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Langdell Hall and Harkness Commons in winter

Langdell Hall and Harkness Commons, 1953. olvwork430844

If you need to check something out, bring home a book from your carrel, or otherwise access the HLS Library before winter break begins, please make sure to do so before tomorrow–Thursday, December 22–at 5pm. The Library, along with the rest of HLS, will be closed on December 23 reopening on Tuesday, January 3 at 8am.

HLS students, please note there is no 24-hour access during the break.

We hope everyone has happy holidays and a restful winter break, and we’ll see you next year!

New e-resources

The Harvard Library has an astounding number of resources, and we get more all the time! For help efficiently navigating it all, make an appointment to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

You can also view our list of recently activated e-journals.

Among our newest e-resources:

American Book Prices Current 

American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971

Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Bronzes at the Harvard Art Museums

 Australia’s Virtual Herbarium

Dave Leip U.S. House General County Election Results 

Conservation innovation in America : past, present, and future 

Digitalia Française           

Encyclopedia of mathematics    

Free Mapping Online

Harvard Art Museums Bauhaus Special Collection            

Harvard Art Museums Gordon Ward Gahan Collection  

Harvard Art Museums Lyonel Feininger: Photographs    

Harvard Art Museums The Social Museum Collection     

HistoryMakers 

IndustriusCFO 

Latin American History Collection eBooks             

Lexicon of Greek Grammarians of Antiquity

Lynda.com

Moscow Defense Brief Digital Archive   

National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS)

Orbis Bank Focus 

Routledge Performance Archive 

Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970)

Wisers Information Portal      

Zhonghua min guo zheng fu guan zhi zi liao ku 中華民國政府官職資料庫

Now Available: Presidential Election Data

pe2016We’re pleased to share the news that Widener Library has acquired county-level presidential election data covering 1948-2016 as part of Harvard’s subscription to the Dataverse Project.

Need help getting started on working with data? Visit our Empirical Research Services page.

Calculate!

calculatorsJust in time for exams! By student request, we now have three TI-30XIIS calculators ready to help HLS students calculate during accounting or finance law exams! To check one out, visit the HLS Library Circulation Desk. The calculators will circulate for three hours.

Guide to researching executive power

If you have recently developed a stronger interest in the topic of executive power, we have a new research guide that can help you explore it through many resources available both at the HLS Library and beyond.

Executive Power: a guide to researching executive and presidential power in the United States covers:

  • tips for finding on point caselaw and other primary sources
  • treatises on constitutional law and the executive branch specifically plus dozens of books about executive and presidential power
  • databases–those covering law as well as political science, policy, and history
  • sources for very current as well as older scholarly articles
  • newspapers and legal blogs
  • how to find relevant Congressional Research Service reports and think tank publications
  • links to presidential libraries, resources about presidential transitions, and research guides to other aspects of the presidency

852 RARE: New Exhibit: Deep Cuts: The B-Side of Historical & Special Collections –Object Spotlight- Cardozo Sculptograph

Historical & Special Collections is pleased to announce the opening of its newest exhibit, Deep Cuts: The B-Side of Historical & Special Collections. The exhibit steps away from the collection’s “A-side,” the popular items people expect to find and instead focuses on lesser known parts of the collection that include some bizarre finds and hidden gems.

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One of those hidden gems is a unique photograph of Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo (1870-1938). Cardozo began his career in private practice after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1890. In 1914 he was elected to the New York Supreme Court where he served as an associate justice until 1917. He was then appointed to the New York State Court of Appeals where he served from 1917 to 1932, serving as chief judge from 1926-1932. President Hoover appointed Cardozo to the United States Supreme Court on February 15, 1932, to a seat vacated by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. He was confirmed by the Senate on February 24, 1932, and received commission on March 2, 1932. He served as associate justice until his death in 1938.

3-D Black and white photograph of Justice Benjamin Cardozo

Benjamin Cardozo, 1936-1938

Underwood & Underwood, photographer

Gelatin silver print sculptograph, 26 x 21 x 2.5 cm, HOLLIS 8001213107

In 1997, Professor Andrew L. Kaufman gave Historical & Special Collections material he collected and created during the research for his book, Cardozo (1998). Included in the gift was a small collection of photographs he had amassed over the years—including this very unique item. Having never seen anything like it before, we brought the print to the attention of photograph conservators at the Weissman Preservation Center of Harvard Library. It was a mystery to them as well! After researching the process they were able to determine that the photographic object is a sculptograph. Creating a sculptograph is a complex process that involves adhering a photographic image onto a secondary support, usually made of metal, essentially turning a two-dimensional photograph into a three-dimensional bas-relief.  Although various techniques for creating photographs with bas-relief surfaces were patented during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, sculptographs are rare and few historical publications or technical analyses regarding the process exist. This example is especially notable because instead of a metal support it has a molded, plaster relief.

