Guide to the Kuttner Institute's library

Michael Widener
Stephan Kuttner (1907-1996)

The Lillian Goldman Law Library joins with the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law in celebrating the return of its library to Yale University this week. The grand opening is part of an international conference, “Rem non novam nec insolitam aggredimur.”

In conjunction with the grand opening, the Law Library is pleased to launch its “Guide to Using the Stephan Kuttner Institute of Medieval Canon Law Library.” The guide was prepared by our 2015 Rare Book Fellow, Anna Franz.

The “Guide” gives an overview of the collection and its history, and then describes each of its components. The most significant of these is the collection of over 700 microfilm, microfiche, and photocopy reproductions of medieval canon law manuscripts. In one location researchers can consult manuscripts from libraries scattered across Europe and North America. The Kuttner Institute’s book collection of over 2200 volumes is a valuable reference tool for those using the manuscripts and for anyone studying the history of canon law (browse the collection via this link). The collection also contains over 15,000 offprints of journal articles, many of which are still not available online and which constitute an extensive repository of scholarship.

The “Guide” also directs researchers to the Law Library’s own extensive collections on canon law, including current scholarly monographs and the Rare Book Collection’s rich canon law holdings.

The Law Library is delighted to take custody of the Kuttner Institute’s library and looks forward to assisting its users. If the “Guide” doesn’t answer all your questions, ask one of us!

– MIKE WIDENER, Rare Book Librarian

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