The Papers of Dean James Vorenberg Released for Research

Vorenberg by Robbins
Portrait of James Vorenberg by Melvin Robbins (1979). VIA record ID: olvwork643764

Historical & Special Collections is pleased to open former HLS Dean James Vorenberg’s papers for research. Spanning almost 40 years, the collection encompasses Vorenberg’s career in education and public service, with a focus on his time at Harvard Law School where he served as both Dean and Professor. The James Vorenberg Papers joins an existing collection of Vorenberg’s Records of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, 1965-1979.

To celebrate the release of this important collection, HSC has prepared a commemorative exhibit. Echoing the content of his papers, the exhibit focuses on Vorenberg’s years as Dean, his long and illustrious teaching career, and (for fun) a bit about his cookbook, Dean Cuisine. Throughout the collection, Vorenberg’s sense of humor shines through, particularly in his correspondence and in his work on Dean Cuisine.

Although not part of the James Vorenberg Papers, a special highlight of this exhibit is a recently acquired painting of Dean Vorenberg by noted courtroom artist Melvin Robbins, exhibited for the first time. Rounding out the exhibit are images from the Library’s visual materials collection.

Margaret Peachy processed the Vorenberg Papers. Karen Beck, Margaret Peachy, and Lesley Schoenfeld curated the exhibit, which will remain on view in the Caspersen Room through May 2014. The Caspersen Room is open Monday – Friday 9 to 5.

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