Legal history
America: History and Life

Subjects: History, Legal History

America, History and Life is a primary index to research U.S. and Canadian history. It provides abstracts of scholarly literature on the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada from pre-historic times to the present. Abstracts are available for over 1,800 journals from 1895 to the present. Some full-text articles are provided, plus citations with links to full text articles in other databases.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School

Subjects: Constitutional Law, Legal History

"The Avalon Project mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. It adds value to texts by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. The Federalist Papers are a collection of 85 essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay that explain the philosophy and defend the advantages of the U.S. constitution. They are available at the web site of the Avalon Project. [Internet resource: free on the Web]"""

Biography in Context

Subjects: Biography, History, Legal History, Reference

Integrates Gale biographies with full-text magazine articles, images, and website links. Search for current or historic people by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, gender, or by keyword. The Marquis Who's Who module provides quick reference information on over 1 million additional people whose entries have appeared in more than 20 Marquis sources published from 1985 to the present.

British History Online

Subjects: Great Britain, History, Legal History

British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Much of the material in this digital library is free, but additional premium content is available by subscription only. The library does not subscribe to the premium content.

Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873

Subjects: Government Documents, Legal History, Legislation

From the Library of Congress's American Memory collection, this site consists of browsable scans of published congressional records from the Continental Congress through the 43rd Congress, (1774-1875). It includes the Statutes at Large (1789-1875), congressional bills and resolutions for selected sessions beginning with the 6th Congress (1799), The House Journal (1789-1875), the Senate Journal (1789-1875), the Senate Executive Journal (1789-1875), and Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-89).

Civil Rights Digital Library

Subjects: History, Legal History, Race and Ethnicity, Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Digital Library contains three principal components: 1) a digital video archive of historical news film of key events of the Civil Rights Movement, 2) a civil rights portal providing a seamless virtual library on the Movement by connecting related digital collections on a national scale, and 3) a learning objects component delivering secondary Web-based resources .

Early English Books Online

Subjects: Arts and Literature, e-Book Collection, History, Legal History, Social Sciences

Digitized books, pamphlets, proclamations, almanacs, and broadsides published in the English language in any country from 1475 through 1700. Note that searching is limited to title, author, and subject. It includes the works listed in: --Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (printed materials published in English from 1475 to 1640) --Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (printed materials published in English from 1641 to 1700) --Thomason Tracts (compendium of broadsides on the English Civil War printed between 1640 and 1661).

HarpWeek: The Civil War Era, Reconstruction I & II and Gilded Age I (1857-1912)

Subjects: History, Legal History, Newspapers and Newspaper Indexes, Social Sciences

Provides electronic access to all issues of Harper's Weekly (including all illustrations and advertisements) published between 1857 (first issue) and 1912, with the capacity to browse or search by date, by literary genre, and by a person's occupation. Provides four topical indexes: subject, illustrations, literature & publishing, and advertising.

HeinOnline: English Reports

Subjects: Great Britain, Legal History

Search all 176 volumes of the English Reports which has English court decisions from various sources from 1220-1867. There is a finding aid and index if you have citations to the original nominative reports. We have the print version in the library.

HeinOnline: Selden Society Publications & the History of Early English Law

Subjects: e-Book Collection, Great Britain, Legal History

"The initial release of this collection on HeinOnline contains official publications from the Selden Society, including the Selden Society Annual Series vols. 1-117 (1887-2000), the Supplementary Series vols. 1-13 (1965-2000), and the Centenary Guide to the Publications of the Selden Society. Also included are links to law review articles that discuss the development of early English history, plus English legal history classics."

HeinOnline: World Trials Library

Subjects: e-Book Collection, Legal History

"The World Trials library on HeinOnline contains, in addition to trial transcripts and other critical court documents, trial-related resources such as monographs which analyze and debate the decisions of famous trials as well as biographies of many great trial lawyers in history."

Historical abstracts

Subjects: Legal History

"Historical Abstracts provides bibliographical coverage of the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada). Included are article abstracts from over 2,000 journals published worldwide, plus citations to books and dissertations."

Justis UK Statutes

Subjects: Foreign Law, Great Britain, Legal History

The Justis UK Statutes database (with JustCite add-on) contains the full text of all Acts of Parliament in England, Wales and Scotland as enacted from 1235 to the present day. UK Statutes is the only statute law database to contain Scottish Acts of Parliament and repealed legislation. All Acts appear as enacted, with links to amended and amending legislation allowing the user to trace the development of the law. A notable feature of the Justis services is the JustCite tabs, which provide users with a visual display of the path of legislation. You can also use this link for JustCite (NB: Georgetown does not subscribe to Justis content other than UK Statutes, JustCite and International Law Reports.)

LLMC Digital

Subjects: Government Documents, Legal History

"LLMC Digital is an electronic database of historical legal materials containing case reporters, statutes of the U.S. and selected foreign nations, U.S. government documents, and many other legal materials. It is a rich source for legal history researchers."

Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers

Subjects: Legal History

"The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) records offer researchers a unique view of the inner workings of the organization and the hundreds of groups with which the ACLU interacted. Covering the years from before the ACLU’s official founding in 1920 through the 20th century, this archive offers primary source materials on some of the most important issues that affected the United States. Now includes 650,000 pages of digitized files from the Southern Regional Office. This unique collection documents the ACLU’s legal battle to enforce the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in thirteen Southern states. Consisting of case files, correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, and more, this collection offers a primary source perspective on civil rights issues from voting rights to the dismantling of the Jim Crow system."

Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926

Subjects: e-Book Collection, Legal History

"MOML is a full-text searchable collection of 21,000 British and American legal treatises from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The 10 million+ pages available in this database are viewable as PDF images. Content was originally published in the microfilm sets Nineteenth-Century Legal Treatises"" and ""Twentieth-Century Legal Treatises."""""

Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources I, 1620-1926

Subjects: Legal History

The Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources, 1620-1926 contains a fully searchable digital archive of the published records of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, digests and more. It is cross-searchable with Primary Sources II.

Making of Modern Law: Primary Sources II, 1763–1970

Subjects: Legal History

The Making of Modern Law Primary Sources II database consists of United States state and territorial codes, municipal codes, and constitutional convention and compilations. Scholars of America's common law heritage will find this resource invaluable for tracing major legal topics across all states and territories. It is cross-searchable with Primary Sources I.

Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926

Subjects: e-Book Collection, Great Britain, Legal History

The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926 is comprised primarily of holdings of the Harvard and Yale law libraries. The Harvard collection contains a vast number of popular printed accounts of sensational trials for murder, adultery, and other scandalous crimes. The overall archive comprising more than 10,000 titles and almost two million pages also contains unique documents from the Library of the Bar of the City of New York. It includes unofficially published accounts of trials; official trial documents, briefs, and arguments; and official records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings, and arbitrations.

Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978

Subjects: Constitutional Law, Legal History

The Supreme Court Records & Briefs database contains nearly 11 million pages of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978. The collection is derived from two essential reference sources. For the period 1832 (when printed Court records began) through 1915, the documents are based primarily on the holdings of the Jenkins Memorial Law Library, America's first law library, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For 1915-1978 the source is the Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a nationally recognized research facility and the single largest member supported law library in the United States.

Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO)

Subjects: Legal History

"Medieval and Early Modern Sources Online (MEMSO) is a resource for the study of Britain and its place in the world during the medieval and early modern period (c. 1100-1800). It contains digital versions of key printed sources for English, Irish, Scottish and Colonial history and original manuscripts ."

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Subjects: Biography, History, Legal History, Reference

"The ODNB an illustrated collection of 50,000 specially written biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the fourth century BC to the year 2001. It excludes living persons. It has themed entries (e.g. Roman Britain) and groups of subjects with a common attribute (e.g. Archbishops of Canterbury). The database contains 10,000 images. The print edition is in the Williams Law Library's Reference collection."

ProQuest Congressional

Subjects: Government Documents, Legal History, Legislation, Political Science and Government

Bills & Public Laws 1987-present; Committee Prints & misc. publications 1817-present; Congressional Record Bound Edition & predecessors 1789-2001; Congressional Record Daily Edition 1985-present; Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports 1916-present; Hearings 1817-present; House & Senate Documents 1817-present; House & Senate Reports 1789-present; Serial Set publications 1789-present; Serial Set Maps 1789-1969; CIS Legislative Histories 1969-present.

ProQuest Congressional Serial Set

Subjects: Government Documents, Legal History, Legislation

"The ProQuest Congressional Serial Set I & II database includes indexing, bibliographic information, and searchable PDFs for all U.S. Congressional Serial Set publications from 1789-1969 and 1970-current. The Serial Set contains the House and Senate Documents and the House and Senate Reports. Database name in earlier years: LexisNexis Congressional Serial Set."

ProQuest Indian claims insight

Subjects: Government Documents, Legal History, Legislation, Political Science and Government

Research the history of U.S. Indian claims from 1789-present. Trace the history of Indian claims by Indian Nation, geography, or case docket number. Includes comprehensive Indian Claims Commission collection 1948-1978, with briefs, docket books, decisions, expert testimony, oral transcripts; content related to pre-1948 claims presented to Congress and/or brought before the Court of Claims; content related to post-1978 claims brought before the US Court of Claims (through 1982) and US Court of Federal Claims (through 2006); documents related to post-2006 settlement of claims; and treaties and claims-related statutes. Includes congressional publications directly related to Indian claims, indexed by docket numbers and claims-related maps.

U.S. Declassified Documents Online

Subjects: Government Documents, Legal History

Provides access to post World War II previously classified documents from the CIA, FBI and other agencies covering major international events such as the Cold war, Vietnam, foreign policy, and civil rights. Includes correspondence and memoranda, minutes of cabinet meetings, technical studies, national security policy statements, and intelligence reports.

Voting and Elections Collection

Subjects: Politics, Legal History, History, Statistics and Data

Integrates data, authoritative analyses, concise explanations, and historical material to provide a research and reference tool on voting and elections in America. This collection provides context-driven intelligence on the state of elections in America, from the American voter, to major and minor political parties, to actual races for Congress, the presidency, and governorships. Chronological coverage varies by office. Presidential coverage begins 1789. Election data can be downloaded.