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Charles A. Reich papers

Call Number: MS 2118
Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the professional and personal papers of attorney, law professor, and author Charles A. Reich. Writings include scholarly articles by Reich regarding legal theory; commenting on legal issues of the day; court case briefs; book reviews and proposals; and transcripts of talks and lectures given on legal topics. Also included are materials related to books authored by Reich, in particular materials on the creation, development, publishing, public responses, and critical reviews and retrospectives of The Greening of America.

The collection also contains interviews with and profiles on Reich, mostly relating to The Greening of America and the public reaction to his ideas and work; some personal and professional correspondence with friends and colleagues; notes written by Reich in preparation for his writings and lectures, in particular articles on Supreme Court Justices Hugo Black, William O. Douglas, and Felix Frankfurter; files relating to Reich’s early life including schoolwork; and Yale University teaching and student files.

Conditions Governing Access

Yale University related files are restricted until 2057 as established by Yale Corporation regulations. Student records are restricted until 2097 as established by Yale Corporation regulations.

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright and other associated proprietary rights for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Charles A. Reich were transferred to Yale University in 2020. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alice Reich and Daniel H. Reich, 2020.


The materials are arranged in nine groupings: Writings; Interviews, profiles and talks; Correspondence; Notes; Early life and biographical; Yale University files; Photographs; Audiovisual materials; and Computer files.

Circa 1930-2019
32.25 Linear Feet (128 boxes)
Related Names
Reich, Charles A.
Language of Materials