Among its vast holdings, the Lillian Goldman Law Library houses materials related to Slavic and East European legal matters. This is broadly construed to include not only current law and legal history, but also related topics like politics and international relations.
The Law Library Rare Book Collection holds a small collection of Slavic and East European materials. Notable among them is an imperial set of the Complete Collected Laws of the Russian Empire (Polnoe sobranie zakonov Rossiiskoi Imperii) (1839-1916). Other materials include vol. 2 of the Russian edition of William Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England and a facsimile of the Merilo pravednoe, a medieval Rus' legal collection. A complete list of relevant Rare Book Collection holdings can be found below:
In 2012, William E. Butler and Mike Widener, the Law Library Rare Book librarian, curated an exhibition on Monuments of Imperial Law, perhaps the first rare book exhibit in the U.S. to focus on the history of Russian law.
Information on accessing the general collection can be found on the Law Library website. Information on searching, requesting, and using materials from the Law Library's Rare Books Collection can be found on their website.
Library catalogs, digital collections, and other relevant pages can be found by following the links to the right.