Probate records show that James Harlan, the father of Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan, assembled during his lifetime a law library impressive in its breadth and balance. This paper discusses how Harlan might have acquired the collection, analyzes its content, and attempts to identify titles listed in the executor's inventory.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The Law Library of Harlan Père
Kurt X. Metzmeir and Scott Campbell, University of Louisville School of Law, have posted Nursery of a Supreme Court Justice: The Library of James Harlan of Kentucky, Father of John Marshall Harlan, which appeared in Law Library Journal 100 (2008). Here's the abstract: