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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections

Fred Rodell Papers, 1838-1980

Ms. Coll. 827
13 boxes.

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Scanned Image Fred Rodell looking at a copy of his book. (approx. 20K).

Scanned Image Douglas, William O. March 2, 1957. [agrees with Rodell's analysis of Eisenhower's standard for choosing Supreme Court justices, but that he is wrong about Brenan whom Douglas considers excellent.] (approx. 59K).

Scanned Image Untitled poem about the experience of Spring. (approx. 39K).

Summary of collection

This collection is composed of five parts which span the years from 1838-1980 and include the papers, scrapbooks and works of Fred Rodell. The user should investigate each part for items of interest.

Arrangement and description of collection

I. Fred Rodell Papers ,1931-1974

  • Box 1 : Correspondence: Allen, Edith - Douglas, William 0. to 1956.
  • Box 2 : Correspondence: Douglas, William 0., 1957 on - Wright, Charles, Miscellaneous,
  • Box 3 : Photographs

II. Fred Rodell Papers, 1838-1980, Additions

III. Fred Rodell Scrapbooks, 1940-1966

IV. Fred Rodell Papers , 1927-80, Additions

V. Works by Fred Rodell

I. Fred Rodell Papers ,1931-1974

The earliest letter in this collection, dated Harvard Law School, 1931, with its signature cut out, suggests Rodell take a job with Governor Pinchot of Pennsylvania if it is offered, which he did. (This may well be Felix Frankfurter.) Rodell later became, and remained for 41 years, professor of law at Yale University. Yale Law School in its philosophy was diametrically opposed to the philosophy propounded by Harvard Law School. This "Yale" modus vivendi was represented on the Supreme Court by Justices William O. Douglas and Hugo Black, while the "Harvard" doctrine was upheld by Justices Felix Frankfurter and Robert Jackson. Rodell was allied with the Yale contingent as his correspondence and writings reveal. Rodell's correspondence is mainly with Supreme Court Justices and primarily with William Douglas. The remaining correspondence is with lawyers, judges or on legal matters or publications. Rodell's very cordial relationship with Douglas extended beyond a meeting of the minds: they spent a good deal of time exploring nature together. This, too, is brought out in the correspondence.

Box 1 | Table of contents | Arrangement and Description

Correspondence: Allen, Edith - Douglas, William 0. to 1956.
(Not all correspondence is listed in this table of contents. rather it is highlighted for contents of note and well-known autographs. If there is only one letter representing an individual, it is cited. All letters are to Fred Rodell unless otherwise indicated.)

  1. Allen, Edith. June 4, 1956. [Wm. O Douglas will be at Haverford to give a talk.]
  2. Arnold, Thurman. December 23, 1959. [congratulates Rodell on his review of a book about Wm. Douglas.]
  3. Black, Elizabeth. February 17, 1961. [overwhelmed by Rodell's tribute to her husband (Hugo Black) in American Law Rev. J.]
  4. Black, Elizabeth. March 15, 1966. [recounts events for Justice Black's 80th birthday, including a White house dinner; also poem she has written.]
  5. Black, Hugo. October 13, 1937. [thanks him for congratulations on his appointment to the Supreme Court.]
  6. Black, Hugo. February 1, 1939.[used Rodell's information in his dissent on the Washington Tax Case.]
  7. Black, Hugo. October 8, 1947. [as a member of the Court, it is difficult for him to express legal views with the freedom he did when in the Senate.]
  8. Black, Hugo. Feb. 23, 1950. [can't find it in himself to hate anybody.]
  9. Black. Hugo. December 7, 1955. [comments favorably on Rodell's book on the Supreme Court.]
  10. Black, Hugo. March 29, 1960. [Black has been injudiciously criticized by a professor of law in The New Republic; a copy of Rodell's letter to The New Republic scorning the method of criticism is enclosed.]
  11. Black, Hugo. June 27, 1960. [appreciates Rodell's article about him.]
  12. Black, Hugo. October 20, 1960. [has refused to participate in a symposium on Justice Cardozo - one of the reasons being Cardozo's exaltation of judge-made laws.]
  13. Rodell, Fred to Hugo Black. September 21, 1962. [article he has written was intended to set Felix Frankfurter up for a "harder shot; he and his pretensions were my real target."]
  14. Rodell, Fred to Hugo Black. June 24, 1965. [will be working on a book on the Warren Court.]
  15. Rodell, Fred. to Hugo Black. May 6, 1970. [hopes Black will encourage William Douglas who is under Gerald Ford's attack.]
  16. Rodell, Fred to Hugo Black. June 1, 1970. [Gerald Ford was a student of Rodell's; doesn't think impeachment proceedings against William Douglas will succeed, regardless of attempts by "executive branch."]
  17. Blackmun, Harry to George Hoke. photocopy.
  18. [Blackmun?], Harry. 6 June 1941. [much inside information on Felix Frankfurter.]
  19. Brennan, William. December 16, 1957. [notes that Supreme Court justices are neither all-knowing or always positive.]
  20. Brennan, William. October 4, 1962. [will be a Philips visitor at Haverford.]
  21. Cassidy, Lewis. June 22, 1946. [thinks very highly of Rodell's article on Fred Vinson.]
  22. Clark, Charles E. October 5, 1943. [explains his criticisms of Rodell's stand on progressives, F.D.R., Congress, etc.]
  23. Clark, Charles E. Thursday [n.d.] [covers many political topics.]
  24. Clark, Charles E. Feb. 17, [n.y.] [concerns Reed's involvement with an insurance company; political topics.]
  25. Clark, Charles E. March 15, [n.y.] [response to Rodell's criticism of Walter Lippman; variety of legal cases.]
  26. Douglas, William O. June 6, 1939. [thanks Rodell for the letter upon his nomination to the Court.]
  27. Douglas, William 0. 6/30/41. [doesn't believe majority of people think he will stay on the Court, so hopes Rodell won't write an article about him, -- ought to write about L.B.J. instead.]
  28. Douglas, William O. Jan. 16, 1943. [will recommend Norman Williams to Wiley Rutledge.; doesn't known if James Byrnes "is going to expand."']
  29. Douglas, William 0. Feb. 4, 1943. [an Ass't Gen. Counsel position available; Douglas will keep after Jimmie Byrnes ?).]
  30. Douglas, William 0. 3/30/43. [Intends to stay on the Court if he has his way.]
  31. Douglas, William 0. April 24, 1943. [Liked Beyer (for clerk's position?) but the hitch is in the type of work which comes in the summer.]
  32. Douglas, William 0. Sept. 22, 1943. [sarcastic note about Felix Frankfurter.]
  33. Douglas, William 0. 6/10/44. [Hopes Rodell will join a hiking group; thinks Abe Fortas may come.]
  34. Douglas, William 0. 6/44. [Wonders if Rodell might not take the position on the Securities Exchange Commission that was vacated by Bob McC.]
  35. Douglas William O. 6/15, 194[4]. [saw Truman and suggested Rodell for S.E.C.]
  36. Douglas, William 0. 1/10/45. [encloses text of a talk he gave at Lawyers' Guild.]
  37. Douglas, William 0. 5/10/45. [has heard that J(ames) B(yrnes?) will become Secretary of State and that he may be made Secretary of War.]
  38. Douglas, William 0. 3/25, 1946. [discusses possible placement for a law clerk.]
  39. Douglas, William O. 6/7/46. [tells Rodell his "namesake" (Fred Vinson?) was the only politically competent man in the cabinet. Frictions on the Court are not between personalities but rather the stands of liberal vs. conservative.]
  40. Douglas, William 0. 2/3, 1947. [encloses recommendation for Rodell for Dean of a proposed law school at U. of N. Mex.]
  41. Douglas, William O. Feb. 22, 1947. [cannot give a talk at a convention because there may be a conflict of interest with his position on the Court.]
  42. Douglas, William O. 4/7, 1947. [encloses reply to his letter of recommendation for Rodell.]
  43. Douglas, William 0. Apr. 9, 1948. [is desired to run with Eisenhower on a Democratic ticket; he has turned down the offer.] (Here filed also are other letters and promotional material on Douglas for President).
  44. Douglas, William 0.1940's.[rough texts of three speeches.]
  45. Douglas, William 0. 3/25/50. [spent 3 days in a row at 12 hours each day on horseback; also mountain climbing.]
  46. Douglas, William 0. 3/28/50. [sends photographs of a portrait of him with the artist. ]
  47. Douglas, William O. April 20, 1950. [will not accept portrait of himself from artist as he told Joe Kennedy.]
  48. Douglas, William 0. 6/25, [l953]. [a special team of Court Justices was convened without the knowledge of Douglas on the Rosenberg spy case with a vote of 5 to overrule Douglas' stay of execution vote.]
  49. Douglas, William 0. May 28, 1954. [cannot write the foreword to Rodell's book on the Supreme Court.]
  50. Douglas, William O. October 21, 1955. [thinks highly of Rodell's book Nine Men.]
  51. Douglas, William 0. March 26, 1956. [his book, We the Judges was meant for the Indian, not American, public.]
  52. Douglas, William O. Apr. 19, 1956. [won't do a foreword on Rodell's book Woe Unto Ye Lawyers,but has written a foreword on Hugo Black for the Yale Law Journal.]

