Martha A. Fineman papers, 1970-2014, undated

Emory University

Emory Law Archives

Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library

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Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fineman, Martha Albertson.
Title: Martha A. Fineman papers, 1970-2014, undated
Call Number:L-014
Extent: 17.5 linear ft. (42 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of Martha Albertson Fineman documenting her career as a law professor and a leading scholar of feminist legal theory.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

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Related Materials in This Repository

Feminism and Legal Theory Project records and Catherine G. Roraback papers.


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Processed by Nancy Hall Watkins, 2010. Additions processed by Joanna Rogers, 2011-2012. Additions processed by Clayton McGahee, 2013-2014.

Collection Description

Administrative History

Martha Albertson Fineman, professor of law and writer, was born on May 27, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She earned a B.A. in history at Temple University in 1971, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1975. Fineman's first professional position was Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She remained at the University of Wisconsin from 1976 until 1991, eventually becoming a full professor. During her time at Wisconsin she founded the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, an enterprise which supports and encourages scholarship on matters of gender and legal equality. Fineman taught at Columbia Law School between 1991 and 1998, then at Cornell Law School from 1998 until 2004 as the Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Feminist Jurisprudence. In 2004, she joined the faculty at Emory University as Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, bringing the Feminism and Legal Theory Project with her. In 2008, Fineman began the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Institute. She continues to work as a full-time professor and scholar at Emory.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of Martha Albertson Fineman span the years 1970-2014. The collection documents Fineman's career as a law professor and a leading scholar of feminist legal theory. Present in the collection are drafts of some of Fineman's major scholarship, such as The Neutered Mother, The Sexual Family and Other Twentieth Century Tragedies and The Autonomy Myth: A Theory of Dependency. Scholars, attorneys, and judges are represented here as correspondents; their letters often mention aspects of feminist legal thought and inquire about Fineman's writings, teaching, and personal life. There are many letters from the prominent political scientist Murray Edelman, a mentor of Fineman's at the University of Wisconsin.

Arrangement Note

Organized into eleven series: (1) Biographical material, (2) Writings, (3) Correspondence, (4) Conferences and workshops, (5) Consulting work, (6) Course materials, (7) Gender, Sexuality, and Family Project files, (8) Subject files (9) Catherine Roraback research files, (10) Photographs, and (11) Collected material.

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