This year, the Arthur D. Morris Law Library’s Special Collections area acquired a 1578 edition of Edmund Plowden’s “Commentaries” — a very significant collection of law reports from that period. The book was purchased with funds from a bequest from Thomas D. Soutter ’62. Eighteen donor funds support the work of the library.

“A law library is a communal, professional place — it represents the common store of lawyers’ knowledge. It is also where the individual lawyer researches the single point of law. I support the Special Collections area because lawbooks from history are often lawbooks that made history and working with them can bring together the individual lawyer and the profession of law.”

 – Allen D. Boyer ’82 designates his annual gift to the work of special collections.

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