Harris County Law Library Displays Exhibit Celebrating Magna Carta Anniversary

June 1, 2015   

Contact: Robert Soard
First Assistant County Attorney

The Harris County Law Library is celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta with an exhibit highlighting the myriad ways this iconic document continues to impact the American legal system. The exhibit is on display now through June 15 at the Harris County Law Library, 1019 Congress Street, Houston, TX 77002.

The exhibit features a 1763 print of Magna Carta found in Ruffhead’s Statutes at Large, the same edition found on the library shelves of America’s founding fathers. The 252-year old print of Magna Carta from the Harris County Law Library’s Historical Collection still bears the impressions of a printing press in its pages. Despite its age, it is still relatively young compared with the 800-year old text it holds.

“The 1763 print of Magna Carta was quite a find,” Law Library Director Mariann Sears said. “With a little research, we discovered that founding father, John Adams, owned the same edition of Magna Carta during the American Revolution. Today, his copy resides in the Boston Public Library’s John Adams collection.”

The Harris County Law Library is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition to the exhibit in the library, a digital exhibit is on display at www.HarrisCountyLawLibrary.org.

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The Harris County Law Library, administered by the Office of Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, is a public law library that serves the legal information needs of self-represented litigants, legal professionals, the judiciary, and county and other governmental officials. Public access to legal information is a critical component of open and equal access to the justice system. The Harris County Law Library is committed to providing free access to a comprehensive legal research and reference collection, in print and digital formats, and offering educational programs for all patrons.