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Correspondence: Douglas, William 0., 1957 on - Wright, Charles

  1. Douglas, William 0. Dec. 23, 1957. [encloses letter from Archibald Macintosh on Mike Rodell's application to Haverford.]
  2. Douglas, William 0. November 19, 1958. [is honored by Rodell's article about him in Saturday Review.]
  3. Douglas, William 0. December 4, 1958. [Rodell has written a piece on a selection of the all-time Supreme Court which has been criticized by Max Lerner.]
  4. Douglas, William 0. January 13, 1960. [enjoyed Rodell's review of Vern Countryman's book.]
  5. Rodell, Fred to William Douglas. February 23, 1960. [gave a talk about the Holmes history of the Court to the New England Librarians Assoc.]
  6. Douglas, William O. 3/7, 1960. [inquires about Rodell's colleague, who "apparently is not a F(elix) F(rankfurter) stooge".]
  7. Douglas, William O. 3/29, [1960]. [The New Republic turned down a piece by Rodell -- "it shows what a tight hold F(elix) F(rankfurter)'s regime has on that sheet".]
  8. Rodell, Fred to William Douglas. Sept. 24, 1960. [describes birds he saw on their trip in Colorado.]
  9. Douglas, William 0. December 14, 1961.[is to m.c. a dinner honoring Charles Clark.]
  10. Rodell, Fred to William Douglas. Feb. 17, 1962. [describes rare birds he has seen.]
  11. Rodell, Fred to William Douglas. Mar. 12, 1963,. [will gladly do an article on Wesley Sturges.]
  12. Douglas, William O. 3/20/63. [encloses editorial on his book Freedom of the Mind criticizing his ideas of freedom.]
  13. Douglas, William 0. to Ladybird Johnson. October 15, 1965. [sends piece of driftwood which resembles L.B.J.]
  14. Douglas, William 0. 7/25/68. [Abe Fortas, architect of the Court's veterans policy, sat on the hearing of the question of constitutionality of the Vietnam war.]
  15. Douglas, William 0. 7/27/68. [Abe Fortas, in his confirmation hearings, rejects Douglas, who was his mentor, as being too leftist. While Fortas relies on "reason & history, ... Douglas relies on what he thinks should be the result in a case." Douglas thinks Fortas will come to regret these words.]
  16. Rodell, Fred to William Douglas. Aug 16, 1968. [has been writing pieces so F(elix) F(rankfurter)'s allies would not get the assignments; Court only part of tri-partite system still to be counted on for humanity; refers to Douglas' 23, broken ribs suffered when a horse fell on him and his saying, he may leave the Court as a result; Rodell fears for the Court without Douglas.]
  17. Douglas, William 0. 6/19/69. [feels campaign against him is mounting and impeachment proceedings likely.]
  18. Douglas, William O. 6/25/69 [was in Washington, D.C.; J. Edgar Hoover was in the front row grinning. "And there is a reason for it, of course."]
  19. Douglas, William O. 9/15/69. [Abe Fortas has been turned down by his old law firm and Wayne Morse; Ethics Committee returned the charges against him with no report.]
  20. Engel, Alan S. to William Douglas. May 5, 1970. [encloses his article on impeachment proceedings against Douglas.]
  21. Douglas, William O. 7/18/70. [notes that final decision on his impeachment will be made in the Senate.]
  22. Douglas, William. October 12, 1970. [thinks impeachment matter will continue brewing.]
  23. Douglas, William 0. 11/20, [n.y.] [someone printing lies saying he took money in a case.]
  24. Douglas, William 0. May 25, [n.y.] [thoughts on a variety of challenging positions for Rodell.]
  25. Douglas, William 0. Oct. 16th [n.y.] [read a jingle to F(elix) F(rankfurter) who said, "you don't have to retire. All I suggest is that you reform."]
  26. Douglas, William 0. 11/23 [n.y.] [another jibe at F(elix) F(rankfurter).]
  27. Douglas, William 0. 10/20 [n.y.] [allegation by someone that a member of the Court is a member of America First.]
  28. Douglas, William 0. 2/5 [n.y.] [Gene Rostow seeking to attain a federal job, though Douglas doesn't know which it is - Rostow not sufficiently in Frankfurter's favor to get a Court appointment.]
  29. Douglas, William 0. 4/25 [n.y.] [In 1948, 4 out of 9 Justices thought the Bill of Rights applicable in toto to the states.]
  30. Douglas, William 0. 7/11 [n.y.] [(Christian?) Herter nixed his Red China trip for the National Geographic.]
  31. Douglas, William 0. June 25th [n.y.] [Going to Persia for two months.]
  32. Douglas, William 0. July 1st [n.y.] [Going to Yugoslavia, Lebanon, Pakistan and India and Indonesia; has finished galley on a new book.]
  33. Douglas, William 0. 5/26 [n.y.] [Tom C(lark?) thinks Rodell should tie in with Leo Crowley's group.]
  34. Fortas, Abe. August 20, 1965. [thanks Rodell for his letter to the Times criticizing reporter Anthony Lewis for his hatchet job on Fortas (enclosed); as an aside, Fortas notes Lewis congratulated him on his appointment to the Court.]
  35. Fortas, Abe. June 20, 1966. [discusses Lewis' article and members of the Court.]
  36. Goldberg, Arthur. December 18, 1964.
  37. Green, Leon. Feb. 9, 1966. [congratulates him on his memorial article on Judge Charles E. Clark.]
  38. Harlan, John. March 17, 1958 and Apr. 11, 1967.
  39. Harris, Robert. March 16, 1966. [congratulates him on his memorial article on Judge Charles E. Clark.]
  40. Huston, Luther A. July 15, 1966. [sends a copy of his book about Chief Justice Earl Warren.]
  41. Jaffe, Louis. Aug. 2, 1960.
  42. Knopf, Alfred, Jr. May 5, 1969. [thanks Rodell for his Douglas piece and can't wait for the book.]
  43. Lewis Anthony. Mar. 18, 1966-June 17, 1966. 6 letters. [correspondence concerning Rodell's article on Chief Justice (Earl Warren) and Lewis' article on Abe Fortas for the New York Times.]
  44. [Lipez, Kermit] October 2, 1974. [sends copy of his book on Gov. Kenneth Curtis; is starting a new law firm.]
  45. McNulty, Jack. March 6, 1959. [thanks him profusely for his aid in getting the Black clerkship.]
  46. Morley, Christopher. May 6, 1932. [Glad Rodell liked his piece Toulemonde, Also Feb. 17, [n.y.]
  47. Northrop, F.S.C. May 20, 1960. [discusses Natural Law theory in rebuttal to Rodell's criticism of the work of Northrop's graduate student.]
  48. Reed, [Stanley]. Printed invitation to attend a reception noting Justice Reed's 80th birthday.
  49. Richette, Lisa. Mar. 24, 1969- June 12, 1969. 5 letters. [correspondence concerning her book The Throwaway Children.]
  50. Rodell, Fred to George Leighton (of Harper's Magazine). November 20,1943. [Proposes to write an "inside" piece on the Supreme Court personalities and their influence on Court decisions.]
  51. Rodell, Fred to Saturday Evening Post. Oct. 14, 1965. [discusses lack of objectivity of reporter Anthony Lewis.]
  52. Rodell, Fred to Newsweek. August 3, 1967. [annoyed with the shoddy review of a book accepted by Newsweek.]
  53. Rodell, Fred. [panning review of The Lawyers by Martin Mayer.]
  54. Rodell, Fred. [fragment of memorial article on Judge Charles E. Clark, ca. 1966.]
  55. Rodell, Fred. [jingle about writing for the Harvard Law Review.]
  56. Rodell, Fred. [information concerning the Black-Jackson feud about a hearing which Black's former law partner argued and on which Black sat.]
  57. Sawyer, Roland to Editor, New York Times. Sept. 1, 1962. [Sawyer reviews his work in having the Sacco-Vanzetti case reviewed and retried.]
  58. Stewart, Potter. March 28, 1961. [encloses a paper, possibly written by himself or a relative, on conviction in the courts based on evidence gained from wiretapping.]
  59. Walsh, Richard J. June 18th, 1948. [would like to publish a book of Rodell's sketches of notable Americans.] July 2, 1948. [Rodell replies he is interested.]
  60. Warren, Earl. May 5, 1960. (signature cut out). [hopes Rodell is better after an operation.]
  61. White, Byron. April 13, 1961. [Written while White was Deputy Attorney General.]
  62. Wright, Charles A. December 6, 1960. [Dean of Harvard Law School has praised a Rodell article.]
  63. Wright, Charles A. March 16, 1960.[Saw Felix Frankfurter, who commented about Rodell.]
  64. Wright, Charles A. April 13, 1967. [has been offered lucrative position at U. of Ga. Law School.]
  65. Wright, Charles A. June 19, 1968. [will be coming to Yale as a visiting professor; is working on a treatise on criminal procedure.]
  66. Wright, Charles A. to Eric Sevareid. May 16, 1969. [grateful for his compassionate statement on the Fortas resignation.]
  67. Wright, Charles A. to Kingman Brewster. December 2, 1969. [defense of Yale Law School faculty against Brewster's remarks of "clique" and "cynics".]
  68. ? (signature cut). January 20, 1931. Harvard Law School. [Gov. Pinchot wants "young brains" to deal with politico-economic-socio-legal problems. Thinks Rodell should take job if offered (which he does)].


