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ALI.01

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: American Law Institute Archives
Creator:
American Law Institute
Title:
Council Records
Date [inclusive]:
1924-2003
Call Number:
ALI.01
Extent:
21 linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The American Law Institute (ALI) was founded in 1923 in response to a perceived uncertainty and complexity in American law. Former Penn Law Dean William Draper Lewis was the Institute's first director, running the organization's operations out of his campus office. The ALI was conceived as a representative gathering of the American Bar (including Judges, Lawyers, and Law Professors) for the stated mission "to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work." The collection, 1924-2003, includes minutes, correspondence, reports, and related records regarding the activity of the American Law Institute Council.
Cite as:
[Identification of item], in the American Law Institute Council Records, American Law Institute Archives Collection #28, Biddle Law Library, University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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Biography/History

The American Law Institute (ALI) was founded in 1923 in response to a perceived uncertainty and complexity in American law. Former Penn Law Dean William Draper Lewis was the Institute's first director, running the organization's operations out of his campus office. The ALI was conceived as a representative gathering of the American Bar (including Judges, Lawyers, and Law Professors) for the stated mission "to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work."

Scope and Contents

The American Law Institute Council Records, 1924-2003, include minutes, correspondence, reports, and related records regarding the activity of the American Law Institute Council.

Arrangement note

Arrangement
  1. Minutes and Related Records
  2. Reports

Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Jordon Steele

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

First shipment received from the American Law Institute in 1995.

Processing Information note

Preliminary container list prepared by Melissa Backes, 1995-2005.

Processed and encoded by Jordon Steele, May 2008.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Council minutes are available as part of a digital collection. Visit the American Law Institute Archives homepage for more information.

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Other Finding Aids note

An item-level container list is available offline in spreadsheet form.

Collection Inventory

Minutes and Related Records, 1944-2003. About 7000 items.

Scope and Contents note

Chiefly minutes that record the activity of council meetings. This series also includes correspondence and related records that reflect the planning and activity of council members.

Box
1-10, 12-21

Reports, 1924-1948. 55 items.

Box
11