Inventory of the Papers of Gordon M. Buck Buck, Gordon M., PapersMSS 88 - 2

Inventory of the Papers of Gordon M. Buck,

A Collection in
The Arthur J. Morris Law Library, Special Collections
Collection Number MSS 88 - 2


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Repository
Special Collections, University of Virginia Law Library
Collection number
MSS 88 - 2
Title
Inventory of the Papers of Gordon M. Buck
Physical Characteristics
16 boxes (7 linear feet)
Provenance
The papers were given to the University of Virginia Law Library by Buck's daughter, Mrs. Charles LeGrand, in 1988.
Language
English
Abstract
Gordon Mountjoy Buck was born in 1875 and practiced law in New York city during the 1920s and 30s. This collection consists of professional legal papers and a small collection of personal material. The Buck papers might be useful for research of railroad and corporate litigation, or simply for insight into the workings of a Wall Street law firm in the 1920s and 1930s.

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Inventory of the Papers of Gordon M. Buck, MSS 88 - 2, Box Number, Special Collections, University of Virginia Law Library.


Biographical/Historical Information

Gordon Mountjoy Buck was born in 1875. He earned a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Virginia in 1898, and was admitted to the bar in 1900. He is listed in Martindale's American Law Directory as working at 120 Broadway, New York City, in 1912, and at 165 Broadway two years later.

By 1921, Buck was working for the firm of Humes, Buck, Smith & Tweed. That firm became Humes, Buck & Smith the following year, and by 1930, Humes, Buck, Smith & Stowell, with offices at 50 Broadway in New York City. The firm had a general practice, with specializations in corporation, probate and financial law. Major clients included Southern Pacific Company and Pacific Oil Company, as well as many other railroad companies.

Buck retired from the practice of law sometime in 1936 or 1937, and returned with his wife to Virginia to live at his Greenwood estate, Whilton. His former firm survives today in New York City under the name of Humes, Andrews, Botzow & Wagner.

Scope and Content Information

The papers of Gordon M. Buck (7 linear feet in 16 boxes) consist of professional legal papers and a small collection of personal material. The papers range mainly from the early 1920s to the 1940s and contain records and briefs, memoranda, personal and business correspondence, court transcripts, and railroad trusteeship instruments. There are also several bound volumes of legal forms and documents, as well as case briefs and memoranda. Very thorough—if not entirely complete—records are included for the cases of Bogert v. Southern Pacific Co., Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., the Pacific Oil Co. dissolution, and Young v. Southern Pacific Co.

The collection should be useful to anyone researching drug law, particularly the debate over the decriminalization of marijuana and the rise in drug usage in the 1970s—an era of great ferment for the drug issue in the United States. Clippings, correspondence, legislative testimony, the materials of special interest groups like NORML, and the notes for Bonnie's books convey the thoughts and attitudes that shaped the drug issue during these years. There is a similar, if not as extensive, collection of materials on the insanity defense from the early 1980s.

Organization

The Buck collection is separated into professional and personal papers. The professional papers are alphabetically sorted by case name and generally go from raw drafts of briefs, memoranda and correspondence to the printed materials. There is an extensive collection of general case correspondence in chronological order, as Buck kept it, and the folders list the names of the prominent cases within. The small collection of personal papers includes documents relating to cases against the I.R.S. and the Mexican government, a few pieces of correspondence, and material on the purchase and furnishing of Whilton, Buck's retirement home in the countryside west of Charlottesville.

Contents List

Series 1: Professional Papers
Box: 1 - 14
Physical Location:

The professional papers are alphabetically sorted by case name and generally go from raw drafts of briefs, memoranda and correspondence to the printed materials. There is an extensive collection of general case correspondence in chronological order, as Buck kept it, and the folders list the names of the prominent cases within.

