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Fred Rodell collection

Identifier: HC.MC-1309

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscripts, correspondence, and audio recordings relating to Fred Rodell.


  • Creation: 1990


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Fred Rodell (1907-1980) was a law professor born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Haverford College in 1926 and received his law degree from Yale University in 1931. After attending law school, Rodell worked as a special legal advisor to Governor Gifford Pinchot of Pennsylvania until 1933, when he joined the faculty of the Yale Law School. He became a full professor in 1939 and remained at Yale until 1973, when he retired and received an honorary LL.D. from Haverford. During his career, Rodell 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, Connecticut (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); as well as many articles.

Biographical information from Directory of American Scholars, sixth edition, vol. IV (New York: Bowker Co., 1974) and Charles Alan Wright, “Goodbye to Fred Rodell,” 89 Yale L.J. 1455 (New Haven: Yale Law Journal Co., Inc., 1980).


.21 Linear Feet (1 boxes)




This collection contains correspondence between Janet Rodell, Fred Rodell's wife, and Professor Loren Ghiglione in 1999, regarding Ghiglione's article referencing the late Fred. Additionally, it contains a manuscript of Rodell's "Storm Center: The Warren Supreme Court", and four audio tapes.


This collection is arranged in one box.

Physical Location

This material is stored off-site. All requests for materials from this collection must be made at least one week in advance. Contact to arrange access.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.827.2 Rodell revisited / materials for the book edited by Loren Ghiglione
  • HC.MC.827.1 Fred Rodell papers
  • HC.MC.827 Fred Rodell papers
  • HC.MC.1309 Fred Rodell collection

Processing Information

Processed by Alexandra Stern; completed October, 2018. Revised by Allison Hall; completed June, 2020.


Fred Rodell collection, 1990
Alexandra Stern
October, 2018
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Revision Statements

  • June, 2020: Revised by Allison Hall

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