III. Content summary


III. Summary of the Database Content.

This summary is arranged alphabetically by material type and subdivided by jurisdication in the following order: federal, state, county, municipal, international, foreign, religious, other. It is not a comprehensive listing of what is in the database, merely a summary.

A. Administrative Decisions/AG opinions.

1. Federal. In addition to the opinions of the U.S. Attorney General and the Office of Legal Counsel, there are decisions of other government agencies such as the SEC, FLRA, and NLRB. Non-library project sponsors include Hein, LLMC, and UMI.

2. State. The state AG opinions and reports issued by Hein are represented by a collection record. Georgetown is preserving the decisions of the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation in D.C.

3. Foreign. The University of Washington has filmed the Administrative law cases in rural Taiwan from 1790-1895 from the “Dan Xin dang an” archive.

B. Administrative Materials.

1. Federal. Includes annual reports of government agencies such as the ICC, SEC, and Surface Board. There are also a number of federal agency publications such as special reports, studies, and bulletins. LLMC’s Parliamentary Procedure Collection is represented here by a collection record, as well as its collection of Independent Agencies and Government Corporations, and its Federal Court Administrative Publications Collection. LexisNexis’ UPA has reformatted several sets including the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, FBI Documents, and Indian Claims Commission Records and CIS has reformatted the DOJ Current Documents collection beginning with 1985. Non-library project sponsors include Hein, LLMC, and LexisNexis’ UPA and CIS branches.

2. State. There are two records: the N.Y. Law Revision Commission reports offered by Hein and UMI, and the Annual Report of the Montana Judicial System being preserved by the State Law Library of Montana.

C. Administrative Rules and Regulations.

1. Federal. Four records: Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Pike & Fischer Radio Regulation, and Records of the United States Judicial Conference, Committees on Rules of Practice and Procedures. Non-library project sponsors are Hein, LexisNexis’ CIS, and UMI.

2. State. Includes the administrative codes of California, Michigan, and Washington State. Also includes the New York State Register. Non-library project sponsors are Hein and UMI. The University of Washington has reformatted the Washington Administrative Code Bulletin.

D. Bar Associations.

1. Federal. Hein offers the ABA Archive on microfiche.

2. State. Hein has reformatted state bar exams since 1985. Although not coded as “bar associations”, the University of Washington has filmed a collection of CLE publications, some of which were sponsored by state and local bar associations.

E. Charters, constitutions.

1. Federal. Both Hein and LLMC have produced copies of the debates and proceedings of the 1787 convention. Hein has also reformatted a documentary history of the U.S. Constitution. Yale is digitizing the Federalist Papers from manuscript.  The Law Library of Congress has digitized several early source documents as a part of the “Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation.”

2. State. LexisNexis’ CIS offers reformatted state constitutions covering 1776-1988 and UMI offers the Michigan Constitutional Convention 1961: Official Record. The University of Washington has preserved several publications relating to the constitution in that state. BYU has preserved Utah conventional materials from 1895. Yale offers online selected state constitutions from 1776-1861, and Duke has restored some historical N.C. and Virginia publications.  The University of Texas at Austin is digitizing all versions of the Texas constitutions held in its print collection.

3. International. Hein has reprinted the Documents of the United Nations Conference on International Organization.

4. Other. Yale is digitizing Colonial Charters, Grants and Related Documents from federal, state and international jurisdictions.

F. Commercial Secondary materials.

1. Federal. Four records: American Jurisprudence, Corpus Juris, American and English Cyclopedia of Law, and Cyclopedia of Law and Practice. Project sponsors are Hein and LLMC.

2. State. The University of Connecticut is planning to microfilm the Connecticut Law Tribune from 1986-2003.

3. Foreign. The University of Washington has filmed a Chinese legal newspaper entitled Zhongguo fa zhi bao.

G. Court records and briefs.

1. Federal. There are a few Hein and UPA publications that cover specific topics. CIS attempts to cover most United States Supreme Court Records and Briefs. Yale is offering selected Supreme Court cases online. CIS has reformatted the cases for the DC Circuit Court of Appeals from 1984-1992.

2. State. Hein is reformatting cases for the N.Y. Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Chase College is working on Kentucky Supreme Court, UWash on the Washington State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, UA-Little Rock on the Arkansas Supreme Court, BYU on the Utah Supreme and Appellate Court, U. of Richmond plans to reformat the Virginia Supreme Court, and Rutgers is working toward offering the New Jersey Supreme Court records.

