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Guide to the Jerome J. Shestack papers, 1944-2011 and undated, bulk 1965-2000

Summary

Jerome Shestack was a prominent lawyer and human rights advocate. His papers chiefly document the leadership roles he undertook for social justice organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the International League for Human Rights, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and many others, and the histories of those entities. Series include extensive correspondence and subject files, organization files, writings and speeches, publications and clippings, as well as a small collection of personal files, photographs, and Shestack's World War II diary. Topics covered in the collection include but are not limited to: the history of the American Bar Association; law and legislation related to international and domestic human and civil rights; American government policies on human rights; Jewish human rights issues; the defense of political dissidents such as Andrei Sakharov; disappeared persons in Argentina; the rights of the mentally disabled; and Shestack's role in standing against the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork. Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11610
Title
Jerome J. Shestack papers
Date
1944-2011 and undated
Creator
Shestack, Jerome J.
Extent
128 Linear Feet, 86 boxes
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are in English.

Collection Overview

The papers of Jerome Shestack span the years of 1944 to 2011, and document the leadership roles he undertook for legal and social justice organizations such as the American Bar Association, the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the International League for Human Rights, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, the American Jewish Committee, the International Criminal Court, and many others, and the histories of those entities. Series include extensive correspondence and subject files; organization files; writings by Shestack and others, such as reports, editorials, articles, and speeches; publications and clippings; trial testimonies and proceedings; as well as a small collection of personal files, photographs, and Shestack's World War II diary.

The materials provide insights into Shestack's many professional achievements and how his work in the legal profession intersected his passion for human rights. Shestack held leadership roles in many law and human rights organizations, often simultaneously; therefore, the materials also reveal how organizations often collaborated with one another to address human rights from a legal standpoint. A large portion of the material focuses on Shestack's dedication to the law profession through his active roles in the American Bar Association, which includes his position on the 1987 judicial committee against the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork, as well as his role as American Bar Association President from 1997 to 1998.

Other materials in the collection demonstrate Shestack's work to promote and defend human rights on a broad international scale. Significant file groups for countries and their associated human rights cases include Argentina, China, Israel, Russia, and South Africa. His particular interests pertaining to human rights include but are not limited to: law and legislation related to international and domestic human and civil rights; American government policies on human rights; Jewish human rights issues; the defense of political dissidents such as Andrei Sakharov; disappeared persons in Argentina and other human rights abuses; the rights of the mentally disabled; and the history of human rights advocacy.

The worldwide respect Shestack gained for his advocacy work is represented in the collection through extensive correspondence and subject files documenting his connections to notable human rights activists and prominent political leaders, including President Jimmy Carter, President George Bush, René Cassin, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some audiovisual materials are scattered throughout the collection: a CNBC interview of Shestack as ABA President, International League for Human Rights Awards Dinner cassettes, Wingspread Interview cassettes, a Court TV Bosnia Trial VHS recording, and a recording of the Independent Counsel Symposium. Original media are closed to use; listening or viewing copies must be made for access.

Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive at Duke University.

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Arrangement

Arranged in the following series: American Bar Association; Organizations; Correspondence; Subject Files; Writings and Speeches; and Print Materials.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Jerome J. Shestack papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Contents of the Collection

1. American Bar Association, 1960-2009 and undated

Approximately 26 large boxes.

The American Bar Association series documents Shestack's work as a long-time member of the legal organization. The materials reflect his active participation in multiple American Bar Association (ABA) sections and committees, especially those dedicated to the advancement of human rights and equal opportunity. Highlights of the series include files on the committee that helped negate the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork in 1987 as well as files documenting Shestack's work during his time as appointed President of the American Bar Association from 1997 to 1998. The series consists of eight subseries: Correspondence, Writings, Presidential Materials, Sections and Committees, and Internal Reports, ABA Publications and Mailings, Subject Files, and Administrative Files.

Correspondence, 1969-2006 and undated

This subseries consists of correspondence between Shestack and others specifically regarding his work in the American Bar Association. Most of the correspondence was exchanged between Shestack and other members of the American Bar Association, but there is some correspondence between Shestack and members of other organizations or groups working with the ABA for various causes.

Correspondence topics include support for Shestack in various ABA elections, state bar association activities, and Shestack's acceptance of the ABA Medal. The series begins with correspondence arranged chronologically by Shestack. Other correspondence files are arranged by subject. Related material may be found in the Correspondence series.

Chronological Correspondence, 1969-1997 Feb.
(18 folders)

Contains correspondence between Shestack and colleagues regarding his work within the American Bar Association

Box 1
Chronological Correspondence, 1997 Feb-1997 Aug
(16 folders)
Box 2
Chronological Correspondence, 1997 Sept.-1998 Dec.
(19 folders)
Box 3
Chronological Correspondence, 1998-2006 and undated
(6 folders)
Box 4
Letters of Support for House of Delegates, 1983
(2 folders)

Letters written to Shestack to endorse his candidacy for re-elected Assembly delegate to the House of Delegates of the ABA in 1983.

Box 4
Correspondence by State, 1994

Correspondence from colleagues arranged by their state location in the US. Some correspondence refers to Shestack's possible candidacy for ABA President.

Box 4
Correspondence on the Orange County Bar Association, 1999
Box 4
American Bar Association Medal Correspondence, 2005
(2 folders)

Letters written to the ABA in support of Shestack's nomination for the 2005 ABA Medal

Box 4
American Bar Association Medal Congratulation Letters, 2006
Box 4

Writings, 1979 December-2001 January and undated

Files house drafts and final versions of writings and speeches by Shestack on American Bar Association topics and events. Related materials may be found in the Writings and Speeches series and perhaps in the Print Materials series.

Writings by Shestack, 1979 Dec.-1997 June
(5 folders)

Speeches, papers, and some articles written by Shestack and directed towards different bar associations and legal groups, and newspapers usually on a broader theme regarding the profession. Some speeches given to honor particular people. Speeches are arranged in chronological groups by month, some speeches given more than once, and they are placed in the appropriate date range. Some speech drafts with marginalia included in this series.

Box 4
Writings by Shestack, 1997 July-2001 Jan. and undated
(7 folders)
Box 5

ABA Presidential Materials, 1992-1998 June

Materials document Shestack's role as American Bar Association President from 1997-1998. Materials span his election campaign, his activities as President-Elect, and his work while in office. Documents include letters of support, articles covering the campaign, Shestack's acceptance speech, presidential reports by Shestack, and an interview of Shestack on CNBC during his presidency, recorded on VHS.

Original recording is closed to use; a viewing copy must be made for access. Please contact the Rubenstein Library staff before coming to use this collection.

Presidential Campaign Materials, 1992-1996
(8 folders)

Includes letters of endorsement, candidacy announcements for Shestack

Box 5
Presidential Campaign Materials, 1992-1996
Box 24
Presidential-Elect Materials, 1995-1996
(2 folders)

Includes nomination announcements and news articles about Shestack's election

Box 5
Presidential-Elect Materials, 1995-1996
Box 24
Presidency Materials, 1997
(6 folders)

Includes articles and correspondence addressing Shestack's work as ABA President.

Box 5
Presidency Materials, 1997 Aug.-1998 June
(12 folders)

Includes ABA Presidency reports and memorandums, conference briefing books, and a 1997 VHS tape of Shestack on CNBC

Box 6

Sections and Committees, 1960-2009 and undated

This large subseries documents Shestack's work on various ABA sections and committees throughout the entirety of his time as a member of the association.

Sections and committees of interest are: the Office of Economic Opportunity, the Commission on the Mentally Disabled, and the Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, of which Shestack was a founding member. The subseries also contains documents regarding Shestack's work on the ABA Committee of judicial appointments, specifically relating to his vote against Judge Robert Bork's nomination for the Supreme Court. Documents include some correspondence, conference files, reports, and memorandas.

American Bar Association Bork Committee, 1987
(12 folders)

Documents regarding the ABA Committee formed to determine whether or not Judge Robert Bork was qualified to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox as a part of the Watergate Scandal. Includes letters from committee members supporting or denying Bork's qualifications in addition to committee reports and essay commenting on the event.

Box 6
American Bar Association Bork Committee, 1987
(12 folders)
Box 7
Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI), 1996-2008
(6 folders)

Meeting reports, ABA-published Materials, and some correspondence regarding ABA and Shestack's involvement with the Central Eastern European Law Initiative, a nonprofit provider of legal education in the Czech Republic.

Box 7
Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI), 1996-2008
(2 folders)
Box 8
Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI), 1996-2008
(3 folders)
Box 24
Federal Judiciary Committee, 1985-1989, 2000-2001
(21 folders)

Reports, member rosters, and some Supreme Court case files concerning or belonging to the Federal Judiciary Committee, a committee that provides peer evaluation of federal judicial nominees.

Box 8
Center for Human Rights, 1973-2009
(26 folders)

Newsletters, reports, and correspondence on various topics of human rights addressed by the Center. Topics include torture, genocide, and human rights work in various countries.

Box 9
Center for Human Rights, 1973-2009
(13 folders)
Box 10
Individual Rights and Responsibilities (IRR) Correspondence, 1965-1991
(10 folders)

Correspondence between Shestack and his colleagues about the activities of the ABA's Section for Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Correspondence from 1991 celebrates the section's anniversary.

Box 10
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Chicago Trial Cincinnati, 1970
(4 folders)

Correspondence to and from Shestack regarding a controversial Chicago Trial involving the Cincinnati Bar Association and ABA's section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities.

