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Ryan Greenwood
Curator of Rare Books & Special Collections

rgreenwo@umn.edu
612-625-7323

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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

From Our Stacks: Historical US State Law

This summer we have begun re-organizing and shifting parts of the rare books collection, including our collection of historical US state and territorial law. In  ...

The Reister Collection: Description and Highlights

Hale, The Law of Hereditary Descents (London, 1700) The Law Library and Riesenfeld Center's recent acquisition of the Reister collection on wills, trusts and estates  ...

New Rare Books Acquisition: The Reister Collection

Henry Swinburne, A Briefe Treatise of Testaments and Last Wills (London, 1590) The Law Library and Riesenfeld Rare Books Center have recently received a donation  ...

New Tumblr Posts: Illustrated Law Books

Detail from Damhoudere, Praxis rerum criminalium (1570) There are lots of great new posts on our Tumblr site, featuring more (wonderful) items from the Riesenfeld  ...