H. Court Reports.

1. Federal. This large category includes some GPO publications that have been reformatted by Hein, LLMC, CIS, etc., such as the U.S. Reports and the Supreme Court Journal. Numerous commercial law reporters include West’s American Digest System, the Supreme Court Reporter, and the Federal Reporter; Bancroft-Whitney’s American Decisions, American Reports, and American State Reports; Lawyer’s Co-op’s Lawyers Reports Annotated. A few nominative reports have been in separate records (e.g., Curtis’ and Peters’ Supreme Court Decisions), but most are collected into one record that links to LLMC’s “Early Federal Nominative Reports”. There are also collection records for LLMC’s “General Subject and Regional Case Reporters” and “Topical Case Reporters and Case Digests”. Some special courts are represented such the U.S. Tax Court, JAG, Court of Claims and Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. Individual records exist for some large subject compilations such as the Public Utilities Reports Annotated. A few specific cases, like Watergate and Standard Oil, are here. Two libraries have reformatted federal court reports. Georgetown has reprinted West’s Federal Cases, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit Library reprints the unpublished slip opinions of that court going back to 1981.

2. State. Hein is reformatting the New York Reports as well as some specialized sets such as the American State Trials. There are some records for specific trials from Lawbook Exchange and UMI, such as the Scopes Trial and the Rosenberg Trial. LLMC has two collection records in this category: West’s National Reporter System (for those out of copyright) and a collection record for its comprehensive coverage of state supreme court and appellate court reports. UWash has reprinted the Index-Digest to the the Washington Reports, UALR/Pulaski Co. is working to provide special protection for its copy of the Arkansas Supreme Court Reports, and URichmond is digitizing the Bankruptcy Decisions of the Eastern District of Virginia.

3. County. Hein is preserving the Pennsylvania Side Reports and the Pennsylvania District and County Reports.

4. International. The major publications in this category are from Hein and include its reprint of the Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals and the Nuremberg Trials, its ongoing reprint of the Hague Permanent Court of Justice Publications, and its reprint of the UN International Court of Justice through 1997. UPA has also reformatted the Nuremberg Trials to fiche and Yale is digitizing them.

5. Foreign. Nearly all the titles and collections in the category are British and have been reformatted by LLMC, Hein, and the other vendors. Titles include the English Reports Full Reprint, the Law Reports Digest, Cobbett’s Treason Trials, and the Law Journal Reports. UMI purports to offer Spain’s Jurisprudencia Civil from 1855-1958. The University of Washington has filmed civil law cases in rural Taiwan (1802-1895) from the Dan Xin dang an archive, and criminal law cases in rural Taiwan (1849-1895) from the same archive.

6. Religious. UMI offers the Records of the Court of Arches (Church of England) on fiche.

7. Other. UPA has microfiched a collection of Historical Trials that includes transcripts, histories, and related records of nearly 100 18th & 19th Century American and British trials, as well as documents covering some individual cases.

I. Court Rules.

1. Federal. Hein offers some monographs on federal rules.

J. Government Reports.

1. Federal. Included here are government reports not associated with an executive agency or that are not sponsored directly by Congress or its committees. Executive agency reports are found in “administrative materials” and congressional committee reports are found in “legislative history”. This category does include the reports of Congressional agencies. Hein’s Electronic Documents Reprint Series is located here, as well as UPA’s Major Studies and Issue Briefs of the Congressional Research Service. A collection record representing Maryland’s digitization of the Publications of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is also included.

2. International. Several yearbooks are found here: UN Juridical Yearbook, UN Yearbook on Human Rights, Commission on International Trade Law Yearbook, Yearbook of International Law Commission, and UN Court of Justice Yearbook. A collection record for Readex’s UN Documents project is also included.

3. Foreign. UMI has microfilmed a collection of Government Publications Relating to African Countries.

4. Other. This category contains a few monographs.

K. Law Schools.

1. Federal. There are only three records in this category, two of which represent LLMC’s AALS Law Library Package Plan and the AALS Handbook and Proceedings of its Annual Meeting.

2. Other. Hein and UMI reformat a collection of Legal Theses and Dissertations. Hein also reformats law school alumni publications and law school catalogs. The University of Washington is preserving its course materials, and JD and LLM student papers on microfiche.

