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ALI.12

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: American Law Institute Archives
Creator:
American Law Institute
Title:
Oral Histories
Date [inclusive]:
1989-1993
Call Number:
ALI.12
Extent:
8 items
Language:
English
Abstract:
In 1989, the American Law Institute began producing videotaped oral history interviews with individuals who were active in the Institute's affairs. The project is ongoing. The Oral Histories Record Group, 1989-1993, includes video oral history recordings with Herbert Wechsler (1989 April 13), Homer Kripke (1989 September 9), and A. James Casner (1990 May 16). Each oral history has a corresponding transcript. Also included is a typewritten transcript of an oral history with Paul Wolkin (1993 July 8 and 26).
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the Oral Histories Record Group, American Law Institute Archives, ALI.12, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.
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Biography/History

In 1989, the American Law Institute began producing videotaped oral history interviews with individuals who were active in the Institute's affairs. The project is ongoing.

Scope and Contents

The Oral Histories Record Group, 1989-1993, includes video oral history recordings with Herbert Wechsler (1989 April 13), Homer Kripke (1989 September 9), and A. James Casner (1990 May 16). Each oral history has a corresponding transcript. Also included is a typewritten transcript and video recording of an oral history with Paul Wolkin (1993 July 8 and 26).

Arrangement note

Chronological by date of recording.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library: American Law Institute Archives,  1/31/2011

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele.

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

Recordings and corresponding transcripts will be added to this record group as new interviews are recorded.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Transferred to the American Law Institute Archives in 2010.

Processing Information note

Processed by Jordon Steele, January 2011.

Existence and Location of Copies note

The videos and transcripts were digitized and are available here: http://www.law.upenn.edu/bll/archives/ali/digicoll/oralhistories.html.

Existence and Location of Originals note

The American Law Institute's audiovisual department currently holds the masters of the recordings.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Executive Office Record Group (ALI.02) contains the Herbert Wechsler series.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Law Institute
Form/Genre(s)
  • Oral histories (document genres)
Personal Name(s)
  • Casner, A. James, (Andrew James) 1907-1990
  • Kripke, Homer, 1912-1995
  • Wechsler, Herbert, 1909-2000
  • Wolkin, Paul A.

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Collection Inventory

Wechsler, Herbert, 1989 April 13.
Biographical/Historical note

Professor Herbert Wechsler served as Director of The American Law Institute from 1963 to 1984. Previously, he was Chief Reporter for the Model Penal Code from 1952 until 1962.

Kripke, Homer, 1989 September 8.
Biographical/Historical note

Professor Homer Kripke, a leading commercial law scholar and practitioner, was a faculty member of ALI-ABA's Advanced Course of Study on The Emerging New Uniform Commercial Code presented in New York City September 7-9, 1989. Founded in 1923, the Institute has been involved with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in the drafting of the Uniform Commercial Code and its revisions since the 1940s. Homer Kripke was an important figure in the Uniform Commercial Code project almost from its inception. He was also involved in the 1970s as a consultant in the Institute's Federal Securities Code project.

--Adapted from an introduction the Kripke's transcript written by Paul Wolkin.

Casner, A. James, 1990 May 16.
Biographical/Historical note

Professor James A. Casner served the American Law Institute in a variety of roles. He was a Special Reporter and Adviser for portions of the original Restatement of Property and the Reporter for the Restatement, Second, of Property (Landlord and Tenant and Donative Transfers) and for the Institute's projects on Federal Estate and Gift Taxation and Subchapter J of the Internal Revenue Code.

--Adapted from an introduction to Casner's transcript written by Paul Wolkin.

Wolkin, Paul, 1993 July 8 and 26.
Biographical/Historical note

At the end of 1992, Paul Wolkin completed more than 45 consecutive years in the administration of The American Law Institute. He first joined the Institute in the summer of 1947 as assistant to the ALI’s new Director, Judge Herbert Goodrich, and he held the title of ALI Assistant Director from 1955 until 1977, when he was named Executive Vice President. In 1963 he had also become Executive Director of the ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, and so for nearly 30 years he was responsible for the day-today operations of the two organizations in their shared Philadelphia headquarters. At the beginning of 1993 he became Executive Vice President Emeritus and he joined the Institute’s Council.

--Adapted from an introduction to Wolkin's transcript written by Mike Greenwald.