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Spring 2016 Newsletter

Collaboration between Georgetown Law Library and the Internet Archive, Or
How Many James Pat(t)ersons Does It Take To Write A Book?

Georgetown Law Library is currently collaborating with the Internet Archive to make digital versions of our public domain materials freely available. So far, approximately 60 titles have been uploaded. They include our Special Collection’s historical legal dictionary collection, including British and Scottish dictionaries. There are also five of the library’s annotated Magna Carta volumes available.

The Internet Archive makes it possible for users to view the dictionaries in a variety of ways, including pdf, full text, Kindle format, Daisy (for the print disabled) and epub. Click here to access the current list of Georgetown Law Library materials in the Internet Archive.  

Each page of each book is scanned, including the front covers, front matter, and back covers, some of which are very beautiful (see below).

Front Cover and Front Matter

Front Cover and Front Matter,
James Paterson, A COMPENDIUM OF ENGLISH AND SCOTCH LAW: STATING THEIR DIFFERENCES, (2d ed. 1865).

Oh, and the answer to our title question, how many James Pat(t)ersons does it take to write a law book?  Well, in our catalog we found we had quite a few book and chapter authors named James Pat(t)erson—seven spelled with two t’s, including one novelist who is currently quite popular, and one author with only one t, who wrote the book displayed above.

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