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National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records

NBA.012

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives
Creator:
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (U.S.)
Title:
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records
Date [inclusive]:
1926 - 2013
Call Number:
NBA.012
Extent:
20 linear feet (About 5500 items)
Language:
English
Abstract:
The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) was founded in 1926 to provide continuing legal education to bankruptcy judges, lawyers, and other practitioners, and to advise and influence Congress in an effort to represent the interests of bankruptcy judges with regards to pending bankruptcy legislation, and to promote greater uniformity and understanding of existing bankruptcy law. The collection, 1926-2007, includes materials related to organizational activity as it relates to the field of bankruptcy law, including administrative files, committee papers, meeting materials, legislative activity, publications, and related material.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records, National Bankruptcy Archives, NBA.012, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) was founded in 1926 to provide continuing legal education to bankruptcy judges, lawyers, and other practitioners, and to advise and influence Congress in an effort to represent the interests of bankruptcy judges with regards to pending bankruptcy legislation, and to promote greater uniformity and understanding of existing bankruptcy law. Originally known as the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy, the NCBJ was conceived as a response to the increasing influence of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an association which consisted primarily of bankruptcy scholars and lawyers.

Scope and Contents

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Records (1926-2013) include materials related to organizational activity as it relates to the field of bankruptcy law, including administrative files, committee papers, meeting materials, legislative activity, publications, and related material.

Arrangement of Collection

  1. Administration
  2. Committees
  3. Meetings
  4. Endowment for Education
  5. Legislative Activities
  6. Publications
  7. Correspondence
  8. Memorial Resolution Materials
  9. Commemorative Materials
  10. Photographs

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: National Bankruptcy Archives,  2006

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele, Leslie O'Neill, Emily Johns

Access Restrictions

The archives reserves the right to restrict access to materials of sensitive nature. Please contact the department for further information.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Accruals note

2000 issues of Conference newsletter received from Nancy C. Dreher in 2003.

1985 Bylaws and 1988 Board of Governors meeting minutes received from Henley A. Hunter, via T. Hartley Kingsmill, on June 7, 2005.

Shipment received from Christine J. Molick in March 2006.

Proceedings of the 36th Conference (1962) received from Harvey I. Forman on May 26, 2006.

Memorial Resolutions from 2005 and 2006 received from Randall L. Dunn in November 2006.

2002-2004 issues of American Bankruptcy Law Journal received from Christine J. Molick on December 8, 2006.

Selected issues of American Bankruptcy Law Journal from 2005 and 2006; program materials from the 2006 NCBJ Annual Conference; a "save the date" magnet for the 2007 NCBJ Annual Conference; and video and audiotaped proceedings of the 2004-2006 annual conferences received from Christine J. Molick on January 10, 2007.

Selected issues of the Journal of the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy received from Mary Davies Scott in February 2007.

Acquisitions Information

Received in multiple shipments from Robert D. Martin, Henley A. Hunter, Frank Koger, Mary D. Scott, Samuel Bufford, and Christine J. Molick, all on behalf of the NCBJ, from 2002 to 2004.

Processing Information

Additional processing by Emily Johns, September 2014

Additional processing by Leslie O'Neill, April 2013 and September 2014

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, October 2006.

Collection guide revised by Jordon Steele, November 2006.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • DVDs
  • Oral histories (document genres)
  • Photographs
Personal Name(s)
  • Kelley, Ralph H. (Ralph Houston), 1928-2004
  • Scott, Mary Davies, 1944-
Subject(s)
  • Bankruptcy

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Other Finding Aids note

A container list is available offline in spreadsheet form. Please contact the Archives for more information.

Location of offline container list

G:\groups\biddle\SC\archives\repositories\Bankruptcy\collections\NCBJ\ncbj_final.xls

Collection Inventory

Administration, 1972-2000.

Scope and Contents note

Records regarding administrative activities of the NCBJ.

Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, 1972-1973, 1998 and undated.

Box
1
Folder
1-3

Board of Governors, 1990-2000.

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence, reports, minutes, photographs, and related material, created by and submitted to the Board of Governors, the chief governing body of the NCBJ.

Box
1
Folder
4-14

American Disabilities Act Contract, 1992.

Box
1
Folder
15

Letterhead, 1986, 1989-2003.

Box
1
Folder
16

Membership, 1982-1985, 1994-2000.

Scope and Contents note

Letters of acceptance to the NCBJ, applications, Administrative Office Memoranda of Judicial Appointments, correspondence, membership rosters, and related records.

