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Collection Overview

Corwin, Edward Samuel (1878-1963)
Edward S. Corwin Papers
Public Policy Papers
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circa 1860-1961 (mostly 1920-1958)
24 boxes
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-24


This collection contains correspondence, speeches, lecture notes, writings, and photographs of Edward S. Corwin, a noted constitutional scholar who taught at Princeton University for much of his academic career. Nationally-known and widely published, Corwin consulted with many other academics as well as politicians involved with constitutional issues, most notably when he publicly supported Franklin D. Roosevelt's Supreme Court reorganization ("court packing") plan.

Collection Description & Creator Information


These papers document Edward Corwin's personal and professional life, including his time as chair of the Politics Department at Princeton University. The collection includes files on subjects such as church-state relations, the commerce clause, civil rights, due process of law, the Presidency, the Bricker Amendment, and American foreign policy.


Organized into the following series:

Series 1 and 7 are arranged topically. Series 2 and 3 are arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent. Series 4, 5, and 6 are arranged alphabetically by subject or title.

Collection Creator Biography:


Collection History


Papers were sent from Corwin's home to Princeton University on July 31, 1963.


Records were pre-sorted and some were removed by Gerald Garvey before transfer to Princeton in 1963. No information is available about whether records have been separated from this collection while at Princeton.


The creation of this finding aid was made possible by the generous support of the Princeton University Class of 1927.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Edward Jaramillo (Class of 1996), Theresa Marchitto, and Monica Ruscil from 1993-1996 with support from the Class of 1927 and from Alan Gettner and Henriette Herrman Gettner, son and widow of Victor S. Gettner, Class of 1927. Finding aid written by Edward Jaramillo in 1996.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For those few instances beyond fair use, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from the Mudd Library to move forward with their use.

Credit this material:

Edward S. Corwin Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 1-24