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James A. Rahl (1917-1994) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 17/34

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The James A. Rahl papers fill thirty-two boxes and span the period 1938-1995; most of the material dates between 1960 and 1989. The papers are arranged into five broad categories: biographical information and general correspondence, records relating to the administration of the Northwestern University School of Law, curricular records pertaining to Rahl's teaching at the Northwestern University School of Law, materials germane to his consulting and legal work along with other topical files, and his presentations and publications.

The biographical information and general correspondence files include resumes, press releases, general biographical items and letters of praise and congratulations from colleagues. A small number of topically arranged correspondence files will be found here. Of particular note here are the two folders entitled “Brussels.” These contain information about the period when Rahl worked in that city establishing a European branch of the Chicago-based Chadwell and Kayser law firm. Also, there are two folders of correspondence with Rene Joliet, a close personal friend of Rahl's and one of the prominent European jurists of his time. The biographical and correspondence files are arranged alphabetically by keyword of folder title.

The records concerning to Rahl's tenure as dean of the Northwestern University School of Law and the administration of the school form the next part of the collection and fill approximately two boxes. Most of these records concern the School's budget, income and expenditures. Again, records are arranged by keyword of folder title.

Curricular materials relating to Rahl's teaching at the Northwestern University School of Law are grouped into a few broad categories. The first consists of a folder of information documenting Rahl's teaching assignments towards the end of his career. Next are files pertaining to ancillary courses taught outside the scope of Rahl's main teaching responsibilities. These include courses offered to alumnae, faculty spouses and staff. Finally, there are records of regular School of Law courses and examinations taught by Rahl between the 1960s and 1990. These records are first arranged alphabetically by course subject and then roughly by chronology. The material found here includes lecture notes, class lists and relevant correspondence.

The files pertaining to Rahl's consulting and legal work and other topical files form a significant portion of the papers, date largely from the 1970s and 1980s, and are arranged in five subcategories. The first set of files relates to a disparate number of legal, corporate and governmental matters on which Rahl consulted or to cases at law for which he testified as an expert witness. Next are files relating to Rahl's service on behalf of the Chadwell and Kayser law firm and its clients. Files concerning Rahl's work with the Commission of the European Communities and the European Community Court of Justice center on court proceedings, patent licensing and related regulatory matters. These are followed by files documenting Rahl's involvement as an expert witness for the defense in shareholder litigation against retailer Marshall Field & Company (Panter, Weiss, Markovitz, Kriendler, Greenstein, Egnor, Saltiel, De Bartolo and Berke consolidated cases vs. Marshall Field & Company, et al.). Finally, there is a set of files reflecting Rahl's service on the United States Department of State Advisory Committee on International Investment, Technology and Development. Within these five subcategories folders are arranged alphabetically by case name or by name of pertinent individual, corporate or governmental entity. Some topical files within these categories relate to Rahl's work or stature as both a practicing lawyer and a faculty member and administrator of the Northwestern University School of Law.

The final and largest volume of material within the papers includes Rahl's presentations and publications. Files reflecting Rahl's public speaking engagements constitute the first part of this category and date between 1960 and 1989. Speech texts, notes and supporting documents are placed in folders according to engagement; folders then are arranged in chronological order. Texts and materials related to Rahl's publications follow. The publications files are arranged chronologically and date from 1940 to 1989. Completing the papers are several folders of correspondence, clippings and related materials relating to Rahl's publications and public addresses.

Addition, Box 33 One box of biographical material relating to Rahl;s wife, Jean, and to his son, J[ames] Andrew, as well as some of Rahl's student papers and notes and, finally, the texts of a few presentations and publications have been added to the papers.

Dates

  • 1938-1995
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1960-1989

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The papers may be used with permission of the University Archivist.

Extent

33.00 Boxes

Abstract

James Andrew Rahl received his J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1942. During his career, he was employed with the Litigation Section of the Enforcement Branch, United States Office of Price Administration, and liaison officer to the Joint Congressional Committee to Investigate the Pearl Harbor Disaster. Rahl joined the faculty at the Northwestern School of Law in 1946. He served as dean of the school from 1972 through 1977 and, in 1974, was appointed Northwestern's first Owen L. Coon Professor of Law. The James A. Rahl papers are arranged into five broad categories: biographical information and general correspondence, records relating to the administration of the Northwestern University School of Law, curricular records pertaining to Rahl's teaching at Northwestern, materials germane to his consulting and legal work along with other topical files and his presentations and publications.

Method of Acquisition

The University Archives acquired these materials from the Northwestern University School of Law on November 24, 1993 and April 26, 1995 (Accession #93-190 and #95-55).

Processing Information

Robert Carlton; August 4, 2004.
Title
Guide to the James A. Rahl (1917-1994) Papers
Author
Robert Carlton
Date
04/08/2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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