Meet Our Unique Collections

Emory Law School Archives

The Emory Law School Archives acquires, preserves, and makes available to researchers materials of permanent historical and research value.

Subject areas include:

  • Feminism and Legal Theory
  • Law and Religion
  • History of Emory Law School

The Archives Room is located on the first floor of MacMillan Law Library in room M118. Manuscript and archival collections held include the records of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, the papers of Martha Albertson Fineman, the Ben F. Johnson, Jr. Oral History Project, the Emory Law World War II Era Oral History Project, and historical records of Emory Law School.

Rare Book Room

The Rare Book Room is located on the second floor, entrance level of MacMillan Law Library in room M202. The rare books collection includes 15th through the 20th century statutes, codes, reports, and treatises on Georgian, American,  English and Canon laws. The earliest volume dates back to 1480.  

Conducting Research in Rare and Special Collections

The EmoryFindingAids database provides access to descriptions of Emory's unique primary resources. Search this database to determine if collections contain material of interest to you, and learn where collections are located.

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Getting Started

1. The Emory Law Archives may be used during weekday reference hours only from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Please contact Vanessa King to schedule a research appointment.

2. When you arrive at the law library, you will be asked to show a photo id and sign our register so that we have a record of your visit.

3. Next, you can consult with research services staff about your specific research interests so that we can help direct you to the most relevant materials.   

Archives Room Policies

  • Archival materials cannot be checked out. Instead, you may use them at the large table located just outside the Archives Room or in a study room on the first floor of the law library.
  • Only materials directly related to the research project at hand and to note taking are permitted near archival materials. Permitted items include laptops, tablets, paper and pencils (no ink pens). Cases, bags, backpacks, purses, umbrellas, food or beverages (including water) are not permitted - these personal items must be left with the staff behind the Circulation Desk.
  • Archival materials may not be removed from the first floor of the law library for any reason. Research services staff may be able to scan a limited amount of some materials upon request. Also, you may be able to use a personal camera to take pictures of the materials you are using. Please ask the staff member who assists you about using a personal camera and requesting scanning.  

Reprographic Services

Researchers may request reproductions of materials in collections for use in personal research. The library will not scan materials if doing so would violate copyright law or donor restrictions, or if scanning risks damaging the materials.  We will only scan items measuring 11x17 inches or less.  The library also reserves the right to set limits on the amount of scanning it will undertake.  There is a limit of 100 images per request, and 300 images per year, per researcher; our year runs from September 1 – August 31.  The library charges fees for reproductions in order to offset the cost of producing the images.  Due to copyright and intellectual property rights, we are unable to disseminate copies of born-digital materials. 

Requesting Reproductions

  • For digital scans: Files are generally emailed within fifteen business days. 

Digital Files

  • Images of printed pages will be provided as 200 or 300 dpi PDF or JPEG files.
  • Images of photographs will be provided as 400dpi TIFF files.

Fee Schedule for Digital Images

  • No charge for first 10 page images.
  • Per image fee for digital page images: $1.00 
  • Per image fee for digital images of photographs: $5.00

Large Order Additional Labor Charge

  • 51-75 images: $25.00
  • 76-100 images: $50.00

Please contact Vanessa King at vanessa.king@emory.edu for assistance with requests.

discoverE is the Emory Libraries Catalog. It contains records for the majority of materials held in all libraries at Emory, including rare books, as well as manuscript and archival collections.

Getting Started

1. The Rare Book Room may be used during weekday reference hours only from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM during the summer), Monday through Friday. Please contact Access Services 404-727-8211 to schedule a research appointment.

2. When you arrive at the law library, you will be asked to show a photo id and sign our register so that we have a record of your visit.

3. Next, you can consult with research services staff about your specific research interests so that we can help direct you to the most relevant materials.   

Rare Book Room Policies

  • Rare books cannot be checked out. Instead, you may use them only inside the Rare Book Room.  
  • Only materials directly related to the research project at hand and to note taking are permitted near rare books. Permitted items include laptops, tablets, paper and pencils (no ink pens). Cases, bags, backpacks, purses, umbrellas, food or beverages (including water) are not permitted - these personal items must be left with the staff behind the Circulation Desk.
  • Rare books may not be removed from the Rare Book Room for any reason. Research services staff may be able to scan a limited amount of some materials upon request. Also, you may be able to use a personal camera to take pictures of the materials you are using. Please ask the staff member who assists you about using a personal camera and requesting scanning.  

Archival Collections

This collection is currently in process, but is open to researchers. Ben F. Johnson, Jr. served as Dean of Emory Law School from 1961-1972 during which time he helped to bring about the racial integration of Emory University. The collection includes DVD copies of interviews, conducted in 2006-2007, with colleagues and students of Ben Johnson discussing the racial integration of Emory Law School.
This collection is open to researchers. The Emory Law School Records serve as the institutional memory of the Emory University School of Law, continually documenting its rich history. The records document Emory Law's activities, decisions, policies, and programs.
This collection is open to researchers. The World War II era Oral History Project records include pre-interview survey forms which supply basic information about project interviewees such as name, address, education prior to Emory School of Law, experiences while at Emory and military experience.  Additional materials, including DVD copies of the interviews, are included as indicated in the container list.
This collection is open to researchers. The collection consists of the records of the Feminism and Legal Theory (FLT) Project from 1984-2010. The records include workbooks containing papers presented at each of the FLT conferences, newsletters, brochures and flyers, a collection of journal articles on related topics, files related to visiting scholars and other collected information.  The records document scholarship on issues related to the mission of the FLT Project including reproductive rights, children, family relationships, gender, sexuality, economics, discrimination, religion, citizenship, governmental representation, disabilities, sexual abuse and violence.
This collection is open to researchers. NNLSO is a nonprofit, professional organization designed for the educational and professional development of all law school officers. NNLSO was founded in 1980 by a group of law school officers attending the annual AACRAO, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, Convention in New Orleans. The new organization was formed specifically to meet the needs of law school registrars and admissions officers. 

