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Herald Price Fahringer papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: HPF

Scope and Contents

Series I. consists of bound case briefs, memoranda, appeals, correspondence, and court documents containing case details. Of notable importance are bound case briefs.

Series II. consists of publications authored by, and written about, Mr. Herald Price Fahringer. Materials include newspaper and magazine clippings, as well as scholarly journal articles and essays. The Authored Periodical Articles record group consists of articles authored by Mr. Fahringer and published in law periodicals, as well as interviews and book reviews. The Magazine and Newspaper Clippings record group consists of clippings from popular periodicals concerning Mr. Fahringer’s cases. Of notable importance is the Authored Law Journal Scholarship Documents record group. This group consists of law essays authored by Mr. Fahringer and published by various law associations. The various law associations include: The New York State Bar Association; The New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; The New York Law Journal; miscellaneous scholarship. Some scholarship is bound. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto alkaline paper.

Series III. contains five record groups Memorabilia, Photographs, Reference materials, Scrapbook Clippings, and Presentation Documents. The Memorabilia record group contains a supreme court quill, and play flyer, a memorial service pamphlet, and University at Buffalo Law School ephemera. The Photographs record group contains both black-and-white and color shots; one photograph is oversized. The Reference Materials record group contains Mr. Fahringer’s correspondence, court case files, curriculum vitae, and a Master of Arts graduate thesis. Of notable importance is the Scrapbook Clippings record group which contains newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and correspondence, originally bound in scrapbook form. Also notable is the Presentation Documents record group. This includes correspondence, pamphlets, periodical clippings, and speaking materials documenting Mr. Fahringer’s pubic speaking presentations and engagements. The Presentation Documents record group also includes audio visual materials consisting of recordings of some of Mr. Fahringer’s presentations on cassette tapes and VHS tapes. The cassette tapes were recorded by the New York State Bar Association. Newspaper clippings were photocopied onto alkaline paper.


  • 1951-2015


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Terms of Access

Herald Price Fahringer papers, 1951-2015, are open for research.


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 Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University at Buffalo 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

Mr. Herald Price Fahringer was born in Lewisburg, Pa., on Nov. 6, 1927. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Pennsylvania State college, served in the United States Army, and in 1956, graduated from the University at Buffalo Law School. For the majority of his career, Mr. Fahringer practiced criminal law in New York State, predominantly in the city of Buffalo and the borough of Manhattan. Mr. Fahringer was a champion of the First Amendment as many of his cases concerned Freedom of Speech; the most notable being the defense of Larry Flynt, 1976-1977. Mr. Fahringer also represented defendants in high profile murder trials: The People of the State of New York v. Claus Von Bulow, 1982, and The People of the State of New York v. Jean S. Harris, 1980. Mr. Fahringer was also well-known for his active participation within the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). He supported initiatives to further education on criminal law by contributing a wealth of literature to the field, and by frequently presenting at law schools and conferences. Mr. Fahringer died February 12, 2015 at his home in Manhattan.


33.5 Linear Feet (66 Full Hollinger boxes (15.25" x 5" x 10.25"), 3 flat-laying 20 x 24 boxes.)


The collection consists of Mr. Herald Price Fahringer’s case documents, publications, and personal materials from 1951-2015. The collection also includes Mr. Fahringer's plaques and awards. The materials in this collection were collected, created, and used by Mr. Herald Price Fahringer. These materials were donated to the Charles B. Sears Law Library at the University at Buffalo after his death in 2015.


This collection is arranged into three series and one appendix. The series include: I. Case documents; II. Publications; III Personal materials. The appendix includes: Awards, plaques, and three dimensional ephemera.

Series I. is arranged alphabetically by represented client's names.

Series II. is arranged into three record groups: 1. Authored Periodical Articles (alphabetical by type of publication); 2. Magazine and Newspaper Clippings (alphabetical by topic); 3. Authored Law Journal Scholarship Documents (alphabetical by type of publication).

Series III. is arranged into five record groups: 1. Memorabilia (chronological); 2. Photographs (chronological); 3. Reference Materials (chronological); 4. Scrapbook Clippings (alphabetical by topic); 5. Presentation Documents (a)University at Buffalo, (b)Miscellaneous, (c)Audiovisual (chronological).

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collections were donated to the Charles B. Sears Law Library after his death in 2015. The Collection was acquired with a Deed of Gift by the University at Buffalo’s Charles B. Sears Law Library, under the direction of Ms. Beth Adelman.

Accruals and Additions

No additions expected.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessica Hollister 2018-2019. Ms. Hollister started the project as a Practicum for the Department of Information Studies under the advisement of adjunct professor James Tammaro, and supervised by Interim Director for the Charles B. Sears Law Library and Interim Vice Dean for Legal Information Services at the University at Buffalo School of Law, Theodora Belniak. Ms. Hollister was then hired as a student assistant by Ms. Belniak.

Finding Aid for the Herald Price Fahringer papers
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Hollister.
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Repository Details

Part of the Charles B. Sears Law Library Repository

O'Brian Hall
Buffalo New York 14260 United States