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Harvard Law School Library Historical & Special Collections Exhibitions

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).

Current Exhibition 

Beyond Cambridge: Two Centuries of Harvard Law School Faculty Work in and on Africa: This exhibit explores the experience of four faculty members in Africa: Simon Greenleaf, Arthur Sutherland, Erwin Griswold, and Roger Fisher. Their work ranged from the promotion of education in Liberia in the mid-nineteenth century to involvement in South Africa during the country’s transition from apartheid to free elections in the late-twentieth century. The material displayed in the exhibit is drawn from their respective papers and manuscripts, which they donated to the Harvard Law School Library.

Past Exhibitions 

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.

Eight persons murdered! [London] : J. Catnach, Printer, [between 1836 and 1841] (detail).

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