Box 10
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Chicago Trial Cincinnati, 1970
(2 folders)

Correspondence from the Chicago trial and news clippings

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Constitutional Conventions Committee, 1969-1971

Correspondence concerning ABA's involvement in the National Constitution Convention

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities House of Delegates, 1971

Oral report by Shestack to the House of Delegates concerning IRR issues and related correspondence

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Campus Dissent Committee, 1969
(3 folders)

Press releases and reports concerning IRR's Committee on Dissent Among College Communities

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities "Birth of A Section", 1991

ABA IRR's Human Rights Magazine w/ special feature on IRR Anniversary

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Midyear Meeting Information, 1971
Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Genocide Convention, 1970
(3 folders)

Correspondence and reports on the ratification of the IRR-supported Genocide Convention by the United States

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Housing Committee, 1966-1971

Correspondence and memorandums regarding IRR's subcommittee on equal opportunity in the housing market

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Freedom from Hunger, 1960s-1970s
(2 folders)

Correspondence and reports from the IRR annual meetings

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Annual Meeting Information, 1969-1971
(2 folders)

Reports from the IRR annual meetings

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Right to Legal Services Committee, 1969-1973
(2 folders)

Correspondence, reports, news clippings, and publications concerning the activities of the Rights to Legal Services Committee, which sought to provide legal services to those who struggled to find such services.

Box 11
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Right to Legal Services Committee, 1969-1973
(4 folders)
Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities-ABA Officers, undated

News clippings about the ABA-IRR officers.

Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Board of Governors, 1970 July 15

Board of Governors meeting minutes

Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Amnesty, 1970

Correspondence between Shestack and colleagues about amnesty and IRR

Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Electronic Surveillance, 1971
Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Financial Information, 1969-1971
(2 folders)

Reports and charts of IRR funds allocation.

Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Law Student Division, 1971
Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Ford Foundation, 1969-1974
(4 folders)

Correspondence, reports, and memorandums concerning the IRR's work with the Ford Foundation.

Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on Alcoholism, 1969-1970
(2 folders)

Correspondence and reports on the IRR committee for alcohol reform

Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities American Citizenship Committee, 1969-1971
Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities American Indian Committee, 1970
Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on Civil Rights and Responsibilities, 1969-1970
(3 folders)

Correspondence and reports on initiatives led by the IRR Civil Rights Committee

Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on Committees, 1970
Box 12
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on Equal Protection of the Law, 1970
Box 12
IRR Equal Rights for Women Committee, 1969-1970
Box 13
IRR National Judicial College Files, 1997
(3 folders)

Includes correspondence, reports, and publications by the National Judicial College for the IRR's work with Immigration Law. Also Includes certificates award to Shestack for presentations he conducted as a part of human rights courses conducted through the National Judicial College.

Box 13
IRR Human Rights files, 1970-1971

Binder files concerning human rights projects undertaken by the ABA-IRR. Also includes ABA Human Rights publication from July 1971.

Box 13
Committee of International Aspects of Individual Rights and Responsibilities, 1971
Box 13
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committees on Rights of the Accused, 1971
Box 13
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Washington May Day Protest, 1971 May
Box 13
Individual Rights and Responsibilities State and Local Liaison Committee, 1969
Box 13
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on Religious Liberty, 1971-1972
Box 13
Individual Rights and Responsibility Human Rights Publication Materials, 1970-1971
Box 13
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Overpopulation Committee, 1970
(2 folders)
Box 13
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Assorted Files, 1964-1992
(9 folders)

Assorted correspondence to and from Shestack, memorandums, committee reports, and publications regarding the ABA's Section on Individual Rights and Resposibilities. Original arrangement provided.

Box 13
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Assorted Files, 1964-1992
(15 folders)
Box 14
Individual Rights and Responsibilities Bound Correspondence, 1969
Box 14
Commission on the Mentally Disabled (CMD) Correspondence, 1975-1977
(4 folders)

Correspondence to and from Shestack regarding the ABA's Commission on the Mentally Disabled

Box 14
Commision on the Mentally Disabled-ABA Conference, 1975
Box 15
Commission on the Mentally Disabled-Bar, 1975-1977

Correspondence from Shestack to state bar association presidents asking for their cooperation in creating a guide to advocating for the Mentally Disabled for distribution. A final guide copy is included.

Box 15
Commission on the Mentally Disabled Backup Center, 1975 June 19

Letter from Shestack to Dean Kimball advocating for the need for a Mental Health Legal Advocacy Center

Box 15
Commission on the Mentally Disabled Mental Health Legal Advocacy Project, 1978
Box 15
Commission on the Mentally Disabled - Institute for Continuing Care Brochure, 1998 July 15-16

Executive Summary for Quality of Life for Persons with Disabilities in the United States Institute for Continuing Care

Box 79
Commission on the Mentally Disabled Assorted files, 1973-1997, undated
(9 folders)

Correspondence and annual reports about Commission on Mentally Disabled Activities and information for state bar associations on how to start a mental health committee

Box 15
"The Mentally Disabled: A New American Bar Association Viewpoint By Jerome Shestack, 1974 Feb.2
Box 15
National Advisory Committee, 1968-1971
(2 folders)

Committee meeting documents and newspaper clippings regarding the committee's involvement with the California Rural Legal Assistance

Box 15
Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) Correspondence, 1966-1971
(3 folders)

Correspondence regarding work within the ABA's Office of Economic Opportunity

Box 15
Office of Economic Opportunity Funded Data, 1966
Box 16
Office of Economic Opportunity Memoranda to National Advisory Committee, 1965-1972
(2 folders)
Box 16
Office of Economic Opportunity National Justice Foundation, 1969
Box 16
Office of Economic Opportunity Source Files, 1960-1980
(4 folders)

Proposals, memorandums, and newsletters concerning OEO

Box 16
Office of Economic Opportunity Legal Services, 1966-1967
(3 folders)

Correspondence regarding OEO Legal Services

Box 16
Office of Economic Opportunity Administrative Files, 1971-1973
(3 folders)

Various reports, program files and correspondence regarding OEO administrative programs

Box 16
Standing Committee on Law, 1998
Box 16
Standing Committee on World Order Under Law, 1996
Box 16
Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, 1980 Oct. 6, 1994
Box 16
Public Services Group, undated
Box 16
Section Materials, 1992

Various correspondence discussing different section activities

Box 16
Section of General Practice, 1991
Box 16
Section of International Law and Practice, 1990-1991
Box 16
Program Committee, 1994-1995
Box 17
American Bar Association Presidential Nominating Committee, 1993
Box 17
Ethics Task Force, 2002 May 30

Meeting information from the IBA Task Force on Profession Ethics to be used in an ABA context.

Box 17
Task Force on Lawyer's Political Contributions, 1998
Box 17
Long Range Planning Committee Report, 1996
Box 17
Executive Committee Meeting Agenda, 1997 August 2
Box 17
Section on Judicial Administration, 1991-1992
Box 17
Special Advisory Committee on International Activities Fall Meeting Minutes, 1997 October 28
(2 folders)
Box 17
Standing Committee on Education About Communism, 1969
Box 17
Special Committee on Judicial Independence, 1998
Box 17
Federal Judiciary Committee, 1984-1985
(2 folders)

Correspondence, memorandums, and articles collected in response to Shestack's appointment to the Federal Judiciary Committee

Box 17
Program and Planning Committee Agendas, 1994
(2 folders)
Box 17
General Committee Files, 1980-1997
(3 folders)

Correspondence, memorandums, news clippings, and reports related to committees of ABA, kept in original order.

Box 17
General Committee Files, 1996-1997
(2 folders)
Box 18

Internal Reports, 1975, 1994-1999 and undated

Files chiefly house reports circulated within the American Bar Association. The majority are administrative in nature and distributed association-wide. A few reports are specifically related to Shestack's work within the organization, such as grant reports.

Administrative Internal Reports, 1994-1999
(10 folders)

Reports circulated among ABA Members that concern administrative activities; reports not circulated to the public

Box 18
Legal and Government Priorities Reports, 1996-1997
Box 18
State Bar Association Reports, 1996, undated
Box 18
Foundations and Services Reports, 1975,1997, undated
(2 folders)
Box 18
Internal Grant Report, 1997 Oct. 1

Grant Application/Report for ABA Justice and Education Section submitted to the American Endowment Committee

Box 18
Promoting Professionalism Reports and Drafts, 1997 January-1998 July
(2 folders)

Internal reports and report Drafts that document ABA programs and initiatives to exhibit professionalism as members of the legal field.

Box 18
Promoting Professionalism Reports and Drafts, 1997 January-1998 July
(11 folders)
Box 19

ABA Publications and Mailings, 1970-2005 and undated

This subseries consists of news and promotional materials sent to all members of the American Bar Association, such as the ABA Journal or mailings about membership. Most files contain articles related to Shestack's work within the organization.

Some related materials can be found in the Print Materials series.

Publications and Mailings, 1970-1997
(4 folders)

ABA magazines, and public mail sent to members and other people to advertise ABA and its activities

Box 19
Publications and Mailings, 1998-2005, undated
(2 folders)
Box 20
Publications and Mailings, 1992,1994, undated
Box 24

Subject Files, 1960-2009 and undated

Subseries includes correspondence, reports, and memoranda concerning various people and events related to Shestack's work during his time in the American Bar Association. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject name.

Subject Files A-I, 1960-2009 and undated
(27 folders)

Subject files arranged alphabetically, including but not limited to the following subjects: Chamber of Commerce, China Project, Coalition for Justice, International Criminal Court

Box 20
Subject Files I-S, 1960-2009 and undated
(35 folders)

Subject files arranged alphabetically, including but not limited to the following subjects: International Criminal Court, Minorities, SACIA, Supplemental Security Income

Box 21
Subject Files S-U, 1960-2009 and undated
(4 folders)

Subject Files arranged alphabetically, including Supreme Court Briefs and University of South Carolina School of Law Evaluation

Box 22

Administrative Files, 1970-2006

This subseries consists of files regarding administrative activities of ABA involving Shestack. Materials are mostly meeting minutes and agendas. The general administrative files contain a variety of similar administrative documents that were originally unfiled.

