Malcolm Keith Hatfield papers: 1930-1961
Summary Information
Title: Malcolm Keith Hatfield papers
Creator: Hatfield, Malcolm Keith, 1900-1961
Inclusive dates: 1930-1961
Extent: 3 linear feet
Location: Portions located in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Berrien County judge; correspondence and other papers largely relating to topic of juvenile delinquency.
Call number: 851449 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Phone: 734-764-3482
Fax: 734-936-1333
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff, 1972

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mrs. Cordelia Hatfield (donor no. 5246) and came to the library in 1972.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright is held by the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Malcolm Keith Hatfield Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Malcolm Hatfield served as a probate judge of Berrien County, Michigan,1933-1954. He also lectured and wrote on the subject of juvenile delinquency.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes correspondence, an autobiographical sketch in fictional form, manuscripts of articles and short stories, speeches, and scrapbooks. The collection has been arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Juvenile Delinquency; Miscellaneous; Short Stories; 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.

  • Berrien County (Mich.)
  • Elections -- Michigan -- 1948.
  • Judges -- Michigan -- Berrien County.
  • Juvenile delinquency -- Michigan.
  • Law.
  • Saint Joseph (Mich.)
  • African Americans -- Michigan.
  • Erosion.
  • Judges -- Michigan -- Berrien County.
  • Michigan, Lake.
  • Military uniforms.
  • Offices -- 1931-1940.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Photographs.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Hatfield, Malcolm Keith, 1900-1961.
  • Hatfield, Malcolm Keith, 1900-1961.
  • Hatfield family.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People -- Michigan.
  • Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943.
  • Farley, James A. (James Aloysius), 1888-1976.
  • Green, William, 1870-1952.
  • Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • Sloan, Alfred P. (Alfred Pritchard), 1875-1966.
  • Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence 1930-1960 [series]
Box   1  
Undated, 1930-1960 (33 folders)
Juvenile Delinquency [series]
Box   2  
Manuscripts of newspaper columns on juvenile delinquency (4 folders)
Box   2  
Papers concerning juvenile delinquency in Berrien County
Box   2  
Report of a survey entitled, "The Juvenile Court, Detention Home and Related Agencies, Berrien County (St. Joseph), Michigan" 1948
Box   2  
Auditor Reports on Berrien County Probate Court 1956-1957
Box   2  
Printed material on juvenile delinquency
Box   2  
Materials concerning judicial system and mental illness
Box   2  
Materials concerning emotional problems and juvenile delinquency
Box   2  
Commentary on the relationship between modernization and juvenile delinquency
Box   2  
Materials on the Service Guild and its publication Self-Analysis
Miscellaneous [series]
Campaign materials
Box   2  
Materials related to judicial elections 1944-1956
Box   2  
Clippings on judicial elections, particularly the election of 1948, 1944-1956
Box   2  
Nomination petitions for the Second Circuit Court election 1954
Box   2  
Box   2  
Assorted materials, including notebooks and manual concerning First Service Command Tactical School 1942
Newspaper clippings
Box   2  
Box   2  
Newspaper clippings of reviews of book Children in Court
Box   3  
Scrapbooks (2 volumes)
Box   3  
Scrapbook concerning Judicial election 1948
Box   3  
Manuscript of Parents on Probation
Short Stores: [series]
Box   3  
Playing God
Box   3  
The Angels Fly Low

(autobiographical sketch)

Box   3  
The Barbarians
Box   3  
Remember Your Temper
Box   3  
Shorn Lamb
Box   3  
Guerrilla Warfare
Box   3  
Green Grapes
Box   3  
The Lamps Went Out
Box   3  
Susan Was Wed in Korea
Box   3  
Susan Was Wed on Saturday
Box   3  
The Stone That Was Rejected
Photographs [series]
Box   3  
Family and individual portraits; photos of NAACP meeting; photos of damage in Benton Harbor because of soil erosion
Additional Descriptive Data
Selective Index to Correspondents
Dickinson, Luren Dudley, 1859-1943.
  • March 30, 1939
Farley, James Aloysius, 1888-
  • June 27, 1940, March 27, 1952, April 21, 1952
Green, William, 1870-1952.
  • May 23, 1938, June 2, 1938, March 18, 1940
Murphy, Frank, 1890-1949.
  • April 21, 1938
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
  • May 24, 1938, January 23, 1940
Sloan, Alfred P. (Alfred Pritchard), 1875-1966.
  • May 25, 1938
Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972.
  • August 4, 1951