On February 12, 2019, Law Library Rare Book Curator Nathan Dorn joined colleagues from across the Library of Congress to showcase new treasures that the Library acquired over the past year. The Law Library’s new acquisitions that were on display included a land grant from William Penn, Harry Truman’s law school notebook, a document related to the Treaty of Ghent, and two medieval manuscripts.
This land grant is a charter signed and sealed by the founder of Pennsylvania, William Penn, granting 500 acres of land in Pennsylvania to an Englishman named John Dwight of Fulham. The land was located in Middlesex County, though it is not believed that Dwight ever settled the land.
Harry Truman took notes in this notebook while he attended law school classes between 1924 and 1925 at the Kansas City School of Law. Truman started law school after he was elected to a two-year term as a Judge of County Court in Jackson County, Missouri. Ultimately Truman found that his work for the county did not leave him with enough time for his law school studies, and he did not complete the program.