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Collection includes student papers from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Law School; lecture notes, passports, and correspondence (including a chart of Chinese kinship nomenclature and law diagrammed by a student) from Thompson's tenure at Pei Yang (Tianjin) University in Tientsin (Tianjin), China; correspondence and other papers relating to the Cornell University Law School, with letters from former students, some of whom were serving in the Armed Forces in World War II; correspondence, bills, and legal papers relating to a textbook on contract law on which he collaborated with Professor Samuel Williston; papers and articles by Thompson, including "Introductory Lectures in Procedure," 1934; personal correspondence, and correspondence about Indian relics which Thompson collected and cases involving Indian land claims. Also, diplomas and certificates.

Additional photographs and letters relating to the Thompsons' trip to China, and a typescript Report on the Condition of the Military and Civil Prisoners of War in Siberia by R.A. Burr, dedicated to Ruth Thompson.

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