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The Papers of Hardy Cross Dillard

Identifier: MSS-84-8


  • Creation: 1925-1981

Biographical / Historical

1902 - Born in New Orleans, Louisiana on 23 October to James Hardy and Avarene Lippincott Budd Dillard

1911-1912 - Lived in France and attended a French Lycee

1915-1916 - Attended high school in Charlottesville, Virginia

1916-1919 - Attended and graduated from Virginia EpiscopalSchool, Lynchburg, Va.

1919-1920 - Attended University of Virginia

1920-1924 - Attended and graduated from United States Military Academy

1924-1927 - Attended and graduated from University of Virginia Law School

1926 - Summer law clerk, Price, Smith and Spillman, Charleston, W. Va.

1927 - Admitted to Virginia Bar

1927-1929 - Acting Assistant Professor, University of Virginia Law School

1928 - Travelled in England, France, Italy and Algiers

1929-1930 - Practiced law at Gregg and Church, New York, N.Y.

1930-1931 - Carnegie Endowment Fellow, (Faculte de droit,) University of Paris

1931-1933 - Acting assistant (associate?) professor, University of Virginia Law School

1932-1933 - Summer associate, Davis, Polk, Wardwell, Gardiner and Reed, New York, N.Y.

1933-1938 - Associate Professor, University of Virginia Law School

1934 - Married Janet Gray Schauffler

1935 - Birth of Joan Jarvis Dillard

1937-1940 - Assistant Dean, University of Virginia Law School

1937-1970 - Advisory Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review

1938-1970 - Professor, University of Virginia Law School

1937 - Birth of Hardy Schauffler Dillard

1938-1942 - Director, Institute of Public Affairs

1942 - Major, U.S. Army; promoted to Lt. Colonel, same year

1942-1945 - Received command and staff assignments in Europe and Far East; awarded Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster and Bronze Star Medal

1943 - Promoted to Colonel, U.S. Army

1943-1944 - Director of Academic Instruction, School for Military Government

1946 - First Director of Studies, National War College

1947-1950 - Consultant, Brookings Institution

1947 - Resumed teaching at University of Virginia Law School

1948 - Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve

1949-1952 - Member of Board of Consultants, National War College

1949 - Member, Civilian Advisory Group, National War College

1950 - Active duty in International Section, Pentagon; Legal Consultant, Office of High Commissioner for Germany; Lecturer, France and Germany

1951-1954 - Member, Board of Consultants, National War College

1952-1961 - Trustee, Virginia Episcopal School

1953 - Fulbright Lecturer, Oxford University

1957 - Summer active duty, Judge Advocate General's School

1956 - Civilian Consultant, Army War College

1956-1962 - Editor, Virginia Bar News

1957 - Carnegie Lecturer, Hague Academy of International Law

1957 - Recipient, Raven Award

1957 - Consultant, NATO Defense College in France

1958-1970 - James Monroe Professor of Law, University of Virginia Law School

1962 - Secretary, Defense Committee on Non-technical Instruction in Armed Forces

1962 - Lecturer, Egyptian Society of International Law and University of Cairo

1962-1963 - Visiting Professor of Law, Columbia University

1962-1963 - President, American Society of International Law

1963-1979 -Member of Council, American Law Institute

1963-1968 - Dean, University of Virginia Law School

1965 - Member, Virginia Magna Charta Commission

1965 - Member, Special Advisory Committee, Air Force Academy

1966-1970 - Permanent Advisory Council, Air Force Academy

1966 - Sibley Lecturer, University of Georgia

1967 - Recipient, Thomas Jefferson Award, University of Virginia

1967 - Member, UNESCO Committee on the Role of UNESCO in the Teaching and Dissemination of International Law

1967 - Tucker Lecturer, Washington and Lee Law School

1967 - Bailey Lecturer, Louisiana State University

1968 - Member, Virginia Commission on Constitution Revision

1970 - Recipient of Distinguished Civilian Award, U.S. Air Force

1970-1979 - Judge, International Court of Justice, The Hague

1970 - Death of Janet Schauffler Dillard

1971 - Member, Arbitral Tribunal, Beagle Channel Case between Chile and Argentina

1971 - Recipient of Honorary Degree, Tulane University

1972 - Married Valgerdur Nielsen Dent

1976 - Recipient of Honorary Degree, Washington College, Maryland

1977 - Mooers Lecturer, American University

1979 - Recipient of the Wolfgang Friedman Memorial Award, Columbia University

1979 - Honorary president, American Law Institute

1982 - Died on 12 May in Charlottesville, Virginia


41 Cubic Feet (99 archival boxes, plus some oversize folders)

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Professional and personal papers that reflect Dillard’s career as law professor and dean of the University of Virginia School of Law, as a scholar, and as judge to the International Court of Justice. There are university related files especially concerning the honor system; case materials for McClanahan v. California Spray-Chemical Corporation, case he argued before the Virginia Supreme Court; his work in the International Court of Justice and other local organizations and some personal notes related to school segregation. The collection has many photographs and memorabilia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers of Hardy Cross Dillard were deposited at the Law Library by his widow, Val Dillard, on 31 October 1984.

Inventory to the Addition to the Papers of Hardy Cross Dillard1925-1981 MSS 84-8
Dillard, Hardy Cross, Additional Papers, 1925-1981MSS 84-8
© 2001 By the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

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