Samuel D. Estep papers: 1953-1979
Summary Information
Title: Samuel D. Estep papers
Creator: Estep, Samuel D., 1919-2006.
Inclusive dates: 1953-1979
Extent: 1.3 linear feet
Abstract:
Samuel D. Estep (1919-2006) was a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1948 to 1989. He was a leading scholar in atomic energy law, co-authoring a number of books on atomic energy and weapons law. The Samuel D. Estep papers include materials regarding the various committees and organizations for which he was a member, as well as the various research materials and writings that he produced during the course of his career.
Call number: 2017005 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Finding aid created by Julia Teran in February 2017.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated by University of Michigan Law School (donor no.343) in June 2014.

Access Restrictions:

The Samuel D. Estep papers includes restricted material in the following category:

  1. Student Academic Records: 1 folder (removed)

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Categories of Restricted Records:

  • Personnel related files , including search, review, promotion, and tenure files, are restricted for thirty years from date of creation.
  • Student educational records are restricted for seventy-five years from date of creation.
  • Patient/client records are restricted for one-hundred years from date of creation.
  • Executive Officers, Deans and Directors files . By university records policy in effect as of January 1, 2001, University records generated by the university's Executive Officers, Deans, Directors and their support offices are restricted for a period of twenty years from their date of accession by the Bentley Historical Library. The restriction is subject to applicable law, most notably the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
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    • Files restricted for 20 years -- records added to a record group in this category after January 1, 2001 are restricted for a period of 20 years from the date they were added to the record group.

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  • CR (Client/Patient records, 100 years from date of creation)
  • PR (Personnel related records, 30 years from date of creation)
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  • ER (Executive Officers, Deans and Directors records, 20 years from the date the material added to the record group)

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Copyright:

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Samuel D. Estep papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series: Committees and Organizations, and Research and Writings.


Biography

Samuel D. Estep was a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1948 to 1989. Estep received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1940 from the Kansas State Teachers College and his Juris Doctor degree in 1946 from the University of Michigan Law School. He joined the law faculty at U of M as an assistant professor in 1948, was promoted to associate professor in 1951, and became a full professor in 1954. From 1950-1957, he served as the director of the UM Law School's Legislative Research Center.

Estep devoted his career to teaching in such diverse fields as constitutional law, commercial law, and science and the law. His work as a scholar was devoted primarily to topics drawn from his interest in science and the law. He was a leading scholar in atomic energy law, co-authoring a number of books on atomic energy and weapons law. Together with Dean E. Blythe Stason and Professor William J. Pierce, he co-authored the groundbreaking book, "Atoms and the Law" (1959). Estep published many law review articles on the legal problems that would emerge from the peacetime use of atomic energy. He was also one of the pioneers in the development of legal literature regarding space communications.

Estep retired in 1989, and was granted the status of professor emeritus.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Samuel D. Estep papers comprise 1.3 linear feet of materials, spanning the years 1953 to 1979. The papers include materials regarding the various committees and organizations for which he was a member, as well as the various research materials and writings that he produced during the course of his career.

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.


  • Law -- Study and teaching.
  • Law teachers -- Michigan.
  • Legal research.
  • Nuclear energy -- Law and legislation.
  • Nuclear energy -- Research.
  • Estep, Samuel D., 1919-2006.
  • State Bar of Michigan.
  • University of Michigan. Law School -- Faculty.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Committees and Organizations [series]

The Committees and Organizations series, 1954-1974 (0.7 linear feet), is arranged alphabetically and consists of materials regarding the various committees and organizations for which Estep was a member, including the American Bar Association Special Committee on Atomic Energy Law, and the State Bar of Michigan Committee on Atomic Energy Law.

