E. Blythe Stason Papers: 1929-1972
Summary Information
Title: E. Blythe Stason Papers
Creator: Stason, E. Blythe (Edwin Blythe), 1891-1972
Dates: 1929-1972
Extent: 22 linear feet
Location: Portions of the collection are stored offsite; two days notice required for retrieval.
Abstract:
University of Michigan law professor and dean of the law school, member of numerous governmental and professional organizations; organizational and subject files.
Call number: 8676 Aa/2
Language: The materials are in English.
Repository: Bentley Historical Library
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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 prepared by: Thomas E. Powers

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The collection was received in different accessions between 1970 and 1972. The collection came from two sources: from the Law School of the University of Michigan, donor no. 343 and from the family of E. Blythe Stason, donor no. 5269

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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Copyright:

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., E. Blythe Stason Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Arrangement

Because of his numerous and varied career activities, the Stason papers consisted of a large number of different groupings of files. For ease of access, these files have been grouped together into broadly defined categories or series corresponding mainly to similar kinds of professional activities. These series are Organizations and Activities concerned with Atomic Energy, Various state and national activities and interests, and EBS Personal


Biography

E. Blythe Stason, dean of the Law School of the University of Michigan from 1939 to 1960, was a distinguished legal educator who also served on numerous state and national professional organizations and committees.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa in 1891, Stason graduated from the University of Wisconsin (A.B. 1913), from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. 1916), and from the University of Michigan Law School (J.D. 1922). With practical experience in both engineering and the practice of law, Stason joined the U-M Law School faculty in 1924 where he remained until his retirement on September 5, 1960. Within the University, in addition to his tenure as dean, Stason also served as Provost from 1938 to 1944.

Outside of his University responsibilities, Stason was frequently called upon for service to various governmental agencies and professional groups. He was a member of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; the Michigan Constitution Revision Commission; the Michigan Tax Study Commission; the Michigan Anti-Subversive Study Committee; the Attorney General's Committee on Administrative Procedure; the Hoover Commission Task Force on Legal Services and Practices of the Executive Branch; and the Fund for Peaceful Atomic Development (Administrator beginning in 1955).

Following his retirement from the University, Stason accepted a position as administrator of the American Bar Foundation serving from 1960 to 1964. He then accepted a position at the Vanderbilt University Law School where he taught from 1964 to 1970. He died April 10, 1972.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The E. Blythe Stason collection documents the activities of this law school dean, foundation head, and member of numerous governmental and professional organizations. Although there are significant materials relating to his tenure as Dean of the U-M Law School, the researcher should note that the bulk of those files will be located within the record group for that university unit.

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.


  • Law.
  • Lawyers -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Nuclear energy -- Law and legislation.
  • American Bar Association.
  • American Bar Foundation.
  • American Judicature Society.
  • Fund for Peaceful Atomic Development.
  • Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project.
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
  • Stason, E. Blythe (Edwin Blythe), 1891-1972.
  • United States. Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government (1953-1955)
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School -- Faculty.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Organizations and Activities concerned with atomic energy [series]

Files pertaining to Stason's long-held interest in peaceful uses of Atomic Energy and in the legal issues associated with atomic energy have been grouped together. Subseries within this series include: Fund for Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project, Atomic Energy Research Center/Atomic Energy Research Project (U-M Law School), Atomic Energy Study Commission of Michigan, and Atomic Energy Research and Subject File.

 
Fund for Peaceful Atomic Development [subseries]
Box   1  
Ten year history 1954-1964
Box   1  
General 1955-1972 (8 folders)

(files for 1960-1961 never received)

Box   1  
Annual meeting 1958
Box   1  
Bylaws and certificate of incorporation 1954-1959
Box   1  
Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Meetings of Members 1954-1971 (3 folders)

(mainly minutes, dates overlap somewhat)

Box   2  
Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Advisory Council (mainly correspondence) 1955-1958 (4 folders)
Box   2  
Financial reports and statements 1962-1969 (2 folders)
 
