The Law Faculty is very proud of its eminence in the field of English legal history. The University of Cambridge's main library (the University Library) is a legal deposit library and has been collecting legal materials for hundreds of years. This historical material is now split between the Maitland Legal History Room at the Squire Law Library and the Rare Books room at the University Library.
Please consult this guide for advice on using old materials to ensure their preservation.
The Maitland Legal History Room in the Squire Law Library includes an extensive collection of historical legal treatises, the nominate law reports, abridgments, statutes and other documents of interest to legal historians of English law but there is also material on the common law, European continental law and public international law.
The Maitland Room is closed access so please speak to a member of staff at the enquiry desk.
Various historical legal material is also held in the Rare Books Room and the Manuscripts Room at the University Library. The material held in Rare Books (such as very old editions of treatises and textbooks) can be located via the iDiscover catalogue and then requested to be fetched.
The University Archives also holds some historical material from local courts, a brief summary of which is given on the Manuscripts and Archives webpages.
The Squire has a dedicated legal biography collection including texts on lawyers, politicians and judges. Many of the volumes have been donated to the library and are shelved in the Librarian's Office. The books are catalogued on iDiscover but for a snapshot of material available see the excel spreadsheet below.