  1. 25 pages of indexed bawdy limericks.

Removed from the collection and added to Pamphlet Group

  1. Commemoration of William 0. Douglas 20th anniversary on the Supreme Court.
  2. Justice Douglas: An anniversary fragment for a friend. By Fred Rodell.
  3. Foreword to issue of Yale Law Journal on Fred Rodell. By Wm. Douglas.
  4. Biographical references to F. Rodell culled from Wm. Douglas' book, Go East, Young Man. (photocopy).
  5. Goodbye to Fred Rodell by Chas. A. Wright.

Box 3 | Table of contents | Arrangement and Description


  1. Scanned Image Fred Rodell looking at a copy of his book. (approx. 20K).
  2. Hugo L. Black. Inscribed, 1947.
  3. William J. Brennan, Jr. Photo of drawing. Inscribed.
  4. William O. Douglas. Inscribed, 1942.
  5. Gifford Pinchot. Inscribed, 1933.
  6. Potter Stewart. Inscribed.
  7. Abe Fortas. Inscribed.
  8. Earl Warren. Inscribed, 1961.

II. Fred Rodell Papers, 1838-1980, Additions

The papers are comprised of an historical autograph collection, including letters of Henry Clay, Calvin Coolidge, Judge Learned Hand, Warren Harding, Theodore Roosevelt, John Greenleaf Whittier, Woodrow Wilson and others; correspondence of Supreme Court Justices and other judges with Fred Rodell, notably William O. Douglas; Rodell's general correspondence concerning, among other topics, his work and publications from which a picture of Rodell's politics and persuasions can be gleaned; Rodell's articles, book reviews, speeches and books, including the typescript for Fifty-Five Men and miscellaneous photographs and other memorabilia. Bibliographies filed in box 7

