George E. Palmer Papers: 1937-1991 (bulk 1949-1981)
Summary Information
Title: George E. Palmer Papers
Creator: Palmer, George E., 1908-1994
Dates: 1937-1991 (Majority of material found within 1949-1981)
Extent: 4 linear feet
Abstract:
Law professor at the University of Michigan; the collection includes lecture notes, course materials, correspondence, writings, and topical files.
Call number: 9929 Aa 2
Language: The materials are 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 prepared by: Christina Schmidt, February, 1999.

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

The papers were donated by Julie Palmer Gzella in 1994. Donor no. 8283

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

To protect fragile audiovisual recordings (such as audio cassettes, film reels, and VHS tapes), the Bentley Historical Library has a policy of converting them to digital formats by a professional vendor whenever a researcher requests access. For more information, please see: http://bentley.umich.edu/research/duplication/.

Copyright:

Donor(s) have not transferred any applicable copyright to the Regents of the University of Michigan. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials.

Preferred Citation:

item, folder title, box no., George E. Palmer Papers, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan


Biography

George E. Palmer was a professor of law at the University of Michigan from 1946 to 1978, when he was named professor emeritus. He was born on February 3, 1908 in Washington, Indiana, and married Ruth Hamersly on July 7, 1935. A 1932 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he also spent some time studying law at Columbia University around 1940. He served as attorney and associate general council for the United States Office of Price Administration from 1942 to 1945, where he authored the Rent Control Laws for the country during World War II. He was an attorney for the Department of Justice in 1945.

Palmer primarily taught courses on Trusts and Estates and Restitution while he was at the University of Michigan. He was regarded as an international authority on restitution, and wrote many works about the subject including a casebook (with Jack Dawson) used in the teaching of restitution, a four-volume work on restitution, an article on the history of restitution which appeared in the International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law, and other articles that appeared in various law journals.

He served on several Law School committees, including the Academic Standards Committee (1970 - 1972) and the Library Advisory Committee (1965 - 1969; committee chair, 1966 - 1969). He was also a member of the Board of Governors of Residence Halls from 1957 to 1960, during which time the board was dealing with problems relating to the integration of the residence halls.

After retiring in 1978, Palmer continued to teach both at the university and as a guest lecturer at other law schools. He also continued to do research and produce scholarly articles throughout the 1980s. George Palmer died on May 10, 1994.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The George E. Palmer collection primarily contains notes and materials that Palmer used in teaching his classes. Several of his writings, as well as various pieces of correspondence that give insight into his research interests and personal character (especially his correspondence with Jack Dawson), can be found scattered throughout the collection. The collection is divided into four series: Trusts and Estates, Restitution, Guest Lecturing, and Topical Files.

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.


  • Afro-American law students -- Michigan.
  • Law -- Study and teaching -- Michigan.
  • Law teachers -- Michigan.
  • Mistake (Law) -- Michigan.
  • Restitution -- Michigan.
  • Black Action Movement (University of Michigan)
  • Black Law Students Alliance.
  • Coffey, Hobart R., 1896-1969.
  • Durfee, Edgar, 1882-1958.
  • Kauper, Paul, 1907-1974.
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
  • University of Michigan -- Faculty.
  • University of Michigan -- Law School.
  • Dawson, John P., 1902-1985.
Contents List
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Container / Location Title
 
Trusts and Estates [series]

Trusts and Estates consists primarily of the lecture notes and materials that Palmer used in teaching the Trusts and Estates I class at the law school. The series also includes copies of the exams he used in this class, most of which include Palmer's handwritten answers to the questions. The Articles subseries contains three of his articles, correspondence with various publishers, and a sample of his research notes.

 
Class Lecture Materials [subseries]
Box   1  
Chapter 1-Intestacy (2 folders)
Box   1  
Chapter 2-Execution of Wills
Box   1  
Chapter 3-Revocation (2 folders)
Box   1  
Chapter 4-Time Gap
Box   1  
Chapter 5-Forced Share
Box   1  
Chapter 6-Mistake and Ambiguity
Box   1  
Chapter 7-Trust as Property Arrangement
Box   1  
Chapter 8-Intent
Box   1  
Chapter 10-Beneficiary Restraints
 
Chapter 11
Box   1  
Formalities (Stat. Frauds)
Box   1  
Formalities (St. Wills)
Box   1  
Chapter 12-Charity
Box   1  
Chapter 14-Constructive Trust
 
Chapter 15
Box   1  
Section 1
Box   1  
Section 2-Principal and Income
Box   1  
Section 3-Creditors' Claims
 
