RWU Law students have come from almost every state, hundreds of undergraduate institutions, and nations as diverse as Canada, China, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Liberia, Russia, South Korea and Zimbabwe.
Access to the Roger Williams University School of Law Archives is restricted to School of Law faculty, staff, students, alumni, members of the Roger Williams University, and others engaged in legitimate research by arrangement with the Assistant Dean for Library and Information Services. Physical access to the Archives is made by appointment with the Catalog Librarian. All users of the materials must register. Roger Williams University community members should show a current Roger Williams University ID. All others must present a valid picture ID.
Reference and research assistance is provided by the Catalog Librarian. The records and papers are generally organized by issuing entity, by subject within the entity, and are arranged in chronological order.
The Catalog Librarian, or in her absence, other professional staff of the Law Library will determine if an item is suitable for photocopying or scanning. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Photocopying and/or scanning will only be done if it will not cause damage to the item. Photocopying/scanning will be done by library staff.
Collection Development & Retention
The policy is to retain three copies of each item with the exception of one copy for emails and printouts of content from the School of Law website for the archives. Pictorial and Audiovisual records are also collected in addition to relevant artifacts.
Items in the Roger Williams University School of Law Archives shall not be destroyed or removed without prior approval of the Assistant Dean for Library and Information Services.
Gifts of materials documenting the history of the School of Law are welcome and are considered the exclusive property of the Roger Williams University School of Law Archives. Materials with closed access will not be accepted.