A Royall Find
An HLS treasure has found its way home. The iron
seal, once used by Isaac Royall, who funded the University's first chair in the law, recently resurfaced
The seal was found during renovations along with commemorative medals, uniforms, sabers, postcards, a box containing a lock of George Washington's hair, and a bronze cast of Abraham Lincoln. One librarian estimated that the items were stored there in the 1940s. After reviewing the materials, Harvard College library curatorial staff gave the seal to the Law School's Special Collections.
In 1779, Royall bequeathed land to Harvard that was later sold to endow the Isaac Royall professorship, held today by Dean Robert Clark '72. The establishment of the professorship inspired the founding of the school of law at Harvard, whose insignia includes the three sheaves of wheat from the Royall family coat of arms.
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