William W. Blume papers: 1811-1825, 1830s, 1931-1963
Summary Information
Title: William W. Blume papers
Creator: Blume, William Wirt, 1893-
Dates: 1811-1825, 1830s, 1931-1963
Extent: 18 linear feet
Location: Portions located in offsite storage; prior notification required for access.
Abstract:
Professor of law at the University of Michigan; papers contain correspondence, teaching materials, papers relating to student discipline, proceedings of the University Judicial Council, 1950-1953; also research files and collected material relating to his study of Michigan's territorial court system; and copies of court records for Brown County, 1830s; also Wayne County Probate Court records, 1811-1825.
Call number: 85821 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
e-mail: bentley.ref@umich.edu
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Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donor number 4471.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

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Copyright:

Copies of court records are in the public domain. Copyright of other material 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, William W. Blume Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

William Wirt Blume began his legal career before actually completing his formal legal studies at the University of Michigan. Before enrolling in law school in 1926, Blume taught law at Soochow University in China. In 1931, he was appointed assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan. During his tenure at Michigan, Blume authored the six-volume work titled "Transactions of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan, 1805-1836." Professor Blume retired from his distinguished legal career in 1963.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The William Wirt Blume papers include a memoir of his 192-1921 trip to China, a chronological correspondence file, teaching materials and other files related to his career at the University of Michigan, several reports on legal issues and research notes and files for his history of Michigan Territorial Supreme Court. The papers are arrange in five series: Travel, Correspondence, University of Michigan, Reports, and Notes and Research Material on Territorial Courts.

The series Notes and Research Material on Territorial Courts (boxes 6-18) contains Blume's notes and collected research materials relating to his study of U.S. territorial law and territorial court systems. Much of the emphasis of Blume's study concerned the Michigan Territorial Supreme Court and the various county and circuit courts under it. The researcher is directed to the Michigan Supreme Court record group for the original documents that Blume and his staff studied. This record group was transferred to the State Archives of Michigan in 2011. The researcher should also note that Blume's Transactions of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan, with its extensive notes and historical commentaries is a superb introduction to Blume's career interests.

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.


  • China -- History -- Republic, 1912-1949.
  • Court records.
  • Courts -- Michigan.
  • Japan.
  • Michigan. Supreme Court.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • University of Michigan -- Regulations.
  • University of Michigan -- Students -- Discipline.
  • University of Michigan. Judicial Council.
  • Michigan. Probate Court (Wayne County)
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Travel [series]
Box   1  
Memoir of Travels in Japan and China 1920-1921
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
1931-1963 (34 folders)
 
University of Michigan [series]
 
Teaching Materials
Box   2  
American Civil Procedure (2 folders)
Box   2  
American Legal History 1955
Box   2  
Constitutional Law
Box   2  
East Asiatic Area Law
Box   2  
Evidence (2 folders)
Box   3  
Evidence, Procedure and Jurisdiction
Box   3  
Federal Trial Practice and Procedure
Box   3  
Forms of Action
Box   3  
Introduction to the Legal System
Box   3  
Procedure
Box   3  
Restitution
Box   3  
Seminar on American History 1941-1942
Box   4  
Trial and Appellate Practices
Box   4  
Faculty Instruction Records, ca. 1930-1950
Box   4  
Grade Reports 1946-1951
Box   4  
Student Papers 1940, 1962
Box   5  
University Disciplinary Policies (2 folders)
 
University Judicial Council
Box   5  
Proceedings 1950-1953 (7 folders)
Box   5  
Papers, relating to prize competition at University 1954, 1956
Box   5  
Papers relating to Committee on University Lectures
Box   5  
Proposed statute on judicial jurisdiction 1951
 
Reports [series]
Box   5  
Report of Special Committee on the Improvement of the Administration of Justice, 1941
Box   5  
Report of the Michigan Procedure Commission October 1928
Box   5  
Tentative rule revisions of the Michigan Supreme Court 1944
Box   5  
Addresses 1928, 1934 to various bar associations 1928-1934
Box   5  
Pleading and procedure form book (2 volumes)
Box   5  
Miscellanea
 
Notes and Research Material on Territorial Courts [series]

The series Notes and Research Material on Territorial Courts (boxes 6-18) contains Blume's notes and collected research materials relating to his study of U.S. territorial law and territorial court systems. Much of the emphasis of Blume's study concerned the Michigan Territorial Supreme Court and the various county and circuit courts under it. The researcher is directed to the Michigan Supreme Court record group for the original documents that Blume and his staff studied. The researcher should also note that Blume's Transactions of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan, with its extensive notes and historical commentaries is a superb introduction to Blume's career interests.

