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Emma Jean Lang Avery papers

 Collection
Identifier: M003

Scope and Content Note

The Emma Jean Lang Avery Papers comprise approximately two cubic feet of material.  The collection is organized alphabetically by course title and consists mainly of lecture notes, study notes, quizzes, and exams from law courses taken at NU.  There is a folder of material for each course of NU's Evening Law School Curriculum at the time Avery was a student.  The collection also includes one folder of Drama notes and poems (box 3, folder 23), from when Avery was a student at Boston University.

The lecture notes are typed, and all were taken by Avery except for those from her Evidence class on 9/12/26 (box 3, folder 25) where she has noted that Morris Goldberg took notes for her because she was unable to attend class that day.  In some instances instructors provided additional handouts which are included within the appropriate folder.

The Comprehensive Review lecture notes (box 2, folders 15-17) dated 2/31-6/31 are the last group of notes taken by Avery.  The NU School of Law, Evening Session 1920-1931 Course Catalog indicates that Northeastern offered this course to help students prepare for the Bar Exam.  Since Avery graduated in 1927, it appears likely she returned to Northeastern to study for the Bar Exam.

Dates

  • 1916-1931

Creator

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.

Biographical Note

Emma Jean Lang Avery was born in Boston in 1893 or 1894. She attended Boston University from 1916 to 1923, graduating from the College of Business Administration with honors. Avery then attended Northeastern University's Evening School of Law from September 1923 through June 1927 and received her LLB in 1927.  In 1931, she returned to NU to take the Comprehensive Review course offered to law students in their fourth year, probably in preparation for the Massachusetts Bar Exam.  It is unclear, however, if she ever took the Massachusetts Bar Exam because she is not listed in the records of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Avery's obituary refers to her as a retired attorney, but no records could be found indicating that she practiced law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Sometime between 1927 and 1931 she married Lester  Avery.  They had no children.  Avery died in Milton in January 1980.

Extent

2.00 cubic feet (6 containers)

Overview

Emma Jean Lang Avery was born in Boston in 1893 or 1894. She attended Boston University from 1916 to 1923, graduating from the College of Business Administration with honors. Avery then attended Northeastern University's Evening School of Law from September 1923 to June 1927, and received her LLB in 1927. In 1931, she returned to NU to take the Comprehensive Review course offered to law students in their fourth year, most likely in preparation for the Massachusetts Bar Exam. It is unclear whether she practiced law afterwards. Between 1927 and 1931 she married Lester Avery. Avery died in Milton, Massachusetts in January 1980.

Overview

The collection consists of lecture notes, study notes, quizzes, and exams from law courses taken at Northeastern University in 1923-1927 and 1931.

System of Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in one alphabetical sequence.

Physical Location

73/1
Title
Finding aid for the Emma Jean Lang Avery Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Patricia Mulderry
Date
February 1995
Language of description
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US