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852 RARE: New England Watch and Ward Society Records Digitized

The Harvard Law School Library is pleased to announce the digitization of the Records of the New England Watch and Ward Society.   New England Watch and Ward Seal, ca. 1933. seq. 6069 Initially established in 1878 as The New England Society for the Prevention of Vice, the Society was formed in response to concerns about the proliferation …

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Killed by Overstudy: Don’t let this happen to you!

No doubt about it: law school is tough. According to one early 20th century newspaper account, the pressure to study could even be deadly. Here are a few things you can do at the HLS Library to fend off brain fever and make the time you do spend studying more effective: Unwind by checking out a movie from …

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852 RARE: Phillip E. Areeda Papers now Open for Research

Phillip Areeda, 1986 Harvard Law School YearbookPhillip Areeda (1930-1995) taught contracts and antitrust law at the Harvard Law School from 1961 until 1995. During that time he developed a reputation as an expert on antitrust law, which was the focus of his teaching and scholarship. His 11-volume set Antitrust Law is generally considered the definitive treatise on the …

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Digitization of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ Unpublished Dissent in Ruthenberg v. Michigan

Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) is well known for his support of an individual’s right to privacy and free speech. His concurring opinion in Whitney v. California (1927) is considered by many to be one of the greatest defenses of freedom of speech ever written. What is less well known, however, is his dissenting opinion in Ruthenberg v. Michigan, …

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852 RARE: LIFE at HLS

LIFE MAGAZINE LOOKS AT THE HARVARD LAW SCHOOL NOVEMBER 1937LIFE was the leading twentieth-century magazine of photo-journalism, appearing weekly from 1936 until 1972. With its familiar logo displaying the title in white sans-serif type against a red rectangular background, the magazine dominated its market with a circulation that eventually reached 13.5 million copies a week. In 2008 Google …

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852 RARE: WWI Internment Camp Papers Digitized

The Harvard Law School Library is pleased to announce the digitization of the Maurice Ettinghausen collection of Ruhleben civilian internment camp papers, 1914-1937. This unique collection, commonly referred to as “Ruhleben,” provides a fascinating insight into the daily life of prisoners at a German World War I camp. Internees around a small building named “La Bohéme.” Grohs, A., …

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New Digital Collection: Morgan Papers on the drafting of the Uniform Code of Military Justice

In 1948 the Secretary of Defense, James Forrestal, formed a committee to review the military justice system of the US – a system that, in many ways, had not changed for nearly 200 years. Called the Committee on a Uniform Code of Military Justice (CUCMJ), its foremost objective was the creation of a single uniform code to replace …

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852 RARE: Life Without HOLLIS

We couldn’t let 2009 slip by without noting the 100th anniversary of the publication of the Catalogue of the Library of the Law School of Harvard University, otherwise known as the “1909 Catalogue,” a stout, succinct, two volume set that proved so useful a facsimile reprint was published in 1967—and is still in use. The preface to that …

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New Digital Collection: Charles Claflin Davis Papers

A 1910 graduate of the Harvard Law School, Charles Davis received international praise for the relief work he oversaw as Director of the South Eastern Base of the American Red Cross from 1920-1922. Headquartered in Constantinople, the South Eastern Base coordinated humanitarian efforts for Russian refugees fleeing the Russian Revolution. Another major effort occurred in September 1922 when …

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852 RARE: Hanging out a Shingle in Boston, 1878

As a newly minted lawyer in the late nineteenth century, what did you need–and how much did it cost–to set yourself up as a solo practitioner in Boston? The Library has recently acquired a lawyer’s manuscript expense book that provides an answer. W. Frederick Kimball (1851 – 1915) practiced law in Boston from 1878 until the beginning of …

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