Law Library Stacks

Below is the current available digitized collection from the Law Library of Congress.

American Indian Constitutions and Legal Materials

The Law Library of Congress collection contains a variety of American Indian legal materials. This webpage offers links to over 400 American Indian legal materials, spanning both 19th century items and constitutions and charters drafted after the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act.

Haiti: Legal Bibliography

The Law Library of Congress collection contains the following Haitian law titles. The titles in the public domain will be digitized by the Law Library of Congress and made available through various locations including the Library of Congress catalog. The goal of this project is to offer a comprehensive legal collection for Haiti.

John Adams and the Boston Massacre Trial

The trial of William Wemms,  James Hartegan, William McCauley, Hugh White, Matthew Killroy, William Warren,  John Carrol, and Hugh Montgomery

In 1770 young lawyer John Adams, future President of the United States, served as defense counsel in the trial of eight British soldiers accused of murder during a riot in Boston. Adams's impassioned speech in defense of the soldiers resulted in their acquittal. This page shows the covers of five reports and transcripts of the court proceedings, and includes the full text of three of these items from the Law Library of Congress's Rare Book Collection.

Lincoln and the Law

Abraham Lincoln

The Law Library of Congress's historical collection vividly illustrates three periods in which the law played a prominent part of the Lincoln era: Lincoln the Lawyer, Habeas Corpus and the War Powers of the President, and The Assassination: Trials. Each era includes the full text of several items from the Law Library of Congress's Rare Book Collection.

Piracy Trials

Execution of Peter Heamen

The Law Library of Congress has digitized its collection of pre-1923 piracy trial materials. This historical collection of piracy trials is critical for understanding how the various nations of the world handled piracy issues before the year 1900.


Last Updated: 02/28/2014