With nearly three thousand linear feet of manuscripts, over three hundred thousand rare books, and more than seventy thousand visual images—photographs, prints, paintings, and objects—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.
- August 15 & 19, 2016: Limited availability
- September 23, 2016, 1:30-5:00: Closed, No appointments
- September 5, 2016: Closed, No appointments
- Archiving Student Action at HLS: If you are a member of an HLS student organization, formal or informal, that would like to preserve the record of your organization’s contributions to HLS (or would just like to talk about what we are doing), please contact the Historical & Special Collections staff!
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Believe it or not, Historical & Special Collections is home to some law-related games, including playing cards and materials created to help students learn the law. This set of educational cards, published in Halle, Germany in 1709, was intended to teach students civil law. Our set consists of 34 cards, numbered 2 through 35. Each […]
The HLS Library’s exhibit, What (Not) to Wear: Fashion and the Law closes at 5 pm on Friday, August 12. Come learn about poisonous clothing, proper law attire, and fashionable litigation! The exhibit is on view weekdays from 9 to 5 in the Caspersen Room, fourth floor of Langdell Hall. See you there!
Every once in a while we find a book in Historical & Special Collections that would make even the most cold-hearted among us feel sorry for the poor thing. Pictured below is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings assembled by Eugene Wambaugh, an HLS faculty member who taught at the school in the early-twentieth century. The […]