Open to all researchers regardless of their affiliation, Historical & Special Collections houses one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of research materials for the study of legal history. Its chief mission is to acquire, catalog, preserve, and make available to researchers materials that document the history of the law in general and of Anglo-American law in particular. Historical & Special Collections holds nearly three thousand linear feet of manuscripts, over three hundred thousand rare books, and more than seventy thousand visual images.
Monday-Friday, 10am to 5pm
The Historical & Special Collections reading room will be closed on the following days:
- July 3-July 4
- July 14, 4:00-5:00
- July 27
- The Caspersen Room will be closed during the month of June. Keep busy with our exhibit website in the meantime!
- We have a new LibGuide about accessing and donating student material in Historical & Special Collections! Explore this new resource to learn more about donating material from your HLS student organization and accessing existing collections.
- Check out our blog post about Archiving Student Action at HLS to learn more about recent efforts to preserve the record of student organizations’ contributions to HLS.
Image credits: Photos by Brooks Kraft, 2014.