Exams [subseries]
Box   1  
1949-1961
Box   1  
1963-1980
 
Articles [subseries]
Box   1  
Incorporation Article I 1951-1958
Box   1  
Incorporation Article II circa 1960
Box   1  
Indefiniteness Article-Misc. 1962-1963, 1981
Box   1  
Indefiniteness Article-Baden's Trusts circa 1970s
Box   1  
Dependent relative Revocation Article 1971
 
Miscellaneous Materials [subseries]
Box   2  
Michigan Probate Code 1978
Box   2  
Supplement No. 1 1974
Box   2  
Supplementary Materials 1980
Box   2  
Seminar-Fix Correspondence 1970-1975
 
Restitution [series]

The Restitution series contains materials from Palmer's courses on restitution. The materials for his main course on restitution (a three-credit hour course) are divided into two parts, one taught using the first edition of the course textbook, and the other taught using the 1969 edition. Articles that Palmer published and used in teaching this course can be found in the following four folders: Chapter 7, Contracts - D. in Default; Chapter 10, Mistake in Integration; and Chapter 10, Mistake in Performance (all 1969 Edition), and Chapter 5, Section 2 - Misunderstanding (first edition). The series also includes copies of the exams he used for his restitution class, as well as written comments by Palmer about some of the student research projects that were done for this course. There is also one folder containing correspondence about and some of the materials from the shorter, two-credit hour restitution course. The Articles subseries contains two of his articles and related correspondence. The Seminar subseries includes notes and other materials Palmer used for his class lectures, as well as copies of assignments he gave to the class and notes about relevant information pertaining to the solutions of these assignments.

 
Class Lecture Materials [subseries]
Box   2  
Correspondence and Materials for Two-Hour Course 1966-1984
 
Edition 1969
Box   2  
Course Outline
Box   2  
Chapter 1
Box   2  
Chapter 2-Volunteer
Box   2  
Chapter 3-Tort
Box   2  
Chapter 4-Ideas (2 folders)
Box   2  
Chapter 5 (5 folders)
Box   2  
Chapter 6
 
Chapter 7
Box   2  
Contracts-D. in Default
Box   2  
P. in Default
Box   2  
Impossibility
Box   2  
Unenforceable Costs
Box   2  
Chapter 8-Illegality
Box   2  
Chapter 9-Conditions, etc
 
Chapter 10
Box   2  
Mistake-Basic Assumptions
Box   2  
Mistake in Integration
Box   2  
Mistake in Performance
 
Supplementary Materials
Box   2  
Casebook
Box   2  
Casebook Revision
Box   2  
Mimeographed Materials 1973, 1975
Box   2  
Assignment Guides
Box   2  
Special Assignments
 
First Edition
Box   2  
Course Outline 1950
 
Chapter 1
Box   2  
Law I
Box   2  
Law II
Box   2  
Equity
 
Chapter 2
Box   2  
Section 1-Remedies for Fraud
Box   2  
Section 2-Restoration by P
Box   2  
Section 3-Election
Box   2  
Section 4
 
Chapter 3
Box   2  
Section 1A-D. in Default (2 folders)
Box   2  
Section 1B-P. in Default
Box   2  
Section 2-Impossibility
Box   2  
Section 3-Unforceable Agreements
Box   2  
Chapter 4
 
Chapter 5
Box   2  
Section 1-Mistake-Basic Assumptions (2 folders)
Box   2  
Section 2-Misunderstanding
Box   2  
Section 3-Mistake in Integration
Box   2  
Section 4-Mistake in Performance
Box   2  
Chapter 6
Box   2  
Chapter 7-Insanity
 
Exams and Student Research [subseries]
Box   3  
Exams 1951-1966
Box   3  
Exams 1967-1981
Box   3  
Exam Question Possibilities 1956-1975
Box   3  
Student Research 1971
 
Articles [subseries]
Box   3  
Ohio State Article 1958-1959
Box   3  
Hastings 1967-1968
Box   3  
"The Effect of Misunderstanding on Contract Formation and Reformation Under the Restatement of Contracts Second," 1965-1967
 
Seminar [subseries]
 
Class Lecture Materials
Box   3  
Course Outlines and Schedules 1956-1966
Box   3  
Course Outline 1972
Box   3  
Choice of Remedies
Box   3  
Volunteer 1956
Box   3  
Chapter 8-Duress I
Box   3  
Mistake of Law
Box   3  
Mistake-General 1957-1964
Box   3  
Mistake 1964
 
Assignments
Box   3  
Land Contract Problem 1956
Box   3  
Mistake Bid Problem 1956, 1958
Box   3  
Mistake Title Problem 1957
Box   3  
Chapter 8-Duress III 1958
Box   3  
Prior Assignments 1966-1967
Box   3  
Mistake-Reformation (Blay v. Pollard) 1966
Box   3  
Mistake-Payment Where a Defense 1966
Box   3  
Mistake-Basic A-Mutual and Unilateral 1966
Box   3  
Mistake in Gifts 1958
Box   3  
Research Topics 1972
 
Guest Lecturing [series]

Guest Lecturing includes correspondence and book reviews relating to a series of three lectures on mistake that Palmer gave at Ohio State University in 1961. These lectures were printed as a book entitled Mistake and Unjust Enrichment. The series also contains classroom materials and exams that Palmer used at three of the schools where he taught Trusts and Estates for a semester as a guest lecturer (UCLA in 1961, Hastings College of the Law in 1979, and University of Florida in 1979). These files also include some correspondence.

