You are invited to visit the Library’s Caspersen Room in Langdell Hall to see some of Historical & Special Collections’ most special treasures, on view through November 22. Eight beautiful and historically significant items await you in the glass cases at the front of the room, including:
- The Library’s oldest European manuscript, Gratian’s Decretum. Our copy was written around 1160 AD.
- A very early and very portable Magna Carta, written around 1300. Our copy was intended to be slipped into a lawyer’s sleeve and carried about on business.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Junior’s own copy of his first edition of The Common Law, which he annotated to prepare the second edition.
- A deed, dated 1408, featuring a well-preserved Great Seal of Henry IV in wax.
There’s much more. And while you’re there, don’t miss our exhibit, Women at HLS: 60 Years of Transformation, on view through December 13.
The Caspersen Room is open weekdays from 9 to 5. Please leave all food and drinks outside the room when you visit. We hope to see you soon!