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December 21, 2011
In 1970, Morris Wolf, Esq., a senior member of the Philadelphia bar, donated to the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a manuscript letter by Thomas Jefferson. Written on August 30th, 1814, from Jefferson at Monticello, the letter outlines a course... read more!
June 30, 2010
In an effort to expand the National Bankruptcy Archives' holdings in rare material predating the establishment of the nation's first major bankruptcy law in 1898, the Archives has begun to acquire a selection of 18th and 19th century pamphlet and... read more!
February 17, 2010
John Lettou introduced the printing press to London in 1480. Two years later, with the help of partner William de Machlinia, he produced the first law book typeset in England. Machlinia was succeeded by Richard Pynson who, by 1500, moved... read more!
March 27, 2009
I recently helped a student use an item in our Rare Books Collection to verify a citation that a professor had recorded for a forthcoming law review article.  One of the references she wanted to check was the original publication date... read more!
February 12, 2009
The Biddle Law Library has many interesting older books related to Abraham Lincoln, who was born on this day 200 years ago. One I came across in our Rare Books Collection.  Entitled Lincolniana: In Memoriam, this book is an anthology of... read more!
January 12, 2009
  Happy 2009! To ring in the new semester and the new year, the Biddle Law Library has a couple of new exhibits in our reference area and the Rare Book seminar room. Violet Oakley's Law Triumphant In our main... read more!
November 25, 2008
For a student of public policy and the law, Thanksgiving is one of our most fascinating holidays.  Originally intended, literally, to "give thanks" to God, Thanksgiving has evolved into a secular holiday, established by the government to be celebrated... read more!