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Victor G. Rosenblum (1925-2006) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 17/37

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The Victor G. Rosenblum Papers fill eighteen boxes. The collection spans the years 1943-2006 though the bulk of the materials date from 1965-1987. The papers consist of biographical materials, education files, correspondence, teaching files, research project materials, and presentations and publications. The collection materials primarily relate to Rosenblum's work in Northwestern University's School of Law and Department of Political Science as well as to his research and publications on administrative law and issues pertaining to law and the social sciences. In addition, the collection contains materials related to his pro-life work.

Biographical materials span the years 1961-2003. The Personal Data folders primarily contain brief biographical sketches and Curriculum Vitae. News clippings and press releases relate to Rosenblum's Northwestern teaching career, Reed College presidency, and pro-life work. A lengthy newspaper feature on the Rosenblum family is also included. The materials are arranged chronologically in each folder.

The Education files span the years 1943 -1949 and contain student papers written by Rosenblum during his undergraduate study at Columbia University and doctoral work at the University of California-Berkeley. Some undated notes and drafts are also included. The materials are first arranged by university, and the universities are arranged in the order they were attended by Rosenblum. Within each university, the materials are arranged by class and then chronologically by date.

Correspondence spans the years 1951-2003 and is divided into general and subject files with respect to Rosenblum's original order. Both incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence are included within the general and subject files. General correspondence is arranged in chronological order and pertains to Rosenblum's teaching career both at Northwestern and as a visiting professor, his relations with colleagues, his publications and speaking engagements, and his work with professional associations. For example, correspondence relating to Rosenblum's work with the Association of American Law Schools is included with the general file. Additionally, a small amount of personal correspondence is contained in the general file. Subject correspondence files are arranged alphabetically by individual's surname, by the first keyword in an organization's name, or by type of correspondence as in the case of recommendation letters. The subject files include correspondence with the American Bar Association, Anti-Defamation League, Northwestern University, Americans United for Life and U.S. Government agencies. However, researchers are encouraged to search both general and subject files for correspondence relating to specific individuals, organizations, publications, or events as Rosenblum's creation of subject files was somewhat inconsistent and sporadic.

Teaching files span the years 1959-2003 and primarily relate to Rosenblum's career at Northwestern. Materials within the teaching files include exams and exam drafts, course syllabi, course evaluations, reading lists, and student papers. The teaching files are first arranged by course number. Following the numbered courses, the teaching files are arranged alphabetically and include courses where a course number was unavailable as well as topics such as the Law and Social Sciences Program. Teaching files from other institutions (Law in American Society Foundation, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, University of Michigan, and the University of Texas-Austin) are placed after the Northwestern University files. In all cases, materials within each folder are arranged chronologically.

Research Project materials span the years 1957-1996 and contain materials relating to Rosenblum's grant-funded research work on administrative law and topics pertaining to law and the social sciences. Types of materials include correspondence, notes, interview summaries, drafts, and final reports. The files are arranged alphabetically by either the first keyword in the project title or by the project topic. Where multiple files for a single project exist, the folders are arranged alphabetically by topical heading. Within each folder the materials are arranged chronologically.

Evaluations, Peer Reviews, and Recommendations span the years 1958-1996. These materials consist of evaluations of the law schools at institutions including Arizona State University, New York Law School, the University of Oregon, and Widener University. Also included is correspondence related to peer reviewed manuscripts as well as faculty and student recommendations. The folders are arranged alphabetically by the type of evaluation, review, or recommendation. Where multiple files for a type of evaluation, review, or recommendation exist, the folders are arranged alphabetically by topical heading. Within each folder the materials are arranged chronologically with the exception of the student recommendation files. Those materials are arranged alphabetically by the individual's surname.

Presentation and Publication materials span the years 1952-2001. These papers consist of copies of published articles, drafts and correspondence related to Rosenblum's published books, testimony before U.S. governmental agencies, papers published or presented at professional conferences, and speeches given at Northwestern and elsewhere in the city and country. Of special interest is Rosenblum's governmental testimony on pro-life issues. The folders are arranged alphabetically by type of presentation or publication. Within each folder, papers are arranged chronologically. Undated papers are arranged alphabetically by title.

Dates

  • 1943-2006
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1965-1987

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

17.00 Boxes

Abstract

Victor G. Rosenblum was a nationally recognized scholar in both administrative and constitutional law. He helped to found Northwestern’s Program on Law and Social Sciences. Rosenblum held several academic positions from Professor of Law, to Director of Northwestern Law School’s Graduate Studies Program. Rosenblum was an active member of numerous professional associations. He held several positions at the American Bar Association as well as being extremely active in various civil rights causes. The Victor G. Rosenblum Papers span the years 1943-2006. The papers consist of biographical materials, education files, correspondence, teaching files, research project materials, and presentations and publications. The collection materials primarily relate to Rosenblum’s work in Northwestern University’s School of Law and Department of Political Science as well as to his research and publications. In addition, the collection contains materials related to his pro-life work.

Arrangement Note

Please see the description of series section for detailed information on arrangement and order.

Method of Acquisition

The Victor G. Rosenblum Papers were donated to Northwestern University Archives by Rosenblum's widow Mrs. Louise Rosenblum on August 22, 2006 as Accession Number 06-145.

Separated Materials

21 ½ cubic feet of duplicate and miscellaneous materials were discarded during accessioning. During processing, an additional 3 cubic feet of duplicate materials were discarded. Multiple photocopies of teaching materials, published writings, and press clippings comprised the bulk of these discards. Three photographs were transferred to the Archives' Photograph Collection.

Processing Information

Russ Johnson; June 19, 2008.
Title
Guide to the Victor G. Rosenblum (1925-2006) Papers
Author
Russ Johnson
Date
07/06/2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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