 
Ohio Lectures on Mistake
Box   3  
Correspondence and Book Reviews 1959-1971
Box   3  
Sheahan's Follies 1962
 
U.C.L.A
Box   3  
Trusts and Estates I 1961
Box   3  
Course Material and Correspondence 1961-1962
 
Hastings College of the Law
 
Correspondence
Box   3  
1973-1975
Box   3  
1977-1978
Box   3  
Exam 1979
Box   3  
Class Supplementary Materials 1979
 
University of Florida
Box   3  
Exam 1979
Box   3  
Class Supplementary Materials 1979
 
Topical Files [series]

The Topical Files series contains correspondence, notes and materials from different law school and university committees he served on, memos he wrote, and miscellaneous teaching materials. Of particular interest are the files pertaining to African American students, which document some of the problems and struggles relating to the integration of the law school. Also of interest is the Civil Liberties folder, which contains newspaper clippings and other documents regarding the removal of three University of Michigan professors due to their political beliefs during the McCarthy era. There are also folders containing information on some of the other law professors at the university that Palmer knew well and wrote eulogies for when they died (Hobart Coffey, Jack Dawson, Edgar Durfee, and Paul Kauper). The folders "Class Schedules" and "Grades - My Tabulation" contain lists of the classes that Palmer taught at the University. Some of Palmer's earlier writings during his studies at the Columbia University School of Law can be found in the "Columbia" and "Jurisprudence" folders.

Box   3  
Academic Appointment 1965
 
Academic Standards Committee
Box   3  
1969-1971
Box   3  
1972
Box   3  
Administrative Law-Paper 1939
Box   3  
Antoine's Follies 1975
Box   3  
Association of American Law Schools 1948
Box   3  
Australia 1982-1990
Box   3  
Bar Exams 1951-1959
Box   4  
Black Action Movement 1970
Box   4  
Black Law Students Alliance 1971
Box   4  
Black Students I 1968-1969
Box   4  
Black Students II 1968-1974
Box   4  
Board of Governors-Racial Discrimination 1957-1958
Box   4  
Case Club 1967-1969
Box   4  
Civil Liberties-Clardy Investigating Committee 1954-1955, 1989
Box   4  
Class Schedules 1946-1975
Box   4  
Coffey, Hobart 1969
 
Columbia
Box   4  
Essays circa 1940
Box   4  
Thesis 1940
Box   4  
Commercial Code Article-Correspondence 1949-1950
 
Correspondence
Box   4  
1945-1958
Box   4  
1959-1966
Box   4  
1967-1991
Box   4  
Curriculum Changes 1948-1968
Box   4  
Curriculum Studies on Restitution and Trusts and Estates I circa 1950s
Box   4  
Dawson, Jack 1983-1986
Box   4  
Durfee, Edgar circa 1950-1986
Box   4  
Examinations 1949-1954
Box   4  
Gifts to Law School 1974
Box   4  
Grades-My Tabulation 1949-1980
Box   4  
Graduate Students' Research 1954-1959
Box   4  
International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Article 1982-1990
Box   4  
Interpretation, Seminar on circa 1965
Box   4  
Jurisprudence 1937-1941
Box   4  
Kauper, Paul 1974
Box   4  
Law School-Miscellaneous 1957-1963
Box   4  
Legal Education Seminar 1967
 
Library Committee
Box   4  
1965-1966
Box   4  
1966-1967
Box   4  
1967-1968
Box   4  
1968-1969
Box   4  
Building Plans 1963-1966
Box   4  
Library-Memos from Palmer 1962-1985
Box   4  
Memos from Palmer 1955-1973
Box   4  
Michigan Law Review 1947-1964
Box   4  
Office Space 1966-1969
Box   4  
Planning Committee circa 1950s
Box   4  
Reunion-50th 1981
Box   4  
Stenographic Help-Memos 1965-1966
Box   4  
Student Discipline-University 1970-1971
Box   4  
Student Power 1969
Box   4  
Tenure Appointments 1966-1972
Box   4  
Texas-Summer 1969