Manuscript Collections

This collection is open to researchers. Harold Berman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, taught law for 60 years. He served the Emory community as its first Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law for more than 20 years. He was James Barr Ames Professor of Law Emeritus of Harvard Law School, where he taught from 1948 to 1985. A prolific scholar, Berman wrote 25 books and more than 400 articles on the topics of law and religion, comparative legal history, Russian law and culture, legal philosophy and private international law. Scholars around the world have referred to Berman as the father of the field of law and religion.  The Emory Finding Aid for the collection can be found HERE.
This collection is open to researchers. Martha Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, is an internationally recognized law and society scholar and a leading authority on family law and feminist jurisprudence. Fineman is also the Director of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, an enterprise she founded in 1984 at the University of Wisconsin. Fineman has authored 3 books and numerous articles examining the legal regulation of family and intimacy and the legal implications of universal dependency and vulnerability. Her papers span the years 1984 through the present, with the bulk of the items concentrated in the period 1989-1995. The collection documents Fineman’s career as a law professor and a leading scholar of feminist legal theory. It is arranged into eight series: Biographical Information, Conferences and Workshops, Correspondence, Course Materials, Grant Projects, Research, Subject Files and Writings.  The Emory Finding Aid for the collection can be found HERE.
This collection is open to researchers. Catherine Roraback was one of the nation's foremost civil rights lawyers. In addition to participating in many controversial cases, she helped found the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union a year after graduating from Yale School of Law, where she was the only woman in her class. Roraback was perhaps best known as one of the lead attorneys in the landmark case of Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), which established a constitutionally protected right to privacy. The collection includes handwritten keynote addresses and other speeches, letters and other correspondence, photographs, numerous newspaper clippings, court documents, pamphlets, books, posters and audio cassette tapes.  The Emory Finding Aid for the collection can be found HERE.

This collection is open to researchers.  The papers of Jonas B. Robitscher J.D., M.D. (1920-1981) consist primarily of Robitscher’s professional papers from 1967-1981. Professor Robitscher was the author of The Powers of Psychiatry (1980), an exhaustive examination of the power that psychiatrists once held within the criminal justice system. With his intelligent, critical, and controversial assessment of his own profession, Jonas Robitscher became a much-needed advocate and crusader for those with little or no voice within the criminal justice system.  

Included in the collection are numerous drafts of writings and lectures, as well as personal and professional correspondence and photographs.  The Emory Finding Aid for the collection can be found HERE.

This collection is open to researchers. Born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1928, Marjorie Clark Thurman enrolled at Emory University in 1945 at the age of 17; after graduating from Emory she attended the Atlanta Law School and earned her Master's degree in 1949. In 1954, Thurman became an associate at the firm of Leachman, King, Thurman & Marshall, the first all-female law firm in Georgia. Thurman also served in several prominent positions in the Georgia Democratic Party including Democratic National Committeewoman appointed by Governor Carl Sanders in 1963, and Chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party in 1974. During her tenure a number of modernizing initiatives took place including the creation of an affirmative action committee and adoption of the first state party charter. The collection consists of campaign files, correspondence, personal material, and papers related to the Georgia Democratic Party in the 1960s-1970s. The Emory Finding Aid for the collection can be found HERE

Rare Books Collection

The Rare Book Room contains predominately 18th – 20th century classic editions of institutes, commentaries, reports and treatises on English and American law, with Georgia law being the main state focus within the American portion of the collection. The earliest Georgia law title is the 1819 edition of The Office and Duty of a Justice of the Peace.

We are actively adding to the Rare Book collection on an ongoing basis. Our current focus for growth is in the area of Canon and Ecclesiastical law, where we’ve recently acquired several new titles published in the 16th – 18th centuries. Our earliest volume is Saint Antontinus’s De excommunicationibus et censuris and De sponsalibus et matrimonio, printed in 1480.

Getting Started

1. The Rare Book Room may be used during weekday reference hours only from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM during the summer), Monday through Friday. Please contact Access Services 404-727-8211 to schedule a research appointment.

2. When you arrive at the law library, you will be asked to show a photo id and sign our register so that we have a record of your visit.

3. Next, you can consult with research services staff about your specific research interests so that we can help direct you to the most relevant materials.   

Rare Book Room Policies

  • Rare books cannot be checked out. Instead, you may use them only inside the Rare Book Room.  
  • Only materials directly related to the research project at hand and to note taking are permitted near rare books. Permitted items include laptops, tablets, paper and pencils (no ink pens). Cases, bags, backpacks, purses, umbrellas, food or beverages (including water) are not permitted - these personal items must be left with the staff behind the Circulation Desk.
  • Rare books may not be removed from the Rare Book Room for any reason. Research services staff may be able to scan a limited amount of some materials upon request. Also, you may be able to use a personal camera to take pictures of the materials you are using. Please ask the staff member who assists you about using a personal camera and requesting scanning.  

discoverE is the Emory Libraries Catalog. It contains records for the majority of materials held in all libraries at Emory, including rare books, as well as manuscript and archival collections.