Box 4 | Table of contents | Arrangement and Description

Historical Autograph Letters Collection

  1. Alencar, A. de to Dr. Leo S. Rowe (Director General, Pan American Union; Chief, Latin American Division, State Department; Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; American-Mexican Joint Commission). Brazilian Embassy, 1920.
  2. Baker, Newton Diehl to L.S. Rowe. Secretary of War. Nov. 30, 1920.
  3. Blaine, James G. to the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the U.S. Secretary of State. May 27, 1890.
  4. Clay, H[enry] to Nicholas Carroll. Washington, 10 June 1840. [Clay and his political allies are striving to gain for Clay the presidential nomination claiming at stake is everything most prized by freemen. The opposition claims they lack unity and have relaxed their efforts.]
  5. Coolidge, Calvin to L.S. Rowe. Vice-President. July 5, 1921.
  6. Davis, John W. to L.S. Rowe and Arthur F. Gotthold. Attorney. March 25, 1921 and Sept. 14, 1922.
  7. Fletcher, Henry P. to L.S. Rowe. Under Secretary of State. March 18, 1921.
  8. French, Daniel Chester to Mrs. Gotthold. April 10, 1896. [Has been awarded the Hunt Memorial and wonders what to do with it.]
  9. Glass, Curtis to L.S. Rowe. Secretary of the Treasury. Dec. 18, 1918.
  10. Hand, Learned to Mrs. Gotthold. 1/27/47 & Feb. 6, 1955. [tributes to Arthur Gotthold.]
  11. Harding, Warren G. to L.S. Rowe. St. Augustine, Fla. Feb. 20, 1921. [thanks Rowe for his opinion on choice for a vacant post.]
  12. Hay, John. Poem, [1905 or 1906].
  13. House, Edward M. to L.S. Rowe. Oct. 17, 1919.
  14. Hughes, Charles E. to L.S. Rowe. Secretary of State. July 11, 1921.
  15. Lansing, Robert, to L.S. Rowe. Secretary of State. Oct. 2, 1916 & Oct. 21, 1919.
  16. Payne, ____ to L.S. Rowe. Secretary of the Interior. May 29, 1920.
  17. Pellere, di? to L.S. Rowe. Italian Embassy. Jan. 16, 1918. [in an address before the N.Y. State Bar Association, he attempted to dissipate any doubt that might exist concerning Italy's conduct before and after entering the war. Hopes Italy will always receive the moral sanction of the U.S.]
  18. Porral, Belisario to L.S. Rowe. President of Panama. Aug. 8, 1919.
  19. Reed, David A. to Arthur Gotthold. Later Senator from Penna. Apr. 6, 1922.
  20. Roosevelt, Theodore to L.S. Rowe. From the Metropolitan offices. Nov. 1, 1917.
  21. Root, Elihu to L. S. Rowe. Attorney. Dec. 23, 1920.
  22. Seward, ___ to ? [N.Y] [May not be in his hand].
  23. Sherman, W. T. to Mrs. Gotthold. [ca. 1887].
  24. Story, Joseph to Leverett Saltonstall. Aug. 22, 1838. [Introduces Charles Hamer]. Also an engraving of Story.
  25. Taft, William H. to L. S. Rowe. New Haven, Conn., Aug. 4, 1920.
  26. Whittier, John Greenleaf to Theodore Roosevelt. Amesbury, Mass., 1 mo 4, 1871. (looks like rough draft) [Accepts invitation to celebrate Italian unity, emancipation of Rome and its establishment as the capitol, all of which he looks upon with sympathy. Had he been a Catholic, he would have hailed deliverance from Papal temporal rule, "the despotism of a thousand years;" as a radical republican, he rejoices in the civil liberty of all men. He lost confidence in the French Republic when it crushed the Roman Republic under Mazzini and Garibaldi in 1849; now supports the efforts of Jules Faure (Favre?) and Leon Gambetta in reestablishing the French republic; the logical sequence of the bombardment of Rome by Charles Nicholas Oudinot (Marshal of France under Napoleon) is the "investment of Paris by King William"; the "terrible chassepot which made its first bloody experiment upon the half-armed Italian patriots without the walls of Rome (at Mentona) has failed in the hands of French republicans against the inferior needle gun of Prussia." No European Catholic powers came to the rescue of the Papal regime -- not Isabella of Spain nor the fugitive son of King Bomba, only the "loud-mouthed" American ecclesiastics protested the right of the Roman people to choose their own government and denies the right of kings in the person of Pio Nono.] Published in The Letters of John Greenleaf Whittier/ed. by John Pickard. vol. III, 1975.
  27. Wilson, Woodrow to L.S. Rowe. 10 June 1918, Washington (White House). [pleased "Mexican editors were favorably affected by my little address"; sorry he did not point out the difference for Mexico in having Germany as a friend rather than U.S. in view of uses all the world now knows Germany makes of her friendships.]
  28. Wilson, Woodrow to L.S. Rowe. Washington (White House), 8 Oct. 1920.


  1. Five cut signatures, including William Cullen Bryant and Kate Douglas Wiggin; photograph of Lieut. Gen. P.H. Sheridan; 3 passports for Leo S. Rowe.

