Virtual exhibitions

Virtual exhibitions can provide an excellent first impression of a subject in legal history. The institutions creating such exhibitions often display really special objects, in particular books, from their collections. Not only museums and archives but also law libraries create virtual exhibitions. The order in which virtual exhibitions are presented here depends to a large extent on the subjects of the exhibitions, not on a preconceived plan. Sometimes an exhibit could figure under more than one heading, and thus it is worthwhile to scroll down. Instead of an exhaustive overview you will find here at least the sheer variety of exhibitions. Where sensible some thematic digital collections have been added. A number of national libraries and law schools create regularly online exhibitions.

Searching online exhibitions

General subjects

Asia

Europe

Latin America

Ancient law

Medieval law

Witchcraft

Here below a selection for a number of countries:

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Colombia

Egypt

France

Germany

Haiti

Indonesia

Ireland

Italy

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Portugal

South-Korea

Spain

Sweden

United Kingdom

United States of America

The following institutions do regularly present new online exhibitions:

Mike Widener presents a number of online exhibitions by five American law libraries in a reading list for the history of legal books.

  • Exhibitions, Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA – these exhibitions cover a wide variety of subjects
  • Exhibits, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin – for example on old juridical dictionaries
  • Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room, Boston College Law Library, Boston, MA
  • Exhibitions, Rare Book Room, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT – see also a number of catalogues for exhibits curated by Mike Widene
  • Exhibitions, Robbins Collection, School of Law, Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA – for example on the Roman-Dutch law; some of the exhibits contain also videos