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Saul Touster papers

 Collection — other: 7 record center boxes, 5 manuscript boxes
Identifier: 03-MWalB0229A

Scope and Contents

The files in this collection were created during the years 1939 through 1997; however, the bulk of the material was created from the late 1970s through the early 1990s.  The collection consists of curricula vitae, correspondence, course materials, research notes and materials, essays, reports, proposals, minutes, evaluations, photographs, articles, newspapers, and magazines.  All of the materials relate to Touster's professional career.


  • 1939-1997, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Some material is restricted. Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

Biographical / Historical

Saul Touster arrived at Brandeis as a part-time visiting professor in the Legal Studies Department during the years 1979-1980. In 1982, Touster was named the Joseph M. Proskauer Professor in Law and Social Welfare at Brandeis. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Professor Touster had already acquired extensive experience in the legal teaching profession. Having received his J.D. in 1948 from Harvard Law School - Harvard also being his undergraduate alma mater, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1946 - Touster entered the general practice of law in New York City. In 1955, he began his teaching career as a Professor of Law at the SUNY at Buffalo School of Law. Touster taught for over twenty years in the SUNY and CUNY systems. Under Professor Touster's leadership, Brandeis developed the Legal Studies Program, an undergraduate concentration that continues to this day. Beyond his positions as legal professor and Director of the Legal Studies Program, Touster was also very active in the general administration of Brandeis University. During his years at Brandeis, Professor Touster served as the Director of the Humanities and the Professions Program and as Chairman of the Academic Planning Committee. He also played an important role on the Sexual Harassment Committee, and participated on an ad hoc committee for Stuart Altman regarding professional programs at universities. During the years 1990-1991, Touster served as Counselor to the President while Stuart Altman served as Interim President. He retired from Brandeis in 1993.


9.50 Linear Feet

0.00 unknown

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Arranged in six series: 1. Biographical Information: 1982-1991; 2. Pre-Brandeis: 1939-1980, undated; 3. Brandeis Legal Studies Teaching and Conferences: 1939-1992, undated; 4. Brandeis Legal Studies Administration: 1996-1997, undated; 5. Brandeis University Administration: 1974-1991, undated; 6. Professional: 1962-1991. Series 1 is organized alphabetically; series 2 is organized alphabetically by sub-series and chronologically within subsereis; series 3, 4, and 6 are organized alphabetically by subseries; sereis 5 is organized chronologically by subseries. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing. 7 record center boxes, 5 manuscript boxes.

Karen Adler Abramson
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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The Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department at Brandeis University consists of two collecting units, the University Archives and Special Collections. University Archives documents the history and development of Brandeis University and its faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Special Collections features a broad array of unique primary source materials across a wide range of disciplines that support research, teaching and learning at Brandeis. Learn more about our collections