Henry Moore Bates papers: 1886-1950
Summary Information
Title: Henry Moore Bates papers
Creator: Bates, Henry Moore, 1869-1949
Dates: 1886-1950
Extent: 5 linear feet
Abstract:
Professor of constitutional law at the University of Michigan. Papers include correspondence, reports, articles, speeches, photographs, and notebooks, relating to Bates' professional career, with material concerning activities of Ann Arbor National Defense Committee; life and career of Lawrence Maxwell, lawyer and U.S. Solicitor General in the Cleveland administration, funding and building the Michigan Union (1911-1918); Republican politics in the 1930's and 1940's; Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to reorganize the Supreme Court in 1937; and campus life at the University of Michigan during the first and second World Wars.
Call number: 851123 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Acquisition Information:

Donor Numbers 725 and 2285

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Henry Moore Bates papers, 1886-1950, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Henry Moore Bates (1869 - 1949) had a distinguished thirty-six year career at the University of Michigan as professor and dean of the Law School. Bates was dean for twenty-nine of those years from 1910 until his retirement in 1939. Bates specialized in constitutional law, was widely published, and his influence on legal education was known to be "nation-wide." Bates took an active role in committee and nation-wide activities. Locally, he was involved in the Ann Arbor National Defense Committee and in the building of the Michigan Union on the University of Michigan campus. Nationally, he was called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Supreme Court reorganization proposals in 1937. Bates was awarded an honorary degree from the University in 1941.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Henry M. Bates papers include correspondence, reports, articles, speeches, photographs, and notebooks, relating to Bates' professional career, with material concerning activities of Ann Arbor National Defense Committee; life and career of Lawrence Maxwell, lawyer and U.S. Solicitor General in the Cleveland administration, funding and building the Michigan Union (1911-1918); Republican politics in the 1930's and 1940's; Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to reorganize the Supreme Court in 1937; and campus life at the University of Michigan during the first and second World Wars.

The papers are organized into Correspondence undated and 1886-1949, Michigan Union Building, 1911-1918; Committee of Nine on Mineral Law, 1927-1929; Miscellaneous Papers; and Photographs.

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.


  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1929-1933.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Drawings.
  • Tintypes.
  • Photographs.
  • Ann Arbor National Defense Committee (Mich.)
  • Bates, Henry Moore, 1869-1949.
  • Maxwell, Lawrence, 1853-1927.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • Michigan Union.
  • Republican Party (Mich.)
  • United States. Supreme Court.
  • Alpha Delta Phi. Peninsular Chapter (University of Michigan)
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Social life and customs -- 1881-1890.
  • Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971.
  • Aigler, Ralph William, 1885-1964.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Angell, James Rowland, 1869-1949.
  • Babst, Earl D., 1870-1967.
  • Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937.
  • Beveridge, Albert Jeremiah, 1862-1927.
  • Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941.
  • Brown, Prentiss M. (Prentiss Marsh), 1889-1973.
  • Bulkley, Harry C. (Harry Conant), 1870-
  • Burke, Edward Raymond, 1890-
  • Cardozo, Benjamin N. (Benjamin Nathan), 1870-1938.
  • Choate, Joseph Hodges, 1832-1917.
  • Cook, William W. (William Wilson), 1858-1930.
  • Coudert, Frederic R. (Frederic René), 1871-
  • Dewey, Thomas E. (Thomas Edmund), 1902-1971.
  • Ferguson, Homer, 1889-1982.
  • Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
  • Gay, Edwin F. (Edwin Francis), 1867-1946.
  • Hayden, Joseph Ralston, 1887-1945.
  • Hobbs, William Herbert, 1864-1952.
  • Holbrook, Evans, 1875-1932.
  • Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1841-1935.
  • Hughes, Charles Evans, 1862-1948.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Laski, Harold Joseph, 1893-1950.
  • McLaughlin, Andrew Cunningham, 1861-1947.
  • Michener, Earl C. (Earl Cory), 1876-1957.
  • Murfin, James Orin, 1875-1940.
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • Pattengill, Albert Henderson, 1842-1906.
  • Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964.
  • Powell, Thomas Reed, 1880-1955.
  • Reeves, Jesse Siddall, 1872-1942.
  • Rogers, Henry Wade, 1853-1926.
  • Rutledge, Wiley Blount, 1894-1949.
  • Sawyer, Walter H. (Walter Hulme), 1861-1931.
  • Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946.
  • Sutherland, George, 1862-1942.
  • Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930.
  • Vandenberg, Arthur Hendrick, 1907-1968.
  • Van Tyne, Claude Halstead, 1869-1930.
  • Voelker, John D. (John Donaldson), 1903-1991.
  • Wheat, Renville.
  • Wheeler, Burton K. (Burton Kendall), 1882-1975.
  • Williams, G. Mennen, 1911-1988.
  • Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
  • Woodruff, Roy Orchard, 1876-1953.
  • Harlan, John Marshall, 1833-1911.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]

The Correspondence series is arranged alphabetically. It covers a wide range of topics on legal and political matters and university affairs. A select index to correspondents provides access to some of the more significant correspondents.

