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Law Special Collections & Archives

Our Collections


The library maintains the records of the Law School Dean's Office, administrative offices, law library, alumni association, graduate programs, and various student organizations, as well as a large collection of the UVA Law School photographs.


Law Special Collections maintains over 80 manuscript collections on the history of legal thought and practice, with a particular strength in American legal history since 1700. Our holdings also include large international collections, from 17th-century Italian wills to papers of the United Nations.


This digital collection features thousands of images primarily from the Law School's history, the earliest of which date from the 1860s. Included are photos of Law School buildings, faculty, students, events, and alumni/ae, as well as images from personal manuscript collections.

Rare Books

This collection of roughly 14,000 rare legal titles dates from the 15th to the 19th century and is particularly strong in admiralty law and in American and British reports and treatises. The core of this collection is a large portion of the law titles that Thomas Jefferson selected for the University of Virginia's first library when it opened in 1825.

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