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A number of tools exist to assist researchers in locating Harvard Law School Library’s Historical & Special Collections materials.

  • For biographical research on Harvard Law School graduates, please see our Biographical Research Guide. Many items created by individual students and student organizations can be found in our research guide Accessing and Donating Student Material in Historical & Special Collections. Please keep in mind that this guide should not be considered comprehensive.
  • The Harvard Law School Library’s reference team has created research guides to direct researchers to online sources and guides for the study of the law and legal history.
  • Links to Harvard University online catalogs can be found in the “Related Links” at the bottom of this page.

Please note that no one source completely describes our holdings. In addition to online tools there are several useful print and microfilm sources kept in the Historical & Special Collections reading room. If you are unable to locate materials, please contact Historical & Special Collections for reference assistance. While staff members are not able to do extensive research, we do provide reference service for materials in the collections. On-site readers may schedule an appointment. Off-site researchers may submit reference inquiries via:
(617) 495-4550

Historical & Special Collections
Harvard Law School Library
Langdell Hall
1545 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Generally, most reference queries will be answered within twelve to fifteen business days.

For reference queries that require extensive original research we can refer you to a researcher for hire or you may contact Harvard Research Service, a temporary staffing agency that employs Harvard students.

Detail, Harvard Law School Class of 1877, olvwork362659. Harvard Law School Library. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.