Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center

Room N-30, Walter F. Mondale Hall, University of Minnesota Law Library

Riesenfeld Rare Books room N30, Mondale Hall

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

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Report of the Secretary of War, communicating the report of an exploration of the territory of Minnesota Senate executive document (United States. Congress. Senate) ; 31st Congress, 1st session, no. 42.

Last week we had our monthly open house and there was a request for early Minnesota laws, so here is one of the documents we brought out. Created to accompany (then) Brevet Captain John Pope’s report on his exploration of the new Territory of Minnesota, this 1849 map is one of our favorites in the collection. It is beautifully rendered and amazingly detailed. Even some of the smallest lakes, in some of the furthest reaches of the territory are included, marked with the names they still hold today. Interestingly enough, given its proximity to Fort Snelling, Lake Minnetonka is not named or accurately portrayed on the map.


Medieval Manuscripts in the Rare Books Collection

One of the interesting and valuable finds in early modern books are medieval manuscript fragments. Used at the time to strengthen and decorate the books’ …

Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition

Announcement for the Ninth Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition: The Legal History and Rare Books (LH&RB) Section of the American Association of Law …

New 2017 Spring Exhibit: “Rights Writ Large”

Hugo Grotius, Mare liberum (1633) The University of Minnesota Law Library and Riesenfeld Rare Books Center are pleased to announce the 2017 spring exhibits: “Rights …

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