Guide to the Lowell Turrentine Papers

Daniel Hartwig
Stanford University Library Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford, California
October 2010
Copyright © 2012 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

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Overview

Call Number: SC0057
Creator: Turrentine, Lowell.
Title: Lowell Turrentine papers
Dates: 1913-1956
Physical Description: 4 Linear feet
Summary: Collection pertains largely to his professional life at Stanford University and contains correspondence, both business and personal; his master's thesis; materials for lectures; degrees, awards, and certificates; and a Turrentine genealogy. General correspondence concerns financial investments, legal issues (including estate issues), law curriculum, publication of his articles and books, placement of law students, and personal affairs such as his health, offers of other teaching posts, and Princeton and Harvard reunions. There is a substantial amount of correspondence and memoranda from his work as a Compliance Commissioner for the War Production Board, 1942-44. Other topics include the Stanford Law Veterans Memorial Scholarship, the death of Allene Lamson, Laisne v. State Board of Optometry, and the effect of World War II on the Law School. Correspondents include Warren Christopher, Felix Frankfurter, Charles A. Beardsley, John S. Bradway, Elliott E. Cheatham, Juan Enrique Geigel, Erwin N. Griswold, Moffatt Hancock, Marion R. Kirkwood, Ray B. Lyon, Philbrick McCoy, D. O. McGovney, Roscoe Pound, Owen J. Roberts, Malcolm P. Sharp, Fred Ames Weller, and Richard Wicks.
Language(s): In English.
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6064
Email: speccollref@stanford.edu
Phone: (650) 725-1022
URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Lowell Turrentine, 1969.

Information about Access

This collection is open for research.

Ownership & Copyright

All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

Cite As

Lowell Turrentine Papers (SC0057). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical Sketch

Lowell Turrentine earned his undergraduate degree at Princeton in 1917 and his law degrees at Harvard in 1922 and 1929. He practiced law in Cleveland and New York City and was involved in the prosecution of the Elk Hills and Teapot Dome scandal, before joining the faculty of the Stanford Law School in the fall of 1929. During World War II he served as compliance commissioner for the War Production Board. He was acting dean of the law school in 1945-46; in 1958 he became the first holder of the Marion Rice Kirkwood Professorship in Law. He retired in 1961 and died in 1992.

Description of the Collection

Collection pertains largely to his professional life at Stanford University and contains correspondence, both business and personal; his master's thesis; materials for lectures; degrees, awards, and certificates; and a Turrentine genealogy. General correspondence concerns financial investments, legal issues (including estate issues), law curriculum, publication of his articles and books, placement of law students, and personal affairs such as his health, offers of other teaching posts, and Princeton and Harvard reunions. There is a substantial amount of correspondence and memoranda from his work as a Compliance Commissioner for the War Production Board, 1942-44. Other topics include the Stanford Law Veterans Memorial Scholarship, the death of Allene Lamson, Laisne v. State Board of Optometry, and the effect of World War II on the Law School. Correspondents include Warren Christopher, Felix Frankfurter, Charles A. Beardsley, John S. Bradway, Elliott E. Cheatham, Juan Enrique Geigel, Erwin N. Griswold, Moffatt Hancock, Marion R. Kirkwood, Ray B. Lyon, Philbrick McCoy, D. O. McGovney, Roscoe Pound, Owen J. Roberts, Malcolm P. Sharp, Fred Ames Weller, and Richard Wicks.

Access Terms

Beardsley, Charles Alexander, 1882-1963.
Bradway, John S. (John Saeger), 1890-1985
Cheatham, Elliott Evans, 1888-1972.
Christopher, Warren.
Frankfurter, Felix, 1882-1965.
Geigel, Juan Enrique.
Griswold, Erwin N. (Erwin Nathaniel), 1904-
Hancock, Moffatt.
Kirkwood, Marion Rice, 1887-1978.
Kreps, Theodore John, 1897-
Lamson, Allene.
McCoy, Philbrick, 1897-
McGovney, Dudley O. (Dudley Odell), 1877-1947.
Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964.
Roberts, Owen J. (Owen Josephus), 1875-1955.
Sharp, Malcolm Pitman, 1897-
Stanford University. School of Law--Faculty.
Turrentine, Julian.
Turrentine, Lawrence N.
Turrentine, Lowell.
United States. War Production Board.
Weller, Fred Ames.
Wicks, Richard.
Law --Study and teaching.
Universities and colleges --Faculty.
World War, 1939-1945 --Economic aspects --United States.
World War, 1939-1945--California--Stanford.