L. Legislative History.

1. Federal. The Congressional Record and its predecessors are found in this category. Also the Journals of the Continental Congress have been reformatted to fiche by LLMC and are being digitized by Yale. The first century of Congressional journals have been digitized by the Law Library of Congress.  All reports of the Congress and its committees are found here. There are several records for legislative histories on particular acts (e.g., Clean Air), and one collection record, “Federal Legislative History Collection”, in which the Hein and LLMC legislative history collections are represented as well as project by the DOJ Law Library to digitize select histories for internal access.

2. State. State legislative histories for New York have been produced by Hein.  The Connecticut State Library’s Law Unit continues to film the Connecticut General Assembly legislative history documents from 1911 to date.

M. Periodicals.

1. Federal. The only titles included here are a few select ones that have been or are being microfiched by the University of Washington. See “other” below for a discussion of the large legal periodical collections from LLMC, Hein, and UMI.

2. State. Once again, the only titles here are those microfiched by the University of Washington, e.g., legal newspapers.

3. County. UMichigan has filmed the Detroit Weekly News and the Legal Intelligencer.

4. International. Includes two UN periodicals (UNCTAD Review and UN Chronicle) and a collection of world peace periodicals offered by UPA.

5. Foreign. UWashington has reformatted v.19 of the Canadian Bar Association’s National to fill a gap in the commercially available fiche.

6. Other. The large collections of reformatted periodicals available from LLMC, Hein, and UMI are found here. The LLMC and Hein collections, despite their size, overlap very little.  UWashington has also reformatted Civil Liberties.

N. Rare and Unique.

1. Federal. There are several collections from UPA, including some Dept. of Justice files. The University of Texas is digitizing select papers of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas Clark.

2. International. Three libraries are working on projects to preserve international materials. Cornell is deacidifying its Donovan papers on the Nuremberg Trials. LSU is digitizing its Hebert papers on the Nuremberg Trials. URichmond plans to preserve its Sutton papers on the International Military Tribunal for the Far East.

3. Foreign. UMI sells microfilm of Sir Edward Coke’s papers; the Janson, Cobb, Pearson Archives; and Medieval and Renaissance Law Manuscripts from various library collections. Thomson/Gale offers the Blackstone Notebooks from Oxford through Primary Source Microfilm.  UWashington has filmed Charles Kades’ papers on the drafting of the Japanese Constitution.

4. Other. UPA reformats many manuscript collections from organizations such as the Congress on Racial Equality and the NAACP. They also offer the American Legal Manuscripts from Harvard Law School Library, and manuscripts from the Schomberg Center. The papers of notable legal figures are offered by both UPA and UMI and include those of Chase, Brandeis, and La Follette. BYU is digitizing the Western Water Documents Project.

O. Reference.

1. Federal. The major works in this category are the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, and several government publications such as the Government Manual and the Congressional Directory. Most of the LLMC titles are lumped into a collection record for “General Reference Works”. There are several bibliographies that have been reprinted by Lawbook Exchange. No titles here have been reformatted by libraries.

2. State. One Lawbook Exchange bibliography and LLMC’s reformat of the Monthly Checklist of State Publications.

3. Foreign. Lawbook Exchange reprints some British reference titles such as Cowell’s Interpreter, Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary, and Worrall’s Bibliotheca. LLMC also reformats a number of foreign reference works including several rare catalogs of legal publications.

4. Other. This category includes a collection record for LLMC’s legal dictionaries, as well as some individual titles from LLMC and Lawbook Exchange.

P. Scholarly Communications. (None recorded)

Q. Session Laws.

1. Federal. LLMC has microfiched the Digest of Public General Bills and Resolutions for 1937-1990. The reformatted Statutes At Large can be obtained from Hein, LLMC, CIS, or UMI in reprint, fiche, film, or online.

2. State. Both Hein and LLMC offer state session laws in microfiche.

3. Foreign. Hein sells microfiche of the session laws of Canada, the Bahamas, Australia, and the Australian states. UPA offers microfilm of the British Acts of the Privy Council (Colonial Series), and the Acts of the Parliament of Scotland from 1124-1707. Primary Source Microfilm has produced microfiche of the British Public General Acts from 1801-1922.

R. Society/Institute Secondary.

1. Federal. Hein offers ALI publications on microfiche, as well as the archives of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. Penn is digitizing drafts of uniform and model acts of the NCCUSL beginning with 1996.

2. State. Hein offers the Council of State Governments publications and the archives of the National Center for State Courts on microfiche. The University of Washington is reformatting CLE materials sponsored by the University on microfiche.

