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COLLECTION Identifier: HOLLIS601610

Harvard Law School Prize Essays


This collection consists of prize essays written by students of the Harvard Law School.


  • 1850-1868

Conditions Governing Access

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.


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This collection consists of prize essays written by students of the Harvard Law School. All essays are handwritten, and some give Latin terms or phrases as authors. Subjects cover all fields of law studied at that time, such as torts, domestic relations, property, admiralty, partnership, Common law, and pleading.

Historical/Biographical Information

Harvard Law School was established in 1817. These essays were written during the period of professors Joel Parker, Theophilus Parsons, and Emory Washburn (1845-1870), a quiet period of little growth in the school. It followed the period of the great teacher Joseph Story, and preceded the period of first Deanship (1870-1895) and the so-called Golden Age of the Law School, when Dean C.C. Langdell, Professor J.B. Ames, J.C. Gray, and J.B. Thayer were present.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Contact Curator of Modern Manuscripts and Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Erica C. Bicchieri, 2002.

Harvard Law School Prize Essays, 1850-1868: Finding Aid.
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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