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David Diamond papers

 Collection — Box: 1-14
Identifier: MS 9

This collection consists of legal papers, notes, correspondence and other material documenting David Diamond's activities in local government in Buffalo and Erie County, New York (1933-1953). The collection also includes lecture notes, correspondence, and related material pertaining to the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School (1925-1965) as well as material pertaining to New York State Supreme Court decisions made while Diamond served on that body (ca. 1941).

The collection includes matters of personal interest to Diamond, including correspondence with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson (1933-1952), Max Lerner (1944-1957), and Judge Charles Sears regarding the Nuremberg trials following World War II (1947). The collection includes legal papers on a 1947-1949 case that involved alleged subversive teaching in the Buffalo Public Schools. Diamond's own attitudes toward civil liberties are contained in the transcript of a 1952 speech opposing the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Dates

  • 1925-1968

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The David Diamond papers, 1925-1968, are open for research.

Copyright

Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified. The collection includes legal case files. Those wishing to use this collection must consult the University Archivist.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (14 manuscript boxes)

Overview

This collection consists of materials documenting David Diamond's activities in local government, Diamond's career at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and matters of personal interest to Diamond. The latter material includes regarding the Nuremberg trials following World War II and a transcript of a speech given by Diamond opposing the tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Chronology

1898
Born in Buffalo (June 1921)
1919
Graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
1920
Admitted to the New York State Bar
1928-1930
Lecturer on Introduction to Law, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
1931-1933
Assistant Professor on Introduction to Law, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
1933-1939
Professor on Introduction to Law, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
1938
Appointed Corporate Counsel, Buffalo
1939
Professor of Municipal Corporation, State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
1941
Appointed to the United States Supreme Court of New York State as successor to the late Bertram E. Harcourt
1955
Awarded 1955 citation from the National Conference of Christians and Jews
1962
Made honorary life member of the Jewish Center
1966
Received Distinguished Alumni Award from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Alumni Association
1968
Died in Buffalo (February 8)

Arrangement

The collection is divided into six series:
  1. Correspondence
  2. Personal papers
  3. Speeches and writings
  4. State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
  5. State University of New York at Buffalo School of Social Work
  6. Clippings and other Buffalo area materials

Acquisition Information

The papers of David Diamond were donated to the University Archives by Mrs. Diamond on June 20, 1968, August 19, 1969, and October 6, 1972. Mrs. Diamond donated additional papers to the Law School, which were transferred to the University Archives on December 8, 1980. Other papers of David Diamond were donated by Mrs. Diamond to the American Jewish Historical Society in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

21/1/1176, University at Buffalo Law School records, 1922-1991 (1967-1975 bulk)
Law Spec. Coll. 02, University at Buffalo Law School records, 1898-2010 (bulk 1956-2006)

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Archives staff in the 1970s. Collection rehoused by Matthew Oliver, February 2016.

Creator

Source

Title
Finding Aid for the David Diamond papers
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives staff.
Date
2006
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
und

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Contact:
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