William J. Pierce Papers: 1930s-1990 (bulk 1950s-1960s)
Summary Information
Title: William J. Pierce Papers
Creator: Pierce, William J.
Dates: 1930s-1990 (Majority of material found within 1950s-1960s)
Extent: 6 linear feet
Abstract:
Professor of law at the University of Michigan; director of the Legislative Research Center; president and executive director of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Biographical and personal materials; subject files relating to his association with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and his work in the drafting of uniform legislation among the states in specific areas.
Call number: 0325 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Bentley Historical Library staff, 2003

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Professor Pierce (donor no. 8967) and came to the library in May 2000.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, William J. Pierce Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

William J. Pierce was born December 4, 1921 in Flint, Michigan. Following wartime service, he received his BA from the University of Michigan in 1947, then entered the U-M Law School, receiving the degree of Juris Doctor in 1949.

Pierce began his career at the University as a research assistant (1949-1950) and then research associate (1950-1951) in the Law School. In 1951, he was appointed to the Law School faculty as an assistant professor, eventually becoming full professor in 1958. In 1952, Pierce was also named assistant director of the Law School's Legislative Research Center. He became director in 1957. He retired from the university in 1989.

In 1953, Pierce was appointed Michigan Commissioner on Uniform State Laws and also a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL). Both within the Law School where he taught courses on the subject and professionally as a member of the NCCUSL, Pierce's primary specialty was in the area of legislation and legislative drafting. Pierce was a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws for more than forty years, serving as chairman of the executive committee, 1965-1967, president 1967-1969, and then following his term as president, as executive director, where he served until 1992.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Pierce papers document his work for the preservation of state parks, most notably in correspondence with Genevieve Gillette, and his work with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL). The paper have been organized into two series: Biographical/Personal and National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Subject Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the finding aid database and catalog of The Bentley Historical Library/University of Michigan. Researchers desiring additional information about related topics should search the catalog using these headings.


  • Nuclear energy -- Government policy.
  • Uniform state laws.
  • Pierce, William J.
  • Groves, Leslie R., 1896-1970.
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • Gillette, Genevieve, 1898-
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Biographical/Personal [series]

The Biographical/Personal series, in addition to vitae and bibliographical information, includes a file documenting his work on behalf of the preservation of Michigan parks, including correspondence with Genevieve Gillette. There is also a file that includes a summary of interview conducted by Pierce with General Leslie R. Groves on July 16, 1953 regarding post World War II legislation on the peaceful uses of atomic energy.

Box   1  
Vita, correspondence, etc.
Box   1  
Letters received upon occasion of his retirement 1990
Box   1  
Course material
Box   1  
Work on behalf of Michigan Parks and the National Parks Foundation
Box   1  
Summary of interview with General Leslie R. Groves re the May-Johnson bill (on atomic energy) July 16, 1953
Box   1  
Miscellaneous personal
 
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Files [series]

A portion of the NCCUSL papers predate Pierce's involvement with the organization and were undoubtedly given to Pierce when he accepted various responsibilities within the organization. Other files were sent to Pierce in his capacity as executive director (and for his information) and do not represent his work in the drafting of legislation. A few notable files illustrate Pierce's own contribution to the drafting of uniform legislation. Important examples of these were in the areas of the division of income for tax purposes and the probate code.

Box   1  
Miscellaneous correspondence
Box   1  
Absentee Voters Act (proposed)
Box   1  
(Uniform) Acknowledgment Act
Box   1  
Administration Procedure Act 2
Box   1  
(Uniform) Adoption Act
Box   1  
Attendance of Witnesses from Without a State in Criminal Cases 1931
Box   1  
Civil Rights Legislation
Box   1  
Civil Litigation Costs
Box   1  
Choice of Forum Act
Box   1  
(Uniform) Commercial Code
Box   1  
Complex Litigation
Box   1  
(Uniform) Consent to Medical Treatment Act
Box   1  
(Uniform) Consumer Credit Code 1971
Box   1  
Consumer Credit Code miscellaneous 1968-1969
Box   1  
Contribution Among Torteasors
Box   1  
(Uniform) Control of Perpetuities Act
Box   1  
(Uniform) Controlled Substance Act
Box   1  
Cy-Pres Doctrine
Box   1  
Damage to Surface Estate Act 1988
Box   1  
Day Care Licensing 1971-1972
Box   1  
(Uniform) Defamation Act 1990
Box   1  
Disclosures of Depositors Earnings
Box   1  
(Uniform) Disclaimer Acts (2 folders)
Box   1  
Divorce Recognition Act 1948
Box   1  
(Uniform) Drug Dependence Treatment and Rehabilitation Act
Box   1  
Drug paraphernalia Act
Box   2  
Division of Income for Tax Purposes (some years lacking) 1965-1974
Box   3  
Electronic Data Processing Committee (NCCUSL)
Box   3  
Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act 1948
Box   3  
Enforcement of Support Act 1952
Box   3  
(Uniform) Escheats of Unclaimed Postal Savings Accounts Act
Box   3  
Expert Testimony Act 1937
Box   3  
Factory-Built Modular Housing
Box   3  
(Uniform) Federal-State Relationship
Box   3  
Foreign Claims-Statute of Limitations on Foreign Claims Act
Box   3  
(Uniform) Foreign Money-Judgment Recognition Act
Box   3  
(Uniform) Health Records Act
Box   3  
Installment Sales Finance Act
Box   3  
International Law-Unification of Private International Law
Box   3  
(Uniform) Jury Selection and Service Act
Box   3  
Landlord Tenant Relationship Act
Box   3  
(Uniform) Land Sales Practices Act
Box   3  
Marriage and Divorce 1970
Box   3  
(Uniform) Newsmen's Privilege Act
Box   3  
Non-Probate Transfers
Box   4  
Perpetuities. Uniform Statutory Rule Against Perpetuities
Box   4  
Post-Mortem Examinations Office Act
Box   4  
Preliminary Injunction Relief Act
Box   4  
Preservations. Historic Preservations Agreement Act
Box   4  
(Uniform) Pretrial Detention Act
Box   4  
Principal. Revised Uniform Principal and Income Act
Box   4  
(Uniform) Privacy Proposal; Uniform Privacy Act (2 folders)
Box   5  
(Uniform) Probate Code
Box   5  
Procurement. Model Procurement Code
Box   5  
Protective Proceedings Act
Box   5  
(Uniform) Real Estate Time-Share Act
Box   5  
Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act
Box   5  
Reciprocal State Investment Act
Box   5  
Recognition of Foreign Divorce
Box   5  
Rights of the Terminally Ill
Box   5  
(Uniform) Securities Act
Box   6  
(Uniform) Securities Act (cont.)
Box   6  
(Uniform) Simplification of Land Transfer Act
Box   6  
(Model) State Tax Procedure Act
Box   6  
(Model) State Trade-Mark Act
Box   6  
State Transfer of Complex Litigation
Box   6  
Statute of Limitations Act 1939
Box   6  
Statutory Construction Act
Box   6  
Statutory (proposed) Wills Act
Box   6  
Surface Use and Damages
Box   6  
Trade Secrets Act
Box   6  
(Uniform) Traffic Laws
Box   6  
Trustees Accounting Act 1936
Box   6  
Unincorporated Business Associations Act
Box   6  
Vehicle Code
Box   6  
Vital Statistics Act 1942
Box   6  
Workmen's Compensation
Box   6  
Wrongful Death Act