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Edward R. Becker papers

Call Number: MS 1929
Scope and Contents

The collection comprises the papers of Judge Edward R. Becker, who served both with the United States District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His papers include correspondence, court memoranda, other court-related documents, speeches, subject files, programs and fliers, and newspaper and journal clippings, mainly related to cases over which he presided. Materials cover from 1943 to 2006, with the bulk from 1972 to 2006.

There are some case materials included in the collection, including papers focusing on Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. v. Zenith Radio Corp.. Much of the collection is focused on Becker's other judicial activities though, including his work with asbestos legislation, the Judicial Conference of the United States, and Third Circuit task forces on indigent litigants and the death penalty. Also included are plans for the timing of hiring law clerks in the federal courts, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses, especially on representing asylum-seekers in the federal courts, and research on legal concepts such as sentencing guidelines, class action lawsuits, and expert evidence in court hearings. There are also materials related to the Senate confirmation hearings for Justice Samuel A. Alito's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States. Finally, a small but significant part of the collection includes papers related to Becker's different civic activities, including his work creating a Magna Carta exhibition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Language of Materials

The material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy of non-commercially produced items for their personal use should consult the ordering reproductions information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site. Copies of commercially produced audiovisual materials contained in this collection cannot be made for researcher use outside of the repository.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by Edward R. Becker was transferred to Yale University in 2013. 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 Flora Lyman Becker, 2013.


The papers are arranged in eight series: I. Correspondence, 1970-2006. II. Judicial activities, 1970-2006. III. Subject files, 1970-2005. IV. Clippings, 1943-2006. V. Professional organizations, 1961-2006. VI. Civic organizations and educational programs, 1979-2006. VII. Personal papers, 1950-2005.

31.86 Linear Feet (74 boxes)
Related Names
Becker, Edward R. (Edward Roy), 1933-2006
Language of Materials