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Berger Air & Space Law Collection

Established in 1986, this fund supports the purchase of library materials within the areas of Air & Space Law.


The Berger Air & Space Collection at Biddle Law Library is one of the premiere collections of primary documents and expert commentary on air and space law to be held by a United States academic law library. Since its establishment in 1986 through the generosity of The Honorable Harold Berger (EE’48, L’51), the fund has permitted Biddle Law Library to acquire extensive and unique holdings in this field of law.

Judge Berger was part of a special unit formed at the end of World War II to work with captured German scientists, and in doing so he worked with Werner von Braun and other German rocket scientists.  Afterwards, he continued to work in law and engineering, eventually becoming the head of the ABA’s Aerospace Law Committee. 

Judge Berger named this preeminent collection after his parents, Anna and Jonas Berger, to honor them for all that they did to help their three sons—Harold, David, and Ellis—to graduate from various schools here at Penn.


The collection includes a wealth of leading treatises and monographic books, journals and serials, government documents and other primary material, and bibliographies for the use of researchers in air and space law. The collection primarily consists of print materials, but some titles are available in microform, or increasingly, in electronic format. 

The Berger Air & Space Collection is curated by Biddle’s Foreign and International Law Librarian, Gabriela Femenia ( Researchers from throughout the United States and beyond are welcome to use the collection in person or through email consultation.


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