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Paper & Microform

The content of U.S. appellate records and briefs received by the Law Library of Congress varies with each circuit and may not be comprehensive.  The receipt of materials is unpredictable and may be several years after publication. The Law Library no longer adds paper copies to the collection.  The Library transfers new paper materials to microfiche format and then adds them to the microfiche collection.

*NOTE: Most existing paper holdings have been moved to off-site storage in Fort Meade.  Reference librarians can consult an internal index of paper holdings transferred to Fort Meade (via the MIS Statistical System) to confirm the availability of materials for particular cases (search by docket number, party name, circuit, and year).  Most microfilm has also been moved to Fort Meade. Items moved to Fort Meade are indicated by an asterisk (*) in the table below.

Request materials in person at the Law Library Reading Room (LLRR).  Materials in all locations (Fort Meade, LLRR, and stacks) may be requested.  On the request form under Call Number, list “Records & Briefs” & the relevant number (see below); under Author, identify the circuit (e.g., USCA 2nd Circuit); under Title, provide the Docket Number (e.g., 91-123).

CIRCUIT

FORMAT

HOLDINGS

CALL NUMBER

LOCATION

Fiche Collection Growing?

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st

Paper*

1907-1930 scattered holdings; 1930-1987

KF112 1st.9 .R43

Fort Meade

No

 

Microfilm*

1891-1975 (coverage range)

2005/10001 (LL)

Fort Meade

 

 

Microfiche

85-1815 to 94-2479 (coverage range)

93/10001 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd

Paper*

1891-1926 scattered holdings; 1926-1974

KF112 2nd.9 .R43

Fort Meade

Yes

 

Microfilm*

1891-1975 (coverage range)

93/10002 (LL)

Fort Meade 

 

 

Microfiche

74-1001 to 2005-8302, 2009/2010 [Silver fiche] & 2006-0004 to 2007-5796 [Diazo fiche]

93/10002 (LL)

LLRR [2009/2010 in LM-335: contact CSD staff]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd

Paper*

1911-1930 scattered holdings; 1930-1971

KF112 3rd.9 .R43

Fort Meade

Yes

 

Microfilm

1895-1970*

93/10003 (LL)

Fort Meade

 

 

Microfilm

1972-1981

93/10003 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

Microfiche

1981/1982 to 1999/2000, 2004/2005 to 2010/2011 (coverage range)

93/10003 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th

Paper

None

N/A

N/A

TBD

 

Microfilm*

1891-1975 (coverage range)

93/10004 (LL)

Fort Meade

 

 

Microfiche

98-1647, 98-2083, 2000-0002 to 2007-7671, 2008/2009

93/10004 (LL)

LLRR [2008/2009 in LM-335: contact CSD staff]

 

 

Microfiche

76-0080 to 98-9359 (coverage range)

93/10004 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5th

Paper*

1910-1930 scattered holdings; 1930-1988; 1989-1995 scattered holdings

KF112 5th.9 .R43

Fort Meade

Yes

 

Microfilm*

1891-1975 (coverage range)

93/10005 (LL)

Fort Meade 

 

 

Microfiche

74-3471 to 2008/2009, 2010/2011 to 2014/2015

93/10005 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th

Paper*

1895-1930 scattered holdings; 1930-1989

KF112 6th.9 .R43

Fort Meade

No

 

Microfilm*

1891-1975 (coverage range)

93/10006 (LL)

Fort Meade

 

 

Microfiche

84-1296 to 90-5492 (coverage range)

93/10006 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th

Paper*

1895-1921 scattered holdings; 1921-1935; 1935-1982 U.S. Department of Justice briefs only; 1983-1989; 2001

KF112 7th.9 .R43

Fort Meade

No

 

Microfilm

None

N/A

N/A

 

 

Microfiche

89-2585 to 2000-4236

93/10007 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8th

Paper*

1891-1974; scattered holdings 1974-1989.

KF112 8th.9 .R43

Stacks (1891-1970);  Fort Meade (1971-1989)

No

 

Microfilm

None

N/A

N/A

 

 

Microfiche

91-1001EA to 91-3875EM

93/10008 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9th

Paper*

1906-1977; 1983-1987

KF112 9th.9 .R43

Fort Meade

TBD

 

Microfilm*

1891-1975 (coverage range)

93/10009 (LL)

Fort Meade 

 

 

Microfiche

1990-30219 to 2007-99024 [Diazo fiche] & 775 F.2d 1037 to 857 F.2d 673 (1985-1988), 1980-5464 to 1996-99024, 1993/1994 to 1999/2000, 2002/2003 to 2003/2004, 2005/2006 to 2008/2009 [Silver fiche]

93/10009 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10th

Paper

1929-1968; 1970-1984 scattered holdings

KF112 10th.9 .R43

Stacks

No

 

Microfilm

None

N/A

N/A

 

 

Microfiche

None

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th

Paper*

1981-1990

KF112 11th.9 .R43

Fort Meade

Yes

 

Microfilm

None

N/A

N/A

 

 

Microfiche

80-7035 to 1999/2000, 2005/2006 to 2014/2015, 2005-2011 Miscellaneous

93/10011 (LL)

Stacks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.C.

Paper*

1891-1893 scattered holdings; 1896-1987

KFD1245.9 .R43

Stacks (1896-1968); Fort Meade (1968-1987)

Yes

 

Microfilm*

1891-1975 (coverage range)

93/10012 (LL)

Fort Meade

 

 

Microfiche

21,865 to 24,428 & 72-1283 to 96-1017 & 2002/2003 to 2007/2008 [Silver fiche]; 2008-0205 to 2008-7146 [Diazo fiche]

93/10012 (LL)

LLRR  [2002/2003 to 2007/2008 [Silver fiche] in LM-335: contact CSD staff]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal

Paper

None

N/A

N/A

Yes

 

Microfilm

None

N/A

N/A

 

 

Microfiche

T73-B341 to TI67-134-B & 83-0505 to 2012/2013 Term (coverage range)

93/10013 (LL)

LLRR [2009/2010 to 2012/2013 in LM-335: contact CSD staff]

 

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Other Sources

PACER, Public Access to Court Electronic Records, https://www.pacer.gov/, is an electronic public access service provided by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts for obtaining case and docket information from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts.  Documents may be available in full text. Coverage varies by court; the Court Information menu in the PACER Case Locator shows available date ranges. For information on registering for a personal account and costs see https://www.pacer.gov/psc/faq.html.

Oral Arguments. The CourtListener website, https://www.courtlistener.com/coverage/, provides free audio of oral arguments from selected U.S. Federal Courts of Appeals. Coverage varies. New arguments added daily.

The National Archives and Records Administration maintains the Records of District Courts of the United States (1685-1993), http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/021.html, and Records of the United States Courts of Appeals (1891-1995), http://www.archives.gov/research/guide-fed-records/groups/276.html. For assistance, contact the National Archives, http://www.archives.gov/contact/inquire-form.html.

Information on the Library’s collection of U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs is available online at http://www.loc.gov/law/help/sct-records.php

For further assistance consult a reference librarian at the Law Library Reading Room Reference Desk by calling (202) 707-5080 or by using Ask a Librarian.

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Last Updated: 04/05/2017