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

  • Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web, Smithsonian Institution Libraries – a database for searching online exhibitions on historical subjects worldwide; search functions for exhibition title, institution and subject, and in the advanced search mode for country, state and browsing for titles in alphabetical order
  • Clio Online: Exhibitions – this German history portal offers a good starting point for searching online exhibitions concerning law and history

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

Ireland

Italy

Mexico

Netherlands

  • Historical Prints, Frederik Muller, Print Room, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam – nearly 5,000 images from the rich collection brought together by Frederik Muller on the subject of Dutch history
  • Engravings by Franz and Abraham Hogenberg, Princeton University Library – a graphic view of the Dutch Revolt and the Eighty Years War
  • Censorship!, Persmuseum, Amsterdam
  • Huwelijk & Relaties 1500-1800 [Marriage & Relations 1500-1800], Dutch Royal Library, The Hague – a virtual exhibition focusing on women, created in cooperation with the NCRD, the former Dutch center for legal iconography

New Zealand

Portugal

South-Korea

Spain

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
  • 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
  • Library Projects and Exhibits, Columbia Law School, New York