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Joseph Goldstein papers

Call Number: MS 1787

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of correspondence, topical files, research files, writings, speeches, and course materials that document the career of Joseph Goldstein. The papers include notes and correspondence from Anna Freud, with whom Goldstein co-authored three books, and records from projects he was involved with outside the legal profession, such as Friends of the Library of the Supreme Court of Israel. The papers include material on Goldstein's work in allied-occupied Japan in the 1940s as part of the Civil Censorship Detachment, Theatre Sub-Section; research files related to his work at the Yale Law School and his study of the anti-communist publication Red Channels; and correspondence documenting Goldstein's collaboration with economist Harold Laski. Additionally, the papers contain information on Goldstein's work with local New Haven legal organizations such as the New Haven Legal Assistance Association (NHLAA), as well as files related to the Yale Law School.


  • 1919 - 1999
  • 1919 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

The majority of the materials are open for research. Student records and personnel records are restricted until 2097 as established by Yale Corporation regulations.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the Donor of this collection for materials authored or otherwise produced by Joseph Goldstein. After the lifetime of the Donor, copyright passes to Yale University. 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 Sonja Goldstein, 2000 and 2019. Accession 2021-M-0020 transferred from Yale Law School, 2021.


Original accession and two additions. Accession 2020-M-0016 is arranged in four groupings: Allied occupation of Japan: Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD), Theatre Sub-Section; Yale Law School; Harold Laski and London School of Economics; and Legal career. Accession 2020-M-0021 is arranged in three groupings: New Haven organizations, Personal files, and Yale Law School.


16.48 Linear Feet (33 boxes)

16.48 Linear Feet (33 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist of correspondence, topical files, research files, writings, speeches, and course materials that document the career of Joseph Goldstein.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Goldstein was born in 1923 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He received a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth in 1943 and entered military service during WWII. He served in the Civil Censorship Detachment of the Occupation General Headquarters in Occupied Japan where, as part of the Theatre Sub-Section, he evaluated and censored Japanese theatre productions and encouraged new shows featuring democratic themes. Following his military service, he completed his doctorate at the London School of Economics. There, he worked closely with Harold Laski writing a dissertation on British trade unions, earning his degree in 1950. He and his spouse, Sonja Goldstein, then entered the Yale School of Law. While in law school, the Goldsteins collaborated on a project studying the impact of the anti-communist publication Red Channels on those it named as communists.

Joseph Goldstein specialized in family law and is credited with being among the first to introduce interdisciplinary thinking to the legal profession. He taught at Yale Law School from 1956 to 2000 and authored or co-authored books in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law, and the intersection of law, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. Joseph Goldstein died on March 12, 2000, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Preliminary Guide to the Joseph Goldstein Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Mike Strom and Robert Bartels
March 2002
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2022: revised to include accession 2020-M-0016
  • March 2022: revised to include accession 2020-M-0021

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