Rare Editions

litchfieldlawThe Harvard Law School law library is digitizing many of its unique resources, providing greater public access to the materials.  A recent project is the digitization of the student notebooks from the Litchfield Law School.  Considered to be the first formal legal program in America, the Litchfield Law School opened in 1784 and closed its doors in 1833.  Tapping Reeve was initially the sole professor.  During the 50 years that the school was open, a number of notable Americans went through the educational program at Litchfield.  Included among the school’s alumni is South Carolina’s John C. Calhoun.  Check out the recently digitized notebooks here with the Harvard Law Library’s finding aid.

atcollectionThe Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library recently purchased Anthony Taussig’s rare legal collection.  Taussig, a London barrister and historian, collected historical English legal materials over several decades.  The library purchased the collection which contains 200 books and 400 manuscripts.  Titles, unique in North America, include a 1481 Abridgment of English Statutes and a pamphlet about the 1772 Sommerset case which outlawed slavery within the British Isles.  After the collection is processed, it will be made available to scholars in the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Hat Tip:  Karen Sloan, Historic Legal Rarities Find a New Home at Yale, National Law Journal

About Lisa Smith-Butler

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