Ethics Meeting, 1999 January
Box 22
Section Meeting Files, 1996
Box 22
Section Officers Files, 1995
(4 folders)

Files documenting section plans and profiling section officers

Box 22
ABA Mid-Year Meeting Minutes, 1992
Box 22
Legal Program Binder Files, 1997-1998
(4 folders)

Files include ABA Law Day Results 1998, ABA Legal Education, Legal Intelligencer Article, Law and National Security Schedule Sheet, Judiciary Committee Files

Box 22
Economic and Social Council Application Files, 1996 May 24
(2 folders)

Application from ABA submitted to the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations for consultative status in category II with the Economic and Social Council

Box 22
State Bar Directors Inquiry, 1992
(2 folders)

Shestack's Correspondence with state bar Directors on the status of ABA

Box 22
Board of Governors Agenda, 1997 July-1997 August
(7 folders)
Box 23
Board of Governors Agenda, 1998 July 29-31
(2 folders)
Box 79
American Bar Endowment Director's Meeting, 1997 June
(2 folders)
Box 23
Center for Professional Responsibility Chair Meeting Binder Files, 1997 May
Box 23
General Administrative, 1972-2006
(12 folders)

Files that document administrative activities within ABA regarding various events and subjects. Includes agendas, reports, meeting minutes, binder notes, and some correspondence.

Box 23
General Administrative, 1972-2006
(12 folders)
Box 24
General Administrative, 1970-1998
(5 folders)
Box 79
General Administrative, 1981-2004
(4 folders)
Box 80

2. Organizations, 1961-2008 and undated

Approximately 28 large boxes.

Series comprises materials concerning Shestack's work as a member and leader in various organizations. Materials demonstrate Shestack's passion for both human rights, the legal profession, and the intersection of the two subjects. Highlights of the series include his work within multiple organizations, particularly the International League of Human Rights, to raise awareness of the persecution of Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov. Other highlights include his work for Jewish human rights and advocacy and his role as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Formats vary across organizations, but generally consists of correspondence, subject files, reports, and administrative files.

International League for Human Rights, 1968-2008 and undated

The materials in this series document Shestack's work in the International League for Human Rights (ILHR), a human rights organization of which he became and member around the time of its conception in 1963 and was chairman from 1976 until 1996. Documents include correspondence, subject files, conference proceedings, reports, newsletters, meeting minutes, and other administrative files. Most correspondence occurs between Shestack and ILHR colleagues, though some corresponce occurs between Shestack and non-ILHR members regarding collaborative work between ILHR and other organizations. Subject files are arranged in alphabetical order, and cover a variety of topics documenting Shestack's work in the organization, including files about human rights in various countries and organization funding. The materials also demonstrate Shestack's work to raise awareness of mistreatment of political dissident Andrei Sakharov and disappearances of thousands of people during the military junta in Argentina in the 1970s. The International League for Human Rights was known as the International League for the Rights of Man until it was renamed in 1976.

Chronological Correspondence, 1973-1974
(2 folders)

Contains correspondence between Shestack and his colleagues regarding his work and other activities within the International League for Human Rights.

Box 24
Chronological Correspondence, 1974-1989
(16 folders)
Box 25
Administrative Correspondence, 1982, 1985-1987
(5 folders)

Correspondence specifically regarding ILHR responses to global events, meeting coordination,organization of reports, and collaboration with other organizations.

Box 26
Administrative Correspondence, 1981-1982
Box 80
Solicitation Correspondence from Shestack, 1968, 1977, 1982, 1997
(3 folders)

Letters to potential donors of International League for Human Rights requesting financial support.

Box 26
Country Ambassador Correspondence, 1975-1978

Letters between Shestack and ambassadors of various countries

Box 80
Africa, undated
Box 26
Argentina, 1978-1979, 1990 March, undated
(3 folders)
Box 26
Austria, 1975 Dec. 15
Box 26
Awards Dinner Cassette Tapes 1-3, 1997 Sept. 16
Box 86
Background Information on ILHR, 1987
Box 26
Bellagio, 1979
Box 26
Brazil, 1972-1978
Box 26
Bulgaria, 1978
Box 26
Burlatsky, 1991
Box 26
Chile, 1976-1978, 1982
(2 folders)
Box 26
China, 1978, 1989
(2 folders)
Box 26
China Subcommittee Hearing, 1991
Box 26
Conference Reports, 1977, 1991, 1996
Box 26
Cyprus, 1976
Box 26
Czechoslovakia, 1977
Box 26
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, 1975
Box 33
Defenders Project Case Files, 1987
Box 26
Defenders Project Information, 1987
Box 26
Disappearance Reports, 1979 September 20
Box 26
Disappearance Report, undated
Box 80
Disappearances Transcript, 1979
Box 26
Dominican Republic, 1978 May 18
Box 26
Donna Sullivan, 1992
Box 26
East Germany, 1983
Box 33
Egypt, 1977
Box 26
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1984, undated
(3 folders)

Documents about Eleanor Roosevelt that connect her human rights work with the work of the International League for Human Rights

Box 26
El Salvador, 1978
Box 26
Ethiopia, 1977
Box 26
Fang Li Zhi Reception, 1991
Box 27
Ford Foundation Funding Application, undated
Box 27
Ford Foundation Proposal Draft, undated
Box 27
Foundation Funding Files, 1973-1977, 1981, undated
(2 folders)

Documents that detail funding needs and applications processes for funding from various foundations that wanted to contribute to the International League for Human Rights' cause.

Box 27
Foundation Funding Files, 1984
Box 33
Geneva, 1979
Box 27
Germany Democratic Republic, 1982
Box 27
Grant Proposal for Foundation Funding, undated
Box 27
Grenville Clark Prize Nomination for Shestack, 1981 June 30
Box 27
Guinea, 1977-1979
Box 80
Haiti, 1978 December 12
Box 80
Human Rights Research in the 20th Century Brochure/Program, 1990 Nov. 9-12
Box 27
Human Rights Research Files, 1973, 1980-1990, undated

Documents that Shestack and his International League of Human Rights colleagues used for research specifically pertaining to the human rights work of the organization.

Box 27
Hungary, 1977 July 31
Box 80
ICC Conference, 2008
Box 28
Human Rights Board Meeting, 1999 September 15
Box 28
India, 1976
Box 28
India, 1976-1979
Box 80
International Covenants, 1991-1995
Box 28
International Observer Mission, 1986-1987
Box 80
Iran, 1978-1979
(3 folders)
Box 28
Iraq, 1977
Box 80
Ireland, 1977
Box 80
Israel Affiliate, 1971-1974
Box 80
Israel, 1982
Box 28
Japan and Paraguay, 1977, 1987
Box 80
Joseph C. Wilson Award Nomination for Shestack, undated
Box 28
Kurdish Situation, 1991
Box 28
Lawyers and Judges, 1985-1986
Box 33
League Support Mailing, 1989
Box 28
Lithuania, 1979
Box 28
Media Award Dinner for Rosenthal, 1991-1992
Box 28
Nicaragua, 1984-1986
(3 folders)
Box 28
Panama, 1975-1978
Box 80
Paraguay, 1976 July, 1979-1980
(2 folders)
Box 28
Paraguay, 1976-1978
Box 80
Psychiatry, 1974-1977, undated
(2 folders)
Box 33
Research Sources, 1971-1976, undated
(3 folders)

Documents used for research by Shestack and his colleagues for various work within the organization

Box 28
Remarks on Sakharov Case by Shestack, 1980 Feb.-Mar.
Box 28
Sakharov, 1973-1975, 1980-1986
(3 folders)

Documents pertaining to the life, work, and controversy surrounding Andrei Sakharov, a Russian nuclear physicist and human rights activist. Shestack worked against the Sakharov's mistreatment as a Soviet dissident around this time.

Box 28
Sakharov Articles, 1984-1987
(2 folders)

Articles discussing Sakharov controversy and his human rights work

Box 28
Sakharov Files and Tribute Publications, 1984, undated

Includes 1984 tribute book about Andrei Sakharov and Yelena Bonner

Box 80
Sakharov Hearing, 1983
Box 28
Sakharov Reception, 1988
(2 folders)

