by Fred Dingledy
Updated May 2018
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American legal and constitutional history
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.
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
Dinan, John J. State Constitutional Politics: Governing by Amendment in the American States.
KF4555 .A25 D56 2018
Friedman, Lawrence M. American Law in the 20th Century.
KF385 A4F7 2002
Friedman, Lawrence M. A history of American law. 3rd ed.
KF352 .F7 2005
Grossberg, Michael, ed. The Cambridge History of Law in America.
KF352 .C36 2007 (3 vols.)
Hadden, Sally E., and Alfred L. Brophy. A Companion to American Legal History.
KF352 .C66 2013
Hall, Kermit. The Magic Mirror: Law in American history. 2nd ed.
KF352 .H35 2009
Hoffer, Peter Charles. A nation of laws : America's imperfect pursuit of justice.
KF352 .H64 2010
Klarman, Michael J. The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution.
KF4541 .K53 2016
McWhirter, Darien A. The legal 100: a ranking of the individuals who have most influenced the law.
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
Orren, Karen & John W. Compton, eds. The Cambridge Companion to the United States Constitution.
KF4550 .C36 2018
The Oxford encyclopedia of American political and legal history.
Reference JK9 .O94 2012
Radin, Max. Handbook of Anglo-American legal history.
Sheppard, Steve, ed. The History of Legal Education in the United States: Commentaries and Primary Sources. 2 vols.
KF273 H535 1999
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
Tsai, Robert L. America's Forgotten Constitutions.
KF4541 .T73 2014
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. American Legal History: A Very Short Introduction.
KF352 .W478 2014
White, G. Edward. Law in American history.
KF352 .W48 2012
Indexes to Journal Articles
United States -- History
Indexes articles from academic law reviews and bar journals.
Online coverage: 1908-present.
United States History
Indexes articles from legal journals, bar association publications, and law reviews. Includes book reviews and legal newspapers.
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).
The Government Publishing Office's (GPO) official web portal for access to federal government publications. Among other things, it provides access to historical versions of the Congressional Record and the Federal Register. Its collection is not complete yet, but GPO is continuing to work on filling historical gaps.
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.
Library of Congress Digitized Collections
Searchable database of digitized documents and pictures plus descriptions of other items in the Library of Congress's collection. Limit to the subject "Government, Law & Politics" under "Refine Your Results" on the left-hand side of the page.
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.
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 Association of Law Libraries Legal History & Rare Books Special Interest Section
A special interest group within the national law librarians' association that focuses on legal history. Their newsletter has discussions of important books in legal history and reviews of recently-published books that discuss legal history.
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.