Letters of Supreme Court Justices and other Judges to Fred Rodell

  1. Bazelon, David L. December 29, 1960 (Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals) [thanks Rodell for his recommendation of Harrison Goldin, but has decided on another clerk.]
  2. Biggs, John. Sept. 18, 1964 [thanks Rodell for his attendance at the Judicial Conference and valuable comments] Fred Rodell responds.
  3. Black, Hugo L. 17 items, 1947-1970. Black, Hugo L; Jan. 8, 1944. ["you may find yourself in a position where there dissents to your concurring opinion."] Black, Hugo L. Mar. 11, 1947 [Wiley Rutledge 'is a grand man and I like his work on the Court'. They often disagree, but Black admires his work on the Court.] Apr. 4, 1968 [has stated that he has not changed his basic constitutional philosophy, though some of his views have changed; thinks their basic aspirations for the good of government coincide; encloses 3 printed lectures, inscribed to Fred and Janet.]
  4. Black, Hugo L. May 18, 1970. [feels William O Douglas has committed no "high crime or misdemeanor" and all the political hub-bub will get nowhere.]
  5. Black, Hugo L. June 5, 1970. [There is nothing he (W.O. Douglas) has done to justify impeachment.]
  6. Brandeis, Louis D.
  7. Brennan, William J. 3 items. 1965 & 1971.
    7a. Clark, Tom C. 4/2/51. ["Thank you for your comments on the Spector dissent. It was only 'devastating' enough to pick up two adherents - but hope 'springs eternal' even here."]
    7b. Douglas, William O. Oct. 18, 1943. [the piece which Rodell praised was a condensation from a talk he gave, however, the Progressive did not note this and mutilated the piece; praises a person recommended by Rodell.] Rodell responds, Oct. 21, 1943. [is annoyed that Douglas seems to hint he (Rodell) is responsible for the Progressive piece of which Rodell had no knowledge; his wife's tuberculosis has returned.]
  8. Douglas, William O. 50 items, 1943-1978. 1 facsimile of A.L.S. to Felix Frankfurter Feb. 3, 1944. [approves of Rodell's rebuttal letter to Harold Laski.]
    8a. Douglas, William O. Dec. 29, 1945. [encomiums for Rodell's review of Harvard's book-shelf and article in the Progressive . ]
  9. Douglas, William O. Jan. 7, 1946. [Felix Frankfurter retaliated with charges against Rodell after his article on Laski and is using a smear campaign against Douglas.]
    9a. Douglas, William O. 3/12, 1947. [Defends Rodell's right to his position, though he (W.O.D.) "sweated through the problem."]
  10. Douglas, William 0. May 14 1947 [In response to Frankfurter's position on the pending execution of a criminal: "you forget how hard he works for the good and truth when freed from his judicial fetters."]
  11. Douglas, William O. June 16, 1947. [Frankfurter finally came out against Roosevelt's "count plan."]
  12. Douglas, William O. May 9, 1949. ["In the Frankfurter technique, there is little of what we call principle or morality ... to him the end justifies the means."]
  13. Douglas, William O. May 14, 1949. [Frankfurter hates Douglas and derogates Murphy Bloch and Rutledge because "he cannot stand to see the mantle of liberalism go to other shoulders."]
  14. Douglas, William O. May 22, 1949. [example of how Frankfurter had a reporter for the Washington Post fired because the reporter would not present him in a good light.]
  15. Douglas, William O. May 23, 1949. [more on Frankfurter's manipulation of the press and the fact that he has no friends on the bench other than Jackson.]
  16. Douglas, William O. Oct. 22?, 1949. [reports on his horse-riding injuries.]
  17. Douglas, William O. Oct. 27, 1949. ["there is no sacred ethical principle for him (Frankfurter)".]
    17a. Douglas, William O. 10/6, 194-.
  18. Douglas, William O. Oct. 14, 19[59] [Frankfurter has organized, in the main, the writers of the iconography of the Supreme Court under O.W.Holmes.]
  19. Douglas, William O. June 27, 1960. [has been looking for a way to "gracefully" leave the court ... "the tides of reaction are so strong..."]
  20. Douglas, William O. to Felix Frankfurter. photocopy. Oct. 19, 1962. [telling him how much he has been missed at the Court during his absence.]
  21. Douglas, William O. Sept. 3 [1973]. [traveling through China.]
  22. Douglas, William O. Feb. 9, 1978. [is inspired during his own ill health by Fred's courage.]
    [*] Felton, Jule W. (Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia) Oct. 17, 1957. [1954 desegregation decision by Supreme Court unconstitutional - constitution does not provide for integrated schools.]
  23. Fortas, Abe. 9 items, 1967-72. Oct. 2, 1968. [grateful for help and understanding.]
  24. Fortas, Abe. 13 June 1969. [has decided to do some research and writing, but will also have to work out some law practice arrangement and hopes to teach a law seminar, hopefully at American University or Georgetown; working problem of 5th amendment which is likely to be a target, either decisional or by proposed amendments; hopes Douglas will be O.K. despite constant attacks.]
  25. Frank, Jerome (Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals). 4 items. May 24, 1950. [wants to make amends to Charles Clark] Clark responds (copy) June 11, 1950. [states Frank's scornful behavior makes friendship impossible, though they will have to coexist.]
  26. Frankfurter, Felix. 7 items, 1930-40. Dec. 15, 1930. [pleased to be an honorary member of the "Wilful Seven" (a Yale group), though he cannot change his allegiance; not surprised Rodell would like to be Judge Learned Hand's secretary; would Rodell consider coming to Harvard for a year?]
  27. Frankfurter, Felix. Dec. [1930?] [can offer Rodell a $2,000 fellowship and hopes he will come.]
  28. Frankfurter, Felix. Jan. 10, 1931. [Sorry Rodell will not come to Harvard; would he like a job on Gov. Pinchot's staff as an "inventor and promoter of ideas needed for modern government"?] (Rodell did become Pinchot's staff member.)
  29. Frankfurter, Felix. March 27, 1931. [Glad Rodell has taken job with Pinchot's administration.]
  30. Frankfurter, Felix. Feb. 13, 1940. [topics Rodell raises too large for written reply, but must say that while Holmes made legal problems sound simple, the process by which he arrived at their conclusions was complex.]
  31. Frankfurter, Felix. Feb. 21, 1940. [It is probably true that by the time Holmes reached legal conclusions, he had already discarded all non-pertinent or obscuring matter; Harvard is not the only good law school, but his allegiance is emotional as well as academic.]
  32. Hincks, Carroll C.
  33. McMillan, James B. (District Judge, U.S. District Court, North Carolina) Nov. 21, 1972 ["color and clarity and force" of Fred Rodell's Nine Men] Also another letter.
  34. McMillan, James B. to Janet Rodell. May 4, 1978. [agrees with Rodell on law review articles, both style and content; has double the load of most federal judges.]
  35. Proctor, Haydn (Justice of Supreme Court of New Jersey).
    35a. Rutledge, Wiley. March 19, 1947. [appreciates Rodell's words of commendation "More and more I come to agree with Holmes that great cases make bad law as much as or more than hard ones." Has little sympathy for (John L.) Lewis' policy of throwing the country into semi-annual jitters and that he (Lewis) is responsible for "this" decision, though he (Rutledge) couldn't see the law in any other guise in any case.]
  36. Stewart, Potter. 3 items, 1962-67.
  37. Stone, Harlan. June 5 [19]35. [Will read Fred Rodell's article with interest; "the law of -- is in an unfortunate state" which will undergo change due to the work of people such as Fred Rodell.]
  38. Stone, Harlan. Aug. 16, 1935. [regarding the state of constitutional law.]
  39. Stone, Harlan. Aug. 25, 1935. [has not responded to Fred Rodell because he does not wish to express opinions on legal subjects unless they have previously been stated in his opinions.]
  40. Stone, Harlan. Jan. 11, 1936. ["Where opinions differ so radically, only history and the perspective of time can resolve the differences."]
    40a. Warren, Earl. Sept. 28, 1955. [looks forward to reading Rodell's book.]

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Fred Rodell's general correspondence. 1934-56.

(Including correspondence with lawyers, professors and other readers of his articles and books; this correspondence is highlighted below based on content and correspondent and arranged alphabetically by year.) 400 items


  1. Baldwin, Roger. April 9, 1936. [praise for Rodell's book.]
  2. Crichton, Kyle. July 21, 1936. [writings he has done with references to New Deal, etc.]
  3. ____, Bill to "Frick." July 31, 1936. [Wants to congratulate him on Fifty-five Men; will be working in the appeals division writing briefs-- always thought appeals work the cream.]
  4. Pinchot, Gifford. Sept. 16, 1936. [Fred Rodell's book was sent to him for review--wants to know what Fred Rodell wants him to say.]
  5. Rowe, L. Sept. 3, 1936. [congratulations on Fred's book.]


  1. ___, Reed. Jan. , 1937. [wants Rodell to join him in forming a select group of self-constituted critics of the Supreme Court.]
  2. Correspondence concerning Rodell's article, "Goodbye to Law Reviews". 1937.


  1. Baldwin, Roger. Feb. 16, 1938.

No correspondence in 1939 or 1940.


  1. [Hamilton, Walton Hale] "Hammy" (in the Attorney General's office) 31 May 1941. ["Who else by a single book review could deflect the satellite Murphy from the planet Felix about which it was revolving? Keep it up until even the luminous body FF takes a new orbit."]


  1. Rodell, Fred to Yale Law Journal. Feb. 13, 1942. [Will not attend Journal banquet because they are honoring Harvard men, which is not appropriate, especially since it is not nearly so good a school as Yale.]
  2. Stone, I.F. June 3, 1941. [Thanks Rodell for praise which "abashes my peewee pontificating".]


  1. Laski, Harold and Rodell, Fred. 4 items. Nov. 15, 1943. [Laski thinks Rodell's article on the Supreme Court contains mean innuendo ... "is built on the methods used by Hitler." Response from Rodell: [Laski cannot know Felix Frankfurter's manipulations of power] Aug. 7, 1944. Laski: [must keep the Roosevelt Judges together against the efforts a Dewey or a Stassen will make.] Dec. 30, 1945 Rodell: [congratulates Laski on his stand against Atlee-Bevin's foreign policy; Yale "does not like me overwell"; he (Rodell) has never used any information that came from William O. Douglas about the Court in any of his writings--he is not Douglas' spokesman in the press.]
    [*] Rodell, Fred to Charles E. Clark. Oct. 12. 1943. [progressives should oust F.D.R. from office; Roosevelt's reelection would, in effect, punish him (Roosevelt) for the current situation.]