Plans for reception honoring Sakharov

Box 28
Sakharov Reception, 1988
Box 29
Sakharov Reception Photos, 1988

Photo sheets from the Sakharov Reception

Box 80
South Korea, 1984
Box 29
South Africa Publicity, 1978
Box 29
South Africa, 1977-1979
Box 80
Sri Lanka (Ceylon), 1974
Box 80
Syria, 1974
Box 80
Tax Protest, 1974
Box 29
Terrorism, 1985-1986
Box 80
Torture, 1976-1978
Box 29
Turkey, 1986-1987
(2 folders)
Box 29
Turkish Mission, 1986-1987
Box 29
Uganda, undated
Box 29
Uganda, 1975-1978
Box 80
Ukraine, 1979
Box 29
U.N. Review, undated
Box 29
Uruguay, 1979, 1982
Box 29
Uruguay, 1977-1978
Box 80
Uruguay and USSR, 1986 February
Box 29
USSR, 1985-1987, undated
(2 folders)
Box 29
USSR, 1975-1978
Box 80
USSR, 1976
Box 81
Vietnam, 1976-1977
Box 81
Yugoslavia, 1984, 1990-1993
(4 folders)
Box 29
Yugoslavia, 1976-1977
Box 81
Zaire, 1987
Box 29
President's Message by Shestack, 1983 Sept.
Box 29
Human Rights as a Condition of Peace, 1979 Nov.
Box 29
Statements to ILHR Committees, 1973-1974, 1979, 1982
(2 folders)
Box 29
UNESCO Speech, 1979 November
Box 30
Report on Neve Tirza and Ramel Prisons, Israel, 1972 Nov.
Box 30
Report on Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights, undated
Box 30
Report on Human Rights Defenders in Nicaragua Draft, 1986 July
Box 30
Response to the Comments of Aryeh Neier, 1986 Sept 17
Box 30
Strategies Conference Report, 1979 Oct.
Box 30
Northern Ireland Report, undated
Box 30
Lebanon Report to UN Working Group, 1985 Sept. 12
Box 30
Report on Conference on Implementing a Human Rights Commitment in US Foreign Policy, 1977 March 4
Box 30
Human rights reports sponsored by the International League for Human Rights, 1977, 1979, undated
Box 30
Annual Review, 1979-1980
Box 30
Judaism and Human Rights Brochure, 1983
Box 30
In Brief Newsletters, 1989
Box 30
In Brief Newsletters, 1988-1982
Box 81
Program for Shestack's Human Rights Award ceremony, 1997 Sept. 16
Box 30
Press Releases, 1983-1985, 1993
Box 30
News and Press Reports, 1975-1976
Box 32
Human Rights Bulletin newsletter and booklet, 1991, 1994
Box 30
Human Rights Bulletin newsletter and booklet, 1978
Box 33
Newsletters, 1983-1988
Box 32
Board of Directors file, 1979
Box 30
Board Members, 1984-1986
Box 32
Executive Committee files, 1982
Box 30
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes, 1986-1989
(3 folders)
Box 30
Meeting Minutes and Bylaws for Board of Directors, 1982-1985
(2 folders)
Box 30
Board Meeting Minutes, 1985 Sept 12
Box 32
Board Meeting Minutes, 1974-1975
Box 33
1980 Nominating Committee Member List, 1979
Box 30
UN Meeting Agenda, 1990 Nov.
Box 30
Organization Tax Exemption Files, 1973-1975
(2 folders)
Box 81
General Administrative Files, 1972-2004, undated
(2 folders)

Includes newsletters, reports booklets, agendas, some correspondence, in addition to more committee meeting minutes, commemorative files, some files used for research pertaining to the International League for Human Rights. Documents within files maintain their original order.

Box 30
General Administrative Files, 1972-2004, undated
(23 folders)
Box 31
General Administrative Files, 1972-2004, undated
(19 folders)
Box 32
General Administrative Files, 1976-1978
Box 33
General Administrative Files, 1970-1997, undated
(6 folders)
Box 81

International Bar Association, 1984-2002 and undated

The International Bar Association subseries houses materials from Shestack's time as a member of the International Bar Association. Materials document Shestack's correspondence and collaboration with other national bar association leaders across the world, particularly in regards to law's role in international human rights issues. Types of materials include correspondence, subject files, international conference files, materials from bar associations in different countries, meeting minutes, and a few publications.

Chronological Correspondence, 1990-1994; 1994 Feb 15
(7 folders)

Correspondence to and from Shestack regarding the activities of the International Bar Association

Box 33
Human Rights Correspondence, 1993
Box 33
IBA Action Plan Correspondence, 1991
Box 33
Asian Human Rights Organization, 1993
Box 33
Buenos Aires Conference File, 1988
Box 33
Committee 19 Meeting, 1991, 1994
Box 33
Chongwe Report on Zambia, 1990 July 18
Box 81
Geneva Conference, 1994
Box 33
Human Rights Activities of Standing Committee, 1994, undated
Box 33
Legal Intelligencer Article for IBA Action Plan, 1992
Box 33
Kenya, 1991, undated
(2 folders)
Box 33
Khajawa Case, 1993, undated
Box 81
Malaysia Project, 1993-1994
Box 33
Melbourne Conference, 1992-1994
Box 33
Muna Report on Cameroon, 1990 March 27
Box 81
Murungi Report on African Charter, undated
Box 81
Northern Ireland, 1993-1994, undated
Box 33
Role of the Lawyer in Human Rights Issues, 1997 Feb 15
Box 33
Ruzindana: African Charter Paper, 1990 Sept. 19-25
Box 81
Second Asian Pacific Ministerial Conference on Women and Development International Bar Association Statement, 1994 June 7-14
Box 33
Section on General Practice, 1993
Box 33
World Bar Leaders Conference, 1990-1991, 1991 June 7
(4 folders)

Conference proceedings and administrative materials

Box 33
World Bar Leaders Conference, 1991 June 7
(2 folders)
Box 34
Articles on Manila Workshop, 1994
Box 34
Manila Workshop Materials, 1994 June
Box 34
Manila Workshop Correspondence, 1994
Box 34
Manila Workshop Nairman Speech, 1994 June
Box 34
Country Reports, undated

Reports on legal actions in various countries

Box 34
Philippines Background Information, 1993-1994
Box 34
Philippines Meeting Notes, undated
Box 34
Philippines Summary, 1993
Box 34
Protest Letters and Cases, 1992-1993
(3 folders)
Box 34
Australian Bar Letters, 1993
Box 34
Norwegian Bar Letters, 1993-1994
Box 34
Trial Observance Corps. Biographies, 1994, undated
(3 folders)
Box 34
Trial Observance Corps. Correspondence, 1994
Box 34
Trial Observance Corps. Formation and Guidelines, 1994
Box 34
Corps. Member Curriculum Vitaes, 1994
Box 34
Trial Observance Corps. Liaisons, 1994
Box 34
Trial Observers Corps. Resource File, 1994
Box 34
New York Meeting, 1990
Box 34
New Orleans Conference, 1993
Box 34
Standing Committee on Human Rights Trial Observer, 1993-1994
Box 34
Australia Council Meeting Agenda, 1994 Oct.
Box 34
Human Rights Action Plan Materials, 1987-1993, undated
(3 folders)
Box 35
Human Rights Action Plan Protest Letter Docket, 1992
Box 35
Human Rights Fund Resolutions, 1993
Box 35
Human Rights and a Just Rule of Law Committee, undated
Box 35
Committee 19 Program, Human Rights Advocacy Under Stress, 1989 Oct. 4
Box 35
Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1986; 1989 June 9
(2 folders)
Box 35
Address List, undated
Box 81
Administrative Files, 1984-1990, undated
(4 folders)

Lists, programs, and memorandums kept by Shestack that document the administrative activities of the International Bar Association. Also contains some correspondence.

Box 35
Administrative Files, 1988-2002, undated
(2 folders)
Box 81

International Criminal Court, 1997-2000 and undated

Materials in this subseries documents a few events and administrative work pertinent to the International Criminal Court, which Shestack played a role in creating during his time as President of the ABA. Related materials may be found in the American Bar Association series or in the International League of Human Rights subseries.

International Court of Arbitration Lunch, 1999
Box 35
NGO Coalition for International Criminal Court, 1998 June
Box 35
Administrative Files, 1997-2000, undated
(2 folders)

Correspondence, reports and publications regarding various International Criminal Court activities

Box 35

International Commission of Jurists, 1973-2008 and undated

This subseries contains materials documenting Shestack's time as a Commissioner on the International Commission of Jurists, a human rights non-governmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. Materials include correspondence between Shestack and ICJ colleagues, speeches by Shestack regarding ICJ, newsletters, reports, memoranda, and administrative files that were previously unfiled.

Correspondence, 1980,1983-1984, undated
Box 35
Consultative Activity Reviews, 1998-1999
Box 35
Speech Material, 1994-1998
Box 35
Quarterly Report Newsletters, 1980-1989
Box 81
Other publications, 1973, 1977-1980, 1993 - 1997

Includes Report on Activities, The Review Journal, and ICJ newsletters

Box 81
Administrative Files, 1983-1984, 1994-2004, undated
(5 folders)

Maps, report outlines, some correspondence, memos relating to Shestack's work within the International Commission of Jurists

Box 35
Administrative Files, 1999-2008, undated
(10 folders)
Box 36
Administrative Files, 2006-2008
Box 81

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1961-1987, 1993 and undated

Materials in this subseries include correspondence, subject files, and press releases concerning Shestack's work in the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, an organization created at the request of President John F. Kennedy. Shestack was a member of the organization's first Board of Trustees.

Chronological Correspondence, 1963-1965
(7 folders)

Correspondence regarding the Civil Rights Movement and the activities of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights. Some correspondence is between Shestack and colleagues, but a great deal of correspondence is between Bernard Segal, civil rights lawyer and president of the ABA in the late 1960s.

