The Library has recently added to its collection of historical legal material with the acquisition of The Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926. The MOML: Trials is an extensive collection (over 10,000 titles) of cases in the form of official trial transcripts, briefs and arguments as well as unofficial accounts of trials in the popular press and literature. In addition to including accounts of notorious courtroom dramas, the collection also includes precedent-setting cases that have a continuing influence on the common law in the United States, the United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries.
Why is this collection so important? According to the publisher ” Trial publications may be the best historical source we have for sex, gender, class, marriage and divorce and raise interesting questions about the nature of celebrity and crime within a given era.”
All documents are searchable and are presented in PDF format. The site can be directly from computers on campus or to the U of T community via my.access
The Making of Modern Law: Trials is a companion to the Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926 which includes over the full text of 21,000 casebooks, local practice manuals, form books,works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters and speeches relating to all aspects of Anglo-American Law.