Winters, a Harvard graduate, became New York Law Institute’s Librarian in 1872 and immediately began securing complete sets of Statutes and Session laws of every state as well as obtaining official copies of foreign codes. Winters had the foresight to begin offering members current awareness on topics as varied as fisheries and election laws:
Today, Mr. Winters would be proud to know that NYLI’s collection includes not only over 250,000 items in print, but over 160,000 ebooks — including Matthew Bender titles and the ever popular Nutshells. Our librarians keep members up to date by utilizing databases such as Bloomberg Law, Cheetah, HeinOnline, Lexis, LLMC, OCLC, Practical Law, Practice Advisor, ProQuest Congressional, and Westlaw.
And it was William H. Winters who saved the most famous of NYLI’s Rare books — Hamilton’s Law Ledger.
A lifelong scholar, our most famous librarian published both histories and legal guides on subjects as varied as State Legislation, theatre law and trust combinations.