Box   1  
Advisory Committee, Atomic Energy Research Project 1961-1962
 
American Bar Association
Box   1  
Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities 1967
Box   1  
Special Committee on Atomic Attack 1961-1964
Box   1  
Special Committee on Atomic Energy Law 1968-1969
Box   1  
American Judicature Society 1954
Box   1  
American Law Institute and American Bar Association, Joint Committee on Continuing Legal Education, Atomic Energy Course 1970
 
American Society of International Law
Box   1  
Consulting Group on Space Activities 1961
Box   1  
Panel 1970
 
Ann Arbor Area United Fund
Box   1  
Board of Directors 1959-1962
Box   1  
Bylaws Committee 1959-1962
Box   1  
Ann Arbor Community Chest 1957-1958
Box   1  
Arbitration Proceedings 1969-1971
Box   1  
Association of American Law Schools, Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee 1960-1961
Box   1  
Atomic Energy Commission 1956-1965
Box   1  
Atomic Industrial Forum, Ad Hoc Committee on Workmen's Compensation 1961
Box   1  
Bureau of Community Services 1954-1958
Box   1  
Committee on Atomic Energy Law, Michigan State Bar 1957-1964
Box   1  
Contingent Injury Fund, Phoenix Project Grant Request 1959-1961
Box   1  
Environmental Research Institute of Michigan 1973-1974
Box   1  
Extraterrestrial Research Center 1964
 
Ford Foundation Request
Box   1  
1959-1960
Box   1  
1962-1963
Box   1  
Industrial Medical Association, Annual Convention 1965
Box   1  
Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Hearings on Liability and Indemnity Problems 1959
Box   1  
Legislation
Box   1  
Legislative Research Center
Box   1  
Long Term Advisory Committee on Civil Defense 1962
Box   1  
Membership Lists 1962-1971
Box   1  
Michigan Memorial-Phoenix Project 1958-1974
Box   1  
Phoenix Executive Committee 1955
Box   1  
Rockefeller Foundation Request 1959-1961
 
State Bar of Michigan, Committee on Atomic Energy Law
Box   1  
Undated
Box   1  
1957-1958
Box   1  
1958-1959
Box   1  
1959-1960
Box   1  
1960-1961
Box   1  
1961-1962
Box   1  
1962-1963
Box   1  
1963-1964
Box   1  
1964-1965
Box   1  
1967-1968
Box   1  
1970-1971
 
Research and Writings [series]

The Research and Writings series, 1953-1979 (0.6 linear feet), is arranged alphabetically and contains the various research materials and writings that Estep produced during the course of his career. Materials include research projects on atomic energy and the effects of radiation on physical health, as well as correspondence, notes, coursework, and lectures.

Box   1  
Atomic Energy Research Project, Proposal and Budget 1961-1962
Box   1  
Atoms and the Law, Comments and Reviews 1959-1961
 
Book Review
Box   1  
Civilian Nuclear Power 1963
Box   1  
Outer Space: Prospects for Man and Society
Box   1  
Broadcast Regulation Study 1969
Box   1  
Constitutional Questions Raised by Federal Involvement in State Workmen's Comp Laws
 
Correspondence
Box   1  
1955-1974
Box   1  
International Personnel 1957-1961
Box   1  
Coursework 1959-1979
Box   1  
European Research Trip, Correspondence and Itinerary 1969-1972
Box   2  
International Lawmakers in a Technological World: Space Communications and Nuclear Energy
Box   2  
Louisiana State Lecture 1961
Box   2  
Medical Aspects of Radiological Health, Postgraduate Course, St. Louis University, School of Medicine 1960-1961
Box   2  
Publications, various
Box   2  
"Radiation Injuries and Statistics: the Need for a New Approach to Injury Litigation," Comments and Reviews 1960-1965
Box   2  
"Radiation Injuries and Statistics," Drafts 1960
 
Speeches
Box   2  
Briefing Conference on Legal Aspects of Atomic Energy, Health and Safety Regulation 1955
Box   2  
Isotopes in Industry 1953
Box   2  
Radiation and Man, Vanderbilt University Symposium 1960
 
Student Course Feedback 1959-1960 [SR Restricted until July 1, 2035]
Box   2  
Suits for Fallout, Newspaper Clippings 1961
Box   2  
Writings
Additional Descriptive Data
Related Materials

The Bentley Historical Library houses the following related collections: Law School (University of Michigan) oral history interviews, 1988-2002 and Law School (University of Michigan) records, Faculty Files series.