Louis Brandeis is remembered as a champion of the people's rights, who found humaneness and flexibility in the law by doing his legal homework better than anyone else. The records that Brandeis created reflect his commitment to thoroughness, organization, and the importance of defining the "heart" of a matter.

The microfilm edition and guide were undertaken with funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, who wanted the deteriorating papers preserved for future generations and broader access provided to their use. Fred Shelly, formerly Deputy Executive Director of the NHPRC, provided inspiration and encouragement during the early stages of the project. NHPRC's Roger Bruns, Director, Publications Program, watched over our work with good humor and respect for professional standards.

Initial support for the project came from the Director of the University of Louisville Archives & Records Center, Dr. William J. Morison. The patience, assistance, and understanding of our other colleagues at the University Archives & Records Center made our work much easier. Since the Brandeis Papers were housed at the University's School of Law, the co-operation and support of it's administrators has been essential; former Deans James R. Merritt and Harold G. Wren, and Law Librarian Gene Teitelbaum. The loving work of an earlier Law Librarian, Pearl Weiler Von Allmen, who as the Papers' arranger and custodian, encouraged their use by serious scholars, needs also to be mentioned. Professors Melvin I. Urofsky of Virginia Commonwealth University and David W. Levy, University of Oklahoma, co-editors of the five-volume selected Letters of Louis D. Brandeis, encouraged the project from the outset and established an enviable standard for Brandeis editorial work.

Finally, our thanks to those who have worked on the project as arrangers, filmers, checkers, and technicians: John Hawkins, who established the in house technical guidelines for the project; Robert Bryden, who supervised the filming of most of the papers; microfilmers Pam Hess and Larry Raymond; and student assistants Jeanne Mesker and Pam Cleaver. An especial thanks to John Chamberlain, Director, University Graphics, and his staff for shepherding us through the maze of decisions involved in publishing the guide to the papers.

Thomas L. Owen, Project Director

Janet B Hodgson, Project Archivist