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Gray Dorsey Papers

Identifier: WUA-03-wua00095


  • 1948-1997


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Conditions Governing Use

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11 linear feet

11 boxes

Biographical Information

Gray Dorsey was a professor of International Law at Washington University. He attended Baker University in the 1930s and then went to the University of Kansas where he received a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1941. Dorsey then served in the Coast Guard from 1942 to 1946 before going to Yale University, where he received a law degree in 1948 and an advanced law degree in 1950. In 1951, Dorsey joined the Washington University Law School faculty, and he remained at the school until his retirement in 1988. He was the Charles Nagel Professor of Jurisprudence in International Law and in 1975 he was elected president of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy. Dorsey was the author or co-author of numerous books on legal philosophy, international law and constitutional law. On July 20, 1997, Gray Dorsey died at the age of 79.


This collection is divided into four series as follows:

Series 01:  Professional Associations (this series contains some restrictions) (arranged alphabetically by name)

Series 02:  Professional Correspondence (arranged alphabetically by last name)

Series 03:  Publications and Speeches (arranged alphabetically by title or   organization)

Series 04:  Courses/Class Notebooks and Supporting Documents (arranged alphabetically by subject)

Method of Acquisition

This material was donated to the University Archives by Bernard Reams, Law Librarian in the late 1980s and by Gray Dorsey in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Pabarcus in January 2006.

Gray Dorsey Papers
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 March 25: Resource record updated in ArchiveSpace by Sarah Schnuriger.

Collecting Area Details

Part of the University Archives Collecting Area

Sonya Rooney
Olin Library, 1 Brookings Drive
MSC 1061-141-B
St. Louis MO 63130 US
(314) 935-5495