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Guide to the Papers of Bernard Botein
1929-1975 (bulk 1968-1973)
 MS 68

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Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Bernard Botein Papers
Dates: 1929-1975 (1968-1973)
Collection Summary: The Papers consist of originals and copies of primary and secondary materials that document the service and activities of Judge Bernard Botein, a prominent Supreme Court Justice of the State of New York (1941-1968) and active court reformist, primarily in the years after his resignation from the Supreme Court. The collection largely presents materials relating to his participation in various legal, civic, philanthropic and political organizations and on committees and taskforces, significantly on the causes of court reform and reform of criminal justice administration. The collection also includes a significant number of manuscripts and drafts of his orations and legal writings; correspondence, including letters from prominent members of the legal and political communities; as well as photographs and other visual materials relating his legal career. The collection also contains published materials including a number of legal publications and official legislative documents.
Quantity: 10.0 Linear feet (25 boxes)
Location Note: New-York Historical Society Mss Collection (2nd Floor Non-circulating )
Language Note: The Bernard Botein Papers are written in English.
Call Phrase: MS 68

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Biographical Note

Bernard Botein (1900-1974) was a principal leader in New York City’s legal establishment. A Supreme Court Judge for the State of New York and a dedicated court reformist, Judge Botein was known for his work that liberalized and improved procedures in court administration.

Born on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Bernard Botein attended Morris High School, The City College of New York and Brooklyn Law School before beginning his legal career in 1929 as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan in the Accident Fraud Bureau and as General Attorney for the State Insurance Fund in 1938. During this time he distinguished himself producing many successful convictions for the Bureau, as well as for several State investigations pertaining to state insurance and printing contracts. Serving the State Supreme Court, Botein was elected and served as Associate Justice (1953-1958), and later Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department for Manhattan and the Bronx (1958-1968). It was during this time that he developed his reputation as an innovative administrator and passionate advocate of reform. Accomplishments include the 24-Hour Arraignment System, a system that lessened the time defendants would spend in police custody, and the centralization of the court system of the State. A strong advocate for equality under the law and the underprivileged, Botein’s work frequently benefited defendants most affected by inequality experienced in the administration of criminal justice.

In 1968, Botein retired after 27 years on the bench. He became leading partner in the law firm of Botein, Hays, Sklar and Herzberg and President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1970-1972). He continued to serve the cause of court reform and was an active participant in numerous legal, civic, political, and philanthropic organizations and on a variety of committees and task forces. He was active in organizations such as the Vera Institute of Justice, the Legal Aid Society and the New York City Rand Institute, as well as the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged and participated in several groups such as the Temporary Committee on Black-Jewish Relations. In politics, Botein was Co-Chairman of Frank S. Hogan 1973 District Attorney Campaign, active in the campaigns of George McGovern and Mayor John V. Lindsay and was one of the sponsors of a lawyer’s protest in 1970 against the Vietnam war.

An accomplished writer and orator, Botein contributed a significantly to the legal field, addressing many in the legal community and publishing numerous legal papers including several novels such as the Trial Judge (1952) and  The Prosecutor (1956). In his writings, Botein covered issues such as judicial administration, court reorganization, court modernization, legal aid and pretrial release practices.

Bernard Botein was married to Marian Berman Botein in 1940 and had two sons. He died in 1974 at the age of 74.

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Scope and Content Note

The Bernard Botein Papers consists of originals and copies of primary and secondary materials that document the service and activities of Bernard Botein in the years of private practice following his resignation as Supreme Court Justice.

The collection centers around Botein’s efforts in over forty-two legal, civic, philanthropic and political organizations and on committees and taskforces on various reformist causes, significantly in the areas of court reform and reform of criminal justice administration in the State of New York. Materials include correspondence, reports, proposals, preparatory materials for studies and research, newspaper clippings and other printed materials including copies of legal publications and legislative documents. The collection presents information on the investigative, commemorative and administrative activities of these groups. Organizations of attorneys, judges and legal educators are represented, as well as community organizations like the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA), and a number of committees relating to court administration. Information regarding Botein's participation in the political campaigns of George McGovern, John V. Lindsay and Manhattan District Attorney Frank Hogan can be found here.

