Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center

Rare book

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.

Riesenfeld Blog

New Acquisitions: Clarence Darrow's Will, Letters, and Books

May 10, 2022
The Law Library holds the most extensive collection of letters written by and to the legendary American trial attorney, Clarence Darrow (…

Rare Study Guides (and Good Luck on Finals)!

May 4, 2022
Legal study guides have a long history. An English study guide from 1600, penned by the lawyer William Fulbecke (1560-c.1603), includes…

Monday, April 18: Celebrate Clarence Darrow's Birthday!

April 13, 2022
Come out and celebrate Clarence Darrow's birthday with the Law Library on April 18th!  Visit the Law Library lobby and pick up…