The Joseph Gold Collection includes the professional papers and library of international monetary scholar, Sir Joseph Gold. Sir Joseph served as a member of the International Monetary Fund from 1946 to 1960, as General Counsel and Director of the Legal Department from 1960 to 1979, and as Senior Consultant to the Fund thereafter. Born on July 12, 1912, he was educated at Harvard and London Universities.
Sir Joseph regularly visited SMU to participate in conferences and deliver course lectures. In 1986, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the School of Law. That same year he delivered the University graduation address on the topic, "Rationality in Economic and Monetary Relations: the Role of the Academy and International Institutions." In 1997, Sir Joseph Gold participated in the Law School's 50th Anniversary Celebration of its International Program. This was to be his final visit to SMU, as he passed away on February 22, 1997, at the age of 87. Sir Joseph's papers are housed in the "Gold Room," a specially designated space on the fourth floor of the Underwood Law Library. We are honored that Sir Joseph Gold has chosen SMU to be the recipient of his distinguished collection, which represents a lifetime of scholarship.
The Underwood Law Library houses Judge Barefoot Sanders’s court chambers papers concerning the Dallas Independent School District desegregation case. The Law Library has also received the litigation files of Mr. Ed Cloutman, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs, and those of Mr. Robert Hyer Thomas, the Dallas Independent School District’s lead counsel. In addition to pleadings, motions, and briefs filed with the court, this collection includes Judge Sanders’s private notes and those of Mr. Cloutman and Mr. Thomas concerning the case, contemporaneous newspaper articles, and a wealth of analytical data compiled by the school district in response to Judge Sanders’s guidelines.
Professor Joseph W. McKnight Historical Collection
This collection consists of more than 7000 volumes, and almost as many titles, of antiquarian and historical legal materials collected by Professor Joseph W. McKnight. Collection strengths include United States, British, and Continental treatises, and British, French, and Italian decisions. There also is a substantial emphasis on Continental customary law and lawyers’ published opinions (consilia). Most materials pre-date 1800, and a large proportion of those are in Latin.
The earliest printed item in the collection is a canon law commentary, Lectura Super V Libros Decretalium, written by Niccolò de' Tudeschi and printed by Johann Besicken in Basel in 1481.