The collection also contains over eight-six of Bernard Botein’s orations and legal writings in the form of manuscripts and often annotated draft texts that include addresses, statements, articles, proposals, reports and studies, as well as associated notes and correspondence, and relate to his service with various organizations, committees and taskforces. It includes press releases during Botein’s appointment as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department for Manhattan and the Bronx (1958-1968), and copies of published works represented in a number of legal journals and newsletters, such as New York Law Journal and  Journal of the American Judicature Society.

Additional materials consists of correspondence, including congratulatory letters from prominent members of the legal and political communities, professional invitations, as well as Botein’s letters of support to individuals; black and white photographic prints that encompass the length of Botein’s career (1929-1971), with several depicting Botein alongside prominent legal and political figures; documents concerning the 1969 documentary, The True and The Just commissioned by the Department Committee on Court Administration; and documents pertaining to memorials in honor of Bernard Botein including manuscripts of memorial addresses by colleagues Honorable David W. Peck and Whitney North-Seymour and several articles addressing Botein’s legal career.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in six series.

  1. Series I. Organizational Files
  2. Series II. Speeches, Addresses and Writings
  3. Series III. Correspondence
  4. Series IV. Subject Files
  5. Series V. Photographic and Visual Materials
  6. Series VI. Memorials and Memorial Addresses

Most of the material is arranged chronologically within series, except Series I and Series IV, which are arranged alphabetically.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Abrams, Charles
  • Beldock, P. J. George
  • Carey, John
  • Childs, R
  • Finkelstein, Jerry
  • Helpern, Milton, 1902-
  • Hogan , Frank S.
  • Lehman, Maxwell
  • Lindsay , John V. (John Vliet)
  • McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922-
  • Meyer, Walter
  • Putterman, David
  • Rabin, Benjamin
  • Shack, Elizabeth T
  • Stein, Andrew J
  • Stern, Gerald

Document Type

  • Academic addresses
  • Articles.
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Drafts (documents)
  • Manuscripts
  • Pamphlets
  • Photocopies
  • Photographic prints
  • Reports
  • Scrapbooks
  • Speeches
  • Typescripts

Subject Topics

  • African Americans
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Bar associations
  • Charities--New York (State)--New York
  • Courts -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Crime -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Criminal justice, Administration of -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (New York, N.Y.)
  • Jews
  • Law
  • Legal Aid Society (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (State). Dept. of Motor Vehicles
  • New York City-Rand Institute
  • Politics, Practical
  • Race relations
  • United States--Politics and government--1969-1974.
  • Vera Institute of Justice

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government
  • Vietnam -- History -- 1945-1975

Occupation(s)

  • Judges--New York (State)--New York
  • Lawyers -- New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Donated by Mrs. Marian Botein, 1975.

Access Restriction

Open to qualified researchers.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote to:

Manuscript Curator, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited to the Bernard Botein Papers, MS 68, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

The Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York holds a number of published and translated volumes of several of Botein’s manuscripts, as well as a number of artifacts.

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Container List

Series I. Organizational Files, Bulk, 1968-1973 1961-1974

Scope and Content

Series I consists of materials accumulated and produced by Bernard Botein during the course of his service and participation in over forty-two legal, civic, philanthropic and political organizations and on committees and taskforces, significantly in the areas of court reform and reform of criminal justice administration. In addition, the series contains several files covering others topics including racial and religious prejudice. Materials present information on the investigative, commemorative and administrative activities of these groups.

Legal groups represent various bar associations and other organizations of attorneys, judges and legal educators, particularly the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1969-1973), the Vera Institute for Justice (1964-1972), Legal Aid Society (1969-1972) and the New York City Rand Institute (1969-1973). The collection represents several specific committees and taskforces in which Bernard Botein was active including the City of New York, Office of the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (1968-1969), the Appellate Division for Manhattan and the Bronx’s Departmental Committee on Court Administration (1969-1971, 1973) and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles' Taskforce on the Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Violations (1969). In politics, materials from Botein's participation in the political campaigns of George McGovern, John V. Lindsay and Manhattan District Attorney Frank Hogan are represented here, as well as civic organizations like the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) (1970-1974).

