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Legal History

These resources are useful for the study of Anglo-American legal history generally. They include primary materials, digital books, case law reports and sources for historical versions of statute law.

Case Law


Legal history or the history of law is the study of how law has evolved and why it has changed. It is closely connected to the development of civilizations and is part of the broader context of social history.

We have many resources in different formats (online, print and microform) for Canadian and British legal history. Check the History databases as well as the legal ones.

Government Information Subject Guide

Micro Format Sets

While many early materials have been digitized, many are still available only on microfilm or microfiche. A sampling of micro sets related to legal history is listed below. A format note [microform] will alert you to this material when it forms part of your catalogue search results.

Alberta scrapbook hansard [microform].
Call Number: GOV DOC CA2 AL 01 0001 (20 reels) HSS LIBRARY
20 reels & guide. These newspaper reports provided coverage of the Alberta Legislature before the official "Hansard" began in 1972.

Nineteenth century British official papers on legal subjects, 1829-1899 [microform]
Call Number: At RCRF. Recall fiche as required. All of the official British government publications on legal subjects from the beginning of the Movement for Reform until the end of the 19th century.