Fonds MS-2-639 - John Willis fonds

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John Willis fonds

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MS-2-639

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  • [1945?] - 1971 (Creation)
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    Willis, John

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22 cm of textual records

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(1907 - 1997)

Biographical history

John Willis taught at Dalhousie Law School during the 1930s and 1940s, one of a generation of young scholars who challenged established legal thought under such banners as sociological jurisprudence, the socialization of law, and realism. Born in England in 1907, Willis was educated at Winchester and Oxford, graduating with a double first in classics and jurisprudence. In 1933, after studying at Harvard, he arrived at Dalhousie Law School for a one-year teaching contract. With the exception of a few years in practice and working at the International Monetary Fund, his life was spent teaching law at Dalhousie, York University, University of British Columbia, and University of Toronto, where he helped to re-imagine and reconstruct its law school. Following his retirement in 1980, Willis lived in Annapolis Royal until his death on June 16, 1997.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in accession (1992-030) on 11 June 1992 by Heather Brenton.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of materials regarding John Willis' career as a law professor, including his notes on equity, tax income law, wills and trusts, and others subjects. Fonds also contains a manuscript and books with handwritten annotations possibly written by John Willis.

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Some of the documents are in poor conservation condition. Careful handling is required.

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  • English

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English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], John Willis fonds, MS-2-639, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Draft

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Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

January 13, 2020 (creation)
March 2020 (revision)

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