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Tulane University. Law Library. Special Collections

Weinmann Hall
6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

Phone: 504-862-8867

Repository URL: External Link

Repository description (extant): The Library's collection of old and rare books can be found in the Special Collections Room on the 4th floor of the Law Library. The purpose of the Special Collections department is to provide access to rare materials in legal history. Items are assigned to this climate controlled room because of their age, subject matter, special research value, rarity, or fragility. Although the primary aim of this collection is to meet the research needs of the Law School faculty and students, members of the Tulane University community and the scholarly community at large are also welcome. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead to make arrangements for a research visit. One portion of this collection contains the Napoleonic Code of 1804, with a special emphasis on early Louisiana legal history. The other contains earlier works, including many treatises on Roman law, canon law, Jewish law, Islamic law, and French law, many dating from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. The Rare Books section contains a wonderful collection of well-preserved legal masterpieces that were published prior to 1800.

To view material contained in this collection, patrons must complete a request form at the Circulation Desk and provide a picture ID. The books, which may not be taken out of the library, are available Monday -- Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or at other times by special arrangement with the Assistant Director of Services. Books may be viewed in the Library's Reading Room. Since many of the rare books have very fragile bindings, they may not be photocopied by the patron. Library staff may photocopy a small number of pages of books that are not too fragile.

Since the Special Collections Room is not open to the pubic, researchers are strongly encouraged to browse the Library's online catalog. When browsing the Library's online catalog, patrons should search by Key Word and then limit their search to the location field, "Special Collections." The search can then be narrowed further by date, language, and year of publication.

Repository type: University Special Collection


Jack Bass collection


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