Horace L. Wilgus Papers: 1878-1935
Summary Information
Title: Horace L. Wilgus Papers
Creator: Wilgus, Horace L. (Horace La Fayette), 1859-1935
Dates: 1878-1935
Extent: 4.5 linear feet, 1 oversize folder
Abstract:
Professor of law at University of Michigan, and specialist in corporation law. Correspondence, speeches, newspaper clippings, notes, and manuscripts of books and articles, relating to his professional career, Ann Arbor, Michigan organizations and issues, particularly progressive political movements and prohibition, including the Michigan Anti-Saloon League, the anti-trust movement, and the 1912 Progressive Party; also photographs.
Call number: 86362 Aa 2; Ac
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
Home Page: http://www.bentley.umich.edu/
Finding aid created by Michigan Historical Collections Staff

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was the gift of Mrs. Stanley D. Dodge (donor no. 1100 and came to the library in multiple accessions, 1940-1960.

Access Restrictions:

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Preferred Citation:

[item], folder, box, Horace L. Wilgus Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

Horace Lafayette Wilgus, a member of the University of Michigan Law School faculty for 34 years, was born in Conover, Ohio, in 1859. After graduating in 1882 from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, he held a variety of occupations, including deputy county surveyor in Miami County, Ohio, and instructor in mathematics at Ohio State University. In 1884, he was admitted to the Ohio Bar, and he opened a law office in Troy, Ohio, in 1886. In 1889, he earned a Masters of Science degree, also from Ohio State.

In 1890-1891, Wilgus helped to organize the law school at Ohio State, where he became secretary and professor of elementary law. In 1895, he resigned both positions to become professor of law at the University of Michigan. He was made a permanent member of that faculty in 1897.

Wilgus earned special regard for his work in torts and corporation law, and was the author of several books, including Cases in the Law of Evidence (1896), The United States Steel Corporation (1901), Annotated Cases in the Law of Private Corporations (1902), and The Law of Private Corporations (1910). He was a frequent contributor to the Michigan Law Review and other legal publications.

Following his retirement in 1929, he became professor emeritus, and in 1932, published an annotation on corporation law in collaboration with Burritt Hamilton. He died in 1935 of a heart attack.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Horace L. Wilgus papers include correspondence, speeches, clippings, notes, manuscripts of books and articles dealing with his professional career, the many Ann Arbor organizations and issues in which he was interested: particularly progressive political movements and prohibition, including the Michigan Anti-Saloon League, the anti-trust movement, and the 1912 Progressive Party. The collection also includes University of Michigan Law School course materials, family genealogical information, and a small series of photographs, many of them of his home on Washtenaw Ave. in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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.


