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Law Library Purchases Historical Collection of U.S. Supreme Court Records & Briefs

U.S. Supreme Court Records and BriefsThe George Mason University Law Library is pleased to announce the purchase of the U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978. This is a major new digital collection of historical legal materials published by Thomson Gale, and the second installment in a collection of primary legal documents entitled The Making of Modern Law. Last year the Law Library purchased the first series, The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926.

The U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs collection covers approximately 150,000 Supreme Court cases from the final years of the court's fourth chief justice, John Marshall, through the first ten years of the court's 15th chief justice, Warren Earl Burger. The collection features a fully searchable database of 350,000 documents which are presented as digital facsimiles and can be printed or saved as PDFs. The collection also provides browsable lists of case names and authors. Document types include Appellant's Brief, Appellee's Brief, Appendix, Application for Review, Oral Transcript, Petition for Writ of Certiorari, and Trial Transcript, among many other sources.

Some of the landmark cases covered in this collection are Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), the Slaughterhouse Cases (1873), Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), Brown v. Board of Education (1954), Miranda v. Arizona (1966), New York Times Co. v. United States (1971), Roe v. Wade (1973), and United States v. Richard M. Nixon (1974).

More recent U.S. Supreme Court briefs are available online from several sources including Lexis/Nexis, January 1979 to date; Westlaw, October 1990 to date; FindLaw (free), October 1999 to date; and the American Bar Association (free), October 2003 to date.

Click Here to Access U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs.  Off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your GMU e-mail userid and password in order to access the collection.