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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Welcome to the Blog of the Riesenfeld Center!

Welcome to the blog of the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center!  The Stefan A. Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center at the University of Minnesota Law Library houses the Pulling Rare Books Collection, one of the outstanding collections of rare law books in the country, and the University of Minnesota Law School Archives.  It also supports an active program of exhibitions, outreach and teaching.  For more about the Center and its collections, as well as hours, policies and other visitor information, please see our current website, and the new information we will add in the coming weeks.

We'll use this blog to highlight some of the great collection items at the Center, from early printed books to manuscript letters, photographs and other images.  Please stay tuned for interesting events, exhibits and acquisitions as well.

As a first note related to our collections, the background wallpaper for the blog might be a stiff challenge to identify, even with the help of  Google.  The fragmentary text is from the entry on ‘equity,’ in great English legal scholar and antiquarian John Selden’s Table-Talk.  The Center holds the lively and often amusing compendium of Selden's opinions in a second edition.  We think his brief, topical insights aren't too different from those of a modern blog!

For help in updating the website and for blog advice a special thanks goes to Ellen Qualey, the Law Library’s Emerging Technologies Librarian and terrific blogger.

   - Ryan Greenwood, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections

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