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Law and Humanities Archival Resources

A. U.S.

  • The Legal Scholarship Network (publishing journals of working papers - many of which are available free of charge)

  • Baylor University Library, Baylor Collections of Political Materials

  • American Historical Association

  • Bowdoin College, George J. Mitchell Papers

  • College of William and Mary, Warren Burger Collection

  • University of Idaho Special Collections: finding aids for several judges, attorneys, law firms, and law-related organizations which were prominent in the history and development of Idaho in the late 19th and 20th centuries. An overview identifies some of the more significant collections.

  • University of Louisville Law Library: includes finding aids for the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Papers and John Marshall Harlan Papers. See also the online exhibit, A Legacy of Leadership: African American Pioneers in Kentucky Law.

  • University of South Carolina Law Library, South Carolina Legal History Collection: an overview of the collections, together with biographical sketches & portraits of major figures in the state's legal history.

  • Stanford University, Records of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund): archives documenting MALDEF's advocacy of civil and legal rights for Mexican Americans from its founding in 1967.

  • Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland, David Hoffman web site: an in-depth examination of the career, writings, and thought of David Hoffman (1784-1854), legal writer, author, and pioneer in American legal education who was the first law professor at the University of Maryland.

  • University of Texas at Austin, Tarlton Law Library Rare Books & Special Collections: Includes descriptions of almost 80 archival collections, such as the papers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, other state & federal appellate judges, deans & professors of the University of Texas School of Law, Law School organizations, and Walton H. Hamilton (Yale law professor & New Deal economist). Also features guides to resources on the Sweatt v. Painter case, and Aztec & Maya law.

  • University of Virginia Law Library Special Collections: guides include finding aids for papers of Supreme Court Justices Roger Brooke Taney and James Clark McReynolds, as well as papers of many Virginia law professors, alumni, and judges.

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Archives: general description of the papers of Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., plus an overview of the School of Law's archives and manuscript collections of law faculty and important figures in law and public service.

  • Library of Congress Manuscript Division: a gopher server offering finding aids to dozens of manuscript collections, including the papers of federal judge John J. Sirica, NAACP president & lawyer Arthur Barnett Springarn, and Washington attorney Edward Bennett Williams.

  • Research Libraries Group, Studies in Scarlet project: description of a collaborative project to create a comprehensive digital collection on 19th-century family law and domestic relationships, including both primary legal materials and historical background materials from seven major research libraries and archives.

  • Home page of Bernard Hibbitts, with i.a. downloadable papers.

B. Outside the U.S.