Open to all, Historical & Special Collections (HSC) connects researchers around the world with legal history, and supports the Harvard Law School’s research, teaching, and learning mission. Aligned with the Harvard Law School Library’s mission and strategic plan, HSC’s expert staff stewards the Law School’s rich collections by acquiring, cataloging, preserving, sharing, and digitizing materials to maximize their use. We strive to integrate these collections into the life of the Law School and beyond, connecting them with researchers onsite, in the classroom, and around the world.
Due to COVID restrictions, the Historical & Special Collections Reading Room, the Root Room, is currently open to Harvard faculty, students and staff only. We are open by appointment only, Tuesday-Friday, 10-5.
To schedule an appointment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Root Room will be closed to researchers on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 25-Tuesday, May 31
Friday, June 17
Friday, June 24-Friday, July 1
Wednesday, August 3
Historical & Special Collections staff are available Monday-Friday to assist researchers remotely.
We are currently in the process of digitizing the Manley Ottmer Hudson papers. Portions of the collection may be unavailable to researchers during this time.
To get in touch with us, please email email@example.com. Thank you.
Image credits: Photos by Brooks Kraft, 2014.