• Visitors explore exhibits in the Harvard Law School Library's Caspersen Room

    Explore exhibits in the Caspersen Room!

    Stop by the Library's Casepersen Room to discover exhibits that draw from collections of art, artifacts, books, and manuscripts

  • Photograph of refugee children, displaced by the Russian Revolution, in school room.

    No time to visit the library?

    Check out some highlights from two of our latest exhibits right here!

  • Harvard Law School staff removing the retired shield from the Ames Courtroom.

    No time to visit the library?

    Check out some highlights from two of our latest exhibits right here!

  • Image of children and mothers of Tothill Fields Prison in London, 1862

    No time to visit the library?

    Check out some highlights from two of our latest exhibits right here!

  • Photograph of Royall family seal and wax impressions

    No time to visit the library?

    Check out some highlights from two of our latest exhibits right here!

Historical & Special Collections curates three major exhibits each year in the Law Library's Caspersen Room on the fourth floor of the Library. Smaller exhibits also rotate in and out of the Caspersen Room bookcases and at the Areeda Hall entrance to the Library in order to highlight interesting items from the collection.

We are currently building our new companion site for,
HLS 200 Collections Connections logo
our latest exhibit in celebration of HLS|200.
Check back for updates to our site. In the meantime, should you find yourself on campus,
please take a few moments to visit our new exhibit in person, opening September 5, 2017.

Kids in the Collection: Prison, Work, and Play

Brochure for HLS Child Care CenterThis exhibit explores children found in items across the collection, including manuscripts, printed works, photographs, and children’s art work, dating from the late-eighteenth century through the twentieth century. Explore some of the exhibit highlights to experience both the light-hearted and darker sides of childhood.

This exhibit was on display in the Caspersen Room, Langdell Hall April - July 2017.

The Harvard Law School Child Care Center brochure, 1981; HLS Ephemera Collection.

HLS Shield Exhibit

Photograph of visitors to the Harvard Law School Library Caspersen RoomThis exhibit tells a complex and often troubling part of the history of Harvard Law School. Learn more about the legacy of Isaac Royall, Jr., the development of the Harvard Law School shield, and its retirement in 2016.

Photograph courtesy of Brooks Kraft, 2014.