Hagemann Rare Book Collection
As the information age progresses, law libraries have found their roles and missions to be changing. Increasingly, law libraries are offering computerized research services and resources. Because so many legal research sources, such as judicial decisions and law review articles, are available on-line—and because of increasing budget constraints on many law libraries—the hard copy collections of these resources have been downsized or even eliminated at many law libraries across the country. However, as law librarians are downsizing or downgrading their hard copy collection of some resources, they are also coming to realize that there are some hard copy collections that have to be specially preserved.
Across the country, rare book collections have been gaining in prominence and popularity. Librarians, as well as the general public, have come to realize that these books are priceless and can never be replaced—and can certainly never be substituted by any on-line research service. Consequently, librarians are serving an invaluable and often exclusive role in preserving these vital historical documents and books for future generations. It is for this purpose that the Hagemann Rare Book Collection has been established at the University of South Dakota School of Law. This collection, maintained under the auspices of the Hagemann Center for Legal & Public Policy Research, is directed and maintained by its curator, Doris Hodgen.
The Hagemann Rare Book Collection has two basic components to this archival grouping. One group consists of general law books dating from approximately 1657-1900 and the other collection is specific to South Dakota law and statehood.
Some of the titles included in the collection are the Constitutional Debates of South Dakota, general laws, & resolutions of Dakota Territory, Kingsbury's Dakota Territory, and several revised codes of Dakota Territory. Examples of the general collection include Chitty's Pleadings, 1836; Hobart's reports, 1671; and Wood on Fire Insurance, 1886.
- Curator's Invitation to the Bar
- In March 2010 the McKusick Law Library at the University of South Dakota School of Law established the Hagemann Rare Book Collection which contains rare and irreplaceable books, manuscripts, and special collections, to honor longtime Law Librarian, John Hagemann who passed away in December 2009 after thirty-one years of service to the McKusick Law Library. The collection is under the guidance of the Hagemann Center for Legal & Public Policy Research and maintained by an on-site curator. The collection is housed on the second floor of the law library and contains books dating from the 1650s to 1900. One archival grouping in this collection is specific to South Dakota law and statehood and supports legal and historical research of South Dakota law.
- Members of the South Dakota Bar are invited to visit this collection during library operating hours. The curator can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org