Law Library, Historical & Special Collections

With nearly three thousand linear feet of manuscripts, over three hundred thousand rare books, and more than seventy thousand visual images—photographs, prints, paintings, and objects—Historical & Special Collections houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of research materials for the study of legal history. Its chief mission is to acquire, catalog, preserve, and make available to researchers materials that document the history of the law in general and of Anglo-American law in particular.

Recent classes at the Law Library, Historical & Special Collections include Global Law, Global History: A Comparative Perspective, History of Evidence and Working with Harvard Collections: Research Seminar.

Collections

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Staff Services

  • Assistance with presentation of materials in class
  • Assistance with selection of materials
  • Pre-class appointment for instructor (required for first time requester, recommended for everyone)
  • Creation of library research guide for class
  • Bibliography of materials used in class
  • Introduction to Archives and Special Collections Research

Technology Available

  • Computer and data projector
  • Apple TV
  • Wifi

Administrative Information

  Class limit: 40

The Law Library, Historical & Special Collections does not have a publicly available calendar. When making a request, please submit with your preferred times and a staff member will get back to you.