Box
1
Folder
17-21

Reports, 1992-2002 and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Chiefly NCBJ committee reports. The series also includes reports submitted to the NCBJ by organizations unaffiliated with the conference, and related material.

Box
1
Folder
22-31

Tax Exemption Notice, 1982.

Box
1
Folder
32

Treasurer's Office, 1975-1981.

Box
2
Folder
1

Committees, 1983-1985, 1992-2002.

Scope and Contents note

Records regarding committee activity.

Box Folder

Committee Rosters, 1992-1998.

2 2-7

Correspondence, 1998, 2002.

2 8-9
Sick and Bereavement Committee, 1983-1985.
Scope and Contents note

Description of function of committee.

2 10

Meetings, 1932-2007.

Minutes, 1953-1976.

Box
2
Folder
11

Annual Meetings, 1932-2007.

Scope and Contents note

Meeting programs, educational programs, correspondence, memoranda, "Judges' Roundtable" materials, photographs, and related material.

Box Folder

Seventh Annual Conference, 1932.

2 12

11th Annual Conference, 1936.

2 13

12th Annual Conference, 1937.

Box
2
Folder
14

13th Annual Conference, 1938.

2 15

14th Annual Conference, 1939.

2 16

21st Annual Conference, 1948.

2 17

22nd Annual Conference, 1949.

2 18

25th Annual Conference, 1952.

2 19

28th Annual Conference, 1954.

2 20

31st Annual Conference, 1957.

2 21

33rd Annual Conference, 1959.

2 22

34th Annual Conference, 1960.

2 23

35th Annual Conference, 1961.

2 24

36th Annual Conference, 1962.

2 25

37th Annual Conference, 1963.

2 26-37

38th Annual Conference, 1964.

2 28

40th Annual Conference, 1966.

2 29

41st Annual Conference, 1967.

2 30

42nd Annual Conference, 1968.

2 31

43rd Annual Conference, 1969.

2 32

44th Annual Conference, 1970.

2 33

45th Annual Conference, 1971.

2 34

46th Annual Conference, 1972.

2 35

47th Annual Conference, 1973.

2 36

48th Annual Conference, 1974.

2 37

49th Annual Conference, 1975.

2 38

50th Annual Conference, 1976.

2 39

51st Annual Conference, 1977.

2 40

55th Annual Conference, 1981.

2 41

56th Annual Conference, 1982.

2 42

57th Annual Conference, 1983.

2 43

58th Annual Conference, 1984.

2 44

60th Annual Conference, 1986.

2 45

61st Annual Conference, 1987.

2 46-49

62nd Annual Conference, 1988.

2 51-52

63rd Annual Conference, 1989.

2 53

64th Annual Conference, 1990.

3 1-4

65th Annual Conference, 1991.

3 5-8

66th Annual Conference, 1992.

3 9-12

67th Annual Conference, 1993.

3 13-17

68th Annual Conference, 1994.

3

4

18

1-3

69th Annual Conference, 1995.

4 1-6

70th Annual Conference, 1996.

4 7-10

71st Annual Conference, 1997.

4 11-13
72nd Annual Conference, 1998.
Scope and Contents note

Program materials and materials from the 25-Year Judges and Referees Ceremony.

4 14-16

73rd Annual Conference, 1999.

4 17-18

74th Annual Conference, 2000.

5 1-2

75th Annual Conference, 2001.

5 3-4

76th Annual Conference, 2002.

5 5-8

77th Annual Conference, 2003.

5 9-10
78th Annual Conference, 2004.
15

Proceedings, 2004 October 10-13.

Papers, 2004 October 10-13. 2 discs.

Scope and Contents note

PDF files of papers presented at the conference.

"Legends of the Law" Discussion, 2004 October 13. 4 videotapes.

Scope and Contents note

Videotaped discussion of a panel including Leon S. Forman, Gerald F. Munitz, and Barbara J. Houser as moderator.

79th Annual Conference, 2005.

5 11
80th Annual Conference, 2006.
Scope and Contents note

Include "Legends of the Law" discussion.

5 12

81st Annual Conference, 2007. 1 item.

5 13

Federal Judicial Center Workshop Materials, 1999.

Biographical/Historical note

The NCBJ partnered with the Federal Judicial Center to provide workshops for new and veteran bankruptcy judges.

Scope and Contents note

Includes photograph of participants from 1999.

