Happy New Year from Your HLS Library!

Welcome to 2022! All of us at the Harvard Law School Library hope you had a fun, relaxing, and restorative holiday, and we are excited to see you in the new year. Because the university has transitioned to remote learning for January term, the HLS Library will be open on a reduced schedule of weekdays 9 to 5, beginning Wednesday, January 5. Circulation Desk services will be available to all current Harvard ID holders, and the rest of the library will be open to current HLS community members only. Other library services will be available remotely, so don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help!

Seascape notecard, 1920-23. HOLLIS no. olvwork438732

This watercolor painting of a seascape is on the front of a notecard sent to Major Charles Claflin Davis a century ago. The card reads: “Dear Major Davis, A few words only to wish you a happy New Year and many, many return of the Joy – I want so much to thank you for all your kindness to the Russian children and for all the help you have given me personaly – I will never forget it. Believe me yours A. Yuouline.”

Charles Claflin Davis served as Director of the American Red Cross in the Far Eastern Base, covering Constantinople, Smyrna, and Lemnos from 1920-23. Davis was among the first Americans to address the League of Nations, speaking on behalf of the plight of Russian refugees displaced by the Russian Revolution, 1917-1921. This notecard is from the Charles Claflin Davis Papers, 1917-1923, HOLLIS 8872753, in HLSL’s Historical & Special Collections. The entire collection has been digitized and is available online.

Happy New Year to all, and best wishes for 2022!

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