The series contains original, photocopied, and secondary materials and includes correspondence, reports, proposals, preparatory materials for studies and research areas, newspaper clippings, published articles and other printed materials.

Some texts of Judge Botein’s orations and writings including academic addresses, public statements, speeches and articles, as well as copies of legal publications and legislative documents are partially represented here, in addition to Series II. Series IV also contains additional groupings of files pertaining to specific areas of research and study.

Arrangement

Materials in Series I were re-filed in alphabetical order by organization, committee or taskforce name, and materials relating to the same organization and year were consolidated into a single folder.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 African Student Aid Fund
1971-1973
Box: 1 Folder : 2 American Arbitration Association
1969
Box: 1 Folder : 3 American Arbitration Association
1970-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 4 American Bar Association: The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
1970
Box: 1 Folder : 5 American Bar Association: Community Action for Legal Services, Inc. (CALS)
1970-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 6 American Bar Association: Task Force on Standards of Judicial Administration
1970-1971
Box: 1 Folder : 7 American Bar Association
1971
Box: 1 Folder : 8 American Bar Association
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 9 American Bar Foundation: Institute of Criminal Justice
1965
Box: 1 Folder : 10 American College of Trial Lawyers
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 11 American Friends of Boy's Town Jerusalem
1973
Box: 1 Folder : 12 American Jewish Committee: Learned Hand Award
1972
Box: 1 Folder : 13 American Judicature Society: Bernard Botein Award
1971
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Committee on Professional Responsibility
1969
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Twelfth Night Event
1969
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: President
1969-1970
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Special Committee on Judicial Selection and Tenure
1969-1970
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Committee on Memorials
1969-1971
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Committee on Criminal Courts
1969-1971
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Committee on Professional Responsibility
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Congratulatory Letters
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Centennial Committee, Decentralization of Government of New York City Study, Reports and Proposals
1970
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Centennial Committee, Decentralization of Government of New York City
1970
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Speeches and Statements
1970-1971
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: League of Women Voters of the City of New York, Re: State Unified Court Budget
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: President
1971
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: 1 of 2
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: 2 of 2
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: President
1972
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Association of the Bar of the City of New York
1973
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Association of the Bar of the City of New York: Membership Forms
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Banton Boys
1969-1970
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Brotherhood in Action, Inc. I
1968-1970
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Brotherhood in Action, Inc. II
1971-1973
Box: 4 Folder : 4 City of New York, Bronx County Civil Court: Study on Landlords and Tenant Parts
1972
Box: 4 Folder : 5 City of New York, Office of the Major: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 1 of 2
1968
Box: 4 Folder : 6 City of New York, Office of the Major: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 2 of 2
1968
Box: 4 Folder : 7 City of New York, Office of the Major: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 1 of 2
1969 January-May
Box: 5 Folder : 1 City of New York, Office of the Major: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 2 of 2
1969 January-May
Box: 5 Folder : 2 City of New York, Office of the Major: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 1 of 2
1969 June-December
Box: 5 Folder : 3 City of New York, Office of the Major: Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 2 of 2
1969 June-December
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Citizens Union: The William Jay Schieffelin Award for Distinguished Public Service
1970
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Citizens Union: Regarding Abolition of City Marshals
1971
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Committee for Modern Courts Fund, Inc.
1973
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Council on Law-Related Studies
1969-1971
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Council on Law-Related Studies
1972
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Council on Law-Related Studies
1973-1974
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Council of New York Law Associates
1970-1971
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Council of New York Law Associates
1973
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Courts-Departmental Committee on Court Administration (Appellate Division of Manhattan and the Bronx): Correspondence and Report, Re: film "The True and The Just"
1969
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Courts-Departmental Committee on Court Administration (Appellate Division of Manhattan and the Bronx): Correspondence, Re: Honorable William J. vanden Heuvel
1969-1971
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Courts-Departmental Committee on Court Administration (Appellate Division of Manhattan and the Bronx)
1970
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Courts-Departmental Committee on Court Administration (Appellate Division of Manhattan and the Bronx)
1971
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Courts-Departmental Committee on Court Administration (Appellate Division of Manhattan and the Bronx)
1973 January-March
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Courts-Departmental Committee on Court Administration (Appellate Division of Manhattan and the Bronx)
1973 May-June
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Courts-Departmental Committee on Court Administration (Appellate Division of Manhattan and the Bronx)
1973 July-August
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Courts-Departmental Committee on Court Administration (Appellate Division of Manhattan and the Bronx)
1973 September-December
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Intoxication Problem
1969, 1971
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Housing Code Removal, 1 of 3
1970
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Housing Code Removal, 2 of 3
1970
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Housing Code Removal, 3 of 3
1970
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Correspondence, responses re: Housing Maintenance Violation Code Removal
1970
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Draft Report, Re: Tax Certiorari
1970
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction
1970-1971
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Correspondence
1970-1971
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Housing Code Removal
1970-1971
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Reports
1970-1971
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Selected Meeting Minutes
1970-1972
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Committee Business
1971
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction
1972 January-February