Box   1  
undated
Box   1  
1886-1897
Box   1  
1898-1899
Box   1  
1900-1902
Box   1  
1903-1905
Box   1  
1906-1909
Box   1  
1910-1911
Box   1  
1912-1914
Box   1  
1915
Box   1  
1916
Box   1  
January-June 1917
Box   1  
July-September 1917
Box   1  
October-December 1917
Box   1  
January 1-15, 1918
Box   1  
January 16-31, 1918
Box   1  
February 1918
Box   1  
March-April 1918
Box   1  
May-June 1918
Box   1  
July-December 1918
Box   1  
1919
Box   1  
1920-1921
Box   1  
1922
Box   1  
1923
Box   1  
1924
Box   1  
1925
Box   1  
1926-1927
Box   1  
1928-1929
Box   1  
1930
Box   1  
1931
Box   1  
1932-1933
Box   1  
1934
Box   1  
1935
Box   2  
1936
Box   2  
1937
Box   2  
1938
Box   2  
January-March 1939
Box   2  
April-May 1939
Box   2  
June-August 1939
Box   2  
September-October 1939
Box   2  
November-December 1939
Box   2  
January-March 1940
Box   2  
April-June 1940
Box   2  
July-September 1940
Box   2  
October-December 1940
Box   2  
January-February 1941
Box   2  
March-April 1941
Box   2  
May-June 1941
Box   2  
July-December 1941
Box   2  
1942
Box   2  
January-June 1943
Box   2  
July-December 1943
Box   2  
January-May 1944
Box   2  
June-December 1944
Box   2  
January-June 1945
Box   2  
July-December 1945
Box   2  
1946
Box   2  
January-March 1947
Box   2  
April-June 1947
Box   2  
July-August 1947
Box   2  
September-December 1947
Box   2  
January-February 1948
Box   2  
March-April 1948
Box   2  
May-June 1948
Box   2  
July-December 1948
Box   2  
1949
 
Michigan Union Building [series]

The Michigan Union series includes correspondence and other material relating to the planning, funding and construction of the Michigan Union building.

Box   2  
1911-1913
Box   2  
1914
Box   2  
1915
Box   3  
1915 (3 folders)
Box   3  
1916 (2 folders)
Box   3  
1917 (2 folders)
Box   3  
1918
 
Committee of Nine on Mineral Law [series]
 
Correspondence
Box   3  
1927 (2 folders)
Box   3  
1928 (3 folders)
Box   3  
1929
Box   3  
Papers 1928-1929
 
Miscellaneous Papers [series]

The Miscellaneous Papers series includes files on a number of legal cases in which Bates was involved, book reviews and articles, papers concerning the Bates memorial service and letters of condolence following Bates' death in 1949.

Box   3  
Homer Carey 1929-1932
Box   3  
Concerning an independent Air Force 1947
Box   3  
Nuremberg Trials (2 folders)
Box   3  
Panhandle Pipeline Case 1946-1947
Box   3  
Justice Holmes undated (3 folders)
Box   3  
Correspondence concerning the selection of the dean of the Law School of the University of Missouri 1939-1940
Box   3  
Detroit Committee on Foreign Relations 1946-1948
Box   3  
Lawrence Maxwell 1944-1947
 
Michigan Wine Tax Case
Box   3  
1946-1948
Box   3  
1946
Box   3  
Memo undated
Box   3  
Memo [rough draft] undated
 
Bates Memorial Service
Box   4  
Papers concerning the Bates memorial services 1949-1950
 
Letters of condolence 1949
Box   4  
A-C
Box   4  
D-L
Box   4  
M-R
Box   4  
S-Z
Box   4  
Reports and articles 1914-1920
Box   4  
Book reviews and articles 1937-1943 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Newspaper clippings 1911-1949
Box   4  
Notebook, undated, concerning partnerships
Box   4  
Federal Oil Conservation Board 1927-1928 (2 folders)
 
Bank of America Case 1939-1940
Box   4  
Papers 1939-1940 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Report, 1940
Box   4  
Report [rough draft] 1940 (2 folders)
Box   4  
Miscellanea (2 folders)
Box   4  
Uniform Mortgage Committee 1922-1924 (2 folders)
Box   5  
Reports, Articles, Speeches and Notebooks
 
Photographs [series]

The Photographs series includes portraits; tintype of Bates' father and photographs showing activities as student and as faculty member at the University of Michigan, including photo of deans of the university (1915).

Box   5  
Photos (2 photographs)