Foreign interests
Box   2  
Miscellaneous
Box   2  
European program
Box   2  
Belgium
Box   2  
France
Box   2  
Germany
Box   2  
Italy
Box   2  
Luxembourg
Box   2  
Switzerland
Box   2  
Foundation grants 1956
Box   2  
International Atomic Energy Agency 1958
Box   2  
Japanese Science Teachers Visit 1971
Box   2  
Library 1955
Box   2  
Management and budget 1955-1957 (3 folders)
Box   3  
Management and budget 1958-1959 (2 folders)
Box   3  
News releases
Box   3  
Personnel suggestions for staff and missions 1956
Box   3  
Program file 1955-1956 (2 folders)
Box   3  
Progress reports and other literature
Box   3  
Projects proposed (3 folders)
Box   3  
Projects (rejected)
 
Projects file (arranged by no.) 1955-1961
Box   3  
#1. India Mission 1955
Box   3  
#3. Mexico 1955-1959 (4 folders)
Box   3  
#4. Nuclear Congress 1955
Box   3  
#6. Egypt 1955-1957
Box   3  
#8. Turkey 1955-1957
Box   3  
#9. Yugoslavia 1955-1958
Box   3  
#10. Carnegie Exhibit 1955-1960
Box   4  
#11. Distribution of literature
Box   4  
#12. Training facilities survey
Box   4  
#13. Publications
Box   4  
#14. Economic studies
Box   4  
#15. Austria 1955-1958
Box   4  
#16. South American Mission 1956-1957
Box   4  
#17. Far Eastern Mission 1955-1957
Box   4  
#18. Burma 1955-1956
Box   4  
#21. Japan Program 1956-1965 (scattered)
Box   4  
Publicity and information
Box   4  
Ruebhausen, Oscar 1970-1971
Box   4  
Shorthall (John) reports and correspondence 1962-1969
Box   4  
Special reports to the director
Box   4  
Special project reports
 
Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project [subseries]
Box   5  
Correspondence, applications for grants 1948-1952 (2 folders, 4 volumes)
 
Project #30 (Legal Problems of Atomic Energy)
Box   5  
Correspondence 1952-1959
Box   5  
Proposals and project reports
Box   5  
Patent matters under the Atomic Energy Act
Box   5  
Background information (contents of binder)
 
Atomic Energy Research Center/Atomic Energy Research Project (U-M Law School) 1955-1960 [subseries]
Box   5  
General (3 folders)
Box   5  
Federal-State relationship
Box   5  
Miscellaneous and pending projects
 
Atomic Energy Study Commission of Michigan [subseries]
Box   5  
Papers 1955-1958
 
Atomic energy research and subject file [subseries]
Box   6  
Atoms and the Law (EBS book) 1957-1960
Box   6  
Atomic Energy Act 1946
Box   6  
Atomic Energy Act 1954
Box   6  
Atomic energy-Atomic energy and research
Box   6  
Atomic energy-Atomic reactors
Box   6  
Atomic energy-Cisler, Walker
Box   6  
Atomic energy-Health and safety
Box   6  
Atomic energy-Insurance problems of nuclear enterprise
Box   6  
Atomic energy-International Atomic Energy Agency
Box   6  
Atomic energy-International (miscellaneous)
Box   6  
Atomic energy-legal problems (articles and papers)
Box   6  
Atomic energy legislation and research (2 folders)
Box   6  
Atomic energy legislation-Germany
Box   6  
Atomic energy legislation-Michigan (2 folders)
Box   6  
Atomic energy-Liability for radiation injuries (4 folders)
Box   6  
Atomic energy-Patents
Box   6  
Atomic energy-Radiation accidents
Box   6  
Atomic Industrial Forum
 
Various state and national professional activities [series]

The series - Various State And National Professional Activities - include subseries of material for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, miscellaneous Michigan Activities, miscellaneous Federal Government Activities, and the Hoover Commission Task Force on Legal Services and Procedures.

