Rare Books and Archives

Rare Books

The Law Library contains a selective, yet rich, rare book collection of approximately 1850 titles, including manuscripts and over one hundred fifty pre-1600 imprints. This collection is a valuable resource for legal scholars doing historical research. Use of these materials, housed in the Rare Book Room in Anheuser-Busch Hall on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis, is by appointment only Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. All titles are non-circulating.

  • To make an appointment to use the materials contained in the Rare Book Collection, contact Frederick Chan, Senior Cataloging Librarian, at fchan@wulaw.wustl.edu or call him at 314-935-6415.
  • To donate any rare books or to submit detailed questions about the collection, contact Joyce McCray Pearson,Director of the Law Library & Associate University Librarian at jmccraypearson@wustl.edu or call her at 314-935-6440.

Click on Rare Book Collection to view a select listing of the collection.

Click on Rare Book Collection Gallery to view pictures.


The library maintains a collection of Law School archival material including old and current leaflets, journals, and treatises. Part of the Archives has been cataloged but many items are not yet in the online catalog.
Some of the more useful material includes the Law School Newsletter (under various titles) for most of the years since 1937, scattered Alumni Directories from 1956, and pamphlets about the history of the Law School, its buildings and the Law Library.

Use of materials in the Archives is by appointment only. Contact Frederick Chan at 314-935-6415 or by e-mail at fchan@wulaw.wustl.edu.