The photograph was loaned in 2002 to the American Sephardi Federation in New York for a Cardozo exhibit. As far as we know, this is the first time in 14 years it is being displayed, and possibly the first time at Harvard.

We are thankful to our colleagues at the Weissman Preservation Center of Harvard Library who took the still images they captured using RTI imaging (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) to create a movie that offers a three-dimensional viewing experience.

The exhibit was curated by HSC staff: Karen Beck, Jessica Farrell, Jane Kelly, Edwin Moloy, Mary Person, and Lesley Schoenfeld. It will be on view in the Caspersen Room, Harvard Law School Library 4th floor, daily 9am-5pm through March 2017.

For those unable to make it to the physical exhibit, we invite you to a view a selection of exhibit images online at bit.ly/HSCexhibit. We have also included the recently reformatted recordings of a rare 1957 vinyl record, James Garrett Wallace Sings of the Law and Lawyers, side 1 & side 2 and a 1979 U-matic videocassette titled Langdell Legends featuring numerous HLS professors, because it wouldn’t be fair to display them without letting people fully enjoy these B-side gems!

Learn or refresh your research skills!

Need a refresher on the basics? Want to extend your research skills into topical areas and more? Attend any or all of our classes next week for a refresher on the basics or to learn some new skills!

No registration necessary–feel free to just show up! All classes will be 50 minutes or less.

Legal Research Strategy Oct 24 at 12pm, Library conference room 524
Get refreshed on the basics from secondary sources to the one good case method

Massachusetts Legal Research Oct 24 at 4pm, Library computer lab
A review of some useful resources and tips for Massachusetts Law

International Legal Research Oct 25 at 12pm, Library computer lab
Learn how to get started research international law

Health Law Oct 25 at 4pm, Library computer lab
Tips and strategies for getting started with health law

Administrative Law Research Oct 26 at 12pm, Library conference room 524
CFR, FR, and everything else you need to know about researching admin law

International Human Rights Oct 26 at 4pm, Library conference room 524
Come learn about top resources to help you get started in human rights research

European Union Law Research Oct 27 at 12pm, Library conference room 524
Find out what you need to know about EU research

Transactional Legal Research Oct 27 at 4pm, Library computer lab
Learn what to expect when doing transactional research

Intellectual Property Oct 28 at 12pm, Library conference room 524
Copyright, patents, and trademarks, oh my! Learn about IP research

Advanced Google Searching Oct 28 at 4pm, Library computer lab
Learn to power search Google like a librarian

HLS students, come explore our Historical & Special Collections!

HLS students, did you know that the Library holds one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of rare law books, early legal manuscripts, and archival collections of legal papers?

There is still space available in our short Introduction to Historical & Special Collections session. Learn about what we collect, get a first-hand look at examples from our collection, and find out how to do research in HSC.
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 3:30-4pm in the Root Room (south end of the Reading Room)
Registration is appreciated, but not required.

Wanted: HLS student views!

The Library is looking at user experience regarding the use of library space and is holding several focus groups with students to explore how you use the library. The focus groups will be led by Jonathan Austin of Austin Architects and will explore literally (on a map) where you do certain things in the library (study, talk, collaborate, etc) and where you would like to do those activities (or others). They will also be asking questions and trying to get a sense from you about how you engage with the space in the library – from seating to lighting and more.

These focus groups will take no more than 1 hour and five sessions are available during either the lunch or early dinner hour.  Food will be provided. 

We would be grateful for your participation and only ask that you sign up for one session in advance.

You may do so by emailing Gail Harris (gharris@law) and ranking your preferences from 1-5 (or marking yourself as unavailable during a certain time period). Please let us know by Thursday 10/6 of your availability.

  • 10/12 Wednesday @ noon
  • 10/12 Wednesday @ 5pm
  • 10/13 Thursday @ noon
  • 10/13 Thursday @ 5pm
  • 10/14 Friday @ noon

Thank you!

Happy National Coffee Day!

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Happy coffee by Karolina Grabowska, CC0 license

Happy National Coffee Day!

HLS students, did you know you can get free coffee in the Library? Visit the kitchenette at the north end of the Reading Room–that’s the end with the Caspersen Room–after 9pm on weekdays (except Friday) and all day on weekends to get your fix.

(Filtered cold and hot water is always available there, so tea drinkers, you’re always in luck!)

Local chain Dunkin Donuts is celebrating by selling any medium hot coffee for just 66 cents, while Starbucks is planning to donate a coffee tree for every cup of its México Chiapas brewed coffee sold today.

Enjoy the java!

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