  • Box 1
    Bogert v. Southern Pacific Co., 1920-24
    Physical Location:
    (two folders)

    memoranda of law

  • Box 1
    Bogert v. Southern Pacific Co., 1919, 1923-24
    Physical Location:

    plaintiff's briefs and memoranda, U.S. District Court

  • Box 1
    Bogert v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:
    (two folders)

    defendant's briefs and memoranda, U.S. District Court

  • Box 1
    Bogert v. Southern Pacific Co., 1923
    Physical Location:

    plaintiff's and defendant's briefs, U.S. Circuit Court

  • Box 2
    Bogert v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Box 2
    Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad Co., 1925
    Physical Location:

    plan of reorganization

  • Box 2
    Continental Trust Co. v. Seaboard Air Line Railway Co., 1931
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs

  • Box 2
    El Paso & Southwestern Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    brief for appeal

  • Box 2
    Garland Manufacturing Co. liquidation, 1943
    Physical Location:

    U.S. District Court documents

  • Box 2
    Guaranty Trust Co. v. Seaboard Air Line Railway Co., 1937-41
    Physical Location:

    correspondence

  • Box 2
    Guaranty Trust Co. v. Seaboard Air Line Railway Co., ca. 1930s-1940s
    Physical Location:

    records and drafts for briefs

  • Box 3
    Guaranty Trust Co. v. Seaboard Air Line Railway Co., 1931
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs

  • Box 3
    Haddad v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs

  • Box 3
    Interstate Commerce Commission ex parte no. 81, n.d.
    Physical Location:

    agreement

  • Box 3
    New York Trust Co. v. Seaboard Air Line Railway Co., 1931
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs

  • Box 3
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    notes on briefs

  • Box 3
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., 1932-40
    Physical Location:
    (three folders)

    correspondence

  • Box 3
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    diary notes

  • Box 3
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    law clerk memoranda

  • Box 4
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., 1931-33
    Physical Location:
    (four folders)

    hearing testimony

  • Box 4
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., 1931, 1934
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous documents

  • Box 4
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., ca. 1930s
    Physical Location:
    (one of two folders)

    briefs

  • Box 5
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., ca. 1930s
    Physical Location:
    (two of two folders)

    briefs

  • Box 5
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., ca. 1930s
    Physical Location:

    complaint and answer

  • Box 5
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., 1933
    Physical Location:

    plaintiff's memoranda

  • Box 5
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., 1932-35
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous memoranda

  • Box 5
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., 1931, 1933
    Physical Location:

    testimony and deposition of Francis Schwab

  • Box 5
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., ca. 1931-34
    Physical Location:

    master's reports

  • Box 5
    Newark Plaster Co. v. Cross & Brown Co., 1935
    Physical Location:

    opinion

  • Box 5
    Pacific Fruit Express Co. equipment trust, 1920
    Physical Location:

    memoranda

  • Box 5
    Pacific Fruit Express Co. equipment trust, 1920, 1926
    Physical Location:

    memoranda of law

  • Box 6
    Pacific Mail Steamship Co. dissolution, 1940-42
    Physical Location:

    correspondence

  • Box 6
    Pacific Mail Steamship Co. dissolution, 1940
    Physical Location:

    auditors' report and account

  • Box 6
    Pacific Oil Co., 1920-21
    Physical Location:

    office file (correspondence, minutes, by-laws)

  • Box 6
    Pacific Oil Co., ca. 1920-21
    Physical Location:

    memoranda of law

  • Box 6
    Pacific Oil Co., 1920-21
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous memoranda

  • Box 6
    Pacific Oil Co., 1921-26
    Physical Location:
    (two folders)

    board meeting minutes and financial statements

  • Box 6
    Pacific Oil Co., 1928
    Physical Location:

    brief of protest re income taxes

  • Box 7
    Pacific Oil Co., 1921-26
    Physical Location:

    office manuals, numbers 1-5

  • Box 7
    Pacific Oil Co., 1924-25
    Physical Location:

    annual reports

  • Box 7
    Pacific Oil Co. dissolution, 1929-30
    Physical Location:

    notes and drafts

  • Box 7
    Pacific Oil Co. dissolution, 1927-30
    Physical Location:
    (three folders)

    correspondence

  • Box 7
    Pacific Oil Co. dissolution, n.d.
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous documents

