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Archival Databases (Transnational)
Manuscript and printed materials pertaining to the history of colonialism, 1492-1962. Primarily British.
Crime Broadsides at Harvard Library
Digitized collection of over 500 British broadsides held by the Harvard Library system. "The examples digitized here span the years 1707 to 1891 and include accounts of executions for such crimes as arson, assault, counterfeiting, horse stealing, murder, rape, robbery, and treason."
The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674 to 1834
"A fully searchable online edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."
English Reports, 1220-1867
Database including all 176 volumes of the English Reports, Full Reprint. This collection encompasses the decisions of the English Courts prior to the commencement of the Law Reports in 1865. It includes reprints of 275 separate series of reports reprinted verbatim and spaning the years 1220 to 1867.
Archival Databases (US and American Colonies)
Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926
Based on holdings of the law libraries of Harvard and Yale, the Library of the Bar of the City of New York and the British Library, this digitized collection contains an extensive collection of published trial transcripts, popular printed accounts of sensational trials for murder, briefs, arguments, and related information.
Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive
Documents on the arguments for and against slavery during the 17th-19th centuries, the worldwide Abolitionist movement and its internal debates, perspectives on colonization, slavery and the US Constitution, the changing world of African Americans in the American South.
This collection contains such famous and important works as John Lawson's "American State Trials," "Howell's State Trials," "Law Reports of Trials of War Criminals," "Reports of State Trials" and "Sixty Famous Cases." Also included is the full trial collection from Cornell University Law Library, one of the most complete collections in the United States. Coverage runs from pre-18th through 20th centuries.
Collections of primary resources about over 50 famous trials. Information provided includes first hand accounts, government records, transcripts, and other out of copyright materials.
Freedom on the Move Project
Public database project developed at Cornell specializing on runaway ads.
U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
Over 150,000 cases covering every aspect of law and numerous types of resources, including transcripts, petitions and briefs.
OYEZ - U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
Audio recordings in RealAudio format and transcripts for all Supreme Court proceedings, 1995 to present, with spotty coverage of individual cases prior to 1995 back to 1955 also available. Many cases that do not have audio recordings do have transcripts.
Chicago Anarchists on Trial: Evidence from the Haymarket Affair, 1886-1887
More than 3,800 images of original manuscripts, broadsides, photographs, prints and artifacts relating to the Haymarket Affair.
Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
Contains over a hundred pamphlets and books concerning the experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, and other works of historical importance.
Studies in Scarlet: Marriage and Sexuality in the U.S. & U.K., 1815-1914
Images of over 420 separately published trial narratives from the Harvard Law School Library, including cases involving adultery, divorce, homosexuality and other actions and relationship that fell outside of current social standards.