 
Copies and Summaries of Pleadings (1 volume)
Box   6  
County Court, Wayne County 1815-1829
Box   6  
District Court, Huron and Detroit 1805-1810
Box   6  
Court of Common Pleas, Wayne County 1796-1805
 
Calendar of Cases (1 volume)
Box   6  
Court of Quarter Sessions, Wayne County 1797-1804
Box   6  
Court of Common Pleas, Wayne County 1796-1805
Box   6  
Index to Papers, Court of Common Pleas, Wayne County 1796-1805
 
Calendar of Cases, District Courts, Michigan Territory 1805-1810 (1 volume)
Box   7  
District of Huron and Detroit
Box   7  
District of Erie
Box   7  
Index of Criminal Cases (and civil cases for statutory penalties) in District Court for Huron, and Detroit and Erie; Supreme Court; and County Court, Wayne County
 
County Court, Wayne County (1 volume)
Box   7  
Table of Cases
 
Notebook containing:
Box   7  
County Court (Wayne) Journal 1820-1821

(photocopies taken from microfilm)

Box   7  
Newspaper clippings re: Wayne County court records
Box   7  
Newspaper clippings re: laws in force in Indiana Territory 1800-1803
Box   7  
Catalogue of books of William Woodbridge 1806
Box   7  
Sibley's Notebook 1797-1799
Box   7  
Miscellaneous Papers to 1810

(found with files of Supreme Court)

Box   7  
Miscellaneous Papers

(found with files of Wayne County Court)

Box   8  
Index to Supreme Court Cases and Cases in Chancery
Box   8  
Calendar of Court Files and Miscellaneous Papers, Monroe County 1818-1848
 
Michigan Unreported Opinions
Box   8  
1805-1824
Box   8  
1825-1836
Box   8  
1805-1824

(Index-Digest)

Box   8  
Equity Cases taken from Blume's Transactions
 
Court of the Additional Judge
Box   9  
Journal [photocopy] 1823-1824
 
Michilimackinac County
Box   9  
Journal and other records 1825, 1831-1833 [photocopies] 1825-1833
Box   9  
Journal 1831, 1833-1835 [typescript] 1831-1835
Box   9  
Judgment Records [typescript) 1823-1836

(2 versions)

Box   9  
Judgment Records: Chancery 1825 Criminal, 1831, 1833-1835 1825-1835

(typescript)

Box   9  
Analytical Table of Cases
 
Brown County
Box   9  
Judgment Records [typescript] 1825-1835
Box   9  
Judgment Records: Criminal 1824-1834

(typescript])

Box   9  
Judgment Records: Civil 1825-1835

(typescript)

Box   9  
Calendar 1820s-1830s

(photocopies)

Box   10  
Calendar 1820s-1830s

(photocopies)

Box   11  
Calendar 1820s-1830s

(photocopies)

Box   12  
Calendar 1820s-1830s

(photocopies)

 
Crawford/Iowa County
Box   12  
Journal 1834-1836

(typescript)

Box   12  
Judgment Record
Box   12  
Name Index to Calendars
Box   12  
Opinions of James Duane Doty

(photocopies)

Box   12  
Card index to Doty's opinions
Box   13  
Journal (partial), of U.S. District Court for Kentucky District 1789
Box   13  
Miscellaneous photocopies of clippings, correspondence, and legal materials

(largely copies from holdings of Burton Historical Collection, Woodbridge and Sibley papers)

Box   14  
Notes on papers, in other collections

(mainly Solomon Sibley papers, Burton Historical Collection)

Box   14  
Indiana Territorial Court Order Book

(microfilm: positive and negative; and notes on order book)

Box   14  
Report and Explanatory Notes of the Revisors of the Statutes, Accompanying the Bill to Revise the General Laws of Wisconsin

(microfilm: positive and negative)

Box   15  
Miscellaneous Notes, Correspondence, and Research Materials re: Territorial Court Studies
Box   15  
"American Legal History: Territorial Period"
Box   16  
Wayne County Probate Court Records 1811-1825

(includes some notes)

Box   17  
Wayne County Probate Court Records 1811-1825

(continued)

Box   18  
Wayne County Probate Court Records 1811-1825

(continued)

Additional Descriptive Data
Articles by Blume

(Materials cataloged separately as DA 2 B658 A791)

  1. Actions Quasi in Em Under Section 1665, Title 28, U.S.C. (Michigan Law Review, November 1951)
  2. The "Common Questions" Principle in the Code Provision For Representative Suits. (Michigan Law Review, April 1932)
  3. Jurisdictional Amount in Representative Suits. (Minnesota Law Review, April 1931)
  4. Jury Selection Analyzed: Proposed Revision of Federal System. (Michigan Law Review, 1944)
  5. Limitations and the Federal Courts. (Michigan Law Review, May, 1951)
  6. Origin and Development of the Directed Verdict. (Michigan Law Review, March, 1950)
  7. Place of Trial of Civil Cases. (Michigan Law Review, November, 1949)
  8. The Place of Trial of Criminal Cases: Constitutional Vicinage and Venue. (Michigan Law Review, 1944)
  9. Problem of Preserving excluded Evidence in the Appellate Record. (Minnesota Law Review, February, 1929)
  10. A Rational Theory for Joinder of Causes of Action and Defenses and for the Use of Counterclaims. (Michigan Law Review, November, 1927)
  11. Required Joinder of Claims. (Michigan Law Review, May, 1947)
  12. The Scope of a Civil Action. (Michigan Law Review, October, 1943)
  13. Theory of Pleading; A Survey Including the Federal Rules. (Michigan Law Review, January 1949)