  • Agriculture.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.)
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Charters.
  • Capital punishment.
  • Corporations.
  • Men and religion movement.
  • Nichols Arboretum (University of Michigan)
  • Pews and pew rights -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Prohibition -- Michigan.
  • Radio broadcasting -- Michigan.
  • Lawyers -- Religious life -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Taxation -- United States.
  • World War, 1914-1918.
  • Dormitories -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.) -- Dwellings.
  • Dining rooms.
  • Dwellings -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Interiors.
  • Libraries -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Living rooms.
  • CD-ROMs.
  • Photographs.
  • American Federation of Labor.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.). Board of Commerce.
  • Ann Arbor Cattle Company.
  • Ann Arbor (Mich.). Dept. of Public Works.
  • Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club.
  • Ann Arbor Union Builders' Corporation.
  • Anti-Saloon League of Michigan.
  • Congregational churches -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • First Congregational Church (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • First Presbyterian Church (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Fletcher, William Asa, 1788-1852.
  • Kent, Charles A. (Charles Artemis), 1835-1917.
  • Ladies Library Association of Ann Arbor.
  • Little, Clarence C. (Clarence Cook), 1888-
  • Markham's Pottery Works (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Michigan School of Religion.
  • Ohio State University.
  • Presbyterian Church -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Progressive Party (1912)
  • University of Michigan. Research Club.
  • Scott, Walter Quincy.
  • University of Michigan. Alumni Association.
  • University of Michigan -- Buildings.
  • University of Michigan. Class of 1904.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • University of Michigan. Office of Religious Affairs.
  • Wilgus, Horace L. (Horace La Fayette), 1859-1935.
  • University of Michigan -- Student housing.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Law. Class of 1898.
  • University of Michigan. Dept. of Law. Class of 1903.
  • Wilgus, Horace L. (Horace La Fayette), 1859-1935.
  • Frieze House (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915.
  • Ames, James Barr, 1846-1910.
  • Angell, James Burrill, 1829-1916.
  • Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937.
  • Bishop, William Warner, 1871-1955.
  • Bogle, Thomas Ashford, 1852-1921.
  • Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940.
  • Bradshaw, John William, 1878-
  • Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.
  • Cooley, Lyman Edgar, 1850-1917.
  • Davis, R. C. (Raymond Cazallis), 1836-
  • Eaton, Amasa M. (Amasa Mason), 1841-1914.
  • Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959.
  • Garfield, James Rudolph, 1865-1950.
  • Gelston, J. M. (Joseph Mills), 1847-1931.
  • Hudson, Joseph Lowthian, 1846-1912.
  • Hutchins, Harry B. (Harry Burns), 1847-1930.
  • Kent, Charles Foster, 1867-1925.
  • Logan, Walter S. (Walter Seth), 1847-1906.
  • Mecham, Floyd R. (Floyd Russell), 1858-1928.
  • Michener, Earl C. (Earl Cory), 1876-1957.
  • Mosher, Eliza Maria, 1846-1928.
  • Osborn, Chase S. (Chase Salmon), 1860-
  • Patton, Carl S. (Carl Safford), 1866-1939.
  • Shaw, Wilfred Byron, 1881-1959.
  • Tatlock, Henry, 1848-1942.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Correspondence [series]
Box   1  
1879-1880
Box   1  
1881-1885
Box   1  
1886-1890
Box   1  
1891-1895
Box   1  
1896-1900
Box   1  
January-June 1901
Box   1  
July-December 1901
Box   1  
January 1902
Box   1  
February 1902
Box   1  
March 1902
Box   1  
April 1902
Box   1  
July-August 1902
Box   1  
September-October 1902
Box   1  
November-December 1902
Box   1  
January-March 1903
Box   1  
April-June 1903
Box   1  
July-September 1903
Box   1  
October-December 1903
Box   1  
Jan,-March 1904
Box   1  
April-June 1904
Box   1  
July-September 1904
Box   1  
October-December 1904
Box   1  
January-March 1905
Box   1  
April-June 1905
Box   1  
July-December 1905
Box   1  
January-March 1906
Box   1  
April-June 1906
Box   1  
July-September 1906
Box   1  
October-December 1906
Box   1  
January-March 1907
Box   1  
April-June 1907
Box   1  
July-September 1907
Box   1  
October-December 1907
Box   1  
January-March 1908
Box   1  
April-June 1908
Box   1  
July-September 1908
Box   1  
October-December 1908
Box   1  
1909
Box   1  
1910
Box   1  
1911
Box   1  
1912
Box   1  
1913
Box   1  
1914
Box   1  
1915
Box   1  
1916-1920
Box   1  
1921-1925
Box   1  
1926-1930
Box   1  
1931
Box   1  
1932
Box   1  
1933
Box   1  
1934
Box   1  
1935
 
Notes, Writings, and Topical files [series]
Box   2  
Notes on classes at Ohio State University 1878
Box   2  
Thesis entitled "Taxation of American Colonies by England," 1889
Box   2  
Speech entitled "The Tragedy of Thirteen Days in 1914" undated
Box   2  
Paper on the influence of ancient Rome on the Middle Ages
Box   2  
Paper on the history of the Magna Carta
Box   2  
Papers on the American system and women's rights
Box   2  
Paper on capital punishment
Box   2  
Paper on the proposed corporation law for Michigan
Box   2  
Booklet entitled "The Trust Problem" and notes 1903
Box   2  
Article in the Michigan State Bar Journal entitled "The New Michigan Corporation Law-to What it Applies," 1921
Box   2  
Notes on the history of corporation law
Box   2  
Notes on corporation law
Box   2  
Notes on the trust corporation
Box   2  
Notes on trusts and corporation law
Box   2  
Notes and reports on a national incorporation law
Box   2  
Notes and lectures on torts
Box   2  
Notes on arrest without warrant
Box   2  
Notes on master and servant and right to contract to labor and to employ labor
Box   2  
Notes and pamphlets on laws concerning nurses and medicine
Box   2  
Notes on the proposed Michigan School of Religion
Box   2  
Notes on the Emeritus Club
Box   2  
Notes on the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor
Box   2  
Notes on the Proposed Ann Arbor Charter 1921
Box   3  
Notes on the Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club
Box   3  
Notes on the Ladies Library Association of Ann Arbor
Box   3  
Notes on the Ann Arbor Board of Commerce
Box   3  
Notes on the Ann Arbor Cattle Company
Box   3  
Notes on the property and continuity of the University, with deeds
Box   3  
Biographical sketch of Charles Artemis Kent
Box   3  
Biographical material on W.A. Fletcher
Box   3  
Lectures on law 1894-1905
Box   3  
Lectures on the U.S. Steel Corporation 1901
Box   3  
Lectures on law delivered before military classes 1918
Box   3  
Course outlines
Box   3  
Tests and reports of the U of M Law School
Box   3  
Law Study Survey returns March 27, 1908
Box   3  
Report entitled "Facts Relating to Legal Education in the U.S.," 1906-1907
Box   3  
Legislation relating to uniform state laws
Box   3  
Legislation relating to amendment of the insurance law
Box   3  
Legislation relating to the regulation of the sale of stocks, bonds, and other securities
Box   3  
Legislation relating to the regulation of commerce
Box   3  
Constitution, by-laws, etc., of the Research Club 1911-1928
Box   3  
Data sheets of the Research Club (U of M) 1927
 
