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1st Edition

Public Services Issues with Rare and Archival Law Materials

ISBN 9780789014085
Published November 12, 2001 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

“Rare books and archives come alive when consulted by readers and researchers.” --from the Introduction

In the administrative and budgetary environment of law librarianship, outstanding reference service is crucial to the survival and growth of special collections. Public Services Issues with Rare and Archival Law Materials offers practical suggestions for putting these valuable special collections to work. Each chapter gives clear, proven advice on making the most of rare book sections and archives to contribute to the mission of their libraries and parent institutions.

Public Services Issues with Rare and Archival Law Materials provides a comprehensive overview of issues in using these special collections. It begins with an original study of the research habits of legal historians, which can help you plan a strategy for making your collection more accessible to scholars. It concludes with thoughtful consideration of the ethical issues of using archived papers, balancing the scholar’s need to understand the inner workings of the legal system against the need for private court deliberations and attorney-client privilege.

This wide-ranging book provides the tools you need for keeping archives in active service, including:

  • detailed instructions for the care and use of rare legal materials
  • ideas for creating exhibits and outreach activities, including Web sites
  • suggestions for working with early books on Roman and canon law
  • practical techniques for using archives in litigation and cooperating with attorneys
  • a bibliography of law-related archives and rare-book librarianship

    This essential book will assist rare book librarians and archivists to provide better reference service by providing examples of best practice and solutions to common problems. Public Services Issues with Rare and Archival Law Materials is an indispensable resource for law librarians, archivists, and scholars.

Table of Contents

  • Public Services Issues with Rare and Archival Law Materials: An Introduction
  • A Portrait of Research in Legal History
  • Helping Historians Write Legal History “From Below”: Collecting New Sources, Teaching New Strategies
  • Training Law Librarians in the Use of Rare Legal Materials
  • Rare and Archival Law Materials: Exhibits and Outreach, Traditional and Electronic
  • Rare and Archival Law Materials on the World Wide Web: An Evaluation of Selected Sites
  • Bibliography on Rare and Archival Law Materials
  • The Role of Rare Books in Law Libraries
  • Rediscovering Rare Books in an Electronic Age
  • Roman and Canon Law Research
  • Lawyers, Archivists and Librarians: United or Divided in the Pursuit of Justice?
  • Using the Tom Clark Papers for a Seminar: A Faculty Member’s Perspective
  • Access to the Working Papers of State Supreme Court Justices: A Case Study from Texas
  • Providing Access to Lawyers’ Papers: The Perils . . . and the Rewards
  • Lawyer-Client Files: A Historical Source, But Can We See Them?
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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