January 24, 2022

Antonin Scalia Collection Opens at Harvard Law School Library

From Harvard Law Today:

The Harvard Law School Library has announced the public release of the first batch of papers and other items from the Antonin Scalia Collection.

One of the most influential jurists in American history, the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia ’60 changed how the Court approaches statutory and constitutional interpretation. His forceful and plain spoken exposition of separation of powers, checks and balances, the proper role of the courts, and the rule of law had a profound impact well beyond the legal community.

Justice Scalia’s family donated his papers to the Harvard Law School Library after his death in 2016. The papers will be made available to researchers in stages over the course of the next 40 years.  Materials being made available today largely come from his life and work before his 1986 appointment to the Supreme Court.


The bulk of the Scalia Collection at Harvard Law School consists of judicial papers from his 30-year career on the Supreme Court, where he served from 1986 to 2016, and his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, from 1982 to 1986. Materials regarding specific cases will not be opened during the lifetime of other justices or judges who participated in those cases.

Read the Complete Article, View a Selection of Images From the Collection

Direct to Antonin Scalia Papers Finding Aid

See Also: A Q&A with Harvard Law Library Archivists on the Antonin Scalia Collection

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