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Herman Schwartz papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 21-F-1359

Scope and Contents

The Herman Schwartz papers, 1951-1978, includes course materials, copies of exams, assignments, readings, publications, personal and professional correspondence, unpublished papers, seminar notes, and rough drafts. Materials from 4 criminal cases where the matter in question was researched, an interview was held with the potential client and the matter was then accepted by Schwartz. The collection also contains research into criminal, business, and regulatory law, motions, briefs, some court opinions, news clippings, personal notes, and testimony from federal investigations related to business and government regulations.

Carton 1, 1960-1969, includes files and research on banking mergers; utility regulations research and public policy.

Carton 2, 1961-1969, includes research, hearings, briefs, correspondence, and statements on satellite communications.

Carton 3, 1961-1969, includes research, hearings, briefs, correspondence, and statements on satellite communications.

Carton 4, 1961-1969, includes research, hearings, briefs, correspondence, and statements on satellite communications; Phil Halpern Memorial Symposium, 1964.

Carton 5, 1952-circa 1964, conference papers; memos and correspondence; fair employment and non-discrimination

Carton 6, 1958-1975, includes publications; display; satellite communications; abortion law; course materials; patent waiver; prisons, jails, holding center, detention; utilities; counter draft; bank merger; amicus curiae briefs.

Carton 7, 1962-1975, Meyers V. Alldredge; subpoena UB Faculty 45; abortion; Willard Meyers III; Fahringer; Argentine; Center for Law and Social Policy.

Carton 8, 1967-1973, includes National Advisory Committee on Civil Disobedience; police community relations.

Carton 9, 1956-1965, includes FCC Reports; Bell Telephone developments; Professor Posner's course materials; Vertical Integration and a "Quantitative Substantiality" test, a paper by H. Schwartz.

Carton 10, 1956-1976, includes case files.

Carton 11, 1952-1968, includes Western Union brief; reply; class materials; business topics; FCC report and testimony; telecom publications; law journals; course materials; civil rights publications.

Carton 12, 1967-1977, includes articles; journals; speeches.

Carton 13, 1969-1976, includes Commission of Corrections; prison reform; prisoner's rights.

Carton 14, 1965-1977, includes legal research; course materials; Arthur v. Nyquist; research on prison reform.

Carton 15, 1964-1972, includes prison reform and federal prisons; publications; newsletters.

Carton 16, 1956-1973, includes publications and newsletters; satellite communications; Posner course materials; modern criminal procedure; New York v. Martin Sostre; articles by Schwartz.

Carton 17, 1966-1977, includes L.A. Times press; commission work; Charles Cahill; course materials; satellite communication; case files.

Carton 18, 1966-1976, includes cases; police training bulletins; prisoners' rights and ex-offenders; informers.

Carton 19, 1966-1978, includes prisoner's legal service; correspondence; assorted pleadings; personal; expenses and funding; TV Series; NOYD; publications and newsletters; Bernard Stroble.

Carton 20, 1961-1975, includes Bernard Stroble; clippings; prison reform/ ex-offender policy; correspondence with plaintiffs; court of appeals; committee for the study of incarceration; communications satellites.

Carton 21, 1965-1978, includes prisoner complaints; course materials.

Carton 22, 1965-1972, includes prisoner's rights; comparative criminology; committee meeting; FCC hearings; Bell exhibits.

Carton 23, 1959-1977, includes commission on civil disorders; articles and law publications; corrections magazine; commentary; case files; prison adjustment committee; New York Bar.

Carton 24, 1967-1975, includes case files and legal research.

Carton 25, 1967-1976, includes case files and legal research.

Carton 26, 1970-1976, includes legal research and correspondence.

Carton 27, 1965-1977, includes Martin Sostre files; regulatory case; publications; district attorney conduct; legal research; wiretapping book.

Carton 28, 1966-1975, includes Governor's task force; legislative proposals; Dellinger v. Mitchell; wiretapping; Halperin v. Kissinger.

Carton 29, 1958-1975, includes Zweibon v. Mitchell; law and education; bound materials; wiretapping cases.

Carton 30, 1963-1975, includes wiretapping; Halkin v. Helms; Dellinger v. Mitchell; American Bar Association; committee for the study of incarceration; correspondence.

Carton 31, 1965-1978, includes computers; telecommunications; resource center for correctional law; prison sentencing research; minimum standards; correspondence.

