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Jerome Zeifman papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS2167

Collection Scope and Content

This collection contains reports, memoranda, correspondence, notes, legal documents, publications, clippings, and audio recordings. The material dates from 1960-77. The material was collected by Jerome Zeifman in the course of his work as chief counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives. The collection contains Zeifman's personal diary and correspondence, as well as his business-related papers. The collection deals primarily with issues related the Watergate scandal, the resignation of Spiro Agnew, the impeachment of President Nixon, the confirmation of Gerald Ford to be President, the confirmation of Nelson Rockefeller to be Vice President, the efforts of Gerald Ford (as majority leader) to impeach Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglass, and prior efforts to impeach seven other federal judges. The materials also contain information about the employment on the Judiciary Committee of a number of people who later rose to national prominence, including Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernard Nussbaum, John Doar, and William Weld.

Dates

  • 1960-1977

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Regarding Series 1, researchers must sign in advance a written agreement not to publish any portion of diaries and tape recordings or quotations there from without the written permission of the donor or his heirs and assigns. After signing this agreement researchers may use, but not make copies of, the diaries and recordings.

Staff: The agreement is found here. J:\Special Collections\Forms\Reference Forms\Zeifman+restriction_agreement

Restrictions on Use

Regarding Series 1, researchers must sign in advance a written agreement not to publish any portion of diaries and tape recordings or quotations therefrom without the written permission of the donor or his heirs and assigns. After signing this agreement researchers may use, but not make copies of, the diaries and recordings.

Staff: The agreement is found here. J:\Special Collections\Forms\Reference Forms\Zeifman+restriction_agreement

Historical or Biographical Note

Jerome M. Zeifman was born in 1925 in Mineola, New York. He attended Harvard University, and received a law degree from New York University. He served as a naval communications officer during World War II.

Zeifman opened a private law practice in Nyack, New York prior to working for the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives. Zeifman served as counsel (1961-73) and general counsel (1973-74) to the Judiciary Committee. He was general counsel during the Watergate scandal, the threatened impeachment of Richard Nixon, and the confirmations of Gerald Ford and Nelson Rockefeller. Zeifman retired from the committee staff in 1974 to teach law at the University of Santa Clara.

Zeifman is married to Donna Lerew, a concert violist.

Extent

7.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

This collection contains reports, memoranda, correspondence, notes, legal documents, publications, clippings, and audio recordings collected by Jerome Zeifman in the course of his work as chief counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States House of Representatives. The material dates from 1960-77.

Collection Organization

Organized into three series: Personal papers, Historical file, and Stenographic minutes.

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Jerome Zeifman in 1999 and 2000.
Title
Guide to the Jerome Zeifman papers, 1960-1977
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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