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The Uses Of Art: Medieval Metaphor In The Michigan Law Quadrangle, Ilene H. Forsyth Jan 1993

The Uses Of Art: Medieval Metaphor In The Michigan Law Quadrangle, Ilene H. Forsyth

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Within the architectural diversity of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus, a campus with a spread and a variety as extended as that of the university community itself, there is a place apart: the Cook Law Quad. The distinct ambiance created by the quad's buildings seems at variance with the melange that marks the rest of the campus where the free growth of the university over a long period of time has resulted in structures of various styles and uneven levels of distinction. Yet the quad's special character is not simply a matter of its architectural unity, as is ...


The Quadrangle Isn't Square Jan 1983

The Quadrangle Isn't Square

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Many of those who visit and admire the Law Quadrangle assume that it was modelled by architects York and Sawyer on some existing complex of buildings at Oxford or Cambridge. While the Law School's buildings are in the tradition of English Gothic used at other institutions, they are unique and very much more varied in style and use of ornamental detail than is apparent to the casual observer. A recent descriptive evaluation of the Quadrangle written for an architecture class at Michigan by student Paul Weller demonstrates that the buildings are not only original designs but also "tend to ...


The Law Library, Hobart Coffey Jan 1958

The Law Library, Hobart Coffey

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The history of the Law Library dates from the establishment of the Law School in 1859ยท In June of that year, having in mind the Law Department that was to open the following October, the Regents appropriated $2,000 for the purchase of law books. That any books were actually bought before the department opened seems unlikely. It is more probable that the first Law Library was composed of a small collection of about 350 volumes donated by Judge Thomas M. Cooley, and duly accepted by the Regents in October, 1859. This first collection is said to have included ten ...


Extensive Addition To Library Planned, John Fallon Dec 1953

Extensive Addition To Library Planned, John Fallon

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The following day, March 30, 1859, the motion to put the Committee's plan (to found the Law School of the University of Michigan) into operation was taken from the table and passed by the Board of Regents ... At their June meeting the Regents authorized the Law Committee to purchase up to $2000 worth of law books for the new department ... And to the long projected Law Department at last became a reality. From the humble seed planted in 1859, the present Law School was to grow. Ninety five years to the very month later, the tree which grew from ...


Dedicatory Exercises Of The Law Quadrangle Apr 1935

Dedicatory Exercises Of The Law Quadrangle

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We have met here today specifically to dedicate Hutchins Hall, the last unit to be erected of a splendid group of buildings presented to the University by Mr. W. W. Cook. The buildings are beautiful, useful, and enduring, but taken altogether, with all that they are in themselves and all that they signify, they represent only one part of a comprehensive contribution to the educational resources of the University of Michigan. It is, therefore, both fitting and imperative that we should on this occasion consider carefully the significance of our whole heritage. Other persons today will speak of Mr. Cook ...


A Book Of The Law Quadrangle At The University Of Michigan, Fred Nathan Jan 1934

A Book Of The Law Quadrangle At The University Of Michigan, Fred Nathan

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William Wilson Cook ardently believed that the future of democratic institutions must depend in large measure upon the ability and integrity of the members of the legal profession. He hoped to improve the quality of the leadership provided by that profession by improving the law schools. As the immediate object of his philanthropy he chose his Alma Mater, The University of Michigan Law School. The Law Quadrangle is the physical embodiment of one aspect of his idea and marks a milestone in legal education. In making possible a close fellowship between lawyers, teachers, and students in an inspiring environment he ...


A Book Of The Lawyers Quadrangle At The University Of Michigan May 1931

A Book Of The Lawyers Quadrangle At The University Of Michigan

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William W. Cook of the Class of '82, had a dream, and he lived in this dream from its inception until his death. It was to develop a great law school, housed in the most inspiring of buildings and devoted to the ideal of creating leaders of men. He often said, "Intellectual leadership is the greatest problem which faces America today; without leaders we perish." This he placed above all else. With these ideals in mind he proceeded with his work. Architects and artists were dispatched to centers of learning both here and abroad in order that the law school ...


Addresses Delivered At The Dedication Of The Lawyers' Club Of The University Of Michigan, June 13, 1925 May 1926

Addresses Delivered At The Dedication Of The Lawyers' Club Of The University Of Michigan, June 13, 1925

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On April 25, 1922, Mr. William W. Cook, a graduate of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts of the University of Michigan in 1880 and of the Law Department in 1882, wrote to the Regents of the University an offer to erect for the University, at his own expense, "a law students' combined club and dormitory building." In the letter it was stated that "All dues and all profit from the operation of the building shall be used exclusively for legal research work." The gift having been accepted, a strikingly beautiful group of buildings with sleeping rooms and ...