|Columbia University Archives|
At a Glance
This collection consists of materials created by Professor John Palfrey. It contains some materials related to his role on the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) but the majority of the collection documents his career at Columbia Law School and includes course materials, student papers, articles, reading materials, etc. There is also some material from his work at Harvard Business School, as well as personal material, and material related to his book manuscript, Bottling the Genie (on atomic energy).
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Restrictions on Access
Material is unprocessed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This collection is located onsite.
There are no restrictions on this collection.
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; Date (if known); John G. Palfrey Papers; Box and Folder; Columbia University; University Archives, Columbia University Library.
No additions are expected
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Collection-level record describing unprocessed material made public in summer 2018 as part of the Hidden Collections initiative.
Papers accessioned 2/17/2016.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Palfrey was a native of Boston. He was a 1940 graduate of Harvard University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a law degree at Harvard in 1946 following wartime service with Army intelligence.
He was a member of the general counsel's office of the AEC from 1947 to 1950. He then spent two years at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University, where he did research on the political and legal aspects of atomic energy.
In 1952 he joined the faculty of Columbia University Law School. From 1958 until the time he was named to the AEC, Mr. Palfrey served as Dean of Columbia College, the men's undergraduate liberal arts division of Columbia University.
Palfrey returned to the law school after leaving the AEC in 1966. He also had spent a year at both the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at the Brookings Institution during the 1970s.
He was the author of a number of articles on atomic energy, arms control and international law. He was a member of the New York Bar Association, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies.