Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
New Collection: John E. Wall Legal Papers : pertaining to the trial of Dr. Benjamin Spock and others
Under the supervision of the terrific David Horn (Head, Archives & Manuscripts) and Amy Braitsch (Assistant University Archivist), I processed a fascinating collection of legal papers belonging to the late John E. Wall. You can read the finding aid here, and you can view the papers at the Burns Library; here is the catalog record.
In 1968, John E. Wall was an Assistant United States Attorney. He took part in prosecuting Dr. Benjamin Spock, the Rev. William Sloane Coffin, Jr., and three others for encouraging Vietnam War draft resisters. This collection of legal papers includes handwritten notes, correspondence, typescript documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and transcripts of legal proceedings.
Monday, November 24, 2008
As always, we regret any inconvenience to our visitors.
Boston 18th Century Court Docket: Boston Court by Adjournment to 3 Dec. 1788. A rare survival of an 18th century Boston court docket. A number of cases are listed in this 11-page manuscript, as well as notes about them, possibly written by a judge or justice of the peace. We got this at the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair, a terrific place to view rare books, manuscripts, and art - and to meet and mingle with like-minded people.
Friday, November 14, 2008
This manuscript complements an outstanding collection of early American legal and land use documents given to the library in 2003 by Robert E. Brooker III. This account book was purchased with funds donated by Mr. Brooker.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Please join us in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room to view our newest exhibit: “A Little Library” – the Private Law Library of Frank Williams Oliver. Highlights include a magnificent German Bible from 1693; a book that once belonged to Clarence Darrow; a rare first edition of Webster’s Dictionary, dated 1828; . . . and Frank Oliver’s delightful bookplate, shown here. The exhibit will remain on view through early December 2008. View highlights and more here.