Thursday April 23, 2015

Magna Carta and Federalist Papers Exhibit

The University of Dayton School of Law is pleased to present a very special exhibition at the Zimmerman Law Library in celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

The exhibit will include an 1816 edition of Magna Carta, the first book printed in gold in England, from the collection of Java and Mark Kitrick '81, and first edition Federalist Papers from the collection of Stuart Rose.

The anniversary celebration marks the deliverance of the "great charter" by England’s King John on June 15, 1215, at Runnymede, as a response to the demands of barons rebelling against the king. In the eighteenth century, Magna Carta was a source of discussion, interpretation and debate and played an integral role in influencing those who would go on to frame a government that would eventually become the United States of America. Rights that we now regard as essential – freedom from unlawful searches and seizures, a right to a speedy trial, a right to a jury trial in both a criminal and a civil case, and protection from loss of life, liberty, or property without due process of law – descend from concepts embedded in Magna Carta.

The exhibition will be open to the public through June 15 during Zimmerman Library’s normal operating hours.  

For more information on the exhibit, click here.

For more information, contact Denise Baker, assistant director of communications at the University of Dayton School of Law, at

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