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Special Collections & Archives


Special Collections

  • To the left is an image of the Peregrinus, the law school's mascot, which you can find in Special Collections on the fourth floor. You can find more information about the Peregrinus here.
  • The Special Collections Department at the Tarlton Law Library holds significant collections of rare books related to law and legal practice, archives relevant to legal history and the history of legal education in Texas and the United States, and special collections that complement our holdings for the purposes of historical research. These collections provide robust support for research, exhibits, and programming.
  • The department welcomes researchers. The University of Texas faculty and students are especially encouraged to use these resources.
  • Below you will find specific descriptions of the Special Collections Department's' Rare Book Collection and Archives. You can find the department hours and more information about Special Collections here.


Rare Book Collection

  • The Tarlton Law Library's Rare Book Collection supports legal education and research at The University of Texas through preserving foundational legal works in both the civil and common law traditions, with a special emphasis on practice materials, legal education, dictionaries and reference works, Texas legal history, and precursors to Texas law. The collection currently numbers approximately 10,000 volumes.
  • The Rare Book Collection has an outstanding collection of Texas legal literature dating from the period of Mexican Independence, through the Republic and into the early twentieth century.
  • This collection is complemented by collections of materials from all the precursors to Texas law: Roman, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo-American law. 




  • The Tarlton Law Library maintains over 5,000 linear feet of archives for the purpose of historical research. The library holds records of enduring value created by The University of Texas School of Law, as well as the papers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark and the Uniform Law Commission, collections of several Texas Supreme Court justices and federal judges, and many University of Texas School of Law alumni, faculty, and deans. These remarkable collections provide materials relevant to legal history and the history of legal education in Texas and the United States.


Government Documents




  • The Government Documents office is located on the fourth floor.
  • Tarlton Law Library is a federal depository for U.S. government resources. Our collection includes Congressional materials (such as committee reports or hearings), as well as select law-related titles from the Judicial and Executive branches from the federal government.
  • Law students can email Barbara Bridges, our government documents librarian, if they need assistance finding or using federal government documents.


4th Floor Stacks







  • The books that are located on the fourth floor consist primarily of U.S. federal and non-jurisdictional secondary source legal materials, the aforementioned federal government documents, and law journals.
  • Popular items that can be found on this floor include prominent legal treatises and Restatements of the Law.