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The Roundtable, which meets several times each semester in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room, offers an opportunity for faculty and staff from BC and beyond to meet and discuss a pre-circulated paper in legal history.
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In addition to the electronic and print legal history research resources made available by the Boston College Law Library, there are many free legal history resources available online. Below is a list of a select few of these free resources.
The University of Missouri’s 17th-19th Century British Religious, Political, and Legal Tracts are a digital library collection gathering over 20,000 pieces of English pamphlet literature covering all topics of British society during this period, from taxation to Catholicism to agriculture. The purpose of the collection is to store and provide free access to these brief writings as a historical window into a popular medium for social expression at the time.
The British Privy Council served as the highest appellate court for the 13 colonies destined to become the United States. The Privy Council handled appeals originating in the colonies in Canada and the Caribbean as well.
A searchable, online database of the full text of Bracton On the Laws and Customs of England, in the original Latin and in English. The detailed work attempted to make sense out of English law largely in terms of the ius commune, the combination of Roman and canon law that was taught in the universities in Bracton's time. Written in the 1220s and 1230s and updated through the 1250s.
This digital collection contains approximately 2,300 legal documents and manuscripts focused primarily on Boston and the New England area and spanning over two centuries, regarding land use and transfers, law and legal systems, town governance, family matters and daily life.
This Federal Judicial Center site provides historical biographical information and professional resumes of federal judges since 1789. The site also provides legislative history information on courts and circuits in the federal judiciary, sets forth statutes related to the establishment of the judiciary and explores other selective judicial topics.
This database indexes all year book reports printed in the chronological series for all years between 1268 and 1535, and many of the year book reports printed only in alphabetical abridgements. Of these reports, all 6,901 from 1399 through 1535 have been fully indexed and paraphrased in this database
The Library is where electronic versions of classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, war and peace. They are in a variety of formats - facsimile PDFs so scholars can view the original text, HTML for ease of searching and attractive layout, and text-based PDF EBooks for personal use.
This eJournal of the Social Science Research Network distributes working and accepted paper abstracts on the history of law and legal institutions, as well as other historical inquiries that relate to current legal issues.