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Monday, November 18, 2013
Contact: Kevin Flannery, (573) 526-0949
Secretary Kander, Supreme Court Chief Justice Russell Celebrate Opening of Limited-Time Missouri Supreme Court Rare Book and Document Exhibit
Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander and Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary R. Russell tonight celebrated the opening of a new exhibit offering an unprecedented look into the unique and historic holdings of Missouri’s highest court.
"The Supreme Court of Missouri’s rare law book and document collection is a tremendous resource, and we are excited to share them with the public," Kander said. "The opening of this exhibit provides a great opportunity for our offices to come together to highlight these historical treasures."
With cases displaying varied types of legal materials from the 15th through 20th centuries, the exhibit— Inside the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Rare Book and Document Collection—offers visitors a journey through some of the law profession’s most important moments, including the Supreme Court’s 1852 ruling against Dred and Harriet Scott, a handwritten version of the first set of laws for the land acquired in the Louisana Purchase and a copy of the first printed law book, Nicholas Statham’s Abridgment of Law.
Due to renovations at the Supreme Court of Missouri’s building in Jefferson City, court leaders transferred a portion of the collection to Kander’s office earlier this year for temporary caretaking, a move that led to the development of the exhibit.
The public can view the collection daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. through Friday, November 22, 2013, at the Archives’ location at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City.
Visit www.sos.mo.gov to learn more about the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State.
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