U of M Law Library > Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center
The foundation for the Rare Books Collection was laid during the tenure of Arthur C. Pulling, Library Director from 1912 to 1942. Over the past seven decades the collection, which now contains 25,000 volumes, has continued to increase both in size and quality, and is recognized as one of the finest legal rare book collections in the United States. The Riesenfeld Center is designed to provide the finest environment possible for these irreplaceable volumes–including the first edition of Sir Edward Coke’s Reports (1600), wherein appears Coke’s memorable paraphrase of Chaucer:
Out of ould fields must spring and grow the new corne.
We invite students, faculty and alumni–and all interested persons–to visit the Riesenfeld Center.
American Law Institute (ALI) Archival Collection