General correspondence index (not inclusive)

Name Box(es) Folder(s) Date(s)
Beardsley, Charles A. 1 4-6 1931-33
Bradway, John S. 1 6-8 1933-35
Bradway, John S. 5 3 1953 Dec.
Carmen, W. B., Jr. 2 4 1942 Apr.
Christopher, Warren [to George Grimes] 4 2 1949
Cranston, John M. 4 4-5 1950 May, Nov.
Cranston, John M. 4 8 1952 Feb.
Crothers, George E.     1952-53 (4/8 – 5/3)
Curran, J. E. [re son James B. Curran] 3 5 1945 Feb.,
Curran, J. E. [re son James B. Curran] 4 1 1948 Feb.
Curran, James B. (former student in Armed Services) 2 5-6 1942 Sept., Dec.
Chandler, George G. 1 2 1929
Cheatham, Elliott E. 4 3 1950 Jan.;
Cheatham, Elliott E. 5 6-7 1955
Doty, William S. 1 12 1939
Ervin, John W. 4 3 1950 Jan.
Fletcher, Robert L. 5 6-8 1955-56
Frankfurter, Felix 2 3 1942 Jan.
Frankfurter, Felix 2 7 1943 Jan.
Geigel, Juan Enrique 8-9 1935-1936,  
Geigel, Juan Enrique 2 5 1942 (Sept.)
Genser, Joseph (former student in Armed Services) 2 6 1942 Dec.,
Genser, Joseph (former student in Armed Services) 2 8 1943 Apr.
Griswold, Erwin N. 1 41038 1932-36
Griswold, Erwin N. 1 12 1939
Griswold, Erwin N. 2 7 1943 (Feb.)
Griswold, Erwin N. 4 8 1952 Feb.
Griswold, Erwin N. 5 1 1953 Mar.
Griswold, Erwin N. 5 5 1954 Dec.
Hahn, Herbert L. 5 1-7 1953-55
Hancock, Moffatt 5 1 1953 Mar.
Kirkwood, Marion R. 1 4 1931
Kreps, Theodore J. 2 1 1940
Lyon, Ray B. 3 1-2 1942 Jan., June
Lyon, Ray B. 4 8 1952 Apr.
Lyon, Ray B. 5 4 1954 Feb
Lyon, Ray B. 5 41067 1955 June, Dec.
Lyon, Ray B. 5 8 1956 June
McCoy, Philbrick (with tss "The Law Student and Professional Standards") 5 1 1953 Jan.
McCoy, Philbrick 6 2  
McGovney, D. O. 2 2 1941
McGovney, D. O. 2 3-4, 6 1942 (Mar., May, June, Oct.)
Pound, Roscoe 4 2 1949
Roberts, Owen J. 1 4-5, 9, 12  
Roberts, Owen J.     1942 Feb.
Root, Clark, Buckner & Ballantine (law firm) 1 4-9 1931-36
Alyea, Ethan 1 8-9 1935-36
Alyea, Ethan 4 4-5 1950 (May, Nov)
Alyea, Ethan 4 8 1952 (Feb., May)
Alyea, Ethan 5 1-8 1953-Jan. 56
Laporte, Lloyd 1 12 1939
Root, Elihu, Jr. 2 1 1940
Sharp, Malcolm P. 2 6 1942 Oct.
Sharp, Malcolm P. 5 7-8 1955 Dec.; 1956 Jan.
Turrentine, Julian 1 2-3 1929-30
Turrentine, Lawrence N. 1 9 1936
War Production Board 2 & 3   1942-1945
Weller, Fred Ames [also of Root firm] 1 4-9 1931-36
Wicks, Richard 5 4-7 1954-55

Outgoing Letters of Note

Name Box(es) Folder(s) Date(s)
Christian Science, refuting its approach to medicine 1 4 1931
Father's 70th birthday (Rev. Francis M. Turrentine) 1 4 1931
Death of Allene Lamson [evidence refutes accident] 1 7 1934
World War II, effect on Law School 2 3-6 1942
Evacuation of Japanese & Japanese Americans 2 3-6 1942
SU's Civilian Defense Plan 2 4 1942 May
To Mrs. Morie Takasuka and her son Kazuo Takasuka (while in relocation camps) 2 6-7 1942 Oct. – 1943 Mar.
Report on his work as Compliance Commissioner 3 5 1945 May

Other topics of note:

Topic Date(s)
Report on his work as Compliance Commissioner 1945 May
Laisne v. State Board of Optometry 1942
Stanford Law Veterans Memorial Scholarship 1945
AAUP matters (national and at SU) 1953 May

Collection Contents

 

Papers

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1928

Box 1, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1929

Box 1, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1930

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1931

Box 1, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1932

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1933

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1934

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1935

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1936

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1937

Box 1, Folder 11

Correspondence, 1938

Box 1, Folder 12

Correspondence, 1939

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1940

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1941

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1942 Jan. – Mar.

