Collection Summary

Creator: Paulsen, Monrad
Title: The Papers of Monrad G. Paulsen
Accession: MSS 85-4
Description: 7 boxes plus 1 box of personal items
Location: This collection is stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections before your visit to ensure your papers are available.
Photograph Collection: View 6 digitized photographs
Digitized Content: 17 objects
Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions.

Collection Description & Arrangement

These are the professional papers left behind in the dean's office after Paulsen moved to New York in 1975. This collection includes professional and personal correspondence, student papers as well as research and lecture notes.

Biographical & Historical Information

Monrad Paulsen, a native of Iowa, received an A.B. in 1940 and a J.D. in 1942 from the University of Chicago. After practicing briefly in Chicago, he began his teaching career at the University of Utah. He also taught at Indiana University and the University of Minnesota, before joining the Columbia faculty in 1956. Paulsen was a respected scholar in the fields of juvenile, domestic relations, and poverty law, as well as criminal law and procedure.

When Hardy Dillard retired from the deanship, he highly recommended Paulsen to succeed him. The first dean who had not previously been a member of the Virginia law faculty, Paulsen served in that post until 1975, and in that time attracted many fine scholars to the faculty. During his deanship, the student population grew by two hundred as the 1970s saw increasing numbers of women and minority students. The growth in the faculty and student body, along with curriculum changes and new organizations, pushed Clark Hall to its limits. Near the end of Paulsen’s deanship, the Law School building at North Grounds was constructed and occupied.

In 1975, Paulsen went to New York to help establish and serve as dean of the Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University. He died in 1980.
These professional papers were left behind in the dean’s office when Paulsen moved to New York.

Acquisition Information

Date Received 1985
Donor Information These professional papers were left behind in the dean's office when Paulsen moved to New York.

Content List

Box 1:

  • 1960s, 1971-72; AALS Needed Legal Services Project
  • 1973, n.d.; Lectures: The Child and the State, delivered at Louisiana State University; Responsible Dissent -- A Student Right
  • 1963-64; Mobilization for Youth
  • 1960s; Research material regarding legal aid in England [obtained from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London] (2 folders)

Boxes 2 – 4:

  • 1960s; Research and writing for unidentified projects (12 folders)

Box 4:

  • 1972; California Legal Services (OEO)
  • 1969, 1972; Casebook: Criminal Law and Its Processes
  • 1970; Child Abuse Workshop
  • 1972; Child Protection Committee, U.Va. Hospital
  • 1968-69; Council on Social Work Education
  • 1970-72; Day Care Licensing
  • n.d.; Docket Book Study
  • 1968, 1971; Family Law Casebook
  • 1971-73; Gottingen Visit
  • 1968-69; Eleonore Herrmann
  • 1969; David Hoffman
  • 1973; Juvenile Court Project
  • 1969-72; Juvenile Courts
  • 1972-73; Juvenile Justice Standards Project
  • 1968; Sanford Kadish
  • 1968-69; Leo Kanowitz
  • 1968; John Lambert
  • 1968; Law and Poverty
  • 1970; Lawyers' Co-op
  • 1968; Arthur F. MacConochie

Box 5:

  • 1973; Lutheran Church in America
  • 1971; National Council on Crime and Delinquency
  • 1970-71; National Council of Juvenile Court Judges: Lawyers' Handbook
  • 1970-71; National Juvenile Law Center
  • 1969-72; Office of Economic Opportunity
  • 1971-74; William Paulsen Estate

Boxes 5 – 7:

  • 1955; 1965-76; Personal Correspondence (13 folders)
  • 1940s-70s; Reprints of MGP articles (ca. 40)


  • 1976, January 12, Final Statement to the University of Virginia Law Faculty as its Dean


  • [ca. 1960?], Formal portrait
  • [1972?], MGP with Emerson Spies and Gwendolyn Jones ('72)
  • [ante-1974], MGP with Hardy Dillard [in Clark Hall lounge?]
  • n.d., Miscellaneous personal photos (15)

Associated People

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Monrad G. Paulsen, MSS 85-4, Box Number, Special Collections, University of Virginia Law Library

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