Samuel Simon Leibowitz Papers,1939-1976

Collection Number: 3923

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.
Also, tape recording and transcript of an interview with Samuel Leibowitz discussing his background, his education at Cornell, and his career as a lawyer and judge, ca. 1971 (the interviewer is only referred to as John).
Also, a transcript of an interview Leibowitz gave in 1971 to WVBR Radio broadcast ("Newsbeat"), in which he discusses prisoner rehabilitation, Manson trial, Scottsboro case, police brutality and civilian review boards, police corruption, victimless crimes (drugs), Cornell Law School, political activism, Al Capone, first degree punishment, Sacco and Vanzetti case, Governor Rockefeller, political cases, young attorneys, and Einstein; the transcript is numbered "tr.489-490".
SUBJECTS

Names:
Samuel Simon Leibowitz, 1893-1978.
Capone, Al, 1899-1947
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Subjects:
Scottsboro Trial, Scottsboro, Ala., 1931
Sacco-Vanzetti Trial, Dedham, Mass., 1921
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

Container
Description
Date
Capital punishment
Box 1 Folder 1
Great Britain Royal Commission on Capital Punishment
1949-1953
Box 1 Folder 2
Capital punishment statistics
ca. 1950-1964
Box 1 Folder 3
Religion; Black and Poor; Deterent - notes and articles
ca. 1956-1972
Box 1 Folder 4
D.A. Association Forum on Capital Punishment
Jan. 27, 1961
Box 1 Folder 5
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
1961-1973
Box 1 Folder 6
The Open Mind, NBC-TV - A Debate on Capital Punishment
Feb. 18, 1962
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence re: Open Mind
1961-1962
Box 1 Folder 8
Public hearing on capital punishment
Dec. 7, 1962
Box 1 Folder 9
Testimonial and speech notes - New York Assembly
Oct. 1972
Box 1 Folder 9
NYS Legislative Committee on Revision of Penal Law
Dec. 7, 1962
Box 1 Folder 9
Court of Common Please, Delaware Co.
May 2, 1973
Box 1 Folder 10
Coram Nobis hearing: The People of NYS vs. Raymond Gardner
Sept. 23, 1969
Box 1 Folder 11
Taxi drivers; Taxi News
1970
Box 1 Folder 12
Proposed death penalty bill
1972
Box 1 Folder 13
Public hearing - CBS-TV
July 9, 1972
Box 1 Folder 14
Correspondence
1972
Notes, addresses
Box 1 Folder 15
Assembly hearing
Oct. 16, 1972
Box 1 Folder 15
GABE Ch. 5
Mar. 18, 1973
Box 1 Folder 15
Young lawyers
Mar. 30, 1973
Box 1 Folder 16
Clippings
ca. 1961-1976
Box 1 Folder 17
Pro and con press
ca. 1960-1973
Box 1 Folder 18
Photographs: Hitler, Hauptmann, Lepke, Snyder, and Gray
Juvenile delinquency
Box 1 Folder 19
Notes for speeches
ca. 1955-1961
Box 1 Folder 20
Correspondence, notes, clippings
1957-1961
Box 1 Folder 21
Talk, NY Young Republic Club
1959
Box 1 Folder 22
Peoria Bar Association
1961
Box 1 Folder 23
Notes and clippings
ca. 1953-1958
Box 1 Folder 24
Clippings
ca. 1960-1974
Murtagh, John M. (Judge) People of NYS vs.
Box 1 Folder 25
Legal documents, Kings Co., NY, stenographers minutes
1951
Box 1 Folder 26
Correspondence, legal documents
Narcotics
Box 1 Folder 27
Major articles
ca. 1963-1967
Box 1 Folder 28
Hearings before the Select Committee on Crime, House of Representatives
1970
Box 1 Folder 29
Clippings: law enforcement, police - D.A.'s; courts
ca. 1970-1972
Box 2 Folder 1
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
1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 2
Press clips re: Rockefeller tough laws
Box 2 Folder 2
Articles
Box 2 Folder 2
Before legislative commission
Box 2 Folder 3
Newsday series: "The Heroin Trail"
1973
Box 2 Folder 4
Clippings and articles
ca. 1970-1973
Box 2 Folder 5
Speech material, various topics; Congressional hearing; drug abuse in suburbia
ca. 1970-1973
Box 2 Folder 6
Scaglia, Francois
1962-1963
Prisons
Box 2 Folder 7
Prisons - articles: conditions and proposed reforms; parole
Box 2 Folder 7
Addresses: Middle Atlantic states
1959
Box 2 Folder 7
Clippings
Box 2 Folder 7
Correspondence
1939-1972
Box 2 Folder 8
Prisons
Box 2 Folder 8
Speech
Mar. 19, 1959
Box 2 Folder 8
Testimony (Dunne)
Mar. 21, 1970
Box 2 Folder 8
Sen. Dunne report
Oct. 5, 1970
Box 2 Folder 8
News clips
Box 2 Folder 9
Prison newsclips
1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 9
Prison newsclips
1970-1971
Box 2 Folder 9
Meany (correspondence with)
1959
Box 2 Folder 9
Age of Machinery
Box 2 Folder 9
Census and miscellaneous
Box 2 Folder 9
Leniency
Box 2 Folder 10
Prison riots
1970-1972
Box 2 Folder 10
Attica, articles: Time ("A Model Prison"), Newsweek, U.S. News
Box 2 Folder 10
Auburn: Becker
Box 2 Folder 11
Prison and reform, sentencing
1972-1974
Box 2 Folder 12
Notes correspondence, articles
1949-1958
Box 2 Folder 13
Correspondence, notes, articles, speeches
1952-1968
Miscellaneous
tr.489-490
Transcript of an interview Leibowitz gave in 1971 to WVBR Radio broadcast ("Newsbeat")
1971
Box 2 Folder 14
Not classified: press clips, illiteracy, schools, Miami, Columbia Law School, Mad Bomber
ca. 1941-1972
Box 3-4
Tapes: 97 tapes covering the following subjects:
  • Abortion
  • Capital punishment
  • Drugs
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Prisons
  • Trial technique
  • Violence in schools
  • Miscellaneous: radio and television talks