Scope and Content
Title: David J. Langum, Sr. Legal Papers
Collection number: MSS-2008-05-09
Langum, David J., 1940-
(6.75 linear feet)
San José State University. Library.
San José, California 95192-0028
Abstract: The David J. Langum, Sr. Legal Papers, 1968-1978 document Langum's ten-year tenure in San José, California as a practicing
attorney and resident. The papers consist of complete legal files and a sampling of other legal cases. Langum is a lawyer,
legal historian, law professor and prolific writer. He is also the founder of the Langum Charitable Trust, which awards travel
grants to researchers and gives out annual awards for historical fiction and legal histories.
Physical location: Vault 1, Range 22B
Languages represented in the collection:
The collection is open for research.
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David J. Langum, Sr. Legal Papers, MSS-2008-05-09, San José State University, Special Collections & Archives.
This finding aid was created as part of the Survey and Cataloging Project, a two-year San José State University Library grant project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project began in 2008. The Project Director is Danelle Moon. The Project Archivist is Erin Louthen.
Collection processed by Trista Raezer. Finding aid EAD encoded by Mary Ellen Petrich. Reviewed by Danelle Moon and Erin Louthen.
David J. Langum, Sr. is a lawyer, legal historian, law professor and writer. Born in 1940 to John K. and Virginia Langum,
he attended Dartmouth College for a degree in history, and Stanford University for his law degree. He practiced law in San
José from 1968 to 1978 as a partner of Christenson, Hedemark, Langum & O'Keefe, and completed a master's degree in history
at San José State University in 1976. Langum continued his education at the University of Michigan for a LL.M. and S.J.D.
in legal history.
Langum founded the Langum Charitable Trust in 2001 in order to promote the writing of informative historical literature for
the general public. His trust proffers two awards each year to the best American historical fiction and best American law
history book. The trust also awards grants to researchers wishing to research the Langum Papers and the de Mattos Papers at
the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library.
Over the years Langum has also served as the President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Alabama, President
of the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library, and professor at the Nevada School of Law, Detroit College of Law, Lincoln
University School of Law in San José, the San Francisco Law School and Samford University in Alabama.
Langum's main research and teaching interests include evidence, property, legal history, history of the American West, law
and morality in America, and 19th- and 20th-century American legal history. He has authored six books, over thirty-eight book
reviews, and many journal articles.
Scope and Content
The David J. Langum, Sr. Legal Papers, 1968-1978, document Langum's legal practice in San José, California. The papers consist
of complete legal files and a sampling of other legal cases, including depositions, interrogatories, and litigation. Types
of court cases represented in the papers are personal injury, domestic relations, business and real property, bankruptcy and
criminal cases. Langum is a lawyer, legal historian, law professor and prolific writer. He is also the founder of the Langum
Charitable Trust, which awards travel grants to researchers and gives out annual awards for historical fiction and legal histories.
This collection is arranged into one series: Series I. Legal Papers, 1968-1978.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Langum, David J., Sr. -- Correspondence
Lawyers -- California -- San Jose
Legal documents -- California -- San Jose
Domestic relations -- California -- San Jose -- Cases
Real property -- California -- San Jose -- Cases
Bankruptcy -- California -- San Jose -- Cases