Carton 32, 1964-1976, includes opposition correspondence; notes; correspondence; published materials; articles by Schwartz; criminal law; committee on drugs and the campus.

Carton 33, 1954-1976, includes published materials; news clippings; correspondence.

Carton 34, 1961-1976, includes case files; prisoners' rights; prison reform; New York Commission of Investigation; prosecutorial misconduct; government misconduct; hearing; State Commission of Correction; narcotics; course materials.

Carton 35, 1956-1975, includes narcotics; wiretapping and electronic surveillance; Leslie Fiedler; habeas corpus; correspondence; drafts of law articles; FCC telephone rates.

Carton 36, 1965-1977, includes FCC telephone rates; articles; course materials; FCC communications testimony; other publications; coastal lands paper.

Carton 37, 1968-1976, includes coastal land paper; study of law and justice progress report; Meyers v. Alldredge; correspondence; other case files; RPL Symposium.

Carton 38, 1964-1975, includes prisoner's rights; correspondence; prison censorship questionnaire; prison censorship; New York State Senate Committee on Crime and Corrections; case files.

Carton 39, 1962-1977, includes FCC telecommunications regulation; NASA report; Congressional Record; Law Teachers' Association; National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies; assembly committee; New York City Board; buyer court; case files.

Carton 40, 1962-1975, includes offender's right to work; police decisions to report offenses; stop and frisk; prison discipline; case files; prison searches; correspondence; communications.

Carton 41, 1959-1970, includes communications; rates and satellites; environmental study; seminar originals; satellite communications; course materials.


  • 1951-1978


Terms of Access and Use

Pursuant to University Archives Restricted Records Policy, access to portions of this collection is RESTRICTED until December, 2051. Cartons with restricted materials include cartons 10, 21, 23-30, 32-34, and 37-40.

This collection has been minimally processed. Privacy protected information (including but not limited to certain educational, medical, financial, criminal, attorney-client, and/or personnel records) may be revealed during use of archival collections, particularly in collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections.

Please note: This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact the University Archives by phone at 716-645-2916 or by email at to schedule an appointment.


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 University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Herman Schwartz graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard College in 1953 and from Harvard Law School in 1956. He went on to practice law from 1956 to 1963 during which time he was a law clerk, worked at a couple of law firms, and acted as assistant counsel for the Senate subcommittee on antitrust law. In 1963 he accepted an appointment to the University at Buffalo Law School as an Associate Professor of Law; in 1966 he became a professor of law at the University at Buffalo where he taught until 1977. From 1977-1978 he was a lecturer on Selected Constitutional Issues at Antioch Law School. In 1981 Herman accepted a position as a Professor of Law at Washington College of Law located at American University where he specializes in Constitutional Law, Civil Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Economic Regulation (Antitrust and Utility Regulation), he is still teaching there as of spring 2019. Herman was also actively practicing law during the same period that he was teaching. During this time he served as the chairman of the New York State Commission of Correction from August 1975 to May 1976 and from June 1977 to March 1978 he acted as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Citizens and Shareholders Rights and Remedies for the Judiciary Committee. Some of his other non-academic work included working as Chief Counsel for Revenue Sharing at the Department of the Treasury from March 1978 to August 1979 and from September 1979 to December 1980 as Chief Counsel and Staff Director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Monopoly, and Business Rights, Judiciary Committee. From January 1981 to December 31, 1981 Herman served as the Chief Minority Counsel for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Agency Administration, Judiciary Committee.


41 Linear Feet (41 Record Cartons )

Language of Materials



The Herman Schwartz papers, 1951-1978, include materials related to Herman Schwartz's legal research interests, course materials from classes he taught in the University at Buffalo Law school, personal and professional correspondence, publications, reports, and copies of testimony.


This collection has been minimally processed, original order has been maintained.

Physical Location

This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact the University Archives by phone at 716-645-2916 or by email at to schedule an appointment.

Acquisition Information

The Herman Schwartz papers, 1951-1978, were transferred to the University Archives by the Law School, in March, 1980 and December 1980 as accession 80-005.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Rebecca Cobb, February 2019; finding aid encoded by Rebecca Cobb, February 2019.


Finding Aid for the Herman Schwartz papers
Finding aid prepared by Rebecca Cobb
6 February 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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