May 18, 2022

Acquisitions: Scalia Family Donates Late Justice’s Papers to Harvard Law School Library

From the Harvard Law School:

The family of the late Antonin Scalia ’60, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, has announced that it will donate his papers to the Harvard Law School Library.

The bulk of the Antonin Scalia Collection consists of judicial papers from his tenure on the Supreme Court and on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The Collection also includes papers from earlier in the Justice’s career, including his prior government service in the U.S. Department of Justice, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the Office of Telecommunications Policy, as well as his academic career as a law professor at the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, and elsewhere.  Various other materials, including drafts of speeches and articles, correspondence, and records pertaining to his professional appearances and awards, will also be included.


The Antonin Scalia Collection will be made available for research on a schedule agreed upon by the Scalia family and the Harvard Law School Library. Materials pertaining to Justice Scalia’s work on the Supreme Court and the D.C. Circuit Court will begin to be opened for research in 2020, although materials regarding specific cases will not be opened during the lifetime of other Justices or judges who participated in the case. As materials become available, they will be announced on the HLS Library’s blog, Et Seq., and through other outlets.


Jonathan Zittrain, George Bemis Professor of International Law and director of the HLS Library, said: “The Harvard Law School Library serves not only the campus community, but the world at large.  Its patrons are not only those using the Library today, but those who will follow. We are trustees of the development of the law, and we embrace new technologies as part of the solemn pursuit of universal and ongoing preservation of and access to materials entrusted to us.”

“The Harvard Law School Library is honored to steward Justice Scalia’s memory and his contribution to American jurisprudence. Adding Justice Scalia’s papers to our Modern Manuscripts collection, which includes the papers of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis D. Brandeis, and other Supreme Court Justices will allow future researchers the opportunity to explore the courts and our venerable jurists across three centuries” said Jocelyn Kennedy, executive director of the Harvard Law School Library.

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