Box 36
Chronological Correspondence, 1965-1971
(14 folders)
Box 37
Alphabetical Correspondence A-I, 1963-1964
(3 folders)
Box 37
Civil Rights Correspondence, 1966
Box 37
David Stahl Correspondence, 1963-1964
Box 37
American Judicial Conference Correspondence, 1966
Box 37
Baldwin-Miller Correspondence, 1963
Box 37
Humphrey and Kuchel Opinion, 1964
Box 38
Judge Cox, 1964
Box 38
Kennedy Fundraising Dinner Donations, 1965
Box 38
Donor Funding, 1965-1966
Box 38
Community Relations Service, 1964-1966
Box 38
Airlie Conference, 1965
Box 38
Statement of Purpose and Activities and other publications, 1965-1969, undated

Includes publications such as Black Economic Development, Racial Tensions in New York State, and A Nation is Never Finished

Box 38
Speech Locations, undated
Box 38
Speech Requests, 1965 March
Box 38
New Orleans Meeting of Bar Presidents, 1965
Box 38
Yugoslavia Testimonies, 1993 January
Box 38
Police-Community Relations, 1966-1968
Box 38
Katzenbach Dinner, 1966 May 4
Box 38
Organization Inception Files, 1964-1965,1968, 1987, undated
Box 38
Liaisons with Other Groups, 1963-1966, undated
(4 folders)

Correspondence and memorandums between the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights and other related organizations

Box 38
NAACP, 1965, undated
Box 38
Washington, DC Conference, 1965
Box 38
Edward L. Wright, 1963, 1964, 1970
Box 38
Claude Weaver and Charles Morgan, 1963-1964
Box 38
Meditation and Consolation Committee, 1963
Box 38
Binder Files, 1965
Box 38
Youth Opportunity Campaign, 1965
Box 38
White House Liaison, 1961-1965
(2 folders)
Box 38
Liaison with the Senate, 1964
Box 39
Washington Supervision Committee, 1969
Box 39
Press Drafts, 1963
Box 39
Published Press, 1963
(2 folders)
Box 39
Bulletin Published by Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, 1965
Box 39
Capital Punishment Project, 1965, undated
Box 39
Civil Rights Movement Files, 1963-1965, 1968-1969, undated
(3 folders)
Box 39
Civil Rights Acts, 1964-1966
Box 39
Civil Rights Agenda for New Orleans, 1965
(2 folders)
Box 39
Civil Rights and Disobedience to Law Brochure, 1964
Box 39
Alabama-Selma, 1965
Box 39
State Bar Association Support, 1965
(4 folders)
Box 39
New Jersey Civil Rights Papers, 1964-1965
Box 39
State Files, 1964-1965
(2 folders)

Correspondence and reports discussing the State Bar Associations and their involvement with the Civil Rights Movement.

Box 39
Philadelphia Steering Committee Minutes, 1969-1972
Box 40
Philadelphia Correspondence, 1969-1972
(3 folders)

Correspondence regarding local Philadelphia cases and Philadelphia Bar Association activities held in conjunction with the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights

Box 40
Mississippi Project, 1965
(4 folders)

Correspondence and reports regarding the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights summer project to bring lawyers to Mississippi in cooperation with the Legal Defense Fund.

Box 40
Mississippi, 1963-1969
(4 folders)

Files concerning the Mississippi Project as well as other Civil Rights Movement activities.

Box 40
Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1963
Box 40
Mississippi Library, 1965
Box 40
Mississippi Meetings, 1964
Box 40
Mississippi Legal Memos, 1965
(2 folders)
Box 40
Mississippi Bar Correspondence, 1964-1967
(5 folders)
Box 40
Shestack's Personal Source File, 1965, 1969-1971, undated

File used by Shestack for personal research related to the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights

Box 41
Source Material, 1963-1970, undated
(11 folders)

Files regarding the Civil Rights Movement collected by Shestack for use in the context of Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law activity. Includes newspaper clippings, reports, and external publications.

Box 41
Civil rights newspaper and magazine clippings, 1963-1966
(6 folders)
Box 41
Case files, 1969-1970, undated
(2 folders)

Civil rights cases collected by Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights.

Box 41
Case files, 1969-1970, undated
(3 folders)
Box 42
Current lawsuits, 1965
Box 42
Transcript and letters for civil rights video, 1988
(2 folders)
Box 42
Finance Committee, 1965
Box 42
Financial Reports, 1964-1966
(2 folders)
Box 42
Expenditures, 1964-1967
(4 folders)
Box 42
Executive Committee, 1964-1968
(4 folders)

Correspondence, reports concerning the Executive Committee of Lawyers Committee of Civil Rights Under Law

Box 42
Internal Reports, 1964-1968, undated
(4 folders)

Reports circulated within the organization

Box 42
Annual and Anniversary Reports, 1978, 1985-1988, 1993
(2 folders)
Box 43
Bylaw Publications, 1959-1965
Box 43
Meeting Memorandum, 1963 Nov. 12
Box 43
Annual Meeting report, 1964
Box 43
Board of Directors, 1965-1968
Box 43
Board Meeting Minutes, 1965 August
Box 43
General Meeting Memorandums and Minutes, 1970-1972
(4 folders)
Box 43
Membership files, 1963-1964
(2 folders)
Box 43
General Administrative Files, 1963, 1965-1966, 1978-1990, 1994, undated
(12 folders)

Correspondence, reports, and memorandums concerning the administration of Lawyer's Committee of Civil Rights Under Law. Documents within files are in original arrangement.

Box 43
General Administrative Files, 1963-1999
(2 folders)
Box 82

Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights, 1963-1997 and undated

This subseries documents Shestack's time as a member of the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization that focuses on legal representation for human rights causes. It was founded in 1975 as the Lawyer's Committee for International Human Rights. It has ties to both the American Bar Association and the International League for Human Rights. Materials include correspondence, subject files, newsletters, membership files, and administrative records.

Amnesty Cases, undated
Box 44
State Contact Binder, 1963, undated
(2 folders)

Contains contact addresses and some correspondence

Box 44
Philippines, Uganda, and Chile, 1980-1981
Box 44
Publications by the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights, 1978, 1983, 1993
Box 44
Publications by the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights, 1988, 1990

Includes Vigilantes in the Philippines: A Threat to Democratic Rule and In Defense of Rights: Attacks on Lawyers and Judges in 1990

Box 85
Lawyer to Lawyer Network Newsletter, 1996 Oct.
Box 44
News briefs Newsletter, 1989
Box 44
Law and Human Rights Research Sources, 1983-1991, undated
(6 folders)

Original and photocopy versions of publications, reports, and essays not produced by the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights but pertaining to human rights and related subjects.

Box 44
Board Meeting Minutes, 1978 Oct. 5, 1978 Dec.
(2 folders)
Box 44
Membership Records, 1963
(7 folders)
Box 44
Administrative Correspondence, 1980-1982
Box 44
Administrative Files, 1975-1997, undated
(8 folders)

Correspondence, newsletters, and reports related to the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights Activities. Original arrangement within folders.

Box 45
Administrative Files, 1964, 1978-1990
(3 folders)
Box 82

United Nations Commission on Human Rights, 1969-2001 and undated

Materials document Shestack's activities as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, a functional commission of the U.N. that focused on human rights situations in various countries. Shestack was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Materials include correspondence between Shestack and others regarding the U.N. Commission, conference proceedings, Commission agendas, meeting minutes, subject files, and administrative files.

Related materials can be found in the Events subseries of the Subjects series.

Correspondence, 1970-1982
(9 folders)
Box 45
General Assembly, 1980
Box 46
International League for Human Rights involvement in UN Commission activities, 1984
Box 46
36 Session Report Addendum, 1980
Box 46
Human Rights Internet Reporter, 1984, undated
Box 46
Telegram Tables, 1980-1981, undated
Box 46
Telegrams, 1980
Box 82
Articles, 1977
Box 46
High Commissioner, 1979-1980
Box 46
Confidential Internal Announcements, 1980
Box 46
Meeting of the UN Commission on Human Rights, 36th session, 1979 Dec. 24
Box 46
UN Conference on Human Rights, 2001
Box 46
UN Human Rights Conference Proceedings, 2001 Feb. 1
(2 folders)
Box 46
State Department Reports, undated
Box 46
Subcommission, 1984 Aug. 1
Box 46
Afghanistan, 1976-1980
Box 82
Argentina, 1980
Box 46
Madrid Conference, 1980
Box 46
Poland, 1980
Box 46
Research, 1980
Box 46
Session Agenda Items, 1978-1980
(9 folders)

Organization Meeting agendas

Box 46
Session Agenda Items, 1969-1971,1980
(4 folders)
Box 47
Session Agenda Items, 1991-1992
Box 82
Administrative Files, 1971, 1977-1989, undated
(17 folders)

UN Commission session files, memorandums, and reports regarding the activities of the group.

Box 47
Administrative Files, 1979-1989
(10 folders)
Box 82

American Jewish Committee, 1969-1999 and undated

Materials document Shestack's work as a member of the American Jewish Committee, a Jewish advocacy organization, for which he served on the Board of Directors. Materials include correspondence between Shestack and his colleagues regarding the committee; meeting minutes; administrative files; and materials on the Blaustein institute of Jewish Human Rights, a section of the American Jewish Committee that focuses on international human rights. Shestack was an Institute chair and prominent member of its steering committee.

Correspondence, 1972 Jan. - 1973 Dec.
Box 48
Correspondence, 1974 Jan.
Box 48
Correspondence, 1978
Box 83
Blaustein Institute, 1984-1982 and undated
(9 folders)

Correspondence, reports, and administrative files from the American Jewish Committee's Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights

Box 83
Minutes, 1970-1975
Box 48
Administrative Files, 1969-1975, undated
(6 folders)

Reports, correspondence, and publications regarding the activities of the American Jewish Committee International

Box 48
Administrative Files, 1972-1999, undated
Box 83

Luso-American Business Council, 1985-1989 and undated

Shestack's work on the Luso-American Business Council, a non-profit organization founded by American Portuguese and based in New York City, is documented here. Materials include correspondence between Shestack and others pertaining to the Council, organizational tax information, and administrative files.

Correspondence, 1985-1987
Box 48
Tax Information, 1985
Box 48
Administrative Files, 1986-1989, undated
(5 folders)

Reports, correspondence, and publications regarding the activities of the Luso-American Business Council.

Box 48

Other Organizations, 1961-1997 and undated

Subseries comprises files from a few other human rights organizations and legal groups in which Shestack was active throughout his career. Materials include memos, some correspondence, publications, and administrative files from each of the groups.

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1980, 1984, 1991, undated
(8 folders)

Reports, printed articles, some correspondence

Box 49
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1980, 1982
(2 folders)
Box 83
American Arbitration Association Certificates and Memos, 1961, 1966, undated
Box 49
Carter-Menil Human Rights Foundation, 1987-1991, undated
(2 folders)
Box 49
Human Rights Watch, 1982-1986
Box 83
US Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the UN, 1991-1993
Box 83
US Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the UN, 1992-1997
(12 folders)

Some correspondence, reports, and administrative files from the US Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the UN

Box 84

3. Correspondence, 1945-2000 and undated

Approximately 2 large boxes.

