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Selected Papers of Edmund M. Morgan, Jr.

Regarding the Drafting of the Uniform Code of Military Justice
(1948-1949)

In the summer of 1948, in response to a need for a uniform military justice system in the newly reorganized and expanded post-World War II defense establishment, Secretary of Defense James V. Forrestal appointed a committee to draft a uniform code of military justice (UCMJ). Secretary Forrestal selected Gordon Gray (Assistant Secretary of the Army), W.John Kenney (Under Secretary of the Navy), and Eugene M. Zuckert (Assistant Secretary of the Air Force) for the committee. He also selected Felix E. Larkin (Assistant General Counsel, Office of the Secretary of Defense) as Executive Secretary to this committee—known as the "Forrestal Committee"—and appointed Harvard Law professor Edmund Morris Morgan, Jr. (1879-1966) as chair.

Seal of Harvard Law School Library The Edmund M. Morgan Papers in the Harvard Law School Library cover the period 1925-1949 and represent his work on several national committees, plus his career teaching at Harvard. Included in this collection are seven volumes of materials that Professor Morgan collected while serving as chair of the Forrestal Committee on the UCMJ. All these items have been digitized and are now accessible in full text below. The digitization of the Morgan Papers and their addition to the Military Legal Resources site is a joint project of the Harvard Law School Library, The Judge Advocate General's School Library, and The Library of Congress.

 

Vanderbilt Report, Morgan Committee Appointment, Correspondence, Memoranda, Minutes . . . Comparative Studies Notebook Ballantine Reports, Keeffe Report, Naval Justice, Penciled notes . . . UCMJ - Tentative Draft of January 7, 1949, H. R. 2498, J. J. Whelan - Second Draft, Comments on the work of the Committee, Bill to Revise the Articles of War . . . Final form of UCMJ as submitted to Congress, Summary of the Proposed UCMJ contents, Printed form of UCMJ with comments of Committee, Transcript for ABC radio broadcast . . . Amendments to H. R. 2498, H. R. 4080, Memoranda to Mr. Larkin, Statements of Prof. Keeffe, Mr. Kenney, Mr. Wels, Mr. Farmer . . . Detached drafts of various paragraphs of the UCMJ, Agenda sheets, Charts, Some proposals by Prof. Morgan, Appellate Review in American Military Law . . .

 

 

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