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1942 Apr. – June

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1942 July – Sept.

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1942 Oct. – Dec.

Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1943 Jan. – Mar.

Box 2, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1943 Apr. – June

Box 2, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1943 July – Sept.

Box 2, Folder 10

Correspondence, 1943 Oct. – Dec.

Box 3, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1944 Jan. – Mar.

Box 3, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1944 Apr. – June

Box 3, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1944 July – Oct.

Box 3, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1944 Nov. – Dec.

Box 3, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1945 Jan. – June

Box 3, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1945 July – Dec.

Box 3, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1946 Jan. – May

Box 3, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1946 June – Dec.

Box 3, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1947

Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1948

Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1949

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1950 Jan. – Mar.

Box 4, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1950 April – June

Box 4, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1950 July – Dec.

Box 4, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1951 Jan. – June

Box 4, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1951 July – Dec.

Box 4, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1952 Jan. – May

Box 4, Folder 9

Correspondence, 1952 June – Dec.

Box 5, Folder 1

Correspondence, 1953 Jan. – March

Box 5, Folder 2

Correspondence, 1953 Apr. – June

Box 5, Folder 3

Correspondence, 1953 July – Dec.

Box 5, Folder 4

Correspondence, 1954 Jan. – June

Box 5, Folder 5

Correspondence, 1954 July – Dec.

Box 5, Folder 6

Correspondence, 1955 Jan. – June

Box 5, Folder 7

Correspondence, 1955 July – Dec.

Box 5, Folder 8

Correspondence, 1956

Box 6, Folder 1

Correspondence with Benjamin F. Crump re Standard Equities Corp. stock, 1936-43

Box 6, Folder 2

Correspondence with Philbrick McCoy re law handbook co-authorship, 1935-36; includes outline of book and contract

Box 6, Folder 3

Correspondence re law scholarship committee, 1948-50

Box 6, Folder 4

Law Library minutes, 1932 May and October

Box 6, Folder 5

Correspondence with Raymond F. Lillie, 1938-42, with a few letters from Gilberta Lillie

Box 6, Folder 6

Correspondence re Practicing Law Institute, 1941-46

Box 6, Folder 7

Correspondence re class on social legislation, 1941-46; correspondents include Walter P. Armstrong and Ray B. Lyon

Box 6, Folder 8

Directed research papers by students, 1933-1949

Box 6, Folder 9

Genealogy of Turrentine family and clippings

Box 6, Folder 11

Historical jurisprudence – mimeographed typescript, pp. 1-69

Box 7, Folder 1

Historical jurisprudence – mimeographed typescript, pp. 70-158

Box 7, Folder 2

Historical jurisprudence – mimeographed typescript, pp. 159-213

Box 7, Folder 3

Bessie Manuel papers (estate matter), 1944-46

Box 7, Folder 4

Master's thesis, "'Separable Controversy' as a Ground for Removal to the Federal Courts of Certain Types of Cases Involving Interests in Land," 1929

Box 7, Folder 5

Material re state constitution amendment #9, 1940

Box 7, Folder 6

Personal correspondence and papers, 1913-1918

Box 7, Folder 7

Personal correspondence and papers, 1924-1929

Box 7, Folder 8

Personal correspondence, Felix Frankfurter, 1938-41

Box 7, Folder 9

Personal correspondence and papers, 1930-1938

Box 7, Folder 10

Personal correspondence and papers, 1941-1949

Box 7, Folder 11

Personal correspondence and papers, undated

Box 7, Folder 12

Pound, Roscoe: Readings in Roman Law, Second Edition Part I, 1914; Outlines of Lectures on Jurisprudence, Fourth Edition, 1928

Box 8

Degrees, awards, certificates, 1922-1950Degrees, awards, certificates, 1922-1950