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January 23, 2015

“Murder and Women in 19th-Century America: Trial Accounts in the Yale Law Library”

An exhibition talk by

Friday, January 30
11:00am – 12:00pm
Room 122, Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, New Haven CT

“Murder and Women in 19th-Century America,” the current exhibition of the Yale Law Library’s Rare Book Collection, will be the subject of a talk on January 30 by the exhibition curators, Mike & Emma Widener. This colorful exhibit draws on the library’s outstanding collection of American trial literature.

The exhibition talk is scheduled for 11am on Friday, January 30, in Room 122 of the Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street. It is free and open to the public.

The illustrated talk will cover the place of these sensational trial accounts in 19th-century popular reading, their research value, tools for researching them, and the fascinating stories they tell.

Mike Widener is the Rare Book Librarian in the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School. Emma Molina Widener has just retired from a 20-year career teaching college Spanish at the University of Texas, Austin Community College, the University of New Haven, Yale University, and most recently at Southern Connecticut State University.

The exhibit, “Murder and Women in 19th-Century America: Trial Accounts in the Yale Law Library,” is on display through February 21, 2015, in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, located on Level L2 of the Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School (127 Wall Street, New Haven, CT).

The exhibit can also be viewed in the Rare Book Collection’s Flickr site.

For more information, contact Mike Widener at (203) 432-4494, email <mike.widener@yale.edu>.

Morris L. Cohen
January 14, 2015

The Legal History and Rare Books (LH&RB) Section of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), in cooperation with Cengage Learning, announces the Seventh Annual Morris L. Cohen Student Essay Competition. The competition is named in honor of Morris L. Cohen, late Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School.

The competition is designed to encourage scholarship and to acquaint students with the AALL and law librarianship, and is open to students currently enrolled in accredited graduate programs in library science, law, history, and related fields. Essays may be on any topic related to legal history, rare law books, or legal archives. The winner will receive a $500.00 prize from Cengage Learning and up to $1,000 for expenses to attend the AALL Annual Meeting, July 18-21, 2015, in Philadelphia. The runner-up will have the opportunity to publish the second-place essay in LH&RB’s online scholarly journal Unbound: An Annual Review of Legal History and Rare Books.

The entry form and instructions are available at the LH&RB website: http://www.aallnet.org/sections/lhrb/awards. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., March 16, 2015 (EST).

– MIKE WIDENER, Rare Book Librarian


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