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The Robbins Collection sponsors comparative research and study in the fields of religious and civil law by organizing workshops, conferences, lectures, and fellowships on a range of topics related to religious and civil law traditions.



The Robbins Collection holds over 300 rare manuscripts that date as far back as the 12th century. The Collection is comprised of over 300,000 holdings, including books, incunabula, microfilm, and periodicals related to religious and civil law. 



The Robbins Collection publishes scholarly books as part of our “Studies in Comparative Legal Research” series. Research that is pertinent to Robbins Collection workshops, fellowships, and conferences are published on our website. 


News from the Robbins Collection

  • The Robbins Collection welcomes Mark Brustman as new Library Collections Assistant

    We are delighted to welcome Mark Brustman as our new Library Collections Assistant. Since April, he has served as the point person for scholars working in the reading room and plays an integral role in our ongoing digitization project and our continuing preservation and conservation efforts among other things. An expert translator, Mark brings knowledge […]
  • Robbins Fellow Spotlight: Francesco D’Urso

    The Robbins Collection welcomed Francesco D’Urso as a Research Fellow from September to November of 2023. D’Urso comes to the Robbins Collection from Italy, where he is a researcher at University of Ferrara and a lecturer teaching the History of Medieval and Modern Law. His work at the Robbins Collection centers on corporations and their […]
  • Robbins Fellow Spotlight: Anna Floris

    Anna Floris joined the Robbins Collection as a Research Fellow from July through August of 2023. Her research topic, “Interpreting Local Law in the Middle Ages: The Case of the Carta de Logu,” originated as her PhD thesis that she completed at the Università degli Studi di Trento. The focus of Anna’s research, the Carta […]
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Researcher using a magnifying glass over a medieval manuscript
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Signature of Lloyd M. Robbins
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