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Sheldon R. Waxman papers

Call Number: RH WL MS 47


This collection consists of a wide range of materials accumulated over the course of an extensive and highly active career as a government and then private practice lawyer, as well as numerous other business ventures by Sheldon R. Waxman. Whether as tax reform activist and an avid independent contractor educator, or an author and screenwriter, Waxman's papers offer a broad spectrum of legal documentation and personal correspondence. It also includes materials used for research by Waxman for researching his memoir, In the Teeth of the Wind: A Study of Power and How To Fight It.


  • Creation: 1884, 1923, 1963-2009


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No access restrictions.

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Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Sheldon R. Waxman

Sheldon Waxman, born April 22, 1941, earned his juris doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in 1965 and thus began a long career for, and later against, the United States Judicial System. After serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago (1971-1974), and adopting the libertarian political philosophy (1974), he began an independent career path that involved private practice law providing services for both independent contractors and high profile cases among his many other business ventures. Included in his ventures, and documented in this collection, are screenplays and contracts with film production companies; numerous manuscripts of essays, books, and publications; case files and court transcripts; and correspondence with prominent legal figures, authors, and private friends.


21.75 Linear Feet (23 boxes + 1 oversize box, 1 oversize folder)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Sheldon R. Waxman, 2010, 2014.

Related Materials

Waxman, Shelly. In the Teeth of the Wind: A Study of Power and How to Fight It. San Jose: Writer's Showcase, 2002. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH Wl C6743.

Waxman, Shelly. Rebel in the Courtroom: Trials of a Libertarian Lawyer. South Haven, Mi: S.R. Waxman, circa 2011. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH Wl C6744.

Libertarian Lawyers Alliance of Illinois. "NewZletter." Edited by Shelly Waxman. Chicago, Il: Libertarian Lawyers Alliance of Illinois, 1980. Located at Spencer Research Library at RH Wl E217.

Guide to the Sheldon R. Waxman Collection
Sheldon R. Waxman papers
Finding aid prepared by pb, 2011. Finding aid encoded by pb, 2011. Finding aid revised by brch, 2012; eje 2024.
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Sheldon R. Waxman papers, Kansas Collection, RH WL MS 47, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States