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction
1972 March
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction
1972 April
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction
1972 May-June
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Correspondence re:diversion programs
1972
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Housing Code
1972
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Membership
1972
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Report, Achieving Prompt Trials in New York City
1972
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction
1973
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Courts-Subcommittee on the Elimination of Inappropriate and Unnecessary Jurisdiction: Notes
undated
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Federation of Jewish Philanthropies
1969
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Ford Foundation
1965-1968
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Grand Jury Association of New York County, Inc.
1969-1970
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Institute of Judicial Administration
1966-1967
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Institute of Judicial Administration
1972
Box: 10 Folder : 6 The International League for the Rights of Man: Correspondence, re: Human Rights Appeal to United Nations
1970
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA): Board of Trustees
1970
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA): Board of Trustees
1971
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA)
1972
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA): Correspondence, Legal Services Proposal
1973
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA)
1974
Box: 11 Folder : 2 John Jay Law Club
1970-1971
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Law Center Foundation, New York University: Board of Trustees
1965-1968
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Law Center Foundation, New York University: Board of Trustees
1973
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Lawyers for Frank Hogan
1973
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Lawyers for Lindsay
1969-1971
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Lawyers for McGovern
1972
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Lawyers Square Club
1972
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Legal Aid Society
1969 January-June
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Legal Aid Society
1969 July-December
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Legal Aid Society
1970 March-June
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Legal Aid Society
1970 July-December
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Legal Aid Society
1971
Box: 11 Folder : 14 Legal Aid Society
1972
Box: 11 Folder : 15 Lemberg Center, Brandeis University
1969
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Long Island University: Judicial Administration Program, Advisory Board
1971
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Los Angeles County Bar Association
1971
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Milton Helpern Library of Legal Medicine
1972
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Morris High School, Bronx
1973
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Municipal Art Society
1970
Box: 12 Folder : 6 National Council on Crime and Delinquency
1964-1966, 1968
Box: 12 Folder : 7 New School for Social Research: Center for New York City Affairs
1969-1970
Box: 12 Folder : 8 New York City Democratic Committee: Jerry Finkelstein
1969-1971
Box: 12 Folder : 9 New York City-Rand Institute: 1 of 2
1969
Box: 12 Folder : 10 New York City-Rand Institute: 2 of 2
1969
Box: 12 Folder : 11 New York City-Rand Institute: Chairman Judge Botein
1969 May-September
Box: 13 Folder : 1 New York City-Rand Institute: Chairman Judge Botein
1969 October-December
Box: 13 Folder : 2 New York City-Rand Institute
1970 January-March
Box: 13 Folder : 3 New York City-Rand Institute
1970 April-June
Box: 13 Folder : 4 New York City-Rand Institute
1970 July-December
Box: 13 Folder : 5 New York City-Rand Institute: Correspondence, Report-Rental Housing in New York City
1970
Box: 13 Folder : 6 New York City-Rand Institute: Court Records, McKinsey Case
1970-1971
Box: 14 Folder : 1 New York City-Rand Institute
1971
Box: 14 Folder : 2 New York City-Rand Institute: Evaluation Report [draft], Ford Foundation
1971
Box: 14 Folder : 3 New York City-Rand Institute
1972
Box: 14 Folder : 4 New York City-Rand Institute
1973
Box: 14 Folder : 5 New York Civil Liberties Union: New York Committee Against Preventive Detention
1969
Box: 14 Folder : 6 New York State Bar Association
1969-1971
Box: 14 Folder : 7 New York State Bar Association
1972
Box: 14 Folder : 8 New York State, Court of Claims
1973
Box: 14 Folder : 9 New York State, Constitutional Convention
1966-1967
Box: 14 Folder : 10 New York State, Constitutional Convention
1967
Box: 15 Folder : 1 New York State, Department of Motor Vehicles: Taskforce on the Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Violations (1 of 3)
1969
Box: 15 Folder : 2 New York State, Department of Motor Vehicles: Taskforce on the Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Violations (2 of 3)
1969
Box: 15 Folder : 3 New York State, Department of Motor Vehicles: Taskforce on the Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Violations (3 of 3)
1969
Box: 15 Folder : 4 New York State Joint Legislative Committee on Crime and Its Causes, Control and Effect on Society
1968
Box: 15 Folder : 5 New York State, Legislative Assembly: Temporary State Commission on Living Costs and the Economy
1973
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Practicing Law Institute: 1 of 2
1969-1970 January-May
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Practicing Law Institute: 2 of 2
1969-1970 June-December
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Practicing Law Institute
1971-1972
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Special Committee on Racial and Religious Prejudice
1969
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Special Committee on Racial and Religious Prejudice: Special Committee Report
1969
Box: 16 Folder : 5 State of Israel Bonds
1972
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Temporary Committee on Black-Jewish Relations
1968-1969
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Touro College
1973
Box: 17 Folder : 1 University of Michigan Law School: Thomas M. Cooley Lectures
1968, 1970
Box: 17 Folder : 2 University of Puerto Rico, School of Law
1961-1963
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Vera Institute of Justice
1964-1966
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Vera Institute for Justice: British-American Narcotics Conference, 1 of 2
1964-1966
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Vera Institute for Justice: Bail Reform
1966-1967
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Vera Institute for Justice: British-American Narcotics Conference, 2 of 2
1967
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Vera Institute for Justice
1967
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Vera Institute for Justice
1968
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Vera Institute for Justice: 1 of 2
1968-1969
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Vera Institute for Justice: 2 of 2
1968-1969
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Vera Institute for Justice
1970-1971
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Vera Institute for Justice: 1 of 3
1970-1971
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Vera Institute for Justice: 2 of 3, Program Proposals
1972
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Vera Institute for Justice: 3 of 3, Program Proposal
1972
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Walter E. Meyer Research Institute of Law: Project, Trouble Humans and Court Processes
1966-1968, 1972
Box: 18 Folder : 8 The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation
1969-1970, 1973