 
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws [subseries]
Box   7  
General
Box   7  
Correspondence 1933-1966 (3 folders)
Box   7  
Committee assignments
 
Model State Administrative Procedures Act 1943

(EBS was chair of the Special Committee on Uniform Administrative Procedure Act)

Box   7  
Correspondence 1939-1944 (7 folders)
Box   8  
Correspondence 1945-1960
Box   8  
Drafts, etc.
Box   8  
Suggestions and criticisms 1940-1943
Box   8  
Comments on bill 1946
Box   8  
Letters sent out enclosing copies of proposed act and acknowledgments
 
Model State Administrative Procedures Act (Revised) 1961
Box   8  
Correspondence 1958-1962
Box   8  
Early drafts
Box   8  
Final drafts
Box   8  
Effect on state legislatures
Box   8  
Unclaimed Property Act (1954) 1951-1963
 
Liquidation of Insurance Companies Act (1939)
Box   8  
Correspondence and papers 1935-1938 (2 folders)
Box   9  
Correspondence and papers 1939-1940
Box   9  
Final drafts
 
Anatomical Gift Act (1968)
Box   9  
Correspondence 1968-1970 (2 folders)
Box   9  
Alfred Sadler correspondence
Box   9  
Articles and background information
Box   9  
Clippings
Box   9  
Early drafts
Box   9  
Final drafts and press releases
Box   9  
EBS testimony before U.S. Senate Committee
Box   9  
Duke University Conference 1965
Box   9  
United Health Foundation/National Transplant Information Center
Box   9  
Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (1948)
Box   9  
Model State Tax Court Act (1957)
Box   9  
Uniform Photographic Copies of Business and Public Records as Evidence Act (1949)
Box   9  
Model Small Estates Act (1951)
Box   9  
Miscellaneous model state acts
 
American Bar Association [subseries]
Box   10  
American Bar Association Committee on Administrative Agencies and Tribunals, Judicial Administration Section 1937-1945
Box   10  
American Bar Association, Section of Administrative Law (regarding Administrative Court of the United States) 1951
Box   10  
American Bar Association, Committee on Improvement of Administrative Procedures, Section of Administrative Law 1955-1962 (3 folders)
Box   10  
American Bar Association, Special Committee on Atomic Energy 1953
Box   10  
American Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section 1937
Box   10  
American Bar Association, Committee on Local Taxation, Municipal Law Section 1934-1937 (3 folders)
Box   10  
American Bar Association (miscellaneous)
 
State Bar of Michigan [subseries]
Box   10  
Board of Commissioners 1947-1950
Box   10  
Committee on Administrative Agencies 1946-1955
Box   10  
Committee on Judicial Selection and Tenure 1953-1954
Box   10  
Committee on Disbarment of Subversives 1951-1955
Box   10  
Committee on Constitutional Revision 1943-1944
 
Michigan activities [subseries]
Box   11  
Constitutional Amendments 1933-1936
Box   11  
Financing education in Michigan 1933
Box   11  
Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules 1947-1953
Box   11  
Michigan Administrative Procedures Act 1951-1953
Box   11  
Michigan Board of Commissioners for the Promotion of Uniformity of Legislation 1941-1954 (3 folders)
Box   11  
Michigan Constitutional Revision Study Committee 1942
Box   11  
Michigan Intangibles Tax (4 folders)
Box   12  
Michigan Sales Tax Act 1933
Box   12  
Michigan Study Commission on Tax Administration 1957-1959 (4 folders)
Box   12  
Michigan Tax Allocation Act 1933
Box   12  
Michigan Tax Study Advisory Committee 1944-1945 (2 folders)
 
Federal Government Activities [subseries]
Box   12  
Agriculture Dept. administrative procedures study 1959
Box   12  
Atomic Energy Commission (consultant services) 1960-1961
Box   12  
Attorney General's Committee on Administrative Procedure 1939-1941
Box   12  
President's Conference on Administrative Procedure 1953-1955
 