Series files contain correspondence between Shestack, his colleagues, human rights activists, and noted politicians, throughout his career. The majority of the correspondence is professional in nature. Some correspondence is from Shestack on behalf of an organization. The first subseries is arranged chronologically by decade, while the second subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject, including some bound correspondence files that Shestack arranged by correspondent last name. One file contains some correspondence Shestack wrote to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Related correspondence, sometimes in large amounts, can be found throughout the American Bar Association, Organizations, and the Subject Files series.

Chronological, 1945-2000 and undated

The Chronological Correspondence subseries contains correspondence between Shestack and his colleagues arranged by decade. Most correspondence is of a professional nature and discusses Shestack's activities in law and human rights advocacy.

Correspondence, 1945, 1953, 1960-1989
(6 folders)
Box 49
Correspondence, 1970-1979
Box 85
Correspondence, 1980-2000, undated
(9 folders)
Box 50
Correspondence, 1980-2000, undated
(2 folders)
Box 85

Subject, 1953-1996 and undated

Subseries consists of correspondence arranged alphabetically by subject title. A few subject files are sets of correspondence bound by Shestack according to correspondent last name. Subject correspondence topics include the United States Holocaust Museum, the Philadelphia Bar Association Sitting Judges, as well as letters from Shestack to Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Civil Rights Movement.

Alphabetical Correspondence "A, B", 1957-1975
Box 50
Afghanistan: Society for Rule of Law (Dhaka) Correspondence, 1990
Box 50
Alphabetical Correspondence "G", 1957-1973
Box 50
Holocaust Museum Correspondence, 1996
Box 50
Mary Hurtig Correspondence, 1991 Jan 7
Box 50
Correspondence to Martin Luther King, Jr., 1965
Box 50
Lawyer's Seminar on Mid-East Issues Correspondence, 1972 Jan
Box 50
Alphabetical Correspondence, "N, O", 1954-1970
Box 50
Philadelphia Bar Association Sitting Judges Correspondence, 1971
Box 50
Alphabetical Correspondence "P, Q", 1953-1977
Box 50
Stamp Correspondence, 1965-1968
Box 50

4. Subject Files, 1951-2011 and undated

Approximately 19 large boxes.

Series contains large series of subject files arranged in five subseries, assembled by Jerome Shestack over the course of his career. The majority of the files relates to Shestack's professional work concerning the intersection of law and human rights, but a few personal subject files are also included. Files contain mostly correspondence, reports, and memoranda. There are a few recordings on audiocassette and video.

The series is arranged into these subseries: People, Countries, Events and Groups, Personal Binder Files, and Other Materials. Highlights of the series include subject files on President Jimmy Carter, George Bush, René Cassin, Bernard Segal, and many others; and materials on a series of 1970s seminars for lawyers in Israel. Personal files include biographical materials on Shestack's career; research on Eleanor Roosevelt and other topics, photographs, and awards and certificates. The last series contains a group of unfiled materials that were left intact.

Original media are closed to use. Listening and viewing copies must be made for access. Please contact the Rubenstein Library staff before coming to use this collection.

People, 1955-2003 and undated

Materials in this subseries document Shestack's connections to many people, including many important political leaders and professional colleagues. Files contain correspondence between Shestack and his colleagues as well as reports and memoranda associated with specific people. Highlights of the subseries include files regarding President George Bush, President Jimmy Carter, Barry Goldwater, Estes Kefauver, and Bernard Segal. Files are arranged in alphabetical order by last name.

Yosef Begun, 1984
Box 51
William Brennan, Jr. Human Rights Award, 1968-1994
Box 84
George Bush, 1971-1973, 1988
Box 51
Vincent A. Carroll, 1961, 1962, 1966
Box 51
Jimmy Carter - White House, 1979-1980, undated
(2 folders)

White House correspondence from President Jimmy Carter

Box 51
Bob Casey, 1970-1973, 1985-1987
Box 51
René Cassin, 1971
Box 51
Senator Joseph Clark, 1968
Box 51
Roberta Cohen, 1989
Box 51
William S. Cohen, 1984
Box 51
Coughlin for Congress, 1984
Box 51
Lynn Cutler, 1982
Box 51
Richardson Dilsworth, 1965
Box 51
Yoram Dinstein, 1976-1988
Box 84
Michael Dukakis, 1988-1989
(3 folders)

correspondence and reports for dukakis campaign

Box 51
John Easton for Governor, 1984
Box 51
Bob Edgar for Congress, 1983-1988
Box 51
Bob Edgar and Peter Kostmayer, 1978, 1987, undated
Box 51
Josh Eilberg, 1965-1966
Box 51
Allen Ertel, 1984
Box 51
Dante Fascell, 1982
Box 51
Tom Foglietta, 1982-1988
Box 51
Wyche Fowler, 1985-1986
Box 51
Don Fraser, 1978-1985
Box 51
Sam Gejdenson, 1982-1985
Box 51
Richard Gephardt, 1989
Box 51
Jim Gillin, 1984
Box 51
Wilson Goode, 1983
Box 51
Bill Gray, 1982, 1988, undated
Box 51
Bill Green, 1976-1980, undated
(2 folders)
Box 51
Barry Goldwater, 1952, 1964, undated
(2 folders)
Box 51
Marilyn Haft, 1981
Box 51
Gary Hart, 1985-1987
Box 51
Gerry Helman, 1980-1984
Box 51
A. Leon Higginbotham, 1987
Box 51
H. H. Humphrey, 1968, undated
Box 51
H. H. Humphrey, 1968-1972, undated
(3 folders)
Box 52
Jim Hunt, 1984
Box 52
Judge Leonard A. Ivanoski, 1989
Box 52
Henry Jackson, 1976
Box 52
Senator Estes Kefauver, 1955-1963
Box 52
John Kerry, 2002-2003
Box 52
Richard Lillich, 1985
Box 52
Netanel Lorch, 1973
Box 52
Theodor Meron, 1981, 1985, 1989, undated
Box 52
Bernard Segal, 1963-1989, undated
(4 folders)

Correspondence between Shestack and Segal and speeches by Segal.

Box 52
Bernard Segal, 1973-1982, undated
(2 folders)
Box 84
Marciarose Shestack, 1975, 1989

Columns written by Marciarose Shestack, Jerome Shestack's wife

Box 84

Countries, 1951-2008 and undated

Materials in this subseries concern Shestack's interest and involvement with human rights and legal issues in different countries. The most substantial file groups pertain to: Argentina; China; Israel; Russia (and Soviet Union); and South Africa.

Some files contain reports and other documents concerning human rights in connection to various human rights and legal organizations of which Shestack was a member. Others contain testimony and trial information related to specific human rights violations and abuses. Subseries is arranged in alphabetical order by country.

Some related materials may be found in various sections of the Organizations series.

Africa, 1981, undated
Box 52
Argentina, 1979, 1983-1984, undated
Box 52
Bolivia, 1980 Dec. 4
Box 52
Bosnia Trip, 1991-1993
Box 52
Cambodia, 1987
Box 52
Canada, 1981
Box 52
Chile, 1982-1986
(2 folders)
Box 84
China, 1996-2000
(4 folders)

Reports and correspondence regarding human rights in China

Box 52
China, 1999-2000, undated
Box 53
Costa Rica, undated
Box 53
Cuba, 1986-1987
Box 53
East Timor, 1981 October 19
Box 53
Egypt, 1984, 1987, undated
Box 53
El Salvador, 1988
Box 53
East Germany, 1984 July 17
Box 53
Geneva, Switzerland, 1984
Box 53
Guatemala, 1983-1984
Box 53
Guinea, 1984, undated
Box 53
Haiti, 1984
Box 53
Helsinki, Finland, 1979-1981, 1983-1989, undated
(3 folders)

Correspondence and reports regarding Human Rights in Finland, some related to the activist group Helsinki Watch

Box 53
Honduras, 1985
Box 53
Iran, 1988
Box 53
Ireland, 1997-2000
Box 53
Israel Prisons, 1972-1974, undated
(2 folders)
Box 53
Israel, 1969-1973, undated
(4 folders)

Reports, correspondence, conference proceedings regarding human rights for Jewish people and general human rights in Israel

Box 53
Israel, 1951-2003, undated
(12 folders)
Box 54
Israel, 1987-1988, undated
Box 55
Italy, 1984
Box 55
Nairobi, Kenya, 1989-1994
(4 folders)
Box 55
Kenya, 1980-1990, undated
(2 folders)
Box 55
Korea, 1987
Box 55
Lebanon Hostages, 1985
Box 55
Pakistan, 2007-2008
Box 55
Moscow, Russia, 1990-1991
Box 55
Russia, 1989-1995, undated
(4 folders)
Box 55
Soviet Union, 1990, undated
(2 folders)
Box 55
South Africa, 1983-1986
Box 55
South Africa, 1984-1987, undated
(3 folders)
Box 56
Madrid, Spain, 1980-1981, 1983, undated
Box 56
Turkey, 1980-1987, undated
(4 folders)

Reports and correspondence, some Helsinki Watch materials in context of Turkey

Box 56
USSR Joint Venture, 1991
(5 folders)

Memos, lists, reports and correspondence regarding a collaboration between Shestack's law group and a group in the USSR.

