Scope and arrangement
This collection consists of Seymour's personal correspondence (1930-1983), his desk diaries (1951, 1959-1971), and subject files (1932-1983) on organizations and individuals with which Seymour was associated. The personal correspondence contains family letters, letters of recommendation, and correspondence with friends and associates concerning personal and professional matters. The subject files make up over 90% of the collection. The greatest bulk of the subject files relate to legal associations but there are civic, political, religious and neighborhood groups represented as well. Files for the American Bar Association (1944-1980), which comprise nearly one-quarter of the collection, consist of Seymour's presidential papers, files on the Board of Governors and House of Delegates, and many ABA committees. Other major legal organizational records concern the American Bar Foundation (1953-1980), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1947-83), the Legal Aid Society (1949-1982), the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Right Under Law (1966-1983), and the New York State Temporary Commission on Courts (1953-1959). Prominent civic associations include the Council on Library Resources (1958-1983), Freedom House (1951-1983), the New World Foundation (1957-1974), and the New York Community Trust (1946-1981). In all, there are over 225 individuals and organizations represented in the subject files.