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Vance N. Kirby Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 17/31

Scope and Contents

The Papers of Vance N. Kirby fill 6 archival boxes and span the years 1937 to 1975. Relatively little is included from his time as professor at the Northwestern University Law School (1957-1980). The bulk of the papers relate to Kirby's work for the Tax Division of the United States Department of the Treasury, as attorney in the office of Tax Legislative Counsel (1942-1947) and as Counsel (1948-1953). The material in this collection illuminates the evolution of the U.S. tax code and tax policy for the period 1942 to 1953.

Kirby's Treasury Department files contain drafts of the U.S. tax code, statutes, and legislation. These take the form of memos (titled "confidential mimeographs"), reports, speeches, articles and related correspondence with fellow employees in the Tax Division. Some of the government memos pre-date Kirby's tenure at the Treasury Department.

The folders in this series are arranged in alphabetical order by subject. The documents within each folder are arranged chronologically with the exception of Box 4 folder number 1. Documents within this folder were previously arranged in groups denoted by a handwritten number preceded by a "$tH" in the upper right corner. These "$tH" numbers correspond roughly to tax code section numbers.

In addition to materials generated by Kirby related specifically to tax code, the series includes reprints of his articles 1946-75, text of speeches concerning tax law changes (with related travel and arrangements correspondence from 1951), and files relating to tax provisions for WWII war loss recovery (1943-1946).

Also included are Kirby's Harvard Law School class notes, bound in nine volumes. These are notably well organized, obviously redrafted and comprised of handwritten passages with occasional tipped-in typewritten portions.

Dates

  • 1937 - 1975
  • Majority of material found within 1942 - 1953

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires two business days advance notice for retrieval. Please contact the McCormick Library at specialcollections@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3635 for more information or to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

6.00 Boxes

Abstract

Vance N. Kirby was an American lawyer. He entered government service as attorney in the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and was appointed Counsel in 1948 and served until 1957. He went on to practice law as a partner in Ross and O'Keefe in Chicago in 1957, the same year he joined the Northwestern University Law School faculty. The Papers of Vance N. Kirby span the years 1937 to 1975. Relatively little is included from his time as professor at the Northwestern University Law School (1957-1980). The bulk of the papers relate to Kirby's work for the Tax Division of the United States Department of the Treasury, as attorney in the office of Tax Legislative Counsel (1942-1947) and as Counsel (1948-1953). The material in this collection illuminates the evolution of the U.S. tax code and tax policy for the period 1942 to 1953.

Arrangement

The papers of Vance N. Kirby are contained in a series of alphabetically-arranged topical folders. These are accompanied by two volumes of Harvard Law School class notes.

Acquisition Information

These records were transferred to the University Archives from Chris Simoni of the Law Library on June 21, 1999 as Accession No. 99-117.

Separated Materials

One and one-half inches of duplicate materials and extraneous reprints were discarded.

Processing Information

Peter Gunther, September 25, 2000.
Title
Guide to the Vance N. Kirby Papers
Author
Finding Aid Authors: Peter Gunther.
Date
2000-09-25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US
847-491-3635