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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


Wednesday, December 20, 3-5

Friday, December 22-Monday, January 1, 2024


From the Et Seq Blog

  • “Visualizing Capital Punishment” Exhibit Closes Soon!

    Come visit, or revisit, the Library’s exhibit, “Visualizing Capital Punishment: Spectacle, Shame, and Sympathy,” before it closes at the end of July 2023. It’s on view weekdays 9 to 5 in the Library’s Caspersen Room, and is open to all HUID holders. If you can’t make it, visit the online version of the exhibit, which

    July 17, 2023

  • Scanning Nuremberg: Notes from June 2023

    Post by Matt Seccombe During June I analyzed the defense documents of Walther Funk and one-third of the documents of Admiral Doentiz. This ended one year’s work on the IMT following the COVID related “pause,” and also one year with the defense material. During the year I worked through the documents of defendants Frank, Frick, Funk,

    July 11, 2023

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