Guide to the Samuel Simon Leibowitz Papers,
1939-1976

Collection Number: 3923

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library

Contact Information:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
2B Carl A. Kroch Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-3530
Fax: (607) 255-9524
rareref@cornell.edu
http://rmc.library.cornell.edu
Compiled by:
M. Warren
Date completed:
October 1982
EAD encoding:
Martin Heggestad, July 2003

© 2003 Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Samuel Simon Leibowitz papers, 1939-1976.
Collection Number:
3923
Creator:
Samuel Simon Leibowitz, 1893-1978.
Quantity:
4 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, notes, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, articles, legal documents, photographs, and audiotapes.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Includes papers relating to the career and interests of Samuel Simon Leibowitz, who earned his B.A. and his LL.B. from Cornell University. As a lawyer, he defended, and ultimately exonerated, the Scottsboro Boys. He later became a judge on the New York Supreme Court, where he remained until mandatory retirement at age 76.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Samuel Simon Leibowitz earned his B.A. and his LL.B. from Cornell University. As a lawyer, he defended, and ultimately exonerated, the Scottsboro Boys. He later became a judge on the New York Supreme Court, where he remained until mandatory retirement at age 76.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Includes correspondence, notes and manuscripts for speeches, testimonials and debates, reports, newspaper clippings and articles, legal documents, photographs, and tapes pertaining to subjects and criminal cases of interest to Leibowitz, including capital punishment, prison reform, narcotics, and juvenile delinquency.

SUBJECTS

Names:
Samuel Simon Leibowitz, 1893-1978.

Subjects:
Capital punishment.
Drug abuse.
Juvenile delinquency.
Narcotics.
Prison reformers.
Criminals.
Crime.
Lawyers.
Judges.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Samuel Simon Leibowitz papers, #3923. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Date
Description
Container
Capital punishment
1949-1953
Great Britain Royal Commission on Capital Punishment
Box 1 Folder 1
ca. 1950-1964
Capital punishment statistics
Box 1 Folder 2
ca. 1956-1972
Religion; Black and Poor; Deterent - notes and articles
Box 1 Folder 3
Jan. 27, 1961
D.A. Association Forum on Capital Punishment
Box 1 Folder 4
1961-1973
Symposium at D.A. Association; SSL and D.A. Maskell TV debate; SSL reply to CBS editorial; Judge's poll; SSL - Sellin debate; SSL minutes - Stokes and Garner cases; Ch. 5 discussion - Lyons and Brown, Mar. 18, 1973
Box 1 Folder 5
Feb. 18, 1962
The Open Mind, NBC-TV - A Debate on Capital Punishment
Box 1 Folder 6
1961-1962
Correspondence re: Open Mind
Box 1 Folder 7
Dec. 7, 1962
Public hearing on capital punishment
Box 1 Folder 8
Oct. 1972
Testimonial and speech notes - New York Assembly
Box 1 Folder 9
Dec. 7, 1962
NYS Legislative Committee on Revision of Penal Law
Box 1 Folder 9
May 2, 1973
Court of Common Please, Delaware Co.
Box 1 Folder 9
Sept. 23, 1969
Coram Nobis hearing: The People of NYS vs. Raymond Gardner
Box 1 Folder 10
1970
Taxi drivers; Taxi News
Box 1 Folder 11
1972
Proposed death penalty bill
Box 1 Folder 12
July 9, 1972
Public hearing - CBS-TV
Box 1 Folder 13
1972
Correspondence
Box 1 Folder 14
Notes, addresses
Oct. 16, 1972
Assembly hearing
Box 1 Folder 15
Mar. 18, 1973
GABE Ch. 5
Box 1 Folder 15
Mar. 30, 1973
Young lawyers
Box 1 Folder 15
ca. 1961-1976
Clippings
Box 1 Folder 16
ca. 1960-1973
Pro and con press
Box 1 Folder 17
Photographs: Hitler, Hauptmann, Lepke, Snyder, and Gray
Box 1 Folder 18
Juvenile delinquency
ca. 1955-1961
Notes for speeches
Box 1 Folder 19
1957-1961
Correspondence, notes, clippings
Box 1 Folder 20
1959
Talk, NY Young Republic Club
Box 1 Folder 21
1961
Peoria Bar Association
Box 1 Folder 22
ca. 1953-1958
Notes and clippings
Box 1 Folder 23
ca. 1960-1974
Clippings
Box 1 Folder 24
Murtagh, John M. (Judge) People of NYS vs.
1951
Legal documents, Kings Co., NY, stenographers minutes
Box 1 Folder 25
Correspondence, legal documents
Box 1 Folder 26
Narcotics
ca. 1963-1967
Major articles
Box 1 Folder 27
1970
Hearings before the Select Committee on Crime, House of Representatives
Box 1 Folder 28
ca. 1970-1972
Clippings: law enforcement, police - D.A.'s; courts
Box 1 Folder 29
1970-1971
Narcotics - correspondence or copies of letters: Ed. Benes, Mitchell; Paul L. Perito; Ambassador Arthur K. Watson; William J. Durkin; John E. Ingersoll; Congressman Vanick; Sen. Murphy; Gov. Rockefeller; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy; Marseille - Cusser interview; Blount urges boycott before Congressional committee
Box 2 Folder 1
Press clips re: Rockefeller tough laws
Box 2 Folder 2
Articles
Box 2 Folder 2
Before legislative commission
Box 2 Folder 2
1973
Newsday series: "The Heroin Trail"
Box 2 Folder 3
ca. 1970-1973
Clippings and articles
Box 2 Folder 4
ca. 1970-1973
Speech material, various topics; Congressional hearing; drug abuse in suburbia
Box 2 Folder 5
1962-1963
Scaglia, Francois
Box 2 Folder 6
Prisons
Prisons - articles: conditions and proposed reforms; parole
Box 2 Folder 7
1959
Addresses: Middle Atlantic states
Box 2 Folder 7
Clippings
Box 2 Folder 7
1939-1972
Correspondence
Box 2 Folder 7
Prisons
Box 2 Folder 8
Mar. 19, 1959
Speech
Box 2 Folder 8
Mar. 21, 1970
Testimony (Dunne)
Box 2 Folder 8
Oct. 5, 1970
Sen. Dunne report
Box 2 Folder 8
News clips
Box 2 Folder 8
1970-1971
Prison newsclips
Box 2 Folder 9
1970-1971
Prison newsclips
Box 2 Folder 9
1959
Meany (correspondence with)
Box 2 Folder 9
Age of Machinery
Box 2 Folder 9
Census and miscellaneous
Box 2 Folder 9
Leniency
Box 2 Folder 9
1970-1972
Prison riots
Box 2 Folder 10
Attica, articles: Time ("A Model Prison"), Newsweek, U.S. News
Box 2 Folder 10
Auburn: Becker
Box 2 Folder 10
1972-1974
Prison and reform, sentencing
Box 2 Folder 11
1949-1958
Notes correspondence, articles
Box 2 Folder 12
1952-1968
Correspondence, notes, articles, speeches
Box 2 Folder 13
Miscellaneous
ca. 1941-1972
Not classified: press clips, illiteracy, schools, Miami, Columbia Law School, Mad Bomber
Box 2 Folder 14
Tapes: 97 tapes covering the following subjects:
Box 3-4
  • Abortion
  • Capital punishment
  • Drugs
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Prisons
  • Trial technique
  • Violence in schools
  • Miscellaneous: radio and television talks