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U.S. Legal History

U.S. Colonial Legal History
Legal history of the English colonies that eventually became the United States.

Resources in this category:
   Archives of Maryland Online (Maryland State Archives)
   Hening's Statutes at Large (Virginia) by Hening, William Waller (VAGenWeb)
"Being a Collection of all the Laws of Virginia from the first session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619,, which the publsiher, a geneologist, says he made from a 1969 facscimile report.

Years actually available when we visited: 1619 - 1736, volumes 1 - 4 out of 13 listed on the site.

   Pennsylvania Statutes at Large (Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau)
"These volumes contain public and private laws of the Province and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through 1809." Volume 1 begins in 1682. Volume 18 ends in 1809. These volumes then cover colonial laws, laws made during the Revolutionary War, and laws made after the war ended and a new nation was created.
   Plymouth Colony Archive Project (Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia)
Includes searchable court records, including Plymouth Colony laws, land patents and cattle divisions, and 17th century texts, such as Mourt's Relation (1622) and Goode Newes from New England (1624).,  Pymouth Colony Legal Structure, Native Americans in Criminal Cases of Plymouth Colony, 1630-1675, Servants and Masters and Related Laws and Court Records, Sexual Misconduct and Related Laws and Court Records, Women in the Plymouth Colony, 1633-1668, Domestic Violence in the Plymouth Colony, Coroner's Inquests, Profiles in Tedium: The Constables of Duxbury, and a wide variety of non-legal information about the colony.
   Smith's Laws (Pennsylvania Legislative Reference Bureau)
"These volumes contain certain public and private laws of the Province and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania enacted from 1700 through 1829."

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