The Harvard Law School Library has agreed to maintain the records of the American Society of Comparative Law in a special manuscript Collection. The Society’s Executive Committee approved this arrangement in May 2006. The Library will arrange, catalogue, describe, and preserve the Collection in its usual manner and may transfer the material to a digital format in the future. After cataloging, the Library will make the Collection available for research purposes and will guarantee access to Society members during its regular hours.
David S. Clark will serve as the temporary Archivist until some other Society member volunteers for this task. If you have historical materials related to the American Society of Comparative Law, the American Association for the Comparative Study of Law (1951-1992), the American Foreign Law Association (1925-2000) or its branches (Chicago, Miami), the American Bar Association Section on International and Comparative Law (1933-1951), or the Comparative Law Bureau (1907-1933) that you believe are or one day would be of research interest, and you are willing to donate them, please send them to David Clark at:
Prof. David S. Clark
Willamette University College of Law
245 Winter Street, SE
Salem, OR 97301 USA
The ASCL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Archivist will provide you a written acknowledgement for your donation. (It will be up to you and your tax advisor to determine valuation.) The Archivist will prepare the materials for shipment to Harvard. Please interpret the Society’s Archive broadly to encompass materials (letters, documents, unpublished reports, etc.) that will shed light on the development of comparative law in the United States during the 20th century. As a sample of what Harvard collects, please click on the finding aid for the Wickersham Commission records for 1928 to 1931 (38 boxes).
If you have information about the location of potential archival materials that you believe might be donated to the Society, please let the Archivist know.