3. International. Hein offers IMF publications and OECD publications on microfiche.

4. Foreign. Hein has reformatted the Chatham House Series from the Royal Institute of International Affairs on fiche.

5. Other. This category includes mostly archival collections of organizations such as the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council on Foreign Relations, the ACLU, and the Howard League for Penal Reform.

S. Statutes/Codes.

1. Federal. The U.S. Code, superseded volumes of the U.S.C.A., and the early federal law collections of Hein and LLMC, are found here. Also, there is a collection record for LLMC’s Topical Compilation of Statutes.

2. State. Commercial products include Hein’s superseded codes, the New York Revised Statutes (1889/90), the Consolidated Laws of New York from 1909-16, and a collection of slavery statutes from UPA. Georgetown is reprinting its historic state codes collection. Rutgers is digitizing the Revised New Jersey Statutes of 1890 and the 1896 General Statutes of New Jersey. The University of Florida is digitizing the Florida Territorial Acts and the Revised General Statutes of Florida from 1845 to 1941.

3. Municipal. Hein offers New York Local Laws from 1924-1973.

4. Foreign. Several British titles have been reformatted by LLMC, Hein, UMI, and UPA, including Halsbury’s Laws from 1907-1964, Statutes At Large from 1225-1869, and Statutes of the Realm, 1225-1713. UPA has filmed the Irish Statutes At Large from 1765-1801, as well as Ancient Laws of Ireland. Lawbook Exchange has reprinted some other ancient laws including the Code of Hammurabi. UMI offers select statutes from Japan, Antigua, Argentina, Austria, Russia, and Germany, including the Bundesgesetzblatt from 1999 to date. Cornell is digitizing the Acts of Liberia from 1840-1891.

5. Tribal. Lawbook Exchange has reprinted Compiled Laws of the Cherokee Nation, and the University of Washington has produced microfiche for a collection of Indian Tribal Codes. For statutes offered by LLMC, see “Tribal” under the “Other” material type section.

6. Religious. Lawbook Exchange has reprinted Corpus Iuris Canonici and Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah.

T. Treaties.

1. Federal. Both Hein and LLMC offer U. S. Treaties and Other International Agreements to 1984. Hein is also digitizing KAV Agreements from 1987 to date. Treaties In Force from 1955 to date is being digitized by Hein as well. Yale’s Avalon Project offers a number of U.S. treaties, as well as multilateral and international works.

2. International. This category includes the League of Nations Treaty Series and UN Treaty Series on microfiche, and reprints of GATT’s Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and Basic Instruments and Selected Documents, all from Hein.

U. Treatises.

There are treatises in nearly every jurisdictional category. Where possible, an attempt was made to create a separate database bibliographic record for each treatise title. This was not done for large treatise collections offered by vendors (e.g., 19th Century Legal Treatises) or for library projects that have covered large and diverse treatise collections. Most of the treatises in the database have been reformatted by LLMC, UMI, Lawbook Exchange, and Hein.

Some libraries reported ongoing projects to preserve treatises for which there was no title list. At Harvard, they have microfilmed 558 monographs from a variety of jurisdictions, selected randomly based on need. Harvard has also deacidified 5564 volumes from its German and international collections, with publication dates spanning from 1920 to 1960. Volumes too fragile for deacidification were skipped. Cornell is deacidifying two titles per year from its rare book collection in the jurisdictions of foreign, international, and federal law. The University of San Francisco provided a complete list of titles in its special collections: http://law.duke.edu/lipa/USFCA%20Rare%20books.htm The USF law library is working gradually to send all volumes in the collection for conservation repair.

V. Other.

Found here are collections and other titles that were not easily categorized by material type.

1. Federal. Included are LLMC’s materials from U.S. Territories, the U.S. Serial Set, the CIS Microfiche Library, and some individual titles such as the National Reporter on Legal Ethics.

2. State. Thomson/Gale sells a collection of Sources of Massachusetts Legal History on microfilm.  The main library at the University of Connecticut has digitized the Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut.

3. Tribal. Both LLMC and UMI provide Native American Collections that include various material types.

4. Religious. Contains the Laws of Manu and LLMC’s Canon Law Collection.

5. Other. In this category are titles and collections that were difficult to insert in a single jurisdiction or material type. It includes UPA’s Biolaw, the University of Washington’s preservation of AALL’s chapter/SIS/committee literature and voters/candidates’ pamphlets, and the digitized Studies in Scarlet RLG project.

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