Covering cases from the generation before the American Civil War to the decade of the Vietnam War and Watergate, the Making of Modern Law: Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978 is a nearly comprehensive, full-text archive of legal documents from the Court. It comprises more than 350,000 documents from approximately 150,000 cases, the majority consisting of those for which the Court did not give a full opinion. While the database does not include Court decisions, it does include various types of briefs and petitions as well as oral transcripts, memoranda, and other types of filings. The database is searchable by keyword in full-text, as well as by case name, U.S. Reports citation, docket number, author, date, and type of document. Documents can also be browsed by author or case name.
Supreme Court Records and Briefs is an excellent resource, not just for law, but also for research in a wide range of topics, including slavery, civil rights, gender, labor relations, education and all aspects of American constitutional, political, legal, social, economic, cultural, and intellectual history.
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Briefs, oral transcripts, petitions, memoranda, and other legal documents filed in cases before the Supreme Court.
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For related materials, such as the full text of Court opinions, see Westlaw.
Jenkins Memorial Law Library, Philadelphia; the Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York
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Gale Cengage Learning