Box 56
USSR, 1987-1991, undated
(4 folders)
Box 85
Florida, United States, 1965
Box 56
United States, 1984
Box 56
Former Yugoslavia Testimonies, Interviews, 1992-1993, undated
Box 56

Events and Groups, 1949-2010 and undated

Subseries consists of materials documenting a range of conferences, symposia, seminars, awards events, and their associated organization or sponsor. Most are single folders, but larger file groups include an annual genocide convention (1949-1988), with correspondence by Warren Friedman; and an Israeli lawyers' seminar. There are many files on Jewish causes and human rights events.

This series contains several recordings on audiocassette and video, some containing trial testimony. Listening and viewing copies must be made for access.

Related materials can be found scattered in the other series in the collection. Arranged in alphabetical order by event or sponsor name.

Original media are closed to use. Listening or viewing copies must be made for access. Please contact the Rubenstein Library staff before coming to use these materials.

American Law Institute, 1977, 1988, 2007
Box 56
American Poetry Center Symposium on Freedom and the Poet's Responsibility to Society, 1984 April 28
Box 56
American Poetry Symposium: Poetry Today, 1989 March
Box 56
Amnesty International Covenants, 1978
Box 56
Amnesty International Development, 1975-1978
Box 57
Arab Lawyers' Union, 2003
Box 57
Aspen Institute, 1984, undated
Box 57
Aspen Institute Seminar Binder, 1998 Nov. 13-15
(3 folders)
Box 62
Baha'is, 1987-1988, undated
Box 57
Calendars and Planners, 1970, 1976, 1983

Calendars and planners belonging to Shestack

Box 57
California Rural Legal Assistance, 1971
Box 57
Citizens Charter Committee, 1969
Box 57
Constitutional Revision, 1967
Box 57
Conversations from Wingspread Cassette Tapes 1 and 2, 1978 Oct.

Recording of Wingspread, a meeting sponsored by the United Nations Association of the United States. Discussion between Shestack and William Wipfler moderated by Dan Price. Topics included the definition of human rights and President Carter's human rights policy.

Box 86
Court TV Bosnia Trial VHS Tapes, 1993 April 23; 1993 May 7
Box 86
Crown Heights, 1978
Box 85
Cure Autism Now, 1998, undated
Box 57
Federation of Jewish Agencies, 1980-1988
Box 57
Fortas, 1968
Box 57
Foreign Policy, 1977
Box 57
Genocide Convention, 1950-1972, undated
(7 folders)

Reports, brochures, correspondence and publications concerning genocide and the United States' ratification of the Genocide Convention

Box 57
Genocide Convention, 1967-1974, undated
(4 folders)
Box 58
Genocide Convention Warren Friedman Correspondence, 1970, 1982, undated
Box 58
Genocide Convention Research, 1949, 1970, 1981, undated
Box 58
Genocide, 1970, 1982, 1985, 1988, undated
(3 folders)

Correspondence and photocopied publications about genocide

Box 58
Geostratic Energy Drilling Program, 1978
Box 58
Glasnost, 1988-1989, undated
(4 folders)

Reports, publications, and correspondence on glasnost in the Soviet Union

Box 58
Gratz College, 1977-1985
Box 58
Gruber Foundation, 2002-2010, undated
(3 folders)

Reports and correspondence concerning the Gruber Foundation philanthropy

Box 58
Gruber Foundation Justice Prize, 2008
Box 58
Gulf War Conference, 1991

Conference proceedings and agendas

Box 58
Gulf War Conference, 1991
(2 folders)
Box 59
Armand Hammer Conferences, 1979-1982, undated
(4 folders)

Conference proceedings and agendas from multiple Armand Hammer conferences

Box 59
Har Zion Temple, 1980-1989
Box 59
Hebrew University, 1979-1985, undated
(2 folders)

Correspondence and university donation information

Box 59
Hill Trial, 1994
Box 59
The Holocaust, 1998, undated
Box 59
Hostages, 1985
Box 59
Human Rights Internet, 1981, 1988
Box 59
Independent Counsel Symposium Cassette Tape, 1998 Feb. 19
Box 86
Institute on American-Jewish Israeli Relations, 1982-1989
Box 59
Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, 1990
Box 59
International Academy of Human Rights, 1985
Box 59
International Academy of Human Rights, 1985, 1988, undated
(2 folders)
Box 60
International Association of Human Rights Agencies (IAHORA), 1991
Box 60
International Center of Business Studies, Moscow, 1990
Box 60
International Encounters:International Institute of Human Rights, 1985
Box 60
International Encounters: Freedom and the Rights of Man, 1985 May 30-31
Box 60
International Human Rights Law Group, 1983
Box 85
Law in India, 1997 August 26
Box 60
Lawyers Seminar Israel Workshop I, 1970-1971
(3 folders)

Correspondence and memorandums concerning Shestack's participation in the Lawyers Seminar Israel Workshop II

Box 60
Lawyers Seminar Israel Workshop II, 1971-1972

Correspondence and memorandums concerning Shestack's participation in the Lawyers Seminar Israel Workshop I

Box 60
Lawyers Seminar Israel, 1970-1973, undated
(5 folders)

Reports, correspondence, and memoranda regarding the Lawyer's Seminar in Israel

Box 85
Lists, 1971-1978, undated
(5 folders)

Organizational Membership Lists, Personal Lists of Names and Addresses

Box 60
Madrid Hammer Conference, 1984
Box 60
Madrid Hammer Conference Photo Book, 1984 Dec.

Photos of attendees and speakers at the 1984 Armand Hammer Conference in Madrid.

Box 62
McGill Conference, 1974 April 21-23
Box 60
Militia, 1995
Box 60
Mondale's Israel Visit, 1978
Box 60
Mondale Luncheon, 1983
Box 61
National Judicial College Panel Files, 1999 Feb. 15
(5 folders)

Binder files from a panel on the Independence of the Judiciary. Shestack was a panelist.

Box 63
NBC, 1976
Box 85
NGOs, 1984, 1987 Jan., undated
(3 folders)

NGO directories, and the United Nations Office of Public Information guide

Box 61
Paris Conference, 1985
(2 folders)
Box 61
Philadelphia Bar Association Sitting Judges, 1962, 1969-1971
(4 folders)

Correspondence, election materials, and political reports concerning the Philadelphia Bar Association Sitting Judges

Box 61
Portugal Interreligion Conference, 1977
Box 61
Pro Bono Work, 1981-1985, 2001
Box 61
Scrapbook Materials, 1959, 1977, 1984, 1986, undated
(2 folders)

Materials put aside for a scrapbook to document Shestack's human rights work at specific events and activist groups.

Box 61
South African Law Conference, 1995-1996
Box 61
Soviet Jews, 1980-1982, undated
Box 61
Soviet Law, 1989
Box 61
Soviet Representation, 1990-1991
Box 61
Soviet Seminar, 1990
Box 62
Spanish Association, 1984
Box 62
Torture, 1987
Box 62
Uppsala Conference, 1972
(2 folders)

Conference materials discuss the Freedom of Movement and the Uppsala Declaration

Box 62
Uppsala, 1984

Correspondence concerning Uppsala

Box 62
UNESCO Human Rights Manual, 1995, 2002
Box 62
UNESCO, 1978, 1980, 1983
Box 62
US Commission Chicago Hearing, 1993 April 16
(2 folders)

Binder files from the US Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the UN Chicago Hearing

Box 62
US Commission Los Angeles Hearing, 1993 February 1
(2 folders)

Binder files from the US Commission on Improving the Effectiveness of the UN Los Angeles Hearing

Box 62
University of Pennsylvania, 1981-1982
Box 62
War Crimes Conference, 1991, undated
Box 62
Wingspread, 1984, undated
Box 62
Yuridicheskaya Literatura, 1990
Box 62

Personal Binder Files, 1963-2006 and undated

Subseries consists of materials of personal nature that Shestack originally stored in several binders. Files include biographical materials as well as materials that Shestack kept for personal research. These files also include some photos from Shestack's later career.

Eleanor Roosevelt Research Binder Files, 1983, 1988, undated
(4 folders)

Articles and reports that Shestack used for his research on Eleanor Roosevelt.

Box 63
Biographical Materials Binder Files, 1973-1980

Contains materials collected by Shestack of personal value such as published profiles of Shestack, personal letters, interview files for a biographical documentary, and awarded certificates

Box 63
Biographical Materials Binder Files, 1994-2006, undated
(3 folders)
Box 85
Personal Photos, 1974, 1979, 1985, undated
Box 85
Awards and Certificates, 1976, 1978
Box 85
Personal Publications, 1966, 1979

Includes MacBird by Barbara Garson and Chameleon: Poems translated from Hebrew by Raquel Chalfi

Box 85
Research Binder Files, 1963-1982, undated
(5 folders)

Files include articles, some correspondence, memorandums, and pamphlets collected in binders by Shestack for personal use. Materials are related to Human Rights and legal subjects and activities.

Box 63

Other Materials, 1960-2011 and undated

The Other Materials subseries contains loose, unfiled documents found throughout Shestack's original collection of files. The documents were placed into files and arranged by decade. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, and other documents related to Shestack's professional work.

Loose Papers, 1960-1969

Various loose documents arranged by decade. Most concern human rights and legal matters. Some documents retrieved from Shestack's personal desk.

Box 63
Loose Papers, 1970-1979
Box 63
Loose Papers, 1970-1979
(9 folders)
Box 64
Loose Papers, 1980-1989
(4 folders)
Box 64
Loose Papers, 1980-1989
(8 folders)
Box 65
Loose Papers, 1990-1999
(5 folders)
Box 65
Loose Papers, 1990-1999
(4 folders)
Box 66
Loose Papers, 2000-2011
Box 66
Loose Papers, undated
(11 folders)
Box 66
Loose Papers, undated
(3 folders)
Box 67

5. Writings and Speeches, 1944-2010 and undated

This series consists of essays, speeches, articles, and book reviews written by Shestack over the course of his life and professional career. Most materials are related to legal and human rights work, but some personal writing is included as well, including eulogies, personal introductions, Shestack's World War II diary, and his autobiographical memoir.