  1. Beard, Charles. Nov. 10, 1945. ["I once liked to wallop the heathen."] (2 items, one a p.c. in 1946).


  1. Rodell, Fred to the President, Secretary of State and Speaker of the House. Nov. 21, 1947. [for abolition of the House Un-American Activities Committee.]

No correspondence in 1948.


  1. Bliven, Bruce (New Republic) Dec. 1, 1949. [regarding use of Fred Rodell's article "Our Not So Supreme Court" in the New Republic. .]
  2. Rodell, Fred correspondence with The Nation. 1949. [re his article on the new Supreme Court which contained scathing criticism of Felix Frankfurter which was rejected apparently because Frankfurter had a friend in the editor. Rodell then let reporters know about this censorship, the report was published under Walter Winchell's by-line as well as in Time.]
  3. Rodell, Fred. Letter to newspaper editor, 1940's. [Negative response to Archibald MacLeish's criticism against young people's lack of ambition to fight in France.]


  1. (Many letters in response to Rodell's article in Look magazine: "Our Not So Supreme Court" and his book Woe Unto You, Lawyers in 1951 and his article in The Progressive "Was Alger Hiss Framed?" in 1952).
  2. Dilliard, Irving. 13 Oct 1951 [re the Dennis case.]
  3. Luce, Henry R. 1951.


  1. Knopf, Alfred A. 1952
  2. Lerner, Max (N. Y. Post). 1952.


  1. Emerson, Faye. 1953.
  2. Janeway, Eliot. 1953.


  1. Cerf, Bennett, 1954.
  2. Rodell, Fred, to Saturday Review. Nov. 24, 1954.[re his stand vis a vis John Brown on Felix Frankfurter.]


  1. (Letters in response to Rodell's Nine Men, 1955).
  2. Gil, Brendan. 1955.
  3. Purcell , Joseph R. Nov. 18, 1955. (Fordham Law Review editor) [gives deadline for Fred Rodell's review] Fred Rodell jots response on verso.
  4. Rodell, Fred to Board of Permanent Officers, Yale Law School. Mar. 1, 1955. [Gives his opinion on law professors and administrators at Yale.]
  5. Rodell, Fred to Eugene Rostow. June 8, 1955. [basis of his opposition to Rostow as Dean of Yale Law School] fragment.
  6. Rodell, Fred to W.H. Ferry. Aug. 28, 1955. [Would like to write 1 or 2 articles for the Fund for the Republic in which he could express his "militantly pro-civil-liberties judicial position."]
  7. Rodell, Fred to Jinx & Tex McCrary. Oct. 5, 1955. [He and Harold Rome, law school classmates, wrote a legal musical comedy together].
  8. Rostow, Eugene V. Oct. 12, 1955. [While Rodell opposed Rostow's becoming Dean at the Yale Law School, Rostow would not hold this against him; nonetheless, he was not going to recommend Rodell for a named chair.]


  1. Lerner, Max. 1956.
  2. Mason, Alpheus T. 7 items, 1956. [Correspondence re a review of Felix Frankfurter's latest book and a commission established to write a history of the Holmes Court.]
  3. Bowles, Chester. Sept. 9, 1957. [wants Rodell's help writing a political speech for the Democratic party, mentioning the Stevenson- Eisenhower campaign in which Stevenson favored discussing topics of local interest across the nation, while Eisenhower claimed to have the key to avoiding nuclear war.]
  4. Bressman, Jerold A. Dec. 3, 1957. [glad Fred Rodell will review Desegregation and the Law for Rutgers Law Review] Fred Rodell responds.
  5. Craig. Robert M. April, 1957 (two items). [concerning the then new Justice Wittaker, and the political reasons for his rise.]
  6. a. Kunstler, William M. Feb. 7, 1957. [would Rodell participate in a radio program discussing possible changes to the powers of the Supreme Court] Rodell agrees.
  7. Kunstler, William. July 17, 1957. [Attorney General of New Hampshire states the Supreme Court was acting almost unconstitutionally and certainly against the interest of national security in its recent decisions.]
  8. Thompson, Kenneth. Sept. 27, 1957. [as a director of the Rockefeller Foundation, wants Fred Rodell's opinion on their program in legal and political philosophy using approaches of classical and contemporary situations as well as devising new concepts] Fred Rodell responds and states the second approach is best.


  1. Arnold, Thurman, Cohen, Julius and Rostow, Eugene [on Rodell's article "A sprig of rosemary for Hammy".]
  2. Dodd, Thomas J. Nov. 17, 1958. [thanks Rodell for his help in getting him elected to the Senate.]
  3. Hennings, Thomas. (Sen. on the Judiciary Committee) Feb. 7, 1958. [requests Rodell's opinion on a bill concerning some Supreme Court decisions] Rodell responded.


  1. Americans for Democratic Action (Samuel H. Beer). Mar. 4, 1960 [Hopes Rodell will attend convention as a delegate.] 400 items
  2. Bermen, Dan. 1960.
  3. Cerf, Bennett. 1960.
  4. [Countryman], Vern. 1959.
  5. [Freund?], Gerald (H.C.). 1960.
  6. Javits, Jacob K. Apr. 14, 1960. [Thanks Rodell for his contributed opinion on civil rights leading to a civil rights bill.]
  7. Kastenmeier, Robert W. (Congressman from Wisconsin). Mar. 4, 1960. [asking Rodell to write a paper toward the formulation of a new liberal rights policy] Rodell agrees, given more particulars.
  8. Kastenmeier, Robert W. Mar. 18, 1960. [Outlines the nature of the paper, which along with other papers would be published in a book.]
  9. Lewis, Anthony. 1959.
  10. Mason, Alpheus. May 24, 1960. [thinks it great that the Times printed Rodell's letter, since it was sent to (Anthony) Lewis, pro-Frankfurterian reporter; glad that Thurman Arnold's article, which represents a counter-thrust, was published.]
  11. Rodell, Fred to Eugene Rostow. Oct. 6, 1960. [lists his qualifications and publications and wants a statement as to why his salary has not commensurately been increased nor given a named chair (at Yale). ]
  12. Rostow, Eugene. Dec. 19, 1960. [on the subject of activists vs. passivists in the legal profession; states that Rodell's published work is not sufficiently academic for him to recommend Rodell for a named chair.]
  13. Symington, Stuart. Mar. 23, 1960. [wants to discuss problems confronting the country and how a Democratic victory can be achieved.]
  14. Wolfson Family Foundation. 1960. [thanks Rodell for writing he has done on anti-semitism; includes Rodell's statement.]


  1. Durr, Clifford J. March 15, 1961. [includes his letter to Sen. Sparkman concerning the Meriwhether appointment and the effects of McCarthyism on Durrs who were labeled and stood trial as communists.]
  2. Haverford College (Craig Thompson) Oct. 19, 1961. [H.C. would very much like to be the repository for Rodell's letters from the Supreme Court and other eminent persons.]
  3. Navasky, Victor (publisher of the Monocle) 1961.
  4. Rodell, Fred to "Schuy" (at Haverford College). Mar. 30, 1961. [lists his occupational activities since graduating from H.C.]
  5. Wright; Charles Alan. 1961.

