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Ryan Greenwood
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Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center

Room N-30, Walter F. Mondale Hall, University of Minnesota Law Library



The University of Minnesota Law School’s Stefan A. Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center holds one of the outstanding collections of rare legal books in the United States. The books form the Arthur C. Pulling Rare Books Collection, more than 25,000 volumes of rare and special texts printed from the fifteenth through twentieth centuries. The Collection is a resource for the study of American and English law and history, as well as continental and other law, and is open for the use of students and visitors.

The Pulling Collection is housed in the convenient facilities of the Riesenfeld Center, including its reading room and modern exhibit space. The Center is also home to the Law School Archives, which documents the Law School’s notable history and the work of its faculty. Beyond research, the Center supports exhibits, events and programs related to its collections, as well as teaching at the Law School.

We invite visitors to explore the menu at left, to learn more about the Pulling Collection and the Law School Archives, and to discover the award-winning digital collections, exhibits and publications that are available through this site.

Law Library's Riesenfeld Center Blog

Happy Halloween from the Riesenfeld Center!

A Tryal of Witches ... London, 1716 Just in time for Halloween, we brought out from our stacks a few historical witch trials. Cotton Mather's  ...

Jewels in the Crown: American Indian Law

Report of the Committee... Milledgeville, 1832 The Pulling Collection includes an extensive set of material on American Indian law, with a wide array of treaties,  ...

Jewels in the Crown: English Law

A Collection of State-Trials, London, 1735 English law was a special interest of noted law librarian Arthur C. Pulling, after whom the Rare Books Collection  ...

Jewels in the Crown: Colonial and Early State Law

Acts and Laws...Boston, 1742. Colonial and early US state law is a particular strength within the Pulling Collection, along with items dating from the Revolution.  ...