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Series II: 1977 Gift
Series III: 1986 Gift, 1975-1983
At a Glance
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Correspondence, writings, reports, memoranda, case files, and related printed materials. The papers cover the entire field of law with particular emphasis on civil rights, labor law, and family law. They include several series of office files dealing with Columbia University Law faculty, students, his course materials, and the administration of the Law School. In addition, there are numerous files for Amherst College (from which Gellhorn received his A.B. degree), arbitration cases, federal administrative procedure, legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Association of American Law Schools, and Fordham University (for which he prepared a study). There are manuscripts, drafts, proofs, correspondence, and other related materials for some of his books: Administrative Law Cases and Comments (1940); Security, Loyalty and Science (1950); The States and Subversion (1952); Individual Freedom and Government Restraint (1956); When Americans Complain (1966); and Ombudsmen and others (1966).
1986 Addition: Series III, 1975-1983.
1992 Addition: Series IV, 1976-1992.
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Restrictions on Access
The following boxes are located off-site: Boxes 2-376. 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.
Identification of specific item;Walter Gellhorn papers; Name of Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Walter Gellhorn, 1963, 1965-1967, 1977, 1986& 1992.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Papers Processed 1963.
Papers Processed HR 01/24/95.
2020-04-01 EAD finding aid created by CCR.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Attorney (Columbia University LL.B., 1931), legal scholar, and professor of law at Columbia School of Law from 1933 to 1973.