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Portia Archives

The archives began as a collection of miscellaneous papers rounded up from corners and closets. In the mid-1980's a part-time archivist was hired who created the arrangement for the Portia Law School and Calvin Coolidge College archives and composed the finding aids related to them. The New England Law | Boston archives were rearranged into record groups between 1998 and 2000, with the intention of making them an ongoing archival collection. (See finding aid for the New England Law | Boston groups).

Arthur W. MacLean founded Portia School of Law in 1908. Some of his personal papers are included in the collection.

Transcripts from an oral history project undertaken by New England Law professor Ronald Chester in 1981-1982 are not housed here, but a directory, or register, of that collection is included to assist those who are interested. Finally, faculty publications that are housed in the archives are listed.

A group of records from a particular office, department or organization form a record group. Each record group is described in this guide. Following the title of the record group is the time period that the materials encompass and a brief description of its contents. Each line below the description denotes a subdivision, or series, of the record group, followed by a very brief description of the contents of the series. In some cases, series are broken down into further subdivisions, called subseries, and sub-subseries are not unheard of.

The numbers to the left of each series or subseries title are locator guides, primarily for the library staff who retrieve the materials. A number by itself or preceding a colon is a box number. A number following a colon is a folder number. "Bd. vol." denotes a bound volume freestanding on a shelf.

To use the archives, please contact Karen Green, the Acquisitions, Preservation and Special Collections Librarian. Use this guide to determine what you would like to see, and the materials will be retrieved for you. Please take notes only in pencil and not on the archival materials. Please handle photographs only by the edges; using lightweight gloves (which we can supply) is even better. Nothing in these collections may be published without the written consent of the library.

You need not be an eminent scholar to use or benefit from these pieces of history. As a member of the New England Law | Boston community, you are a part of that history. If you are not a part of our community, it is our pride to share this with you.