Yale Law School
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Rare Books

George W. Crawford (Yale Law 1903), ca. 1900. Crawford was a New Haven civic leader and attorney. He served four terms as Corporation Counsel for the City of New Haven, was for decades a Trustee of Howard University and Talladega College, was active in the N.A.A.C.P. and served on several State of Connecticut and City of New Haven public commissions. George W. Crawford Collection, Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library. Photograph by Beers [studio], New Haven.

Web address http://www.law.yale.edu/library/about/rare.asp
Location127 Wall Street, New Haven
Access policyAppointment recommended
ContactMike Widener
Email addressmike.widener@yale.edu
Number of photographs1,000
Date range1880-2000
Geographic coverage

Northeastern United States


George W. Crawford (George Williamson); Charles Edward Clark (1889–1963)


The collection supports research in legal history. The bulk of the images document the history of the Yale Law School, its faculty, and alumni, and the Law Library. The collection includes several portraits of American lawyers and judges from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Of special significance is a group of scrapbooks and photographs documenting the career of Yale Law School graduate George W. Crawford (1877–1972), a prominent African American attorney in New Haven.

Approximately 60 percent of the collection, mainly of post-1950 negatives and contact sheets, is held in the Yale Law School Office of Public Affairs. About 50 to 100 color prints (snapshots) dating from the 1950s o the 1970s are found in the George W. Crawford scrapbooks.

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