The Utah State Library, a division of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, has awarded the S.J. Quinney Law Library at the University of Utah,  an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant of $45,181 to digitize Utah Supreme Court briefs from 1929-2000 and make them publicly accessible on the web.

Through the Utah Supreme Court Briefs Digitization Project, the Quinney Law Library, along with its partner, the Howard Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University, will expand on the development of the Hunter Law Library’s existing Utah Court Briefs Repository, by incorporating another 6,500 briefs to the collection. The Hunter Law Library has generously agreed to host these additional materials in its Bepress repository, which provides an easy to use web interface to assist lawyers, legal educators, and legal historians.

An added benefit to the project is statewide visibility to the briefs through the Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL) digital collections portal, which harvests BYU’s Utah Court Briefs Repository. Through MWDL, the collection gains national recognition, by the briefs being visible in the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), which harvests MWDL.

Anyone with questions about the project is welcome to contact Valeri Craigle at the Quinney Law Library, who is heading up the project.