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Legal History

This guide includes recommended resources and tips for effective research for research in American legal history.

Databases and other online resources

When you are looking for primary sources, try searching the Library catalog by an author from the time period or enter a subject in combination with any of the subject headings used to define primary sources:

  • Correspondence
  • Diaries Documents
  • Government documents
  • Interviews
  • Legal documents
  • Letters
  • Manuscripts
  • Memoirs
  • Narratives
  • Pamphlets
  • Sources Speeches

For example, the following subject heading would be used for books which include pamphlets from the American Revolution

  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Pamphlets

In addition to the resources listed on other pages of this guide, explore the following databases and online resources:

Legal Studies materials available at Brandeis University's Archives & Special Collections

Collections relevant to legal studies include the personal papers of Louis Brandeis as well as materials related to specific legal cases such as that of Leo Frank or Sacco and Vanzetti. Other materials include a collection of (pre-1947) Indian legal documents as well as photographs from the Nuremberg Trials.