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MSS 78-1

Papers of Garrard Glenn, 1901-1951


Small collection of professional correspondence, UVA Law School memorabilia and personal diaries.

Small collection of professional correspondence, UVA Law School memorabilia and personal diaries.

1901-1947 [Inclusive]
3.3 Cubic Feet (2 cartons and 4 archival boxes)

Scope & Contents

This collection is comprised of Mr. Glenn's diaries (1901-1947) and correspondence (1927-1947). The correspondents include Harlan F. Stone, who was dean of Columbia Law School when Glenn was there, John Woolsey, John Bassett Moore, Alfred Knopf, Learned Hand, and Augustus Hand.

Collection Description

    Physical Description

    This collection consists of 4 boxes and 48 diaries.

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions.

    Biographical / Historical

    Garrard Glenn was born in Atlanta, Georgia, on 17 August 1878. His parents were Helen Garrard and John Thomas Glenn, a veteran of the Civil War. Garrard received his B.A. in 1899 from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He then went to Columbia Law School, from which he received an LL.B. in 1903; while a student there he served on the editorial board of the<em>Columbia Law Review</em>with John M. Woolsey, founder of the journal. Upon graduating, he worked five years for Davies, Stone, and Auerbach in New York. He then helped establish the firm of Shattuck and Glenn.

    In 1913 Glenn began lecturing at Columbia, and continued there as a part-time associate professor until 1921. He had devised a course called Creditors' Rights that so impressed the Columbia faculty, they hired him to teach it. In early 1927, Glenn turned down an offer of a teaching position at the University of Virginia Law School, but in December he decided to accept. He was the James Monroe Professor of Law from 1929 until his death in 1949. Glenn, a well-loved and respected professor, taught Trusts, Equity, Corporations, Evidence, Creditors' Rights, Security and Insurance.

    Garrard Glenn's prolific writing career began while he was a student and extended through the years of ill-health preceding his death. In 1910, he published<em>Secret Liens</em>and in 1915,<em>Creditors' Rights</em>, a major work in an area of the law which he helped bring into focus. World War I prompted him to write<em>The Army and the Law</em>, and in 1931 he published<em>Fraudulent Conveyances</em>. After he began teaching, Glenn had more time for scholarship, and in the thirties and forties he wrote his most respected works.<em>Glenn on Liquidation</em>appeared in 1935, and the three-volume work,<em>Glenn on Mortgages</em>, was published in 1943. His first casebook,<em>Cases on Creditors' Rights</em>came out in 1940, as did a revised edition of<em>Fraudulent Conveyances</em>, and<em>Cases on Equity</em>, co-authored with Kenneth Redden, appeared in 1946. He served as editorial adviser for<em>Jurisprudence in Virginia and West Virginia</em>and the<em>Restatement of the Law of Security</em>. Glenn produced more than 40 major articles for law reviews across the country and covered topics from creditors' rights to Sir Thomas More, whom he felt should be the patron saint of his profession. While at the University, he served on the faculty committee of the<em>Virginia Quarterly Review</em>and was a faculty advisor to the<em>Virginia Law Review</em>.

    In 1909 Glenn married Rosa Aubrey Wood, and they had two sons, Garrard W. and John Forsyth, both of whom received law degrees at the University of Virginia; the sons are often referred to as "Fox" and "Rab", respectively, in Glenn's correspondence. The Glenns lived at "Spring Hill" in Ivy, and Glenn did most of his writing in the library of his home. He enjoyed collecting rare books for his personal library, and often advised alumni and Frances Farmer about purchases of rare items for the Law Library.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Professor Glenn donated his papers to the Law Library in December of 1977.


    Glenn's Letter to [Judson Adams] Crane 1931, Oct. 2 was donated to the library by Dave Warrington of Harvard Law Library in February of 1996.

    Preferred Citation

    Inventory of the Papers of Garrard Glenn, 1901-1947, MSS 78-1, Box Number, Special Collections, University of Virginia Law Library.

seriesDiaries, 1901-1947
seriesCorrespondence and University of Virginia Law School Miscellaneous Files
fileCorrespondence (correspondents include Edwin A. Alderman and William Minor Lile), 1927, 1930-31, 1930 - 1931MSS 78-1, Box 1
fileCorrespondence, 1932MSS 78-1, Box 1
fileCorrespondence, 1933MSS 78-1, Box 1
fileCorrespondence (J.B. Moore, Harlan F. Stone, John M. Woolsey), 1934-01 - 1934-06MSS 78-1, Box 1
fileCorrespondence (J.B. Moore, Harlan F. Stone, John M. Woolsey, Learned Hand, T. Catesby Jones), 1935MSS 78-1, Box 1
fileCorrespondence (J.B. Moore, Harlan F. Stone, John M. Woolsey, and Thomas Reed Powell), 1936MSS 78-1, Box 1
fileCorrespondence (include J.L. Newcomb), 1937MSS 78-1, Box 2
fileCorrespondence (include Alfred Knopf and J. L. Newcomb), 1938MSS 78-1, Box 2
fileCorrespondence (J. B. Moore, Harlan F. Stone, John M. Woolsey, Augustus Hand, T. Catesby Jones, Alfred Knopf, and James A. McLaughlin), 1939MSS 78-1, Box 2
fileCorrespondence (include Harlan F. Stone), 1944, 1947, n.d.MSS 78-1, Box 2
fileCorrespondence (include Alfred Knopf, Harlan F. Stone, and John M. Woolsey), 1941MSS 78-1, Box 2
fileCorrespondence (include Harlan F. Stone), 1942MSS 78-1, Box 2
fileCorrespondence (include Harlan F. Stone and William H. White), 1943MSS 78-1, Box 3
fileCorrespondence (include Harlan F. Stone), n.d.MSS 78-1, Box 3
filePoster re Urgent Announcement from UVA President J. L. Newcomb asking students of 21 years or more to report to fill forms for the National Selective Service Headquarters on Wednesday, December 10, 1941MSS 78-1, Box 3
fileGlenn Letter to [Judson Adams] Crane, 1931-10-02MSS 78-1, Box 3
itemTyped Class Notes taken for Taxation with Frank Goodnow at Columbia., 1903MSS 78-1, Box 3
itemUniversity of Virginia. Corporations I. Examination, 1931-12-19MSS 78-1, Box 3
itemThe Case Law of Prohibition: Lest We Forget Address of Garrard Glenn at the Anual Meeting of the Atlanta Bar Association., 1933-06-15MSS 78-1, Box 3
itemMiscellaneous drafts of speeches and articles., n.d.; 1931-1938, 1940-1941, 1951, 1940 - 1941, 1951MSS 78-1, Box 3
itemThe Lawyers' Common-Place Book with an alphabetical index of about one thousand titles, which occur in legal study and practice by John T. Glenn, Atlanta, James P. Mason Co., 1858. Annotated copy.MSS 78-1, Box 4
itemGide, Charles: Principles of political economy. Translated by Edward Percy Jacobsen with and introduction and notes by James Bonar, M. A., L. L. D. Boston, D.C. Heath & Co., 1897. 592 p. [Annotated by Mr. Glenn], 1898MSS 78-1, Box 4
itemA Poet's Answer to Equity Pleading, June 4, 1932. [Poetic reply of Mr. T. W. Blake to the inquiries of Professor Garrard Glenn in Equity Pleading, 1932MSS 78-1, Box 4