Jane E. Larson papers, 1979-2010

Emory University

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Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Larson, Jane E.
Title: Jane E. Larson papers, 1979-2010
Call Number:L-040
Extent: 8.60 linear ft. (21 boxes)
Abstract:Papers of Jane Larson include correspondence, book and article manuscripts, subject files, and collected writings by others.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply. Selected correspondence is restricted in Series 2.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in This Repository

Martha Fineman Papers, L-014; Feminism and Legal Theory Project Records, L-015.


Gift, 2012

Custodial History

Transferred to the Emory Law Archives from Professor Larson’s office at the University of Wisconsin by Katherine Franke and Janlori Goldman.


[after identification of item(s)], Jane E. Larson Papers, Emory Law Archives, Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library, Emory University.


Processed by Joanna C.D. Rogers, 2013. Additions processed by Emily Corbin, 2018.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Jane Elizabeth Larson, professor of law and writer, was born on September 4, 1958 in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Macalester College in 1980 with a B.A. in history. She earned a J.D. in 1985 at the University of Minnesota, where she graduated magna cum laude and was admitted to the Order of the Coif. After she finished law school, she clerked for The Honorable Rosalie Wahl of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and then for The Honorable Theodore McMillian of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Between 1987 and 1990 Larson worked as an associate attorney at Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy in Washington, D.C. She joined the faculty of the Northwestern University Law School in 1990. As a young scholar she quickly became known for significant contributions to feminist jurisprudence. Her work focused on the interaction of choice, consent, individualism, and sexual autonomy. An award-winning teacher, she taught courses in property, conflicts of law, feminist legal theory, and women’s legal history.

Larson moved to the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1996. She continued to write on matters of feminism and the law, producing a major work, Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex, in 1999. This book, co-authored with Linda Hirshman, earned both enthusiastic praise and trenchant criticism. During this period Larson also did extensive research on unregulated land markets in Texas, and she worked closely with the University of Wisconsin’s Land Tenure Center. She was appointed William Voss-Bascom Professor in 2003.

Jane Larson died in 2011.

Scope and Content Note

The Jane E. Larson papers include correspondence, book and article manuscripts, and subject files. The bulk of the collection is made up of material related to Larson’s writings and speaking engagements. Her activities as a scholar, teacher, and public intellectual are well documented.

Arrangement Note

Organized into seven series: (1) Biographical material, (2) Correspondence, (3) Writings, (4) Northwestern University, (5) University of Wisconsin, (6) Colonias Study, (7) Subject files, and (8) Collected Works of Others.

Description of Series