Spanning the Centuries

An Exhibit of Recent Acquisitions from 1579 to 1868

  • "The life of Elizabeth Brownrigg, who was executed at Tyburn, for starving Mary Clifford to death, one of her apprentices."

  • This unique work features an early French arbitration treatise bound with two brief manuals for treating illnesses and injuries.

  • City of Lille, Coustumes de la ville et eschevinage de Lille, 1579

With a vast and rich collection of materials spanning ten centuries, Historical & Special Collections (HSC), in the Harvard Law School Library, is a treasure trove for those interested in tracing the history and development of the law, legal education, law practice, and the history of Harvard Law School. Part of HSC’s mission is to collect these materials in a wide variety of formats, including printed books, handwritten manuscripts, paper and electronic documents, portraits, photographs, drawings, and artifacts. Another key part of our mission is to preserve these materials and make them freely available for research through cataloging, processing, and digitization.

On view are some of our recent acquisitions. Case 1 showcased books and bound manuscripts that provide clues about who owned them and how they were used, while Case 2 featured the latest additions to our true crime collections. Here is a blog post about the exhibit and a slide show of the exhibit. It was curated by Karen Beck, Historical & Special Collections.