  • Box 7
    Pacific Oil Co. dissolution, 1930
    Physical Location:

    petitions for receivership, answer and order

  • Box 7
    Pacific Oil Co. dissolution, 1928-30
    Physical Location:

    records

  • Box 7
    Pacific Oil Co. dissolution, 1927-29
    Physical Location:

    Pacific Oil Co. final report

  • Box 7
    Rockaway Pacific Corp. v. New York, 1922-23
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs

  • Box 7
    Seaboard Air Line Railway Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous memoranda

  • Box 7
    Southern Pacific Co., 1921, 1930-32
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous correspondence

  • Box 7
    Southern Pacific Co., 1920-
    Physical Location:

    memoranda of law

  • Box 8
    Southern Pacific Co. v. Lowe, 1917-18
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs

  • Box 8
    Southern Pacific Co., 1929-30
    Physical Location:

    office manual

  • Box 8
    Southern Pacific Co. equipment trust, 1913-15, 1923
    Physical Location:

    correspondence

  • Box 8
    Southern Pacific Co. equipment trust, 1920
    Physical Location:

    memoranda of law

  • Box 8
    Starring v. Kemp, n.d.
    Physical Location:

    brief

  • Box 8
    United States v. "Confidence", 1912
    Physical Location:

    briefs

  • Box 8
    Venner v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    memorandum draft and notes

  • Box 8
    Venner v. Southern Pacific Co., 1921
    Physical Location:

    memorandum

  • Box 8
    Venner v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    defendant's briefs

  • Box 8
    Venner v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    plaintiff's briefs

  • Box 8
    Venner v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    district court briefs

  • Box 8
    Ward v. City Trust Co. of New York, 1904
    Physical Location:

    brief

  • Box 8
    Young v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:
    (two folders)

    defendant's briefs

  • Box 8
    Young v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    plaintiff's briefs

  • Box 8
    Young v. Southern Pacific Co., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs

  • Box 9
    Diary of cases, 1920-30
    Physical Location:
    (two folders)

    Gordon M. Buck

  • Box 9
    Miscellaneous cases, n.d.
    Physical Location:

    notes and drafts for briefs

  • Box 10 - 11
    Miscellaneous cases, 1924-26, 1928
    Physical Location:
    (eight folders)

    general correspondence

  • Box 12
    Estates, 1930-32
    Physical Location:

    correspondence and depositions

  • Box 12
    Forms, ca. 1920s
    Physical Location:

    bonds, debentures and stock certificates

  • Box 12
    German bonds held by English trustee, 1923
    Physical Location:

    correspondence

  • Box 12
    German bonds held by English trustee, 1923
    Physical Location:

    memorandum for Southern Pacific Co.

  • Box 12
    Mortgages, 1897-98, 1901
    Physical Location:

    documents and lists (railroad companies)

  • Box 12
    Notebook, n.d.
    Physical Location:

    legal work

  • Box 12
    Railroad trusteeships, 1911, 1914, 1920-21, 1928-29
    Physical Location:
    (two folders)

    agreements

  • Box 12
    Railroad trusteeships, 1913
    Physical Location:

    deed

  • Box 12
    Railroad trusteeships, 1911
    Physical Location:

    mortgage bonds

  • Box 12
    Railroad trusteeships, 1907-11
    Physical Location:
    (one of four folders)

    mortgages and indentures

  • Box 13
    Railroad trusteeships, 1917, 1930
    Physical Location:
    (two of four folders)

    mortgages and indentures

  • Box 13
    Railroad trusteeships, 1881-1924
    Physical Location:
    (three of four folders)

    mortgages and indentures

  • Box 14
    Railroad trusteeships, 1924, 1929
    Physical Location:
    (four of four folders)

    mortgages and indentures

  • Box 14
    Railroad trusteeships, 1912
    Physical Location:

    registers of railroad directors and officers

  • Box 14
    Railroad trusteeships, 1917, 1930
    Physical Location:

    release or resignation of trustee duties

  • Box 14
    Railroad trusteeships, 1911, 1930
    Physical Location:

    reports

  • Box 14
    Railroad trusteeships, 1908-24
    Physical Location:

    satisfaction of mortgage

  • Box 14
    Railroad trusteeships, 1930
    Physical Location:

