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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 Rare Titles on U.S. Constitutional Law

A replica of Fulton's steamer Clermont (Courtesy of the Library of Congress) Recently we acquired several interesting works related to 19th-century U.S. constitutional law. The  ...

Rare Swedish and Norwegian Law

Den Norske Low-Bog (Copenhagen, 1604) Among the interesting historical collections at the Riesenfeld Rare Books Center are significant works of rare Swedish and Norwegian law.  ...

Farewell to Magna Carta (and Edward Coke)

Frontispiece showing Coke, from his Institutes (1642) As the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta (and our exhibit) draws to a close, we admire once more  ...

Professors Narita and Sharafi Visit the Riesenfeld Center

The North-Western Reporter (St. Paul: John B. West and Co, 1878) Fall has brought several notable visitors to the Riesenfeld Center. In late August and  ...