The Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center opened with the completion of a new addition to the Law School, and its rededication in 2001 as Walter F. Mondale Hall. It houses one of the strongest collections of rare law books in the United States, built up significantly in the first half of the twentieth century, and the Law School Archives. The heart of the Riesenfeld Center is the Pulling Rare Books Collection, which has particular strengths in historical English law, colonial American and early US law, and American Indian law, among several other collections; and its preeminent collection of letters and printed works by and related to Clarence Darrow. For more information, please see a description of the Pulling Collection and the library’s collection development policy. For a virtual tour of highlights from the Pulling Collection, visit Treasures of the Riesenfeld Center, a digital exhibit curated by Katherine Hedin.
The Center is also home to the Law School Archives, documenting the Law School’s history and the work of its faculty. Material in the Archives includes work published by former and current faculty, certain papers of faculty, records of the Law School, and other manuscript collections. For more information, please see the Archives page.