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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 (closed for special events).

Current Exhibition 

It Was a Dark and Stormy Semester... Portrayals of Harvard Law School in Literature: This exhibit seeks to highlight the role of Harvard Law School in literature, whether the law school serves as the scene, the featured characters are law school graduates, or even when the law school has inspired its students to become novelists during their JD studies. What this exhibit attempts to demonstrate is a multi-dimensional depiction of Harvard Law School, its physical and pedagogical footprint, and its students, faculty, and alumni.

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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