Lesley Schoenfeld

Alert: Moving Project in the HLS Library – January 6, 2022

On Thursday, January 6, 2022, from 9am to 5pm, there will be a moving project in the fourth-floor reading room, the Fishman Room and Lemann Lounge on the second floor, and in the third-floor Reference Room. We will work to keep disturbances to a minimum, but there may be occasional noise disruption. Staff will need access to several …

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Honoring Movember with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

In honor of #Facial Hair Friday and Movember, check out these images of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’s magnificent mustache over the years. The first photograph, taken in 1872 when Holmes was in his early 30s, shows him the same year he married his wife, Fanny Bowditch Dixwell. His mustache is off to a good start: The second image …

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HLS Forum Video: Innocent on Death Row (March 15, 2000)

On this day twenty-one years ago, the Harvard Law School Forum hosted a panel discussion, “Innocent on Death Row: The Causes of and Remedies for Unjust Convictions.” HLS Professor Charles Nesson moderated the panel, which featured the late journalist Jim Dwyer; lawyers Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, founders of the Innocence Project and authors of the book “Actual …

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852 RARE: Serving Up a Sampling of Plates

Inspired by the array of objects in this drawer, I wanted to highlight some of the plates we have in Historical & Special Collections for this installment of 852 RARE. They come in a variety of materials and sizes and are from a number of different collections. Each has an interesting story to tell. I hope you enjoy …

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852 RARE: From Paper Plates to Sticky Notes, Documenting Student Activism

Historical & Special Collections (HSC) has been working hard since the spring of 2016 to collect material that helps tell the story of student life at Harvard Law School (HLS), most recently in the form of the HLS Community Capture Project. Given our focus on archiving student action, it was very exciting to find a nondescript, cardboard box …

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New website for Library Bicentennial Exhibit – Collections | Connections

The Harvard Law School Library is pleased to announce the launch of the companion website for its Bicentennial exhibit:         The website is arranged around the six themes of the exhibit: Keepers of Memory, Preserving Legal Heritage, Global Citizens, Promoting Justice, Supreme Court Clerks and Their Justices, and Library as Lab. It features items from the …

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852 RARE: Guest Blog – Molding the Legal Mind: The Notebooks of Harvard Law Students

Many of us would shudder to imagine a researcher 100 years from now poring over our college lecture notes, scribbled in spiral-bound notebooks or, more likely, typed up in hundreds of sporadically organized .docx files. Historical & Special Collections at the Harvard Law School Library has been doing just that, cataloging a collection of over 250 students’ class …

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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. One of …

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852 RARE: In Celebration of Pranksters and Practical Jokers: The Legend of Lady Ellesmere

April Fools’ day may have come and gone, but in the spirit of keeping the laughter going, let’s look back almost 70 years to a student prank involving the school’s portrait collection. As the story goes, two 3L students wanted to pull off a prank before graduation so they commissioned a young art student at the School of …

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Work in the Main Reading Room, January 7, 2016

Work will take place in the main Reading Room on Thursday, January 7, 2016, between 8am and 5pm. We will try to keep disturbances to a minimum. However, there may be occasional noise disruption and staff will need access to many of the study carrels on the south side of the room. Signs will be posted on the corresponding carrels. We …

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