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Mitchell Franklin papers

 Collection — Box: 1-26
Identifier: 21-F-982

Scope and Contents

The Mitchell Franklin papers, 1922-1986, contain the studies, writings, and teachings of UB Professor of Law, Mitchell Franklin. Also includes photographs from Franklin's travels to Europe, and clippings about him and his work.


  • 1922-1986


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Mitchell Franklin papers, 1922-1986 are open for research.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other 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.

Biographical Note

Mitchell Franklin was known as a well traveled lawyer, professor, legal advisor, and philosopher. He was one of the foremost scholars in Marxist legal theory and much of his work focused on, but was not limited to Hegel, Kantian and Marxist philosophies, Comparative, Roman, Civil and International laws. Franklin also took a particular interest in Louisiana law as it differed from the rest of the United States and became a focus of comparison for much of his work.

Franklin's extensive career spanned almost seven decades. Over the years his advice and council were sought by many including the United Nations, the United States Army, the National Lawyers Guild, and by students at two different universities.


10.63 Linear Feet (25 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript boxes)


Professional writings and research from lawyer, professor, legal advisor, and philosopher, Mitchell Franklin who was well known for his work in Contracts, Roman, and International Laws.


This collection is arranged in five series: I. Personal; II. Professional; III. Correspondence; IV. Teachings and V. Writings.

Acquisition Information

The Mitchell Franklin papers are a combination of collections #86-067 and #89-006. Collection #86-067 was donated by Virginia Franklin in numerous stages beginning on December 3, 1986, through till November 7, 1988. Collection #89-006 was transferred from the Law Library on January 4, 1989 and was accessioned on January 19, 1989 by the UB Archives.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Jen Goul with Jessica Tanny, December 2004.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, December 2014.


Finding Aid for the Mitchell Franklin papers
Finding aid prepared by Jen Goul.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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