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Our History

Preserving the Institutional History of UVA Law

Law Special Collections is dedicated to sharing the history of the University of Virginia School of Law by making its archives accessible, and by interpreting its collections through physical and digital exhibitions.

Archives

Records of the Law School

Manuscripts

Archival collections

Rare Books

Rare and large collection of rare books

Photographs

Pictures of our past

Online Exhibitions

Histories of UVA Law

Marshaling May Days

Marshaling May Days

Drawn from the law library’s May Days Oral History Program, this site tells the story of the law school legal marshals during UVA’s May Strike.

Slavery and the Law School

Slavery and the Law School

Slavery and the UVA School of Law examines UVA Law’s historical connections to the institution of slavery through people, places, and pedagogy.

The Diaries of William Minor Lile

The Diaries of William Minor Lile

A unique collections of diaries from the Law School's first dean.

50 Years of BLSA

50 Years of BLSA

A chronicle of five decades of Black student activism, service, and community at the University of Virginia School of Law.

100 Years of Coeducation

100 Years of Coeducation

100 Years of Coeducation: A Century of Women at University of Virginia School of Law recognizes the role of women in building a more inclusive and diverse Law School.

The Historical Landscape of North Grounds

The Historical Landscape of North Grounds

This video walking tour follows librarian Randi Flaherty as she the explores the history of the landscape on which the Law School now sits.

Architectural Expansion in the Realm of Thomas Jefferson

Architectural Expansion in the Realm of Thomas Jefferson

In this book, Philip Mills Herrington relates the remarkable story of how UVA and its Law School have used architecture to reconcile desire for progress with a veneration for the past.

1828 Catalogue Project

1828 Catalogue Project

The 1828 Catalogue Project of the University of Virginia Law Library reconstructs Thomas Jefferson's original collection of legal texts intended for UVA's first law library, providing researchers with a firsthand look into the canonical works of early American law and legal education.