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Series II. Speeches, Addresses and Writings, 11949, 1953, 1955, 1957-1973, undated (bulk dates 1958-1973)

Scope and Content

Series II consists primarily of draft texts, some of which are annotated, manuscripts as well as published versions of manuscripts of over eighty-six orations and writings written and delivered by Bernard Botein. Materials include addresses, tributes, memorials, remarks, statements, reports, proposals and articles, as well as associated notes and correspondence, and relate to his service with various organizations, committees and taskforces. Many of the materials cover the period during his service as Supreme Court Justice, particularly during his appointment as Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department for Manhattan and the Bronx (1958-1968). This includes two folders of press releases from the Appellate Division covering the periods of 1958-1962 and 1963-1968.

Examples of works include The Gentle Art of Judge-Baiting (1957),  Our Courts Face the Future (1958),  A Judge Votes for the Jury (1960) and  A Twenty-Four Hour Arraignment Court (1967), and can be found in various legal and non-legal publications in this series including the  Bar Bulletin of New York State Bar Association,  New York Law Journal,  Journal of the American Judicature Society,  Life magazine and the  New York Times.

The series also contains several inventories that provide additional contextual information about the orations and writings found here. Inventories are located in Box 19/Folder 1. The majority of items are crossed referenced to a chronological index, up to 1973. These items can also be referenced by supplementary indexes including an alphabetical index that lists materials up to 1969.

