The Judge Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library's
Special Collections Reading Room focuses on
preserving rare books, special collections, and law school archival material.
Rare Books and Special Collections
The Special Collections Reading Room
generally houses works printed prior to 1850. These titles require special
care, need preservation work and in some instances may be considered rare.
One will find among these:
on the Law (1803);
Bacon's Abridgement of the Law (1798);
Coke's Institutes of the Laws of England
Dalrymple's Essay toward a General
History of Feudal Property Law (1758).
The Special Collections Reading
Room also includes books of more recent vintage that are of unique interest
to the law school community. For example, textbooks published by our early
Deans, materials on the Inns of Court, the history of the Old Baily, and
reminiscences of local Washington law
firms are shelved here. Holding a place of special honor is a collection of
mid-nineteenth century legal Americana donated by Professor Emeritus Maxwell Bloomfield.
These and other rare books can be found in the Law Library's online catalog, Columbo, with a location of "Special Collections".
The Archives Section of the Special Collections Reading Room has received a
number of important donations over the past ten
years. It is the repository of materials from
several judges, former faculty and notable alumni.
Most recently, the section has become home to
Archive of Clinical Legal Education.
The Archives Section also serves as a historical
repository for the Columbus School of Law as evidenced
through the collection and retention of materials
illustrating the day-to-day public life of the
institution. Likewise, analog videotapes and audiotapes
of law school programs and events are stored here.
Those wishing to access the Video
Archive of Webcast Law School Programs and Events,
which is maintained by the University's Center
for Planning & Information Technology, may
click on http://digitalmedia.cua.edu/archive/law.cfm.
Links to more recent conferences and events appear
in the the CUA Digital Media Services Calendar
Terms of Access
Hours of use are between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Monday
through Friday) by special arrangement and appointment. Visitors should contact the Reference
Department (202-319-6284) for assistance during these hours.