Hoover Commission: Task Force on Legal Services and Procedures [subseries]
Box   13  
Correspondence and other papers 1953-1958 (4 folders)
Box   13  
Working papers 1954-1955 (4 folders)
Box   13  
Harris analysis of legal services and procedures report
Box   13  
Statements by organizations on practice before executive department 1954
Box   14  
Draft final report September 1954 (10 volumes)
Box   15  
Draft final report September 1954 (6 volumes)
Box   15  
Draft bill and explanation
Box   15  
Draft bills and documentary
 
EBS Personal [series]
 
Topical File [subseries]

The subseries within the Personal series include a Topical File of miscellaneous subjects, Conferences attended, Articles and Speeches, and Correspondence (mainly from the period following his retirement from the Law School in 1960).

Box   16  
Administrative tribunals, exercise of discretionary powers (Thomas M. Cooley lectures) ca. 1950
Box   16  
Administrative tribunals class 1954
Box   16  
Air pollution paper 1966
 
American Bar Foundation 1959-1969
Box   16  
Acceptance 1959 and resignation, 1964 1959-1964
Box   16  
Administration and finances
Box   16  
Annual reports
Box   16  
Corporate financing
Box   16  
Correspondence 1960-1969 (3 folders)
Box   16  
Foreign Research Institute survey 1960
Box   16  
Selected projects/research procedure
Box   16  
Stason addresses, reports, etc.
Box   16  
Ten year program
Box   16  
American Enterprise Institute 1965-1970
Box   16  
Citizenship Clearinghouse 1956-1959
Box   16  
Constitutional amendment (proposed) re duration of petitions 1959
Box   16  
Cooper (Frank E.) memorial 1968
Box   17  
Federal Trade Commission (B. Carroll Reece file) 1945-1946
Box   17  
Griffin, Robert P.
Box   17  
Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation
Box   17  
Judicial selection
Box   17  
Missouri Plan (selection of judges) (1 folder, 1 volume)
Box   17  
Motor Carrier Regulation research 1923
Box   17  
Municipal Corporations Casebook 1935-1960
Box   17  
State Administrative Procedure Legislation

(address before the ABA, 1946)

Box   17  
Taxes and tax problems
Box   17  
Tax legislation memoranda 1952-1953
Box   17  
University of Michigan faculty (subversion legislation, etc.)
Box   17  
University of Michigan Mental Health Institute (Raymond Waggoner) 1956
Box   17  
University of Michigan miscellaneous
Box   17  
University Musical Society
Box   17  
Vanderbilt University Law School
 
Conferences [subseries]
Box   17  
Eng 1949

(to study administrative procedures in Whitehall)

Box   17  
Atomic Industrial Forum 1953

(regarding atomic energy hearings)

Box   17  
European conferences 1954

(regarding legal aspects of private nuclear enterprise)

Box   17  
Fund for Peaceful Atomic Development (Mexico City) 1955
Box   17  
International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy (Geneva) 1955
Box   18  
Endicott House seminar 1955
Box   18  
Inter-American Bar Association 1956
Box   18  
Fund for Peaceful Atomic Development (Brussels) 1956 (3 folders)
Box   18  
American Bar Association (London) 1957
Box   18  
Arden House Conference on Atomic Energy 1957
Box   18  
Conference on Issues facing State Universities (U. of Texas) 1958
Box   18  
International Bar Association (Cologne) 1958 (2 folders)
Box   18  
Soviet Union 1958 (2 folders)
Box   18  
Fund for Peaceful Atomic Development (Geneva) 1958
Box   19  
International Bar Association (Salzburg) 1960 (2 folders)
Box   19  
Continuing Legal Education 1960
Box   19  
Japan trip 1961
Box   19  
UN Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy 1964
 
Speeches and Articles [subseries]
Box   19  
Bibliography of publications
Box   19  
Card file of speech notes and background
 
Dated file
Box   19  
1922-1935
Box   20  
1936-1952
Box   21  
1953-1967
Box   22  
1968-1970
 
Correspondence [subseries]
Box   22  
Personal correspondence 1960-1972
Box   22  
Personal correspondence [A-Z] 1959-1967