Burke Woods Shartel papers: 1885-1963
Summary Information
Title: Burke Woods Shartel papers
Creator: Shartel, Burke, 1889-1967
Dates: 1885-1963
Extent: 3 linear feet
Professor of law at University of Michigan. Papers include correspondence and other papers concerning personal and family matters, professional affairs, the decision of the University to re-enter the Western Intercollegiate Conference; also correspondence from students serving in World War II; and photographs.
Call number: 852248 Aa 2
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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Donor number 3572.

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Burke Woods Shartel papers,1901-1959, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Burke Woods Shartel was a member of the University of Michigan Law School faculty for thirty-eight years. Though he was born in Sedan, Kansas in 1889, he spent his childhood years in Oklahoma City. He studied literature and law as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1911 and graduating from the law school in 1913. For four years he practiced law in Oklahoma City, then served in the Navy Intelligence Service during World War 1. In 1919, he earned a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Harvard University.

He became assistant professor of law at the University of Illinois in 1919-1920, then left to join the law faculty at the University of Michigan. He was the youngest full professor on the law school faculty of that time. In 193 1, he became editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.

Shartel's interests included jurisprudence, constitutional law, and personal-property law. In the 1947-1948 academic year, he gave one of the first Thomas M. Cooley Lectures on the topic of "Our Legal System and How It Operates." His publications include the books The Law of Medical Practice (1959; with Marcus L. Plant) and Readings in Legal Method (1959 and 1962; with B. J. George).

In the early 1940's Shartel's research interests included the functions of German civil law under the National Socialist Government. In 1951 the Department of State appointed him to lecture to members of the German bar on the American legal system. He served three times as guest lecturer at the University of Heidelberg, which conferred an honorary Juris Doctor degree on him in 1953.

In 1958, at the age of seventy, he retired from the law school faculty, becoming professor emeritus of law, and accepted a Robert Merton guest professorship at the law school of the University of Munich. When he returned to the United States in 1959, he became professor at California Western University College of Law in San Diego. He died in California in 1967.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Burke W. Shartel papers consist of correspondence and other papers concerning personal and family matters, professional affairs, the decision of the University to re-enter the Western Intercollegiate Conference; also correspondence from students serving in World War II; and photographs. The papers are organized into three series: correspondence, 1901-1963 (arranged chronologically); Papers, 185-1963; and photographs.

Correspondents include: Wilber M. Brucker, Homer Ferguson, Felix Frankfurter, Martha W. Griffiths, J. Joseph Herbert, Donald S. Leonard, George Meader, James O. Murfin, Marcus Plant, Roscoe Pound, Allan F. Smith, Edwin B. Stason, and Hessel N. Yntema.

The Photographs series consists of an album of portraits of family and friends; and album of European trip pictures.

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.

  • Oklahoma.
  • World War, 1939-1945.
  • Albums.
  • Europe.
  • Photographs.
  • Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives.
  • University of Michigan -- Sports.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Law.
  • Shartel, Burke, 1889-1968.
  • Shartel family.
  • Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968.
  • Ferguson, Homer, 1889-1982.
  • Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
  • Griffiths, Martha W. (Martha Wright), 1912-2003.
  • Herbert, J. Joseph, 1894-1956.
  • Leonard, Donald S. (Donald Sparling), 1903-1976.
  • Meader, George, 1907-1994.
  • Murfin, James Orin, 1875-1940.
  • Plant, Marcus L., 1911-1984.
  • Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964.
  • Smith, Allan Frederick, 1911-
  • Stason, E. Blythe (Edwin Blythe), 1891-1972.
  • Yntema, Hessel E.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
Correspondence 1901-1963 [series]
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January-June 1946
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July-December 1946
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January-June 1950
Box   1  
July-December 1950
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January-June 1951
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July-December 1951
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January-June 1952
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July-December 1952
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January-June 1953
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July-December 1953
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January-June 1954
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July-December 1954
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January-June 1955
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July-December 1955
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January-June 1956
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July-December 1956
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January-June 1958
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July-December 1958
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Papers [series]
Box   2  
U-M Athletics 1906-1913

(concerning the University of Michigan Athletic Department and the Western Football Conference, also newspaper clippings)

Box   2  
Papers 1926-1954, undated
Box   2  
Trip to Germany 1951
Box   2  
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1931-1963, undated
Box   2  
Miscellanea and clippings undated
Box   2  
Concerning last will and testament of Elfrieda Woods Shartel 1946-1953
Photographs [series]
Box   3  
Family album circa 1880s
Box   3  
European trip album 1910s