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Creator:
Conference on Critical Legal Studies (Organization)
Title:
Critical Legal Studies Records
Repository:
Public Policy Papers
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/q811kp44w
Dates:
1977-1995
Size:
8 boxes
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-3; S-000019; S-000300; S-000301; S-000302; S-000303
Language:
English

Abstract

Critical Legal Studies was both a scholarly enterprise and a social movement within legal education, questioning the justice of law for people outside of existing power structures. The Critical Legal Studies Records represent the beginning of a Princeton University Library initiative to collect material such as correspondence, memos, newsletters, meeting programs, posters, and other materials that document the movement.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The Public Policy Papers held within the Princeton University Library has embarked on a project to document the Critical Legal Studies (CLS) movement. These records represent the beginning of an initiative to collect material such as correspondence, memos, newsletters, meeting programs, posters, and other materials that document the emergence, growth, and activities of the movement in order to make them available for research.

Records include schedules of the annual Conference on CLS between 1977 and 1988, as well as the crit conference The Politics of Class in 1995; reading material for conferences; bound issues of the CLS newsletter published in Buffalo; and copies of papers written by CLS participants such as Gary Bellow, Gerald Frug, Alan Hyde, Duncan Kennedy, Al Katz, and Gary Young. The initial donation was received from Jay Feinman, and the records contain some of Feinman's remarks and material for organizing the seventh Conference on CLS at Rutgers University. A subsequent donation contains David Trubek's correspondence relating to CLS, and a donation from Peter Gabel contains photographs Gabel took at the CLS conference at the New College of California Law School in January, 1990.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donors.

Collection Creator Biography:

Conference on Critical Legal Studies (Organization)

Critical Legal Studies was both a scholarly enterprise and a social movement within legal education, questioning the justice of law for people outside of existing power structures. The Critical Legal Studies Conference was held annually beginning in 1977 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Collection History

Acquisition:

One box of records was donated by Jay Feinman in October 2018 (ML.2018.014); one folder of records by Rick Abel in October 2018 (ML.2018.017); and one folder of records by David M. Trubek in December 2018 (ML.2018.024). A box of photographs of the CLS conference in January, 1990 was donated by Peter Gabel in April, 2019 (ML.2019.010).

Correspondence, conference planning materials, and conference readings were donated by Mark Tushnet in 2020 (ML.2020.010).

Appraisal

Duplicate copies of CLS newsletters were removed from the collection.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Phoebe Nobles in 2018 at the time of accessioning. Some materials were rehoused in archival folders and all materials were described in a finding aid.

Later additions were processed by Will Clements.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, any copyright vested in the donor has passed to The Trustees of Princeton University and researchers do not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with use of donor-created materials within the collection. For materials in the collection not created by the donor, or where the material is not an original, the copyright is likely not held by the University. In these instances, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Digitized recordings in this collection [identified by ML.2018.024] require mediated access through Mudd Library Public Services. Please contact reference staff via email to request access to these files.

Credit this material:

Critical Legal Studies Records; Public Policy Papers, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/q811kp44w
Location:
Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
65 Olden Street
Princeton, NJ 08540, USA
(609) 258-6345
Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (scamudd): Boxes 1-3; S-000019; S-000300; S-000301; S-000302; S-000303