Some draft copies of various writings are found throughout the series. Other writings are typed copies of materials written at an earlier date.

Related materials may be found in the Writings subseries of the American Bar Association series and throughout the Organizations series.

Chronological, 1946, 1960-2010 and undated

This subseries contains writings and speeches by Shestack on various human rights and legal topics. Arranged by decade.

Chronological Writings and Speeches, 1946, 1960-1969

Writings and speeches by Shestack written over the course of his career. Includes remarks on the law profession, human rights issues, keynote introductions, and eulogies.

Box 67
Chronological Writings and Speeches, 1970-1979
(5 folders)
Box 67
Chronological Writings and Speeches, 1980-1989
(7 folders)
Box 67
Chronological Writings and Speeches, 1980-1989
(2 folders)
Box 68
Chronological Writings and Speeches, 1990-1999
(9 folders)
Box 68
Chronological Writings and Speeches, 2000-2010
(3 folders)
Box 68
Chronological Writings and Speeches, 2000-2010
(4 folders)
Box 69
Chronological Writings and Speeches, undated
(7 folders)
Box 69

By Subject, 1944-1946, 1961-2008 and undated

Materials in this subseries include speeches, writings, articles, and book reviews written throughout Shestack's career, as well as his autobiographical memoir and a World War II diary. Materials also include materials from a seminar series for new legal professionals written and provided by Shestack. Arranged alphabetically.

Related written articles by Shestack may also be found in the Clippings subseries of Print Materials.

Baldwin Memorial Speech Material, 1982
Box 69
The Philosophy of Human Rights Materials, 1980-1982, undated
(2 folders)
Box 69
Human Rights, The National Interest and U.S. Foreign Policy Speech Materials, 1989
Box 69
Reform Speech Materials, 1984, 1986, undated
Box 69
Remembering When: A Memoir 1923-1946, undated

Autobiographical memoir of Shestack's childhood, typed and bound at a later date

Box 69
Shestack Seminar Materials, 2007, 2008
(2 folders)

Writings and lesson materials from a seminar series that Shestack created for professionals entering the legal field

Box 70
World War II Diary, 1944-1946

Diary from Shestack's time in the military during World War II, typed and bound at a later date.

Box 70
Newspaper Articles and Opinion Editorials, 1973-2000, undated

Photocopied articles written by Shestack as well as accompanying letters he sent to newspapers to request article publication

Box 70
Book Reviews, 1961-1993, undated
Box 70

Speech Binder Files, 1963-2009 and undated

Subseries contains speech indexes kept by Shestack, and drafts of speeches by Shestack pertaining to various human rights and legal subjects. Files were originally bound in plastic binders. Loosely arranged in chronological order.

Writing and Speech Indexes, 2009, undated
(3 folders)
Box 70
Insurance Binder Materials, 1968-1969

Bound speeches to insurance agents as part of Supreme Court work

Box 70
International Law and World Peace Through Law Binder Materials, 1963-1969

Bound writings and speeches on International Law and World Peace Through Law

Box 70
Introduction Binder Materials, 1963-1973

Introductions of colleagues by Shestack.

Box 70
Supreme Court Binder Materials, 1964-1968

Writings and speeches regarding the Supreme Court

Box 70
General Speech and Article Binder Materials, 1972-1992
(5 folders)

Various speeches bound with table of contents

Box 70
General Speech and Article Binder Materials, 1980-2007, undated
(11 folders)
Box 71

By Others, 1968, 1977, 1982, undated

Files house writings and speeches collected by Shestack that were written by friends and professional colleagues. Topics include human rights, legal work, and some are about Shestack.

Writings and Speeches by Others, 1968, 1977, 1982, undated
(3 folders)

Collected writings and speeches given by other people

Box 71

6. Print Materials, 1948-2009 and undated

9 large boxes

Series consists of various printed publications collected by Shestack for professional and personal purposes. Most materials are from organizations of which Shestack was a member or on various subjects regarding human rights or the legal profession. Formats include serials, journals, reprints, reports, pamphlets and brochures, clippings of articles, and books collected by Shestack. Essays on Human Rights: Contemporary Issues and Jewish Perspectives, co-edited by Shestack, is also included.

Many other print materials can be found in the files of the American Bar Association and Organizations series. Published writings by Shestak are in the Writings and Speeches series.

Serials, Journals, and Reports, 1948-2009 and undated

The materials in this subseries consist of a variety of serials, journals, and reports related to Shestack's legal work as well as his participation in various human rights organizations.

Serials, 1973-1998, undated
(4 folders)

Including but not limited to: Human Rights Watch, Marketing for Lawyers, Chronicle of Human Rights in the USSR, IRR's human rights, The Shingle, Lawyer's Committee Bulletin, Commonquest, Judicature

Box 71
Serials, 1954-1999
(14 folders)
Box 72
Serials, 1970-1999
(3 folders)
Box 73
Journals, 1948-2000, undated
(8 folders)

Includes various law school journals and reprints

Box 73
Reports, 1967-2001, undated
(13 folders)

Including but not limited to state bar reports, Americas Watch reports, Helsinki Watch reports, conference reports, NGO reports, and country-based reports on human rights issues.

Box 74
Reports, 1952-2007, undated
(13 folders)
Box 75
Reports, 1965-2001, undated
(9 folders)
Box 76

Pamphlets, 1972-1999 and undated

This subseries consists of brochures and pamphlets that Shestack collected from a variety of human rights organizations and events that he attended.

Pamphlets, 1972-1999, undated
(2 folders)

Includes pamphlets for galas, organization information, and human rights topics

Box 76
Pamphlets, 1980, 1988, undated
Box 77

Clippings, 1969-2009 and undated

This subseries contains clippings from various newspapers and other print publications related to Shestack's professional work. Most clippings of articles are written by others, though a few are written by Shestack himself, including many opinion editorials. Many clippings are photocopies. Files are loosely arranged in chronological order.

Clippings, 1969-2009, undated
(18 folders)

Clippings from various newspapers and print sources including but not limited to the Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Washington Post

Box 77
Clippings, 1960-2007
(19 folders)
Box 78
Clippings, 1970-2007 and undated
(11 folders)
Box 79

Books, 1969, 1979, undated

The subseries contains books owned by Shestack including For Men in a Free World: A Survey of Human Rights in the US, a few booklet publications relating to Judaism and Jewish History, and Essays on Human Rights: Contemporary Issues and Jewish Perspectives, of which Shestack was a co-editor.

Essays on Human Rights: Contemporary Issues and Jewish Perspectives, 1979 May

Collection of essays edited by David Sidorsky in collaboration with Sidney Liskofsky and Jerome Shestack

Box 79
For Men in a Free World: A Survey of Human Rights in the US, 1969 July
Box 79
Publications relating to Judaism and Jewish History, 1979, undated

Includes Anne Frank: A Play by Meyer Levin; Landscapes of Jewish History art brochure by Samuel Bak; and the Program for the Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies.

Box 79
 

Historical Note

Jerome J. Shestack was a prominent Philadelphia lawyer known for his extensive work and leadership as a human rights advocate. He was born in Atlantic City, NJ on February 11, 1923. After serving in the Navy during World War II, Shestack received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1949. He lived with his family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he joined Schnader, Harrison, Segal and Lewis LLP as a practicing lawyer in 1955. During his time in law, Shestack was involved in a number of professional law organizations, including the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the International Commission of Jurists. He served on the American Bar Association committee on judicial appointments, notably voting against the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork in 1987. He was President of the American Bar Association from 1997-1998.

Throughout his professional career, Shestack served as a human rights advocate for marginalized groups in America and around the world. He held leadership roles in several human rights advocacy groups and organizations, including the International League for Human Rights and the Lawyer's Committee for Human Rights. Through these organizations he advocated for the fair treatment of political dissidents and the mentally disabled. He was also an active member of the American Jewish Committee. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter appointed Shestack as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, where he worked to identify and address the human rights needs of member nations. He served as the Ambassador until Ronald Reagan became president in 1980.

In 1991, Shestack joined Wolf Block Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP as a practicing lawyer, where he worked until returning to Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis as a retired partner in 2009. Recognized for his groundbreaking work in law and human rights advocacy, Shestack received the American Bar Association Medal in 2006, the highest honor awarded in the organization.

Jerome J. Shestack died in Philadelphia, August 28, 2011.

Date Event(s)
1923 February 11 Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Jewish parents
1943-1946 Served in the US Navy; Wounded on the USS Ticonderoga during World War II
1949 Received Law degree from Harvard Law School
1951 Married Marciarose Schleifer
1955 Joined Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis LLP in Philadelphia.He served as a practicing lawyer there until 1991.
ca. 1960 Joined the American Bar Association
ca. 1963 Joined the first Board of Trustees for the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
ca. 1968 Joined the International League for the Rights of Man (later known as the International League for Human Rights)
ca. 1970 Joined the American Jewish Committee
1976 Became the Chair of the International League for Human Rights
1979 December 10 Appointed as the US Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights by President Jimmy Carter
1980s Advocated against mistreatment of political dissidents, notably Andrei Sakharov
1987 Voted against the Supreme Court Nomination of Robert Bork, deeming him "not qualified"
1991 Joined Wolf Block Schorr and Solis-Cohen LLP in Philadelphia as a practicing lawyer.
1997-1998 President of the American Bar Association
2006 Awarded the American Bar Association Medal
2009 Rejoined Schnader Harrison Segal and Lewis LLP as a retired partner
2011 August 18 Died in Philadelphia


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The Jerome J. Shestack papers were received as a gift by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2014.