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Named for Judge Frederick W. Brune (1894-1972), the Brune Room houses the Thurgood Marshall Law Library's collection of rare legal books from all eras of American history. The Brune Room's primary resource, the Donaldson Collection, consists of legal literature from the colonial period through the 19th century. The Donaldson Collection was donated by Judge Brune to honor his uncle and mentor John J. Donaldson.
Important works in the rare book collection include copies of Lilly's Practical Register (1710); Brownlow's Declarations and Pleadings (1653); A Treatise of Tenures (1794); Law of the Seas (1818); and Hall's Office and Authority of a Justice of the Peace in the State of Maryland (1815).
The rare book collection also holds a complete collection of early Maryland statutes and a full set of The Archives of Maryland; material on the history of the University of Maryland School of Law including course catalogs, yearbooks, grade books from the 19th century; a near complete run of the Raven, and commencement addresses; and a collection of material written by the Law School's founder David Hoffman.
Through additional gifts and the transfer of pre-1830 American imprints from the general collection, the Library's special collections has grown to include over one thousand items including a growing collection of digital and manuscript material devoted to African American practitioners.
The rare books and unique resources of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library may be found by searching the Catalog.
The Special Collections of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library are open to students, faculty and staff of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), and to members of the public for in-house use only.
Access to the collections [insert document here regarding Patron Access] is by appointment only, please contact Special Collections at the Library to make an appointment. Access to certain collections may be restricted based on condition, availability and/or prior donor arrangements. There is no charge to use the collections, however there may be a fee for copying or other services.
Photocopying of non-fragile material is available. Tax documents and individual financial statements may not be photocopied. Readers are permitted to take their own digital pictures for study purposes with a small, handheld camera, iPad, or cell phone.
Permission to reproduce or quote from the collection generally, including images intended for publication in any format, may be requested in writing from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland School of Law, Special Collections, 501 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.
(Image 1: Portrait of The Honorable Frederick W. Brune, on display at the entrance of the Brune Room; Image 2: photograph of the Brune Room stacks; Image 3: cover page of the Maryland Reports, 1823-1825, an example of material in the collection)