William H. Rehnquist Meeting, 1994.

Biographical/Historical note

In 1994 and 1995, select members of the NCBJ met with Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to discuss pending bankruptcy legislation, including the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 1995, that affected the status and activity of bankruptcy judges.

Box
5
Folder
15

Meeting ephemera, 1990-2003, 2005.

Scope and Contents note

A selection of handbags, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and related material given out at NCBJ annual meetings.

Box
16-24

National Bankruptcy Archives Signing Cermony Photographs, 2000.

Scope and Contents note

Photographs taken of Elizabeth Kelly, Dean Mike Fitts, Mary Davies Scott, Ray Shapiro, and others during the ceremony at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges' Annual Meeting, at which the agreement to establish the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Archives was signed.

Box
5
Folder
15a

Endowment for Education, 1990-2000.

Scope and Contents note

The NCBJ established the Endowment for Education in 1995 to provide grants, stipends, and other financial support for bankruptcy research and education in an effort to improve the judicial administration of bankruptcy cases and proceedings.

Administration, 1995-1996, 2002 and undated.

Scope and Contents note

Includes charter, grant application procedures, and a report.

Box
5
Folder
16-19

Board Materials, 1990-2000.

Scope and Contents note

A compilation of committee documents, including charters, funding history, grant proposals, minutes, and related material. The materials were assembled for use by board members of the Endowment for Education.

Box
7
Folder
1-4

Minutes, 1991-1993.

Box
7
Folder
5-7a

Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978, 1973-1976.

Box Folder

"An Early Version of the Judges' Bill" , 1973.

7 8

Section-by-Section Analysis of the "Commission Bill" , 1976.

7 9

Publications, 1926-2007.

Journal of the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy, 1926-1970.

Scope and Contents note

A selection of issues from the NCBJ's first publication, which initially existed to document proceedings of conference meetings.

Box
7
8
Folder
10-39
1-14

"The Silver Whistle" , 1970-1971, 1996.

Biographical/Historical note

In 1970, the NCBJ decided to create a conference newsletter to report on organizational matters. The newsletter's first incarnation, "The Silver Whistle," was an irreverent interpretation of this task.  "The Silver Whistle" lasted only three issues before the NCBJ refashioned it as a more professional newsletter.

Scope and Contents note

The entire run of the newsletter (which lasted only three issues), and a letter from A.D. Kahn to Mary Scott regarding the history of "The Silver Whistle."

Box
8
Folder
15

Conference Newsletter, 1971-2000.

Box Folder

Contributor Information, 1989-1995.

8 16
Box-folder

1971, May; 1971, July; 1971, November.

8-17a

1972, February; 1972, May; 1972, August.

8-17b

1976, January; 1976, March; 1976, June; 1976, September; 1976, November.

8-18

1977, August; 1977, November.

8-19

1978, August.

8-20

1979, February; 1979, July.

8-21

Vol. 1980, No. 2; Vol. 1980, No. 3.

8-22

Vol. 1981, No. 1; Vol. 1981, No. 2.

8-23

Vol. 1982, No. 1; Vol. 1982, No. 2.

8-24

Vol. 1983, No. 1; Vol. 1983, No. 2.

8-25

Vol. 1984, January, No. 1; Vol. 1984, March, No. 2; Vol. 1984, August, No. 3; Vol. 1984, November, No. 4.

8-26

Vol. 1985, February, No. 1; Vol. 1985, April, No. 2; Vol. 1985, August, No. 3; Vol. 1985, December, No. 4.

8-27

Vol. 1986, April, No. 1; Vol. 1986, August, No. 2; Vol. 1986, December, No. 3.

8-28

Vol. 1987, April, No. 1; Vol. 1987, August, No. 2; Vol. 1987, December, No. 3.

8-29

Vol. 1988, April, No. 1; Vol. 1988, September, No. 2; Vol. 1988, December, No. 3.

8-30

Vol. 1989, June, No. 2 & 3; Vol. 1989, September, No. 4; Vol. 1989, October, No. 5; Vol. 1989, December, No. 6.

8-31

Vol. 1990, March, No. 1; Vol. 1990, May, No. 2; Vol. 1990, July, No. 3; Vol. 1990, October, No. 8.

8-32

Vol. 1991, January, No. 1; Vol. 1991, March, No. 2; Vol. 1991, June, No. 3; Vol. 1991, August, No. 3; Vol. 1991, October, No. 4; Vol. 1991, December, No. 5.

