13 Mar Law Library of Congress digitally launches U.S. Reports from 1791 to 2004
The Law Library of Congress today launched digital copies of the printed bound volumes of the United States Reports from 1791 to 2004, making more than 35,000 Supreme Court cases readily available for the very first time online as page images in a searchable format.
Digital copies of a number of these viewpoints are currently readily available online in some style. What differentiates the Law Library’s release is that its viewpoints are specifically “digital surrogates” of the United States Reports, inning accordance with Janice Hyde, the assistant law curator for collections at the Law Library.
It is essential to have a “real representation of the initial source file,” Hyde describes, due to the fact that just the printed bound volumes of the United States Reports consist of the last, main viewpoints of the court.
Through a crowdsourcing effort, about 50 law and library trainees added to this job by including metadata to the cases. Metadata make the collection searchable for keywords and subjects.
The collection is online at https://www.loc.gov/collections/united-states-reports/>.
The Supreme Court’s website does supply scans of entire volumes of the United States Reports for the 1991 through 2011 terms. The court likewise provides copies of “slip” viewpoints in private cases from the 2012 term through today.
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