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Jerrold L. Walden Papers

Identifier: MSS Walden Jerrold L

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the personal papers of Jerrold L. Walden, a law professor at the University of New Mexico from 1954-1956 and 1969-1975. He held several other positions in different places, but the material is only from his two stints at UNM. He preserved almost all of the aspects of his research including his notes and rough drafts. He also maintained research and lecture files for some of his classes.

Biographical-Miscellaneous Materials- Correspondence/Legal Cases: Box 1 contains biographical materials, awards and certificates, correspondence covering the years from 1938 to 1975 and the files of two cases in which Walden was the litigant.

Research Files: Articles and Books: Box 2 contains a series of files which led to the publication of several articles and books. They include his research notes and rough drafts of his publications.

Lectures and Research Files: Box 3 includes several folders containing materials on the classes he taught. The folders include research notes and typewritten copies of the lectures he presented.


  • 1938-1976

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Biography / History

Jerrold L. Walden was born on September 3, 1924 in Stamford, Connecticut. He later graduated with an A. B. degree from Union College in New York in 1945. He obtained a LL. B. degree from Columbia University and a J.S.D from Yale University in 1958.

He married Peggy Cavell and began work as a clerk for a federal judge. He then went to work as an assistant (1949-53) and later associate (1955-56; 1958-61summers) counsel for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

In 1954, he accepted a faculty position at the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque. He quickly established a reputation as a tough taskmaster who used the Socratic Method to force students to understand and interpret the law in a comprehensive fashion.

In 1959-60, he was a visiting professor at the University of Alabama and later became an associate professor at Emory University. He served as dean of the University of North Dakota School of Law (1963-67) and then as a full professor of law at the University of Iowa from 1967-69.

In 1969, he returned to the UNM’s School of Law where he remained until his death in 1976. Throughout his career, he maintained a reputation as challenging professor. He forced students to unravel the law and its mysteries. His regular classes included: Torts, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Legal History and Contracts. He was considered on one of the toughest but best loved professors of his era.

In addition to his classroom work, Walden was an ambitious and successful writer. He wrote several articles and books on legal matters including a standard on Civil Procedure. He also wrote extensively on the Central Intelligence Agency’s illegal activities on both the domestic and international fronts.

He was honored after his early and untimely death by the School of Law. Every year at graduation, the Jerrold L. Walden Memorial award is presented to the graduating student who best evidences the quality of heart that distinguished Professor Walden.


3 boxes

Language of Materials



This collection contains the papers of former University of New Mexico School of Law professor, Jerrold L. Walden. It includes correspondence, research files on his writings and lecture and research files for some of the classes he taught as a member of the faculty. In includes almost exclusively material for the time of his two periods at UNM.


3 series:
  1. Biographical/Miscellaneous Materials/Correspondence/Legal Cases
  2. Research Files: Articles and Books
  3. Lecture and Research Files: Classes

Related Archival Materials

Henry Weihofen papers. UNM School of Law Library.

Separated Material

Books and journal articles
Inventory of the Jerrold L. Walden Papers, 1938-1976
Edited Full Draft
David Myers
© 2011
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM School of Law Library Repository

1117 Stanford NE, MSC11 6080
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-0935