American Legal History Research
by Fred Dingledy
Updated March 2013
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Library of Congress Call Numbers for American Legal History issues: KF351-KF371, KF4502, KF4510, KF4541. Browse the shelves under these call numbers to locate relevant treatises.
To search for materials from other libraries, use the Worldcat database on FirstSearch
Carrington, Paul D. American Lawyers: Public Servants and the Development of a Nation.
KF297 .C37 2012
Chase, Anthony. Law and history: the evolution of the American legal system.
KF352 .C46 1997
Friedman, Lawrence M. A history of American law. 3rd ed.
KF352 .F7 2005
KF352 .H35 2009
Hoffer, Peter Charles. A nation of laws : America's imperfect pursuit of justice.
KF352 .H64 2010
KF353 .M38 1998
Morris, Richard B. Studies in the history of American law. 2nd ed.
KF361 .M67 1959
Nelson, William E. and John Phillip Reid. The literature of American legal history.
KF352 .N45 1985
The Oxford encyclopedia of American political and legal history.
Reference JK9 .O94 2012
Radin, Max. Handbook of Anglo-American legal history.
Speak, David M. Living law: the transformation of American jurisprudence in the early 20th century.
KF380 .S67 1987
Thorpe, Francis Newton. The constitutional history of the United States, 1765-1895.
KF4541 .T45 1970
Urofsky, Melvin I. and Paul Finkelman, eds. Documents of American constitutional and legal history. 3rd ed.
KF4502 .D635 2008
Urofsky, Melvin I. A march of liberty : a constitutional history of the United States. 3rd ed.
KF4541 .U76 2011
White, G. Edward. Law in American history.
KF352 .W48 2012
Indexes to Journal Articles
United States History
Indexes articles from legal journals, bar association publications, and law reviews. Includes book reviews and legal newspapers. Options for accessing this index include:
Print : Current Legal Index Coverage: 1980-Present. Updated Monthly. Location: Reference (Index Table)
Online coverage: 1980-Present. Updated daily.
Swem Library Databases >> History
List of databases designed for historical research available to William & Mary students and faculty.
American Historical Association Directory of History Journals
Directory of history journals with links to the journals' websites. You can search using terms, browse by title, or search using the provided categories (Law is category 727).
An online discussion network sponsored by the American Society for Legal History (past discussions can be read without joining the group). Also has links to reviews of legal history materials and film recommendations for teaching legal history.
J. Willard Hurst Collection
Hosted by the University of Wisconsin Law Library, this collection contains the notes, papers, and publications of J. Willard Hurst, generally considered the father of modern American Legal History. Many of the items have been digitized and are available on this website.
Legal History Blog
Blog of Prof. Mary L. Dudziak, Professor of Law, History, and Political Science at U. of Southern California. Prof. Dudziak's blog covers new developments and publications in the field of legal history.
The National Archives
Access documents published online by the Archives, and use the site's research tools to find print resources located at Archive facilities. This website also has links to the websites of Presidential Libraries, another useful resource for historical research.
Tarlton Law Library Legal History Guide
Guide to web resources created by The University of Texas at Austin's Tarlton Law Library.
The Triangle Legal History Seminar's Legal History on the Web
Created by a group of professors and graduate students in North Carolina's Research Triangle area, this site links to a variety of useful websites, journals, associations, symposia, and other online resources for students and teachers of legal history.
University of Chicago D'Angelo Law Library Legal History Sources
Useful list of links to online sources for legal history research.
Women's Legal History
This site is an online supplement to the book "Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz", but it also contains a database of biographical information on groundbreaking female attorneys.
American Society for Legal History
Website of the American Society for Legal History. Includes information on joining the society, meetings, and information on Society publications and discussion lists.
Society created to collect and preserve the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. Their website has information on how to join the society, as well as articles, short movies and quizzes about the Court's history.