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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Collection Summary

Historical Background

Contents of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Uniform Commercial Code, Harmonization of Articles 1, 2, 2A and 2B 1989-2005

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

A Guide to the Uniform Commercial Code, Harmonization of Articles 1, 2, 2A and 2B, 1989-2005



Collection Summary

CreatorUniform Law Commission
TitleUniform Commercial Code, Harmonization of Articles 1, 2, 2A and 2B
AbstractThis collection documents Harmonization of Articles 1, 2, 2A and 2B of the Uniform Commercial Code. The papers were donated by William M. Burke, Bion M. Gregory, Fred H. Miller, Charles W. Mooney, Jr., Curtis R. Reitz, Carlyle C. Ring and James J. White.
Size2 linear ft. (5 boxes).
RepositorySpecial Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin,
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7071

Historical Background

In 1942, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and the American Law Institute (ALI) started a collaborative effort to draft a single, comprehensive model code governing commercial law in the United States. The first Official Text of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) was published in 1952, with subsequent revised versions promulgated in 1957, 1958, 1962, 1972, 1978, 1987 (Article 2A added), 1989 (Article 4A added), 1990, 1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004, 2010, and 2012. The stated purpose of the UCC is “(1) to simplify, clarify, and modernize the law governing commercial transactions; (2) to permit the continued expansion of commercial practices through custom, usage, and agreement of the parties; and (3) to make uniform the law among the various jurisdictions” (UCC 1-103). This facilitates the conduct of various business transactions such as purchase of raw materials, sales, check processing, and securing obligations, and also reduces inconsistency and variability in court decisions across jurisdictions.

UCC has been enacted in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. UCC does not become law unless it is enacted by legislature, and does not have to be adopted exactly as promulgated by the ULC. Louisiana, for example, has not adopted Article 2 (Sales) or Article 2A (Leases) in favor of its civil code tradition governing these transactions. Some jurisdictions adopt non-uniform amendments or fail to enact the latest amendments or revisions. To reduce the ambiguities of language, the Code is accompanied by Official Comments. PEB also publishes a separate UCC commentary, addressing uncertainties or conflicts that appear in the Official Text and Comments and other related issues. While often consulted, the comments themselves do not hold legal status, unless they are explicitly adopted by a legislature.

The drafting and revision process often takes several years. Permanent Editorial Board (PEB), in charge of reviewing and revising the Code, studies a suggestion or sets up a study committee with the goal of determining whether a change in law is desirable and feasible. If it is, the nature and scope of the change is proposed for approval by the ULC Scope and Program and Executive Committees and the ALI Council. If the project is approved, a drafting committee of experts and at least one generalist is formed to revise and/or amend the Official Text. The reporters collect and report the input of advisors, observers, lawyers, scholars, industry leaders, consumer interest representatives, various committees and task forces of ULC, ALI and ABA, state commissions, government agencies, lobby groups, and other stakeholders. Once the drafting committee members decide on the policy, the reporters are tasked with producing the new draft reflecting those decisions. A draft usually goes through multiple iterations, and is checked for grammatical and structural correctness and consistency by a style committee. If ULC and ALI memberships approve the changes, ULC commissioners work to ensure that all states adopt the revised statute, preferably as promulgated to maintain uniformity of law.

This series addresses Harmonization of Articles 1, 2, 2A and 2B of the Uniform Commercial Code.

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Contents of the Collection

This series contains correspondence, conference proceedings, reports, working drafts, commissioner notes, legislative materials, and miscellaneous files documenting the efforts to harmonize various provisions of Articles 1, 2, 2A and 2B of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Duplication restrictions on copyrighted material in research files. Please contact the Department of Special Collections for more information.

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Index Terms

Major Subjects
National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
Uniform Law Commission.
Uniform state laws.
Burke, William M.
Gregory, Bion M.
Miller, Fred H.
Mooney, Jr., Charles W.
Reitz, Curtis R.
Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
White, James J.

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Related Materials

See generally Uniform Commercial Code, General Materials.

See generally Uniform Commercial Code, Article 1 - General Provisions.

See generally Uniform Commercial Code, Article 2 - Sales.

See generally Uniform Commercial Code, Article 2A - Leases.

See generally Uniform Commercial Code, Article 2B - Licenses.

Additional material on UCC Article 1 may be found at the Uniform Law Commission web site.

Additional material on the 1987 text and 1990 amendments of Article 2A may be found at the Uniform Law Commission web site.

Additional material on the 2003 amendments of Articles 2 and 2A may be found at the Uniform Law Commission web site.

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Administrative Information

Cite As

Uniform Commercial Code, Harmonization of Articles 1, 2, 2A and 2B, Uniform Law Commission Archives, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

On loan from the Uniform Law Commission, 2012.

Processing Information

Processing completed May 2015 by Evelina Stulgaityte.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Uniform Commercial Code, Harmonization of Articles 1, 2, 2A and 2B 1989-2005

boxfolder
11Harmonization Correspondence, 1992
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
2Harmonization Correspondence, 1996
Compiler: Gregory, Bion M.
3Harmonization Correspondence, 1996
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
4Harmonization Correspondence, 1996
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
5Harmonization Correspondence, 1996
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
6Harmonization Correspondence, 1996
Compiler: White, James J.
7Harmonization Correspondence, 1997
Compiler: Burke, William M.
8Harmonization Correspondence, 1997
Compiler: Gregory, Bion M.
boxfolder
21Harmonization Correspondence, 1997
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
2Harmonization Correspondence, 1997
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
3Harmonization Correspondence, 1997
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
4Harmonization Correspondence, 1997
Compiler: White, James J.
5Harmonization Correspondence, 1998
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
6Harmonization Correspondence, 1998
Compiler: Mooney, Jr., Charles W.
7Harmonization Correspondence, 1998
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
8Harmonization Correspondence, 1998
Compiler: White, James J.
9Harmonization Correspondence, 1999
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
10Harmonization Correspondence, 1999
Compiler: Reitz, Curtis R.
11Harmonization Correspondence, 1999
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
12Harmonization Correspondence, 1999
Compiler: White, James J.
13Harmonization Correspondence, 2000-2005
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
14Harmonization Correspondence, undated
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
15Harmonization Correspondence, undated
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
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31Conference Proceedings, 1997
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
2Reports, 1989
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
3Reports, 1996
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
4Drafts, 2001
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
5Drafts, 2001
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
6Handwritten and Typed Notes
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
7Handwritten and Typed Notes
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
8State Enactment Materials, Oklahoma
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
9Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
10Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
boxfolder
41Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
2Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
3Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
4Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
5Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
6Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
boxfolder
51Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
2Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
3Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2B/UCITA and UETA
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
4Miscellaneous - Agendas, attendance sheets, working documents
Compiler: Miller, Fred H.
5Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
6Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
7Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2A and 2B
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
8Miscellaneous - Comparison of selected provisions of Articles 2, 2B/UCITA and UETA
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.
9Miscellaneous - Working Documents
Compiler: Ring, Jr., Carlyle C.

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