Legal History: Crime and Punishment Research Guide

This guide details primary English and American resources on the history of crime and punishment.

Crime & Punishment in America - Primary Sources

Here are listed a few primary materials on criminal law in the United States. Other source materials include the general digests, state and federal reports available in the library.

American Criminal Reports: A Series Designed to Contain the Latest and Most Important Criminal Cases Determined in the Federal and State Courts in the United States.15 vols. Chicago: Callaghan & Co., 1878-1909.

Library has incomplete set.

KF9210.C75 1978
Criminal Law Digest: A Topically Classified Digest of Significant Decisions on Criminal Law and Procedure, Including those Published in the Criminal Law Bulletin, Vols. 1-13.2 vols. Boston: Warren, Gorham & Lamont, 1978). Vol. 1: State; Vol. 2: Federal. Updated with supplements.

The Criminal Law Magazine. 6 vols. Jersey City: Frederick D. Linn & Co.,1880-1885.
Also in microfiche. Continued by The Criminal Law Magazine and Reporter.

The Criminal Law Magazine and Reporter.12 vols. Jersey City: Frederick D. Linn & Co., 1886-1896.

Also in microfiche.

American State Trials: A Collection of the Important and Interesting Criminal Trials Which Have Taken Place in the United States From the Beginning of Our Government to the Present Day. 17 vols. John D. Lawson, ed., St. Louis: Thomas Law Books, 1914-1926.

K150.N45 Mfiche 36915-36918
Matthews, James M. Digest of the Laws of Virginia of a Criminal Nature: Illustrated by Judicial Decisions.Richmond: West & Johnson, 1861. Reprinted in 19th Century Legal Treatise, Woodbridge, Ct.: Research Publications, 1988.

PS648.C7 P54 1993
Pillars of Salt: An Anthology of Early American Criminal Narratives. Madison, Wi.: Madison House, 1993.

KF8935.S93 1972r
Swift, Zephaniah. A Digest of the Law of Evidence, in Civil and Criminal Cases. New York: Arno Press, 1972. Reprint of the 1810 ed.

Waterman, Thomas W. A Digest of Decisions in Criminal Cases, Contained in the Reports of the Federal Courts and the Courts of the Several States, From the Earliest Period to the Present Time.New York: Baker, Voorhis, 1877.