Legal History and Rare Books SIS

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Meetings and Programs

2003 AALL Annual Meeting in Seattle, July 20-24


  • LHRB-SIS Business Meeting July 13, 2003 11:45 a.m. 1:15 p.m.
    LHRB-SIS Roundtable Meeting July 15, 2003 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.


B-1: The Collision of Native American and Anglo-American Legal Concepts: A Legacy of the Louisiana Purchase

Sunday, July 13, 2003 1:30:00 PM - 2:45:00 PM

Level: Intermediate 75 Minutes

Competency: Reference, Research and Patron Services

Target Audience: Librarians, law professors, attorneys and historians involved with Native American law

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to compare several Native American and Anglo-American legal concepts.
  2. Participants will be able to identify major resources of historical and current Indian law materials.

The bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase Treaty provides stimulus for the historical examination of the expansion of the United States. This acquisition brought enormous natural resources to the fledgling republic, but as the Anglo-American and Native American cultures collided, it forbade a new world for indigenous societies. This program will present a comparison review of Native American and Anglo-American legal concepts of sovereignty, property and riparian rights; discuss key court cases reflecting Native American legal concepts; and highlight historical and current materials available from major collections such as the National Indian Law Library.

Laura Ray, Coordinator
Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law Library

Robert Anderson, University of Washington, Native American Center and School of Law

David Selden, National Indian Law Library/Native American Rights Fund

D-4: Creating and Maintaining Legal History Collections: Collections Development and Analysis Issues for the Law Librarian

Monday, July 14, 2003 9:00:00 AM - 10:00:00 AM

Level: Intermediate 60 Minutes

Competency: Collection Care and Management

Target Audience: Law librarians responsible for supporting faculty research and classes in legal history

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will learn how to assess what belongs in a legal history collection, as well as what formats and general resources are available.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the basic issues confronting law librarians in developing their legal history collections and supporting their legal history curricula.

In the last decade, a growing need has developed to establish legal history collections and provide substantive research in historical sources of the law. This program will address issues and concerns related to the needs of law libraries supporting legal history research and curricula. Topics include formulating collections development policies for legal history programs, funding, material availability (e.g., rare books, out-of-print dealers), format availability (e.g., original, facsimile, electronic), as well as the benefits and drawbacks of original vs. other formats (e.g., English Reports on CD-ROM, Old Bailey Proceedings online, 19th Century Legal Treatises in microform).

Laura Anne Bedard, Coordinator and Speaker
Georgetown University Law Center, Edward Bennett Williams Library

Christopher Knott, Moderator
Georgetown University Law Center, Edward Bennett Williams Library

Scott Pagel, George Washington University, Jacob Burns
Law Library

E-5: Researching and Writing Institutional History

Monday, July 14, 2003, 10:15:00 AM - 11:30:00 AM

Level: Intermediate 75 Minutes

Competency: Reference, Research and Patron Services

Target Audience: Legal historians, reference librarians, archivists and individuals with an interest in history

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to identify information sources and materials for use in writing the history of a library, law school, law firm or bar association.
  2. Participants will learn specific problems and pitfalls to avoid in researching and writing such a history, including copyright issues, meeting deadlines and dealing with the presentation of conflicting information.

Many law schools, bar associations and even law firms publish articles detailing their history, either as scholarly treatises or law review articles, or as alumni publications and bar journal articles. Law librarians can and should actively participate in the gathering and publication of such material. In this program, three librarians who have actively participated in such research and writing will review historical material they have prepared and suggest potential topics and sources, including state and local historical societies, alumni associations, yearbooks and directories. Problems and pitfalls to avoid will also be discussed.

Mark Podvia, Coordinator, Moderator and Speaker
Dickinson School of Law Library, Pennsylvania State University

Kurt X. Metzmeier, University of Louisville Law Library

Regina L. Smith, Jenkins Law Library



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