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Jurisprudence & Legal History

19th Century Masterfile info

Coverage 1800 to 1900
Combination of indexes to nineteenth century journals and government publications. Includes Jones and Chipman's Index to Legal Periodical Literature (1786-1922), as well as other indexes to presidential papers, patents, & government publications. An English parliamentary history and index to debates is also included.

ArchivesUSA info

A compilation of information about primary source materials in manuscript and special collections in the United States. Offers detailed subject indexing of finding aids and contact information for repositories.

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy info

Coverage Pre-18th Century to present
Digital documents relative to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. Links to supporting documents referred to in the body of the texts.

Bibliography of Early American Law info

Coverage 1600s to 1860
Abstracts of American legal literature published in this country or abroad, from its beginnings to the end of 1860. It also includes works on foreign, comparative and international law published in America. CD-ROM database available on Law Library computers 1,2, and 4.

Bills and Resolutions , US (ProQuest Congressional) info

Coverage 1789 to 2013
A full text collection of all versions of all US Bills (public and private) and Resolutions since 1789.  Each document is in PDF format and completely searchable.  All documents include the Congress Number, Bill Number, Version Date and Version Action. Bill Profile composite reports include sponsor information, publication citations and links to all versions of the bill.  To access the bills, click on "advanced search" on the left hand side of the screen, and select "Bills and Laws, 1789-Present" for your search. For additional information on Congressional Lawmaking, see Proquest Congressional or Proquest Legislative Insight.   

Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents & Debates, 1774-1873 info

Coverage 1774 to 1875
Historical U.S. Congressional documents and debates, including the Congressional Record and its predecessors.

Colonial and American Indian Treaties: A Collection info

Coverage 1629 to 1855
A collection of major treaties between Native Americans and the American colonies, and later the United States. Keyword search or browse by date, region (state or tribe), and title. CD-ROM database available on Law Library computers 1,2, and 4.


ConSource: The Constitutional Sources Project info

Coverage 18th Century
A collection of primary and secondary sources related to the formation and ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Includes the Constitution and precedents, the Federalist Papers, James Madison's notes of the Constitutional Convention, the papers of George Washington, state constitutions and charters, ratification debates, and more.

Early American Case Law (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1894 to 1897
Contains the entire Federal Cases 30 book series (1894-1897) which contains more than 20,000 cases. Also included is the Trinity Series, which includes American Decisions, American Reports, and American State Reports.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online info

Coverage 1700 to 1800
Significant English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom and in the British colonies during the eighteenth century. See "law" subject.

Historical Resources for U.S. and State Law info

Coverage to present
Guide to resources at the University of Wisconsin Law Library and online.

History of Supreme Court Nominations (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1789 to present
This library features the complete print series Supreme Court of the U.S. Hearings and Reports on Successful and Unsuccessful Nominations of Supreme Court Justices by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Browse by Justice option allows you to see relevant works related to that Justice including links to articles and a bibliography of other works, along with links to Scholarly Articles.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (Great Britain) info

Coverage 1688 to 2004
Papers issued by the Great Britain House of Commons including bills; reports; accounts and papers; command papers; and supplementary material back to 1688.

Hurst Collection (J. Willard) info

Coverage 1932 to 1997
The J. Willard Hurst Collection details the career of the man commonly identified as the father of modern American legal history. Hurst was a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he developed the field of American legal economic history through his scholarship and teaching. The collection includes Hurst's personal outlines and notes; course texts; publications; publication reviews; research notes; correspondence (incoming and outgoing); personnel records; photographs; audio recordings; and typewriter.

Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln info

Coverage 1836 to 1861
Original documents from Lincoln's law practice, including facts about cases and non-litigation activities handled by Lincoln and his law partners.

Legal Classics (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1500s to 1900s
Thousands of full text works from important legal scholars of the 16th- to early 20- centuries.

LLMC Digital info

Coverage 1700s to present
Case law, legislation, regulations and other materials from the U.S. (federal, states, military, Native American), Canada, UK and other foreign countries. Coverage is especially good for older materials, although some newer content is available including California Records and Briefs.

Making of Modern Law info

Coverage 1800 to 1926
Over 22,000 legal treatises from the 19th- and early 20th- century. Covers all aspects of American and British law and encompasses a range of analytical, theoretical and practical literature for research in American and British legal history.

Nineteenth Century Legal Treatises Index info

Coverage 1800 to 1900
Indexes works relevant to legal theory and history printed in the United States and the United Kingdom during the nineteenth century.

Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History info

Encyclopedia of legal history from ancient to modern times. Articles explore the traditions of Ancient Greek Law, Ancient Roman Law, Medieval Roman Law, Chinese Law, English Common Law, Islamic Law, United States Law, and the laws of such other regions as Africa, Latin America, and South Asia.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune info

Coverage 1849 to 1990 (updated daily)
The Chicago Tribune and Chicago Daily Tribune in PDF format since its beginning year. More recent years are available through ProQuest Newspapers.


ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Los Angeles Times info

Coverage 1881 to 1990 (updated daily)
The Los Angeles Times in PDF format since its beginning year. More recent years are available through ProQuest Newspapers.


ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times info

Coverage 1851 to 2004 (updated daily)
The New York Times in PDF format since its beginning year. More recent years are available through ProQuest Newspapers.


ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Tribune info

Coverage 1841 to 1962 (updated daily)
Full-text, fully-searchable, coverage of the New York Tribune, and its merged successor newspaper the New York Herald Tribune


ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Wall Street Journal info

Coverage 1889 to 1996 (updated daily)
Full text, fully searchable, of all issues of the Wall Street Journal for 1889-1995.


Scottish Legal History (HeinOnline) info

Coverage 1936 to present
Official publications from the Stair Society including the Stair Society Main (Annual) Series and Supplementary Series.

State of Wisconsin Collection info

The State of Wisconsin Collection brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary materials: writings about the State of Wisconsin and unique or valuable materials that relate to its history and ongoing development.

State Papers Online: The Tudors, The Stuarts and Commonwealth info

Coverage 1509 to 1714
English government documents originating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain's international relations and foreign policy. Includes parts I, II, III and IV of the series.

State Reports Historical Archive (Hein Online) info

Coverage to present
State Reports: A Historical Archive provides a digital version of Hein’s State Reports Checklist along with linking to the full text of historical state reports.

State Statutes Historical Archive (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1717 to present
Includes more than 1,600 volumes and nearly 2,000,000 pages of historical superseded state statutes and offers a valuable source of information for legal researchers and scholars to understand the thinking and conditions of the creation of the historical statutes. Access superseded State Statutes for all fifty states. Each state is verified against Pimsleur’s Checklist of Basic American Legal Publications. Coverage goes as far back as 1717.

Statutes of the Realm (Hein Online) info

Coverage 1235 to 1713
A fully searchable collection of the UK Statute of the Realms from 1235-1713.

Twentieth Century Legal Treatises Index info

Coverage 1900 to 1926
Index to works relevant to legal theory and history printed in the United States and the United Kingdom during the early twentieth century.

U.S. Reports (Library of Congress) info

Coverage 1754 to 2004
Includes the full text of all US Supreme Court Cases from 1754 to 2004. Text is fully browsable and downloadable.

Wisconsin Public Documents info

Coverage 1852 to 1914
Annual and biennial reports of all important Wisconsin state agencies from 1852 through 1914. Also includes reports of various state officers, departments and institutions. WPD is a source for Wisconsin statistical tables, financial charts, vintage photographs, supplementary documents, maps, other graphics and research monographs on specific topics.



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