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Henry P. Weihofen Papers

Identifier: MSS Weihofen

Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers of Henry P. Weihofen, a professor of law at the UNM School of Law from 1948-1979. His papers included extensive correspondence on all aspects of his career from 1948-1987. It also includes his research notes for construction of his lectures to several of law school classes and his notebooks from his time as student in law school. It also contains drafts of his History of the Law School. 1947-1987.

Biographical and Correspondence files, Box 1: contains biographical information and correspondence files on a wide variety of subjects from 1948 to 1988.

Research files: notes, background information used to create the lectures for several of his law school classes.

Notebooks: includes his notes from the classes he took at the University of Chicago School of Law.

Book Drafts: includes several copies of various draft of his history of the UNM School of law, some contain corrections and marginalia notes.


  • 1926-1988

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Biography / History

Henry P. Weihofen, an important mainstay of the University of New Mexico School of Law, was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1904. He was a three time graduate of the University of Chicago: B. Phil., J.D., and J.S.D. He finished his education in 1930. He taught in the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder for nine years. He was then called to Washington D.C. where he helped to develop the National Board of Legal Examiners, and, when World War II broke out, he served as a member of War Labor Board and on the United States Department of Justice Board of Claims. After the war, he taught briefly at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin. In 1948, he was recruited by his close friend Alfred Gausewitz, the dean of the newly created UNM School of Law, to come to Albuquerque. Weihofen remained in his faculty position from 1948 to 1979.

During his tenure at UNM, he established a reputation as a vigorous and demanding teacher. He was an early leader in the field of legal forensic psychiatry and a crusading expert in legal rights for the criminally insane. He won the American Psychiatric Association’s prestigious Isaac Ray award in 1955 and was elected as an honorary fellow in 1965. A prolific writer, he authored seven books and scores of articles. Another of his major crusades was to make legal writing more understandable to ordinary people. To that end, he wrote an important text book, Legal Writing Style, which was widely adopted. After retiring in 1979, he research and wrote History of the Law School, 1947-1987. He died in 1993.


3 boxes


This collections contains the papers of long time UNM School of Law professor Henry P. Weihofen. It includes his correspondence, lecture notes, notebooks from his classes as a law student at the University of Chicago and several drafts of his History of the Law School, 1947-1987.


Four Series: Biographical and Correspondence; Lecture Notes; Class Notebooks; Drafts, History of the Law School

Related Archival Material

UNM School of Law Archives, UNM School of Law LibraryJerrold L. Walden Papers, UNM School of Law Library

Separated Material

Books and journals separated out to faculty publications section.
Inventory of the Henry P. Weihofen Papers, 1926-1988
Edited Full Draft
D. Myers
© 2011
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Finding aid is in English

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  • 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
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