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Author: Scott A. Merriman
Title: Legal History Sites and A Few Good Lesser Known General Ones
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September 2005
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Source: Legal History Sites and A Few Good Lesser Known General Ones
Scott A. Merriman


vol. 8, no. 2, September 2005
Article Type: Site Review
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3310410.0008.207

Legal History Sites and A Few Good Lesser Known General Ones

Scott A. Merriman, Ph.D.

University of Kentucky

American 20th Century Rights

This site, from the Internet History Sourcebooks, is a collection of links to many different pages which all deal with the topic of modern rights in America. They range from the well-known topics, such as Gideon v. Wainright, to the relatively unknown (to the general public), including Carolene Products.

Famous Trials

This site lists some forty trials, generally in American history. They range from the very well known (Clinton’s impeachment trial, and the Scopes “Monkey” trial) to the relatively unknown (the McMartin preschool child abuse case and the Chamberlain “dingo” trial in Australia). This case is focused on American trials, as all but about 5 of the cases are from America. Among the resources generally available are photos, biographies of the participants, bibliographies, and links to related documents. A very good site for learning more about these trials and for a model of how to put together an interesting, opinionated and well-done site.

Federal Judicial Center

This site makes a wide variety of resources available on the web. The resources include information about its publications, but especially important for legal historians is the online biographies of each federal judge since 1789 and histories of individual courts. Where known, links are provided to the manuscript sources about each judge. Supreme Court justices are also included.

H-Law

This is the homepage of H-Law, a discussion list dealing with legal history. It includes information on the American Society for Legal History, a log of its posts, and information about subscribing. A good way to stay informed about many of the currents in legal history.

Medieval Legal History

This site, from the Internet History Sourcebooks, is a collection of scores of documents relating to legal history. While all are from areas outside of the United States, it is a great place to start to find rare documents on the subject.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections

This site provides, from the Library of Congress, a good general site to search for manuscript collections. In addition to finding where some manuscript collections are, one can also search OCLC and RLG for information.  This list is not infallible, but is a good place to start and is searchable. Paper volumes still need to be consulted though for a thorough search.

Today in History

While not mostly about legal history, this site does provide interesting historical anecdotes about each day in history.  One can surf this site to find tidbits to insert into speeches and lectures to increase interest.