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Barco Law Library Archives and Special Collections

The Archives of Barco Law Library preserves, promotes, and provides access to records documenting over one hundred years of Law School history.

About the Archives and Special Collections

The Barco Law Library Archives and Special Collections (henceforth ASC) is a digital and physical repository housed within the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. It is responsible for the acquisition, preservation, storage, exhibition, and access of published and unpublished materials. The ASC maintains a valuable repository that preserves the unique heritage of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, dating back to 1843 when the first law courses were offered at the University of Pittsburgh (formerly Western University of Pennsylvania). These collections have been amassed through gifts, transfers from the general collection, and selective purchases. They include photographic material providing insights into the rich history of the law school, showcasing its physical evolution, events, and depictions of faculty, students, and staff; historical publications such as newspapers, yearbooks, bulletins, and event ephemera; artwork depicting key figures of the law school, and rare materials already owned by the School of Law or acquired over time. Some records pertaining to the operations of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law are maintained by the University Archives.


If you are interested in specific holdings in Barco Law Library Archives and Special Collections, please search collection finding aids or contact our professional staff at or (412) 648-1325.

Pitt Law Digital Collections

Scholarship@Pitt Law is an open-access digital repository that collects, develops, and disseminates the intellectual and creative scholarship, publications, and other archival material of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Scholarship@Pitt Law is a service of the Barco Law Library. Exhibits featured highlight the law library collections preserved in our digital repository and Archives and Special Collections housed in the library.

Bob Harper Digital Collection

This digital exhibit reflects on the life and work of Professor Robert Berkley Harper (JD '71). The Bob Harper Exhibit showcases a digital collection by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Library relating to Professor Harper through photographs, newspaper articles, scholarship, and his 2022 memorial service hosted at the University of Pittsburgh.

Roz Litman Digital Collection

This digital exhibit, in honor of Roslyn "Roz" Litman (JD '52), serves to pay homage to her service and profound legacy on the Pittsburgh region. The Roz Litman Digital Exhibit showcases the digitized resources collected by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law relating to Roz Litman's life and work through photographs, case briefs, newspaper articles, scholarship and research, and personal interviews.