History of the Federal Judiciary


History of the Federal Judiciary


  Federal Court Historical Programs and Sites
Supreme Court Related Sites

Supreme Court Historical Society
The society’s site provides access to historical publications of the society, the opinions of notable cases of the past 45 years, and information of the society’s programs.


U.S. Courts of Appeals


The Historical Society of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
This site contains information about the society, including membership forms and society newsletters.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
This site contains a brief history of the court as well as a brief history of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. U.S. Courthouse.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
A brief history of the John Minor Wisdom U.S. Courthouse in New Orleans.


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
This site includes links to biographical and historical information on judges, including manuscript collections and oral histories.

The Historical Society of the U.S. Courts in the Eighth Circuit
Presents information on activities and governance of the historical society.

The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
The Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society website includes information about the society’s publications and activities.

The Historical Society of the Tenth Judicial Circuit
The website provides a brief history of the courts of the circuit and news of the society's programs.

Eleventh Circuit Historical Society
This site contains information about the society, including its newsletters.

Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit
The homepage of the historical society for the district and appeals courts in the District of Columbia provides notices of society events and projects. This site also presents the complete texts of some of the society-sponsored oral histories.

The Federal Circuit Historical Society
This site includes a brief history of the court, its judges, and the neighborhood surrounding the courthouse. The society also offers links to its newsletter, journal, and sponsored events.


U.S. District Courts


U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
This site presents brief biographies of the judges who have served the court and a booklet on the court's history.

The Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
A short history of the court and brief biographies of judges and clerks who have served the court.


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
This site presents a brief overview of the court's history, with photographs of its meeting places, and links to a description of the district's historical society and a list of books on court history available for purchase.

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware
A brief history of the court with short biographies of judges and information on U.S. attorneys and courthouses.

Middle District of Florida Historical Society
This site (under construction as of January 2012) contains a brief summary of the district's history and will provide information on significant judges and attorneys as well as oral histories.

Northern District of Illinois Court Historical Society.
This site includes information about the society, memorials and oral histories of judges, and descriptions of notable trials.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
A brief chronology of the court’s history.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
This site includes a history of the district and its historic courthouses.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
A brief history of the district.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
This site contains a general history of the district, biographies of district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges, summaries of notable cases, historical documents, and images of courthouses.

U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
This site contains biographical information on judges, a 1921 address by Judge Clarence Hale entitled "A Century of the Federal Courts in Maine," and excerpts from the diary of General Henry Sewall, the court's first clerk.

The Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
The website explains the mission of the society and a complete set of "The Court Legacy" newsletter.

The Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
The website includes information about joining the society and an overview of its activities.

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
Includes a history of the court, a history of the bankruptcy court, a brochure, and information on historic courthouses.

U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire
This site contains a brief history, short biographical essays of judges and other court personnel, a list of notable cases, and a description of district courthouses.

The Historical Society for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
This site presents biographies of judges, notes on aspects of the court's history, and notices of the society's activities.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
This site presents a 1984 address on the history of the district by Judge Roger Miner.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
This site presents a 1962 publication on the history of the court.

U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society
This site contains information about the society's activities, including its oral history program, and links to its newsletters.

The Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
This site includes information on the society and its activities.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
This site includes a history of the district, a list of judges with years of service, and brief biographies for all currently sitting active and senior judges.

U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
A brief history of the Providence Courthouse.

U.S. District Court, Eastern Tennessee Historical Society
This site displays the society's newsletters.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
A brief history of the court, a judicial succession chart, and a list of clerks of court.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
A short history of the courts and lists of judges and clerks who have served the court.

 

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