Additional materials can also be found in Series 1 within the files of specific organizations.

Arrangement

Some individual files destined for Series II. Speeches, Address and Writings, have been added.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Indexes and Inventories
undated
Box: 19 Folder : 2 …This Right Was Dearly Won; The Protection of Property and Personal Rights
1946,1949
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Memorial Day Address; Address before Lawyers Division of the Federation of Jewish Charities, Honoring Monroe Goldwater.
1953
Box: 19 Folder : 4 The Civil Courts of New York State and City; Who Are the Accident Victims-the Parties, the Public or the Courts?
1955; 1957
Box: 19 Folder : 5 The Gentle Art of Judge-Baiting; Address at the Annual Dinner of the Bronx County Bar Association
1957-1958
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Remarks upon the Induction of Justice Birdie Amsterdam; Our Courts Face the Future;
1958
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Statement at Legislative Hearing on the Concurrent Resolution Proposed by the Temporary Commission on the Courts; Our Sixth Sense - Our Sense of Justice.
1958
Box: 19 Folder : 8 Address at Institute of Law Administration regarding the Judicial Conference Court Reorganization Plan; Thanksgiving Day Address.
1958
Box: 19 Folder : 9 Address at Seventieth Annual Dinner of Brooklyn Bar Association; Court Modernization.
1958
Box: 19 Folder : 10 Press Releases, Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
1958-1962
Box: 19 Folder : 11 Book Reviews: Review of Not Guilty; Review of  Klein: Judicial Administration and the Legal Profession.
1958,1963
Box: 19 Folder : 12 Address at Memorial Service for Honorable Albert Cohn; Address at Annual Meeting of Family Location Service, Inc.
1959
Box: 19 Folder : 13 Address at Fifty-Second Annual Meeting of American Association of Law Libraries; Commencement Address to Graduating Class of New York Law School.
1959
Box: 19 Folder : 14 Judge Votes for the Jury.
1960
Box: 19 Folder : 15 Our Social Problem Courts; Address at Municipal Court Building Opening; New Horizons for the Organized Bar.
1960-1961
Box: 19 Folder : 16 Society’s Challenge to Legal Aid.;  Current Court Problems: Bar Dinner
1960, 1961
Box: 19 Folder : 17 Address at Dedication Ceremonies of the City and Municipal Courts Building; Address at the New York Association of Plaintiffs' Trial Lawyers.
1961
Box: 19 Folder : 18 Address to Women's City Club
1962
Box: 19 Folder : 19 Statement on Court Reorganization
1962
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Remarks at Annual Meeting of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
1963
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Shifting the Center of Gravity of Probation; Address on Receipt of Medal of City Bar Association.
1963
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Press Releases, Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court.
1963-1968
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Address before National Association of Municipal Judges.
1964
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Proposal to Establish An Institute of Criminal Justice
1965
Box: 20 Folder : 6 The Manhattan Bail Project: Its Impact on Criminology and the Criminal Law Processes
1965
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Bar Association Participation in the National Program to Encourage Pre-Trial Release Without Bail; Address at Annual Dinner of Citizens Union of the City of New York.
1965
Box: 20 Folder : 8 Commencement Address at Yeshiva University; Opening Address at Institute on the Operation of Pretrial Release Projects at Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
1965
Box: 20 Folder : 9 The Cost of Providing Defense for Indigents in Criminal Cases; The Case Against Instant Justice; In Tribute to the Late Honorable Francis L. Valente.
1965-1966
Box: 20 Folder : 10 Commencement Address, Brooklyn Law School.
1966
Box: 20 Folder : 11 The Criminal and Family Courts
1966