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Fred Rodell's general correspondence. 1962 - 1980, and nd


  1. Leach W. Barton and Rodell, Fred. (Leach was a prof. of law at Harvard) 1962. [re a book he (Leach) is writing on Harvard and Yale, including on Rodell; Rodell explains some of his beliefs and the reason his name was changed from Roedelheim.]
  2. Marsh, Thompson. Apr. 19, 1962. [re Fred Rodell's discovery of the pileated woodpecker in Colorado.]


  1. Wright, Charles Alan. 1963.


  1. Arnold, Thomas. Sept. 8, 1964. [is working for firm of Melvin Belli which is looking for someone to collaborate in the writing of Belli's book] Fred Rodell responds.


  1. Ganz, Howard. Apr. 19, 1965. [is glad Fred Rodell will do a piece on Judge Clark] Fred Rodell responds.
  2. Monroe, Eason, exec. director, ACLU. May 4, 1965. form letter. [re formulation of ACLU position statement on abortion using criteria of constitutionality.]
  3. New York Times (Graham, Fred). 1965.
  4. Wright, Charles Alan.


  1. Klein, Fannie J. Jan. 5 [1966] [praises Rodell's tribute to Judge Charles Clark, for whom she worked] This is one of many letter of praise.


  1. New York Post , Times and Washington to Fred Rodell. 1967-68. (Including letters from Ben Bradlee and Howard Simons) [re response to Fred Rodell's comments on Harvard Law School's 150th; enclosed are copies of letters from Anthony Lewis and Lewis Pollack.]
  2. Schaffer, William. Oct. 1, 1967. [encloses items concerning Fred Rodell's attack on Harvard Law School on the occasion of its sesquicentennial, including T.L.S. by Alexander Bickel stating that as a result there could be no further communication between them.]


  1. Brown, Francis, Sep. 12, 1968. [requests Fred Rodell to review book by Karl Menninger for New York Times .]


  1. Clynes, Edmund. Aug. 27, 1969. [soon-to-be Mayor Lindsay used names of Brandeis, Cardozo , etc. to garner the Jewish vote,] Fred Rodell responds: [his tip concerning Friendly which Sid Zion published was what killed Friendly's chances for Supreme Court Judge.]
  2. Cochran, Steve. Sept. 4, 1969. [disapproves of quote by Rodell in Time re Judge Haynsworth] Fred Rodell responds: [Haynsworth is intellectually sloppy.]
  3. Hentoff, Nat. [1969].
  4. Kramer, Victor. Nov. 13, 1969. [re memorial service for Thurman Arnold] Fred Rodell responds: [Thurman was "one of my very few heroes".]
  5. McGovern, George. Sept. 3, 1969. [general letter on usefulness of input from lawyers on the topic of the presidential nominating process] Fred Rodell responds.
  6. Rodell, Fred to John Lindsay. Aug. 20, 1969. [re replacement of Bob Morgenthau and recommendation of Henry Friendly.]
  7. Rodell, Fred to Louis Pollak (dean of Yale Law School). Aug. 22, 1969. [after 30 years without a named chair, wants a statement on the reason.]
  8. Rodell, Fred to Dick Cavett. Sept. 5, 1969. [praise for Wayne Morse.]
  9. Stone, Richard, editor of UCLA Law Review, Oct. 24, 1969. [publication in honor of William 0. Douglas, containing Fred Rodell's article, is now ready] Fred Rodell responds: [he (Rodell) has in the past, coined the words "unflappable," "guesstimate" and in this article "ubiscriptous".]
  10. Wright, Charles Alan to Sen. Joseph Tydings (bcc to Fred Rodell) May 14, 1969. [disagreement with Tydings concerning Fortas as a Supreme Court justice.]
  11. Wright, Charles Alan. July 23, 1969. Fred Rodell responds: [unsocial comment about Haynsworth whom he says would not even make an average Justice from either the standpoint of either intelligence or liberalism.]


  1. Ford, Gerald R. (Congressman) July 22, 1970. [Will ignore rather than denounce Billy James Hargis who seeks any kind of publicity; is sincere in his convictions on the question of the impeachment of William Douglas.]
  2. Kennedy, Edward M. March 18, 1970. [the Senate has voted to adopt an amendment to lower voting age to 18. The issue on which they debated was whether Congress has the power to change the voting age by statute rather than the constitutional amendment. Would be pleased to get Fred Rodell's opinion] Attached is a telephone message from Mr. James 3-30-70. [Fred Rodell's protŸgŸ, Mr. Saltonstall, is not competent enough according to, their committee.]
  3. Rodell, Fred to Alexander Bickel. Apr. 8, 1970. [their doctrinal differences should not lead to personal discourtesy.]
  4. Rodell, Fred to New York Times editor. Apr. 15, 1970. [re Congressman Ford's effort to impeach Justice Douglas.]
  5. Zion, Sid. Printed open letter to Fred Rodell in the Yale Daily News. May 14, 1970. [anger that 16 law professors at Yale would write a censoring letter about Rodell as a result of his critical review of Alexander Bickel's book.]


  1. Kennedy, Edward. Aug. 11, 1971. [re his proposal to establish system of universal voter registration for Federal election.]
  2. Knopf, Alfred Jr. Sept. 24, 1971. [with much of the Warren Court dying off, a book on the Court would probably not find a market for another 25 years.]
  3. Newman, Roger. Sept. 23, 1971. Encloses copies of 2 letters from Felix Frankfurter to Harry Shulman and vice versa. In the former, May 3, 1941, [Felix Frankfurter says he would not have wanted Rodell's piece in Yale Law Journal squelched because it contained animadversions against him]; in the second, May 11 [1941] Shulman responds: [basis on which Rodell review was rejected.]
  4. [Seney, Hank.]Aug. 5, 1974 [beautifully written letter, praising Fred Rodell and giving information about himself; re impeachment hearings of Richard Nixon.]


  1. Newman, Roger. Mar. 3, 1972. Encloses copy of letter to Leila (Mrs. Gifford) Pinchot. December 20, 1932. [commenting on the qualities of Fred Rodell and that she is in a position to tell Franklin D. Roosevelt about Rodell's availability.]


  1. Copy of citation and presentation of Rodell for honorary Doctor of Laws at Haverford College.


  1. Kluger, Richard to Janet Rodell. Sept. 18, 1974. [is writing a book on the Brown v. Board case about which he feels Fred Rodell has unique knowledge.]


  1. McQuade, Donald (CUNY, Queens) Jan. 29, 1975. [would like to use Fred Rodell's course on legal writing as a model at his college.]


  1. Dilliard, Irving. July 27, 1976. [praise for Fred Rodell's biography of Bob Hannegan some 30 years earlier; re the Supreme Court, "Brennan is really rising now that Bill has gone."]


  1. Saltonstall, Tom. Jan. 23, 1980. [personal loss Fred Rodell must feel on the death of William O. Douglas] Encloses items pertaining to the service.