    Southern Pacific Co. correspondence and records

  • Box 14
    Railroad trusteeships, 1907-11
    Physical Location:

    transfer of bonds

  • Box 14
    Securities, 1914, 1925-29
    Physical Location:

    Southern Pacific Co. (correspondence, memos, I.C.C. orders)

  • Box 14
    Stock Transfer Guide, 1912
    Physical Location:

    (state statutes)

  • Box 14
    Stockholding papers, 1930
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous corporations

  • Box 14
    Trusts for Bernard and John Harrison, 1922
    Physical Location:

    indentures

  • Box 14
    Wills for Elise Kruttschnitt and Josephine Vignaux, 1926
    Physical Location:
Series 2: Personal Papers
Box: 15 - 16
Physical Location:
  • Box 15
    The Commercial & Financial Chronicle, 1929
    Physical Location:
    (two issues)
  • Box 15
    Bond claim of Samuel H. Buck against Mexico, 1943-56
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous documents

  • Box 15
    Bond claim of Samuel H. Buck against Mexico, ca. 1930s-1950s
    Physical Location:

    State and Treasury Department documents

  • Box 15
    Bond claim of Samuel H. Buck against Mexico, ca. 1930s-1950s
    Physical Location:

    notes of Gordon M. Buck

  • Box 15
    Bond claim of Samuel H. Buck against Mexico, 1935-56
    Physical Location:

    correspondence

  • Box 15
    Bond claim of Samuel H. Buck against Mexico, 1943-55
    Physical Location:

    payment vouchers

  • Box 15
    Bond claim of Samuel H. Buck against Mexico, 1935-36
    Physical Location:

    affidavits

  • Box 15
    Buck v. Commissioner of I.R.S., ca. 1930s
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous documents

  • Box 15
    Buck v. Commissioner of I.R.S., 1935
    Physical Location:

    newspaper clipping

  • Box 15
    Buck v. Commissioner of I.R.S., 1929
    Physical Location:

    Anaconda Mining and U.S. Steel documents

  • Box 15
    Buck v. Commissioner of I.R.S., 1931-39
    Physical Location:

    correspondence

  • Box 15
    Buck v. Commissioner of I.R.S., n.d.
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous notes and drafts of briefs

  • Box 15
    Buck v. Commissioner of I.R.S., 1935-37
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs (docket no. 78422)

  • Box 15
    Buck v. Commissioner of I.R.S., 1936-39
    Physical Location:

    records and briefs (docket no. 86040)

  • Box 15
    Buck v. Commissioner of I.R.S., 1936-37
    Physical Location:

    exhibits

  • Box 16
    Cards and pamphlets, n.d.
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous

  • Box 16
    Pelham Manor (N.Y.) property, 1920, 1922
    Physical Location:

    deed, indenture and agreements

  • Box 16
    Personal correspondence, 1930
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous

  • Box 16
    Personal correspondence, 1930
    Physical Location:

    Virginia and the University of Virginia

  • Box 16
    Whilton (Va.) estate, 1936-41
    Physical Location:
    (two folders)

    correspondence

  • Box 16
    Whilton (Va.) estate, ca. 1930s
    Physical Location:

    miscellaneous paper

88 - 2a
Series 3: Personal Correspondence
Box: 17 - 18
Physical Location:
  • Box 17
    Personal Correspondence, 1920-1921
    Physical Location:
    (four folders)

    Miscellaneous

  • Box 18
    Personal Correspondence, 1926-1930
    Physical Location:
    (four folders)

    Miscellaneous