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The Dean Hansell Collection


The Dean Hansell Collection of Historical Legal Instruments contains more than 200 documents from France, Great Britain, Germany, and the United States, dating as far back as the 1500s. In addition to legal instruments, it also features other rare and unique documents including stock certificates, manuscripts, contracts, and works of historic importance.

This collection is the gift of the Honorable Dean Hansell, for which it is named. An alumnus of the Law School (JD ’77) and avid collector, Judge Hansell has led a distinguished career first as an attorney and currently as a judge on the California Superior Court in Los Angeles. Thanks to his generosity, the Pritzker Legal Research Center is pleased to be able to make this collection available for the use of scholars and historians worldwide.

The Dean Hansell Collection an be browsed online here.