The Trapp Collection

On the 112th anniversary of the birth of Laconia, New Hampshire, Judge Harry Edwin Trapp, the Law Library at Franklin Pierce Law Center celebrated the receipt of a collection of his old and rare law books. Seventeen old English law books from the 17th and 18th centuries form this collection. Most of the books are "nominative" or named reports published in England between 1659 and 1799.

Judge Trapp was born in Pennsylvania in 1890. He moved with his family to Laconia, New Hampshire, where he graduated from high school then went on to Dartmouth College. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1916 and was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar the same year.

In 1930 Governor Charles W. Tobey appointed him Justice of the Laconia Municipal Court, where he served for more than 25 years. Judge Trapp dedicated himself to working with juvenile offenders and was saluted for his efforts. A 1955 Manchester Union Leader headline referred to Judge Trapp as the "Dean of New Hampshire Municipal Judges."

A more detailed biography of the late Judge Trapp can be found here.