Tale of a Skeleton for Halloween

If you walk past the library circulation desk today, you notice an eerie sight in the reference seat.  It is, in fact, a human skeleton purchased around the time that Lewis Hall was completed in 1976.  The only recorded information about the bones is contained in the article below, taken from the Law News edition of March 17, 1977.  (Click on image to enlarge.)

Prof. Sally Wiant, who in addition to her research and teaching talents, holds much of the last four decades of law school institutional memory, added this.  The skeleton was said to be one of the last human skeletons purchased for law school use.  It is said to be the remains of an Indian (as in the sub-continent) female.

The significance of the name “H. F.” relates to another law school legend.  When the law school was still in Tucker Hall, there was a primitive form of social media in the form of a bulletin board.  Here was shared opinion and comment from the law school community.  An anonymous poster would note his (or possibly her — there were a few women in the school at the time) approval or disapproval of content, signing the missives “H. F.”  The identity of the person is, apparently, unknown to this day.

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