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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

Email: specialc@law.harvard.edu
Phone: 617-495-4550

Manuscript page with full richly painted and illuminated floreate border with a fine large initial miniature of King Edward IV in royal robes enthroned and holding a globe but without a scepter, with the arms of Lord Hastings in border.
Closeup of rare book spines, stamped with Harvard Law Library.
Nine women, among the first female students to graduate from HLS, standing in line facing right in front of Vice Dean Livingston Hall.

Hours

The Root Room, Historical & Special Collections’ reading room, is open by appointment only, Tuesday-Friday, 10-5.
To schedule an appointment or get in touch with a member of Historical & Special Collections staff, please email specialc@law.harvard.edu.

Upcoming June Root Room Closures:

Tuesday, June 18, 11-2

Wednesday, June 19, closed all day

Wednesday, June 26, 10-1

Root Room closed July and August, no appointments available.

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    Revisiting “Molding the Legal Mind: The Notebooks of Harvard Law School Students”

    This 2017 post was written by Georgia Henley while she was a doctoral candidate in the Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures at Harvard University and working part-time in Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections. Georgia Henley is now Associate Professor of English at Saint Anselm College and an Associate of the Department

    April 30, 2024

  • Featured image for Get curious about CURIOSity: Harvard Law School Library Exhibits Find a New Home  article

    Get curious about CURIOSity: Harvard Law School Library Exhibits Find a New Home 

    After almost 10 years, we are saying goodbye to the Exhibit Addenda website, which featured companion content for Historical & Special Collections’ physical exhibits, as well as online exhibits. It debuted in January 2015 and was retired in April 2024. Exhibit Addenda featured information about more than 30 exhibits Harvard Law School Library (HLSL) staff

    April 12, 2024

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