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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, documenting 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

New Digital Exhibit: "Magna Carta, 800 Years: Rights and the Rule of Law"

To mark Constitution Day, and in celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the University of Minnesota Law Library has digitized its year-long exhibit,  ...

New Rare Acquisitions!

Hayward's Confession (Minneapolis, 1895) The Riesenfeld Center has recently been fortunate to acquire several new titles for its rare books collection. Among these are three  ...

Elizabeth Pickering: The First Woman to Print Books in England

Colophon from: The Great Charter, Called in Latin Magna Carta ...London: Elizabeth Pickering, 1540/41. To continue our series of posts on books related to Magna  ...

Granville Sharp, Early Champion of Abolitionism

Magna Charta cum statutis (London: Richard Tottell, 1556) One of the Law Library's most prized copies of Magna Carta was once owned by Granville Sharp  ...