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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.


To get in touch with a member of Historical & Special Collections staff, please email

The Root Room, Historical & Special Collections’ reading room, is open by appointment only, Tuesday-Friday, 10-5.
To schedule an appointment, please email

Upcoming Root Room Closures:

Wednesday, February 28: 10am-12pm

Wednesday, March 6: 10am-12pm

Wednesday, March 13: 10am-12pm

Thursday, April 4: 10am-2pm

Friday, April 5: 12:30pm-5:30pm

From the Et Seq Blog

  • Scanning Nuremberg: Notes from January 2024

    Post by Matt Seccombe During January I worked through the documents and corresponding trial transcript for the defense of Alfred Jodl, the head of the military operations staff, and began work on the documents of Artur Seyss-Inquart, the Austrian Nazi who played a role in the German takeover in 1938 and served as the German

    February 5, 2024

  • Scanning Nuremberg: Notes from December 2023

    Post by Matt Seccombe During December I completed the analysis of the prosecution documents on the “slave labor” program (the prosecution’s term for the use of conscripted civilians from occupied territories and POWs in Germany’s war economy) and the supplemental prosecution evidence used when Fritz Sauckel and Albert Speer presented their defense cases. Speer apparently

    January 5, 2024

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