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Historical & Special Collections

Historical & Special Collections

With nearly three thousand linear feet of manuscripts, over three hundred thousand rare books, and more than seventy thousand visual images—photographs, prints, paintings, and objects—Historical & Special Collections houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of research materials for the study of legal history. Its chief mission is to acquire, catalog, preserve, and make available to researchers materials that document the history of the law in general and of Anglo-American law in particular.

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Image credits (l-r): Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Civil War Scrapbook, digital image sequence 61 (detail); HLS MS 188 (detail); Clarence Clyde Ferguson (detail); Sir Thomas Willes Chitty Bart., caricature by Edmond Xavier Kapp, olvwork176344 (detail). Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA.

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