Student Christian Association
Box   3  
Statements and audits 1910-1913
Box   3  
Statements and receipts 1904-1918
Box   3  
Leases 1904-1911
Box   3  
Ferry lectures 1905-1921
Box   3  
Building 1883-1917
Box   3  
Contracts 1888-1912
Box   3  
Mortgages and securities 1895-1918
Box   3  
Bonds 1901-1915
Box   4  
Misc. materials concerning contracts and torts
Box   4  
Misc. materials on radio and radio regulation
Box   4  
Constitution of the Washtenaw County Anti-Saloon League
Box   4  
Manuscripts and general information on prohibition
Box   4  
Pamphlets on ballot reform
Box   4  
Campaign circulars
Box   4  
Pamphlets about Leonard Wood
Box   4  
Clippings concerning the dismissal of President Dr. Walter Quiney Scott of Ohio State
Box   4  
Clippings concerning President Taft and Federal Incorporation 1910
Box   4  
Misc. Legal agreements
Box   4  
Miscellaneous
 
Miscellaneous [series]
Box   4  
Newspaper clippings1899-1935 (12 folders)
Box   4  
Reprints of articles
Box   4  
Wilgus family genealogy charts
Box   5  
University of Michigan Law School notebooks (4 volumes)
Box   5  
Miscellaneous Law School material
 
Photographs [series]
Box   5  
Wilgus House (exteriors and interiors) 1547 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich. circa 1898

(include 8 glass negatives with copyprints of some of the photos)

Box   5  
Portraits, family members, University of Michigan groups

(include CD-R of most of the portraits and photos of family members)

Additional Descriptive Data
Partial Index to Correspondence
Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915.
  • Dec. 5, 1904, Dec. 17, 1904, Feb. 20, 1906
Ames, James Barr, 1846-1910.
  • July 15, 1896, May 31, 1905, June 6, 1905, July 15, 1905, Dec. 8, 1905
Angell, James Burri11, 1829-1916.
  • Oct. 27, 1905
Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937.
  • Jan. 11, 1912
Bishop, William Warner, 1871-1955
  • Jan. 26, 1920, Nov. 12, 1927.
Bogle, Thomas Ashford, 1852-1921.
  • July 25, 1907, Aug. 3, 1907, Dec. 18, 1913
Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940.
  • Nov. 20, 1911
Bradshaw, John W
  • Feb., 1902, Nov. 15, 1907
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.
  • April 7, 1902
Burton, Marion LeRoy, 1874-1925.
  • May 7, 1929
Cooley, Lyman Edgar, 1860-1925.
  • July 28, 1900.
Davis, Raymond Cazalliz, 1836-1919.
  • April. 5, 1902, April 25, 1904
Douglas, Lloyd Cassell, 1877-1951.
  • Oct. 10, 1921
Eaton, Amasa Mason, 1841-1914.
  • April 28, 1904, May 13, 1904 July 6, 1904; Aug. 5, 1904; Aug. 18, 1904; Sept. 12, 1904, Oct. 21, 1904; Oct. 29, 1904; Nov. 3, 1904; Nov. 4, 1904
Flexner, Abraham, 1866-
  • Dec. 12, 1908, Dec. 22, 1908; Jan. 4, 1909
Garfield, James Rudolph, 1865-1950.
  • April 20, 1904, April 25, 1904
Gelston, J. Mills
  • Nov. 15, 1907
Hudson, Joseph Lothain, 1846-1912.
  • Jan. 23, 1912
Hutchins, Harry Burns, 1847-1930.
  • Aug. 24, 1895, Sept. 2, 1895, Sept. 13, 1895, Sept. 16, 1895, Jan. 29, 1889, April 23, 1902, April 25, 1902
Kent, Charles Foster, 1867-1925.
  • May 21, 1904
Logan, Walter Seth, 1847-1906.
  • May 13, 1904, May 25, 1904, June 1, 1904, June 10, 1904, June 13, 1904, Aug. 12, 1904
Mecham, Floyd Russell, 1858-1928.
  • June 24, 1904, July 20, 1904, July 31, 1904, Mar. 4, 1905, May 29, 1905, June 13, 1905
Michener, Earl Cory, 1876-1957.
  • Jan. 29, 1927, Feb. 26, 1927
Mosher, Eliza Maria, 1846-1928
  • June 5, 1902
Osborn, Chase Salmon, 1860-1949.
  • Dec. 28, 1911, Jan. 8, 1912, Jan. 9, 1912, Feb. 6, 1912
Patton, Carl Safford, 1866-1939.
  • Jan. 12, 1911
Shaw, Wilfred Byron, 1881-1959.
  • Feb. 2, 1905
Tatlock, Henry, 1848-1942.
  • Nov. 16, 1907