8-33

Vol. 1992, March, No. 1; Vol. 1992, July, No. 3; Vol. 1992, October, No. 4; Vol. 1992, December, No. 5.

8-34

Vol. 1993, April, No. 1; Vol. 1993, August, No. 2; Vol. 1993, October, No. 3; Vol. 1993, December, No. 4.

8-35

Vol. 1994, March, No. 5; Vol. 1994, July, No. 6; 1994, September.

8-36

1995, January; 1995, July; 1995, October.

8-37

1996, January; 1996, June; 1996, October.

8-38

1997, March; 1997, June; 1997, October.

8-39

1998, February; 1998, August.

8-40

1999, Spring; 1999, Summer (part 1), 1999, Summer (part 2) , 1999, Fall.

8-41

2000, Summer; 2000, Winter.

8-42

1998, October.

19-1

199, January.

19-2

2000, Spring; 2000, Fall.

19-3

2001, Spring; 2001, Summer; 2001, Fall.

19-4

2002, Spring; 2002, Fall.

19-5

2003, Winter; 2003, Spring; 2003, Summer; 2003, Fall.

19-6

2004, Winter; 2004, Spring; 2004, Summer; 2004, Fall.

19-7

2005, Winter; 2005, Spring; 2005, Summer; 2005, Fall.

19-8

2006, Winter; 2006, Spring; 2006, Summer.

19-9

2007, Winter; 2007, Spring; 2007, Summer; 2007, Fall.

19-10

2008, Winter; 2008, Spring; 2008, Summer; 2008, Fall.

19-11a

2008, Winter; 2008, Spring; 2008, Summer; 2008, Fall.

19-11b

2009, Winter; 2009, Spring; 2009, Summer; 2009, Fall.

19-12

2010, Winter; 2010, Spring; 2010, Summer; 2010, Spring.

19-13

2011, Winter; 2011, Spring; 2011, Summer; 2011, Fall.

19-14

2012, Winter; 2012, Spring; 2012, Summer; 2012, Fall.

19-15a

2012, Winter.

19-15b

2013, Winter; 2013, Spring.

19-16

American Bankruptcy Law Journal, 1972-2006.

Biographical/Historical note

The NCBJ created the American Bankruptcy Law Journal in 1972 as an organ devoted to scholarly issues pertaining to bankruptcy law.

Scope and Contents note

Administrative materials, correspondence, meeting materials, and journal issues.

Charter, 1993.

Box
8
Folder
43

Correspondence, 1992-2000.

Box
8
9
Folder
44-47
1-14

Meetings, 1996-1998.

Box
9
Folder
15-18

Issues, 1972-2006.

Box
10-13

Correspondence, 1991, 2000.

Box Folder
Reagan Telegram, 1984 November 23.
Scope and Contents note

Telegram from President Ronald Reagan to Hal Bonney, congratulating Bonney on his election as President of the NCBJ.

14 1
Correspondence between Mary Davies Scott and Ralph Kelley, 2000.
Scope and Contents note

Mary Davies Scott writes Kelley asking him for help in bringing the records of the NCBJ to the National Bankruptcy Archives. Attached is previous correspondence between Scott and Kelley.

14 2

Memorial Resolution Materials, 1987-2006.

Box Folder

Memorial Resolutions, 1987, 1989-1996, 1998, 2001-2002, 2005-2006.

14 7-16

Letters of Condolence, 1998.

14 17

Correspondence, 1993, 2003.

14 18

Commemorative Materials, 1976, 1998.

Box Folder
"A Conference Anniversary: 50 years in retrospect" , 1976.
Scope and Contents note

A history of the conference, written by a Russell L. Hiller, to commemorate the founding of the conference.

14 19
Copy of Bankruptcy Judges Retirement Benefits Act, 1998.
Scope and Contents note

A commemorative copy of S. 1917, which installed progressive reforms to the retirement benefits of bankruptcy judges, with an enclosed letter from Ralph H. Kelley to Chris Molick, Executive Director of the NCBJ.

14 20

Photographs, 1990-2001 and undated. About 400 items.

Scope and Contents note

Assorted photographs documenting activities of the NCBJ, including meetings. This series also includes photographs of judges who were members of the NCBJ, perhaps used in issues of "Conference News."

Box
15

Oral History Project, 2004-2008. 15 items.

Related Archival Materials note

For detailed information about this series, please see NBA.012.001, which is available here.

Box
18