Fellowship for users of the Library’s Special Collections

Fellowship for users of the Library’s Special Collections

The Library has established the Morris L. Cohen Fellowship in American Legal Bibliography and History to assist scholars who must travel to Cambridge to consult its special collections.

Fellowships of up to $3000 will be awarded to help cover travel expenses, living expenses, photocopying and other incidental research expenses. Applications for 2009-2010 will be accepted through April 30, 2009. Full details are available at the following URL:


Professor Cohen was Librarian of the Harvard Law School Library from 1971 until 1981. A graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A.), Columbia University (LL.B.), and the Pratt Institute Library School (M.S.), he served in the law school libraries at Columbia, Rutgers, Buffalo, and Pennsylvania before taking up his duties at Harvard. During his tenure the Library’s collections grew by thirty percent to one million, four hundred thousand volumes. Morris established the Manuscripts Department at the Library and hired its first curator, Erika Chadbourn. To address serious problems concerning the housing and environmental protection of the School’s incomparable collection of rare books and manuscripts, he oversaw the conversion of the Langdell South Middle classroom into a state-of-the-art special collection stack. He also began the conversion of a major portion of the Library’s state document collection to microform, and brought into the Library its first computer (a LEXIS terminal).

After hours he continued work on his magnum opus, the Bibliography of Early American Law (published in 1998), the most complete record to date of the monographic and trial literature of American law published in this country or abroad, from its beginnings to the end of 1860. And he found time to play softball with Library staff.

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