Box: 20 Folder : 12 The New Hospitalization Provisions of New York's Mental Hygiene Law.
1966
Box: 20 Folder : 13 Statement at Hearing of State Senate Judiciary Committee.
1966
Box: 20 Folder : 14 Remarks of Presiding Justice Bernard Botein at Ceremonies Launching the 24-Hour Program; A Twenty-Four Hour Arraignment Court.
1967
Box: 20 Folder : 15 Talk at Luncheon Meeting of the Committee for Modern Courts (at Overseas Press Club)
1967
Box: 20 Folder : 16 Talk at Luncheon Meeting of the Committee for Modern Courts (Rochester, N.Y.)
1967
Box: 20 Folder : 17 Talk at Annual Luncheon of National Conference of Judicial Councils.
1967
Box: 20 Folder : 18 Remarks in Introducing Resolution on Judicial Selection
1967
Box: 20 Folder : 19 Six Decades of Achievement
1967-1968
Box: 20 Folder : 20 Remarks at First Regional Meeting at Special Committee on Evaluation of Disciplinary Enforcement at American Bar Association.
1968
Box: 20 Folder : 21 Excerpts from Remarks at Dinner of National Conference of Metropolitan Courts; Remarks at Dedication of the Burton A. Zorn Room.
1968
Box: 20 Folder : 22 Civil Liberties and Civil Disorders: Are They Reconcilable?
1968-1969
Box: 20 Folder : 23 Address honoring Judge Harold Stevens; Book of the Times.
1969
Box: 20 Folder : 24 The Role of the Family Lawyer in the Future; Luncheon Address to Newly Admitted Lawyers.
1969
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Statement of the Special Committee on Racial and Religious Prejudice
1969
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Charles Abrams.
1970
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Remarks upon receiving the Gold Metal; Remarks at St. Nicholas Society Dinner.
1970
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Draft Article re: State Judicial Budget
1971
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Life magazine article.
1971
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Law Day; Induction Ceremonies at City Hall.
1971
Box: 21 Folder : 7 New York State Bar Association Address; Two Cheers for Merit Selection of Judges; Statement, Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Law Day Statement
1972
Box: 21 Folder : 8 French Jurist Paper; Judges and Their Critics; Handler. Introduction.
1973
Box: 21 Folder : 9 The New York Judicial System.
1973
Box: 21 Folder : 10 Remarks for Law Day Dinner; Remarks for Law Day Symposium; Law Day Message for New York Law Journal.
1973
Box: 21 Folder : 11 Statement for the Committee for Modern Courts, Inc.; A Statement at the Public Hearing of the Board of Estimate.
1973
Box: 21 Folder : 12 Bail Procedures in England and the United States; Address on the Induction of Judge Waltemade
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Box: 21 Folder : 13 The Judge as Teacher and Student; Judicial Selection in France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
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Box: 21 Folder : 14 Toast to Herbert H. Lehman; New York County Lawyer's Association
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Box: 21 Folder : 15 Report on Pretrial Release Practices in Sweden, Denmark, England and Italy; Rusted Scales of Justice.
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Box: 21 Folder : 16 Statement for Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Issue of New York Law Journal; Social Services in the Courts.
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Box: 21 Folder : 17 Tamiment Institute Book Award to Merlo J. Pusey; Twentieth Century Problems in Nineteenth Century Courts.
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Box: 21 Folder : 18 An Address to the Twenty-Third Street Association
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Box: 21 Folder : 19 Voice of America
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Box: 21 Folder : 20 New York State Bar Association Statement.
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Box: 21 Folder : 21 Dean Jerome Prince Speech.
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Series III. Correspondence, 1968-1974

