Harold J. Berman Collection

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion and the Robert W. Woodruff Library have compiled a digital collection of more than 500 published and unpublished non-book writings of Harold J. Berman (1918-2007), Emory’s first Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law.

Access the collection here and click on "Library."

Considered the father of the modern field of law and religion study, Berman published 25 books, more than 400 articles, and also left numerous unpublished works, including two nearly complete book manuscripts. Prior to this death, he designated CSLR Director John Witte, Jr. to serve as his literary executor. Witte has collected some 500 pieces written between 1934 and 2008 to be made available in digital format.

The digital collection gives the world access to Berman's 70 plus years of outstanding scholarship, including pieces published in foreign sources that are very hard to find today, and scores of unpublished writings that widen and deepen an already astonishing collection of exquisite scholarship.

Berman wrote on the topics of law and religion, comparative legal history, Russian law and culture, legal philosophy and private international law. His major works have been translated into 18 languages, with new Chinese and Italian translations recently published of his last major work: Law and Revolution II: The Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition (Harvard University Press, 2003). His prize-winning book, Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition (1983), has been published in German, French, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Italian, and Lithuanian translations. 

Searching the Collection

About 20 percent of the total collection is currently available. The documents are searchable via Internet search engines, but the word “zotero” needs to be included along with other key words in the title for the best results.

Each piece contains a title, date of writing, page length, and a downloadable PDF image.

The full collection will be available over the next several months via a Zotero site and ultimately housed in Emory University’s digital library collection, which is searchable using the discoverE discovery tool. 

Bound Copies Available for Reference

Two bound, 15-volume sets are available in the Berman Library, located at the CSLR, and the Hugh F. MacMillan Law Library, adjacent to Emory Law. Researchers may use them while in the libraries. As reference materials, they cannot be checked out.