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Fred Rodell Papers

Identifier: HC.MC-827

Scope and Contents

The papers of law professor and author, Fred Rodell. Correspondence includes letters to/from Thurman Arnold, Hugo Black, Henry Clark, William Douglas, Abe Fortas, John Harlan, Alfred Knopf, Potter Stewart, Earl Warren, Charles Alan Wright, various law professors, attorneys, publishers, and also includes a collection of historical letters, largely to/from Secretary of State Leo S. Rowe and other prominant American political figures, such as Henry Clay, Calvin Coolidge, Curtis Glass, Warren G. Harding, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Woodrow Wilson. Written material includes published and unpublished articles, manuscripts of books, reviews of others' books, newspaper clippings about Rodell, material from legal cases, lectures, and verses. Scrapbooks compiled of articles and stories by and about Rodell, and albums contain personal photographs, primarily of Rodell on vacations with family and friends.


  • 1927 - 1980


Language of Materials

Most material in English, with a couple items in French.

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

Standard Federal Copyright Law apply (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical / Historical

Fred Rodell ne Roedelheim (1907-1980) was born in Philadelphia, PA and received both an undergraduate degree from Haverford College in 1926 and an Honorary LL.D. in 1973. His law degree was from Yale University in 1931. He began his career as an assistant literary editor for Century Publishing Company in New York, but by 1933 had joined the faculty of the Yale Law School, becoming a full professor by 1939, where he remained for 41 years. He maintained a large number of other activities, such as a feature writer for the Chicago Times (1940), Director of Cooperative Consumers, Inc. in New Haven, CT (1941-1945), contributing editor for Progressive magazine (1943-?), working at the American Civil Liberties Union, and writing a great deal of legal journalism.

Rodell was the author of Fifty-five Men: the Story of the Constitution (1936); Woe Unto You Lawyers (1939); Nine Men: a Political History of the Supreme Court from 1870 to 1955 (1955) and many others.

Biographical information from Directory of American Scholars, sixth edition, vol. IV. New York: Bowker Co., 1974.


23 Linear Feet (23 boxes)


The papers of Fred Rodell (1906-1980), a 1926 graduate of Haverford College and long-time professor of law at Yale University. The papers consist of correspondence, published and unpublished writing, scrapbooks of Rodell's written work, and albums of personal photographs.

Other Finding Aids

See also: Collection 827.1 for more papers of Fred Rodell.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Fred Rodell, 1976.


All extents (items, pages, etc.) are estimates, not guaranteed to be accurate.

Processing Information

Processed by Diana Peterson and Janela Harris; Completed December, 2012
Fred Rodell Papers, 1927-1980
Diana Peterson and Janela Harris
December 14, 2012
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