Scope and Content

Series III contains correspondence received by Bernard Botein in the years following his resignation from the bench and entry into private practice. This includes correspondents from prominent members of legal and political communities.

The correspondence refers to congratulatory responses received upon Botein’s resignation; court correspondence relating to various issues post resignation; professional invitations including those for social and commemorative events as well as speaking and writing engagements particularly by legal educators and publishers; and selected correspondence relating to Botein’s activities on various political campaigns. Relating responses from Bernard Botein frequently accompanies items in this series.

There is also correspondence from Botein relaying his support of individuals for professional appointments and memberships. Several items denote official responses from the firm Botein, Hays, Sklar and Herzberg after his death.

Additional correspondence relating to specific organizations can be found in Series I.

Arrangement

Series III consists of five sub series (Correspondence to and from Judge Bernard Botein, Court Correspondence, Invitations and Engagements, Letters of Support from Bernard Botein, and Botein, Hays, Sklar and Herzberg) which form Subseries I to V.

Subseries I. Correspondence to and from Bernard Botein, 1971-1973

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 1 A-P
1971
Box: 22 Folder : 2 A-H
1972
Box: 22 Folder : 3 L-X
1972
Box: 22 Folder : 4 A-P
1973

Subseries II. Court Correspondence, 1968-1972

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Responses to Resignation as Presiding Justice, Appellate Division for Manhattan and the Bronx
1968
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Supreme Court of the United States: Correspondence, re: Admission Recognition
1969
Box: 22 Folder : 7 General Correspondence Post Resignation: 1 of 2
1969-1972
Box: 23 Folder : 1 General Correspondence Post Resignation: 2 of 2
1969-1972

Subseries III. Invitations and Engagements, 1969-1970

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Invitations
1969
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Invitations: Speaking and Writing Engagements
1969-1970
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Invitations
1970

Subseries IV. Letters of Support from Bernard Botein, 1972-1974

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Letters of Support: Appointments
1972-1974
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Letters of Support: Club Memberships
1973

Subseries V. Botein, Hays, Sklar and Herzberg, 1974

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Outstanding Business
1974

Subseries VI. Political Correspondence, 1969-1970

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 23 Folder : 8 Political Correspondence, Mixed Topics
1969-1970

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Series IV. Subject Files, 1964, 1966-1971, 1973

Scope and Content Note

Series IV contains additional groupings of files pertaining to specific areas of research and study. Materials include original and photocopied, primary and secondary materials of correspondence, reports, proposals, preparatory materials and notes for studies and research areas, and printed materials. Research topics represented include judicial administration issues of selection and compensation, crimes of religious prejudice, divorce legislation and materials relating to the opposition of the Vietnam war within the legal field.

Arrangement

Series IV relates to files of specific areas of research but appear to be independent of a particular organization, committee or taskforce.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Bond Issue-Transportation
1973
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Compensation Increase, Re: Supreme Court Justices
1969-1970
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Contingent Fees
1964, 1966
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Crimes Against Houses of Worship
1969-1970
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Criminal Court Reform
1970-1971
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Divorce Legislation
1970
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Judicial Selection
1967-1969
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Vietnam War: Opposition and Protests
1970-1971

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Series V. Photographs and Visual Materials, 1929-1971

Scope and Content Note

Series V consists of two subseries (Photographs and Films) that form Subseries I and II. Subseries I contains black and white photographic prints that span the length of Judge Botein's career (1929-1971) and feature Botein alongside prominent figures of the legal and political sphere. Official court photographs from the New York State Supreme Court are included. Subseries II contains material concerning The True and The Just (1969), a documentary film portraying jury duty and commissioned by the Department Committee on Court Administration. Items include correspondence, reports including an official report to the Department Committee and reports documenting film sales, as well as a scrapbook that contains newspaper clippings, press releases, and transcripts of television interviews.

Arrangement

Series V pulls together related material by format. Subseries I has been separated from a pre-existing grouping of miscellaneous personal material.

Subseries I. Photographs, 1929-1971

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Bernard Botein
1929-1971

Subseries II. Films, 1966, 1967, 1969-1970

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 25 The True and the Just: Scrapbook
circa 1966
Box: 24 Folder : 10 The True and the Just: Report, Departmental Committee for Court Administration (First Judicial Department, State of New York)
1967
Box: 24 Folder : 11 The True and the Just: Correspondence
1969-1970

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Series VI. Memorials and Memorial Addresses, 1969-1975

Scope and Content Note

Series VI consists of documents and manuscripts pertaining to memorials and memorial addresses in honor of Bernard Botein. This includes three manuscripts of addresses including those delivered by former Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, Honorable David W. Peck and prominent trial lawyer, Whitney North-Seymour at a memorial event held at the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Also included is an inventory of commemorative memorials, and a file of several published articles addressing the legal career of Bernard Botein.

Arrangement

Series VI pulls together related items by material content, separated from a pre-existing grouping of miscellaneous personal material.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 12 Judge Bernard Botein
1969-1975
Box: 24 Folder : 13 New York Times Articles
1974

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