The Special Collections Department maintains the Library's rare and historical materials.
These materials, listed in the Library’s catalog with a location of SPEC COLL, may only be used in the Rare Book Reading Room. We ask that all patrons make an initial appointment when starting their research. Appointments outside our normal hours are available upon request.
The Rare Books Collections include early printed works, ranging from the fifteenth century copy of Justinian's Pandectorum to late nineteenth century American state reports and codes. The collection houses historical legal texts from Great Britain, Ireland, France, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and other nations.
The Manuscripts Collection consists of personal papers from past deans and faculty of Georgetown Law, alumni donations, case files, and historical documents. The collection includes materials on Watergate, Criminal Justice, Early Colonial and English law, International law, development of law in the American West, and the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal.
The Archives serves as the institutional memory of the Georgetown University Law Center. It documents the Law Center's activities, decisions, policies and programs through the active collection of records of enduring value.
The National Equal Justice Library is the first and only national institution dedicated to documenting and preserving the legal profession's history of providing counsel for those unable to afford it.