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Historical & Special Collections

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.

Harvard Law School Library
Langdell Hall
1545 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 617-495-4550

A large vellum-covered volume is being pulled off a bookshelf by a person whose hand supports the spine.
Text of this page (first page of treatise) is inside a border of blue and purple flowers, birds and figures. First initial of text is historiated, showing a surveyor and a lawyer or judge before a river.
Black and white photograph of full length view of five women and fifteen men standing in three rows on the steps in front of the entrance to Langdell Hall.


We are open by appointment only, Tuesday-Friday, 10-5.
To schedule an appointment, please email

From the Et Seq Blog

  • HLS Library Event: Fifty Years After Furman: The Death Penalty in America

    Wednesday March 22, 4 to 5 pm WCC 2019 Milstein West Open to HUID holders Join the HLS Library for a fireside chat moderated by HLS’s Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law Carol Steiker, featuring professors Mugambi Jouet (Associate Professor, USC Gould School of Law), Corinna Barrett Lain (S. D. Roberts & Sandra Moore Professor

    March 15, 2023

  • HLS Library Event: Scholars and Artists Discuss the Death Penalty

    Tuesday March 7, 4 to 5 pm WCC 2019 Milstein West AB Open to HUID holders Join the HLS Library for a conversation moderated by Harvard’s 300th Anniversary University Professor Martha Minow, featuring professor John Bessler from the University of Baltimore Law School, Boston-based photographer Lou Jones, and painter/artist/writer Antonio Martorell. This event is part

    February 28, 2023

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