Hays, was Paul Hays' paternal grandmother.

    There are a number of other supplementary materials, including some photographs, letters of condolence upon the death of Elva Mae Hatch, Paul Hay's aunt and other miscellaneous correspondence concerning his ancestors. There are some materials relating to Paul Hays' own early life, including high school newsletters and a photograph of Hays as a baby.

  • Series VII: Oversized

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

The following boxes are located off-site: 1-107. You will need to request this material from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library 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.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Paul R. Hays papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Paul R. Hays, 1965 & 1979.

Gift of Mrs Paul R. Hays, 1981, 1986, 1987, 1991& 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Hays, Paul R. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1965. Accession number--M-1965.

Papers & photographs: Source of acquisition--Hays, Elinor Rice. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--04/25/91. Accession number--M-91-04-25.

Photograph, map& Trotsky letter: Source of acquisition--Hays, Elinor Rice. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--04/06/92. Accession number--M-92-04-06.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed 01/15/80.

Papers & photographs Processed HR 02/06/92.

Photograph, map& Trotsky letter Cataloged HR 07/01/92.

Revision Description

2020-04-15 EAD document created by CCR.

2021-01-04 Container list for Series VII: Oversized added by CCR.

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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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Agreements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Announcements Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Audiocassettes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Broadsides (notices) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Certificates Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Invitations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lectures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lists (document genres) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memorandums Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Newsletters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Obituaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Posters Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Proceedings (reports) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Programs (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reports Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Reviews (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Speeches (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Tax returns Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Theses Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
minutes (administrative records) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
American Law Institute Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Arbitration, Industrial Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Columbia University. School of Law Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dewey, John, 1859-1952 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Edman, Irwin, 1896-1954 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Goldberg, Arthur J. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
International law Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Jessup, Philip C (Philip Caryl), 1897-1986 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Judges Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kahlo, Frida Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
La Follette, Suzanne, 1893-1983 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Labor disputes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Labor laws and legislation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law -- Study and teaching Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Law teachers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lawyers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Medina, Harold R (Harold Raymond), 1888-1990 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Pike, James A (James Albert), 1913-1969 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Project on International Procedure Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Public welfare -- Law and legislation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rivera, Diego, 1886-1957 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trilling, Lionel, 1905-1975 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Circuit Court (2nd Circuit) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wagner, Robert F (Robert Ferdinand), 1910-1991 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Died in 1980. Professor Emeritus, Columbia University School of Law (Columbia B.A. 1925, M.A. 1927, LL.B. 1933) and U.S. Circuit Judge, Second Circuit from 1961.