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Articles and Books by Fred Rodell

  1. "The Significance of the Gold Clause Decisions." Ts. [1935]
  2. "Douglas Over the Stock Exchange." Annotated Ts. [1938]
  3. "A Primer on Interstate Taxation." Annotated ts. and ts. (2 copies) [1935] (second copy has holograph notes appended).
  4. ""America, We Love Your' - in Small Doses." Annotated ts. [1939] see #17 next.
  5. "Hooray For What?" Annotated Ts. [1949?]
  6. "Our Not So Supreme Court" for Look. Ts. [1951]
  7. "Our Not So Supreme Court." Annotated. Ts. 2nd state.
  8. ["An American in Europe"] Annotated Ts. [1952]
  9. "An All-Time All American Supreme Court." A.Ts. for Pageant Press, 1956. Also letter re.
    9a "Justice Douglas: An anniversary fragment for a friend." Ts. [1958]
  10. "For Every Justice, Judicial Deference is a Sometime Thing." Ts., incomplete [1961?]
  11. "A Sprig of Laurel for Hugo Black at 75." Ts. [1961]
  12. "Goodbye to Law Reviews." Annotated Ts., [1962?] (Published in 1936 and as "Goodbye to Law Reviews Revisited in 1962).
  13. "A Sesquicentennial for sesquipedality--or Harvard Law School hits 150." Annotated Ts. [1967]
  14. "The Nixon-Burger Supreme Court: A Forecast." Ts. [1969]. With correspondence re and annotated galley proofs. See also no. 26 below.
  15. "As Justice Bill Douglas Completes his First Fifty Years on the Court..." Annotated Ts., [1969] Also Ts.S. Correspondence re.
  16. "The Unflappable Mr. Fortas--Our New Chief Justice." Annotated Ts., incomplete. [1970's]
  17. "Does New Haven Have a Stake in the European War." -Ts. [1939]
  18. ["Ode to Simplifying the Law"] Ts. [n.d.]
  19. "Thurman Arnold, Buster of Trusts and Illusions." Annotated Ts. [n.d.]
  20. "Storm Center." H. Ms. [n.d.]
  21. "The Formalities requisite to the Creation of a valid mortgage Lien in Oregon." H. Ms. [n.d.]
  22. "The Mathematics of Mortgage Moratorium." Ts. [n.d.]
  23. "Four Nixonburgers on White Turn the Court Awry." Ts., incomplete. [n.d.]
  24. "The Warren Court." Ts. [n.d.]
  25. "Touchstone of our Time." H. Ms. [n.d.]
  26. "The Nixon-Burger Supreme Court." Annotated Ts. 2 states. [1969] Also correspondence re.
    26a. "The Supreme Court of the U.S." for Encyclopedia International. Ts. [n.d.]
  27. "Abe Fortas" for Encyclopedia International. Ts. [n.d.]

Books by Fred Rodell

  1. Wendell Wilkie, Private Servant. Bound copy of Ts. and Annotated Ts. 1940. Several pages of limericks laid in with bound copy. Wendell Wilkie Man of Words was published in 1944.
  2. Democracy and the Third Term. Annotated Ts. Chapters I-VI. [1940]
  3. Woe Unto You, Lawyers in 11 chapters. Annotated Ts., [1939, 1957, 1980: publication dates of editions]

(See Box 9 for Fifty-Five Men)

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Book Reviews, Lectures, Lyrics, Miscellaneous of Fred Rodell

  1. [Book review of Current Problems in Public Finance: N.Y.U. Symposium, 1933] Ts. and H.Ms.
  2. Book review of The Commerce Power versus State Rights. Annotated Ts., 1936.
  3. Book review of [Immunity Rule and the Sixteenth Amendment]. Annotated Ts., [1938]
  4. Book review of Attorneys at Law. H.Ms. 1941.
  5. Book review of Our Constitution: Tool or Testament? Annotated Ts. and H.Ms. continuation. 1941.
  6. Book review of Felix Frankfurter's Of Law and Men. Annotated Ts., 1956 and letter re.
  7. Book review of The End of Obscenity. Annotated Ts. [1968]
  8. Book review of The Supreme Court and the Idea of Progress. Annotated Ts. in two entirely different states. [1970] Also letter re.
  9. Book review of Politics, the Constitution and the Warren Court. Annotated Ts. 1970. Also correspondence with Harvard Law Review which was to publish the review which contained scathing criticism of Harvardian Felix Frankfurter. The Law Review editor returned the review with many comments toward change and Rodell decided not to publish in H.L.R. Also copy of T.L. from Charles Alan Wright to Texas Law Review to consider publication--which a letter from Rodell accepting publication confirms.
  10. Lecture: Annual Conference of the National Tax Association: "A HodgePodge of Cases from the 1939-40 Term of the Supreme Court." H.Ms. and Ts.
  11. Lecture: Law Librarians of New England: "Holmes Supreme Court history." 1960. Typed copy.
  12. Lecture: [The Supreme Court] (Presented at the International Student Center of New Haven) with letter from John Haley. 1968. H.Ms.
  13. Lecture: Tape of Fred Rodell speech upon receipt of Haverford LL.D., 1974. Located in Quaker microforms room.
  14. Notes and papers for lectures without titles, 1956-63. 11 items.
  15. Lyrics for a musical written with Harold Rome: "Non-negotiable You." [ca. 1930] Ts. copy. Also correspondence re.
  16. "Verse about 'Gordon Manning, CBS News"' Dec. 3, 1969.
  17. Preface to a book: The Great Dissenter. Annotated Ts. [1970's] Letter from publisher attached.
  18. Cases in which Fred Rodell was the arbitrator with documentation: Regional War Labor Board in the matter of Republic Steel Corporation and United Steelworkers of America. January 10, 1945; American Arbitration Association in the matter of The American Brass Company and Waterbury Brass Workers Local 251. 1947. Plume and Atwood vs. Waterbury, Brass Workers Union, Oct. 20, 1948.
  19. Sample of acrostic sonnet written by Fred Rodell. [n.d.]

Teaching Papers of Fred Rodell

  1. Notes for lecture.
  2. Taxation exam. Holograph.
  3. Rodell's announcement of students accepted for his seminar.

Photographs and Drawings

  1. Original drawings by Rodell for publication meant to encourage the saving of material goods during World War II; also reprints of same. [ca. 6, 1942]
  2. Crapo, Herbert. July 13, 1942. [re publication of Fred Rodell's cartoons.]
  3. Photographs: William 0. Douglas in Colorado; Rodell and Potter Stewart in Colorado; Potter Stewart and Fred Glidden in Colorado; Rodell teaching a class; Rodell and barber chair "The Fred Rodell chair of law, limericks and laughter"; Abe Fortas, William O. Douglas; 2 of Thurman Arnold, inscribed.
  4. Framed photographs: Charles Clark, inscribed; The Supreme Court (Earl Warren, C.J.), signed by each member; The Supreme Court (Earl Warren, C.J.) inscribed and signed by each member.
  5. Framed drawings: Pen and ink caricatures of the Brethren/Robert Grossman; Pencil drawing of case presentation before the Warren Court/ William Sharp. Signed by each member.


  1. Plaque for the "Rodell chair of law, limericks and laughter".
  2. 1954 Yearbook: the Yale Law reporter containing limericks Rodell wrote for all faculty; 25th year reunion messages to Rodell from his students laid in (including Harris Wofford).

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Fifty-Five Men

  1. Annotated Ts.
  2. Printed sections.
  3. Galley proofs.
  4. Letters to Rodell re writing and publishing of Fifty-Five Men, 1936, including letter of Cornelia B. Pinchot, ca. 60 items.

Removed from collection: To microfilm room: Tape of Rodell's speech when receiving LL.D. in 1974 from Haverford College.

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