13 January 2020

SUMMER COURSE: Rare Book School course “Law Books: History & Connoisseurship” (Yale, 7-12 June 2020)

(Source: Yale Law School)

We received news from a course offered by Michael Widener (Yale) and Ryan Greenwood (Minnesota) in Yale coming June.

The University of Virginia’s Rare Book School is now accepting applications for admission to its course, “Law Books: History & Connoisseurship,” which is scheduled for June 7-12, 2020 in the Yale Law School Library, New Haven, Connecticut. Enrollment is limited to 12 students.

The course description, advance reading list, evaluations from previous students, and a link to the application site are here:

Information on the application process, program costs, etc., is available here:

This intensive, week-long course is about building focused, interesting, and useful collections of historical materials in Anglo-American, European, and Latin American law. It is aimed at  individuals and librarians who collect historical legal materials, and the book dealers who supply them, as well as librarians developing collections from existing holdings. Lively discussion and extensive hands-on activities are hallmarks of the course.

The instructors are Mike Widener (Rare Book Librarian, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School) and Ryan Greenwood (Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Minnesota Law Library). This will be Widener’s seventh time teaching the course, and the second time for Greenwood. Due to Widener’s retirement from Yale in April 2021, future offerings of this course are uncertain. If you have wanted to take the course, and haven’t yet attended, now is the time.
Questions about the content of the course should go to Mike Widener at: Questions about applications, registration, tuition, and housing should be directed to the Rare Book School staff at

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