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The Library's exhibition program, coordinated by Historical & Special Collections, advertises the scholarly resources available to the academic community with an immediacy that cannot be experienced in any other way—a medieval manuscript, the first edition of Littleton's Tenures, a student notebook recording Professor Langdell's lectures—all evoke the time in which they were created and give richness to the history of the law and of the Harvard Law School.
HSC's exhibits are located in the Caspersen Room, located at the north end of the Langdell Reading Room. Hours are generally 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday (closed for special events).
Spanning the Centuries: An Exhibit of Recent Acquisitions, 1579-1868: This exhibit features a selection of Historical & Special Collections’ recent acquisitions in a variety of formats. Case 1 showcases books and bound manuscripts that provide clues about who owned them and how they were used, while Case 2 features the latest additions to our true crime collections.
Library exhibitions have featured a wide range of materials from law books in fancy dress to crime broadsides to legal portraits. See Historical & Special Collections' index of past exhibitions for more information.
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