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LAW 8308: History of Anglo-American Legal Institutions: English Records

Prepared for Professor Joshua Tate's History of Anglo-American Legal Institutions course

Lincoln Record Society

The Lincoln Record Society "was founded in 1910 to print records and documents relating to the ancient county and diocese of Lincoln. The ancient diocese covered not only Lincolnshire, the second largest county of England, but also the wide area which lay within the medieval diocese: the counties of Lincoln, Leicester, Northampton, Rutland, Oxford, Bedford, Buckingham, Huntingdon and northern Hertford."  The Society has published more than one hundred volumes, almost all of which are available on the law library's 4th floor, call number DA670 .L69 R5. You can view a list of Lincoln Record Society publications by using the phrase "Lincoln Record Society" as a keyword search in the library's catalog at

Norfolk Record Society

The Norfolk Record Society "was founded in 1930 to encourage the study and preservation of Norfolk records and to publish editions of documents relating to the history of the county." The Society publishes "annually a transcript of a significant and sometimes unusual manuscript or collection of manuscripts. This series now covers a time-span ranging from the twelfth to the twentieth centuries." The Underwood Law Library owns almost all voumes, which are on the 4th floor, call number DA670 .N59 N863. You can view a list of Norfolk Record Society publications by using the phrase "Norfolk Record Society" as a keyword search in the library's catalog at

Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913 website is a "fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court."

Selden Society Publications

Since 1887 the Selden Society has published approximately 135 volumes focusing mostly on British legal history with a strong emphasis on early cases. The first 128 volumes (through 2012) are available in HeinOnline's Selden Society Publications library. The library owns all volumes in print, with most shelved under the call number KD353 .S4. You  can view a list of Selden Society publications by searching the phrase "Selden Society" as a keyword search in the library's catalog at or in HeinOnline at Selden Society (Annual) Series and Selden Society Supplementary Series.

Wakefield Court Rolls Series of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society

Wakefield Court Rolls Series (Yorkshire Archaeological Society). This series consists of nineteen volumes containing court roll records from 1331 through 1782, with intermittent coverage of some years. The records of those of the Wakefield manor which comprised more than one hundred square miles in Yorkshire. The records offer a valuable insight into a broad range of subjects over more than three centuries. [4th Floor: DA670 .Y6 W24].

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