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Inventory of the Luis Kutner papers
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  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
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  • Accruals
  • Biographical Chronology
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Title: Luis Kutner Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1880-1993
    Collection Number: 82015
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 304 manuscript boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 1 phonotape reel (128.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Includes writings, correspondence, legal briefs, and printed matter, relating to international civil rights cases, world federation, and attempts to secure international recognition of habeas corpus and due process of law by an American lawyer who was both chairman of the Commission for International Due Process of Law and the World Habeas Corpus Commission. Sound use copy of sound recording available.
    Physical location: Hoover Institution Archives
    General Physical Description note:
    Creator: Kutner, Luis, 1908-

    Access

    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Luis Kutner papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    The Kutner papers were acquired in 1982. Incremental materials in boxes 116 to 240 were added from 1983 to 1993. Incremental materials in boxes 241 to 309 were added in 2011.

    Accruals

    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog Socrates at http://library.stanford.edu/webcat . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in Socrates is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Chronology

    1908 June 9 Born, Chicago, Illinois
    1927 J.D., University of Chicago
    1930 Admitted to Bar, State of Illinois
    1944 Author, The Admiral (biography of George Dewey) (with Laurin Healy)
    1948 Author, Fights and Cascades, Moon Splashed, Red Wine and Shadows (poems)
    1953 Author, Live in Twelve Minutes (novel) (with W. T. Brannon)
    1957 Author, The International Court of Habeas Corpus and the United Nations Writ of Habeas Corpus
    1958 Author, World Habeas Corpus: A Proposal for International Court of Habeas Corpus and the United Nations Writ of Habeas Corpus
    1961 Co-founded Amnesty International (with Peter Benenson)
    1962 Author, World Habeas Corpus
    1966 Author, I, the Lawyer
    1967 Wrote the first living will
    1970 Author, <emph render="italic">Legal Aspects of Charitable Trusts and Foundations: A Guide for Philanthropoids, </emph><emph render="italic">The Intelligent Women's Guide to Future Security</emph> (also published as <emph render="italic">How to Be a Wise Widow</emph>)
      Editor, <emph render="italic">The Human Right to Individual Freedom: A Symposium on World Habeas to Corpus</emph>
    1972 U.S. congressional nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize
    1974 Author, Due Process of Rebellion, How to Be a Wise Widow,and The Trialle of William Shakespeare (three-act play)
    1993 March 1 Died, Chicago, Illinois

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Luis Kutner papers describe his activities as a lawyer, as chairman of the Commission for International Due Process of Law, and as chairman of the World Habeas Corpus Commission. They consist of writings, correspondence, legal briefs, and printed matter relating to international civil rights cases, world federation, and attempts to secure international recognition of habeas corpus and due process of law.
    The materials reflect Kutner's advocacy for the right to a fair trial based on due process of law, his crusade against unlawful arrest and ill treatment of political prisoners, his propagation of the concepts of euthanasia and the living will to uphold the right to die with dignity, and his commitment to saving the environment and protecting marine life.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Commission for International Due Process of Law.
    World Habeas Corpus Commission.
    Civil rights.
    Due process of law.
    Habeas corpus (international law)
    International law.
    International organization.
    Law.
    Lawyers--United States.
    Phonotapes.