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Published Court Histories

First Circuit
Dargo, George. A History of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, vol. 1, 1891-1960. Boston: United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1993.

Zobel, Hiller B. "Those Honorable Courts - Early Days on the First First Circuit." Federal Rules Decisions, 73. Minnesota: West Publishing Co., 1977.

Second Circuit
Federal Bar Council. Courthouses of the Second Circuit: Their Architecture, History, and Stories. New York: Acanthus Press, 2015.

Howard, J. Woodford. Courts of Appeals in the Federal Judicial System: A Study of the Second, Fifth, and District of Columbia Circuits. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Miner, Judge Roger J. "United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit." in United States Courts in the Second Circuit, A Collection of History Lectures Delivered by Judges of the Second Circuit. Federal Bar Council Foundation, 1992.

Morris, Jeffrey B. Federal Justice in the Second Circuit: A History of the United States Courts in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, 1787-1987. New York: Second Circuit Historical Committee, 1987.

United States Courts in the Second Circuit: A Collection of History Lectures Delivered by Judges of the Second Circuit. New York: Federal Bar Foundation, 1992.

Third Circuit
Presser, Stephen B. Studies in the History of the United States Courts of the Third Circuit, 1790-1980: A Bicentennial Project. Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1982.

Fourth Circuit
Fish, Peter G. "A New Court Opens: The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit." Georgia Journal of Southern Legal History 2 (Spring/Summer 1993): 171-182.

Fifth Circuit
Barrow, Deborah J., and Thomas G. Walker. A Court Divided: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Politics of Judicial Reform. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

Couch, Harvey C. A History of the Fifth Circuit, 1891-1981. Washington D.C.: Bicentennial Commission of the United States Judicial Conference, 1984.

Howard, J. Woodford. Courts of Appeals in the Federal Judicial System: A Study of the Second, Fifth, and District of Columbia Circuits. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Sixth Circuit
Phillips, Harry, and Samuel S. Wilson. History of the Sixth Circuit: A Bicentennial Project. Washington D.C.: Bicentennial Commission of the U.S. Judicial Conference, 1977.

Seventh Circuit
Solomon, Rayman L. History of the Seventh Circuit, 1891-1941. Washington, D.C.: Bicentennial Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1981.

Eighth Circuit
Fetter, Theodore J. A History of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1977.

Morris, Jeffrey Brandon. Establishing Justice in Middle America: A History of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007.

Ninth Circuit
Frederick, David C. Rugged Justice: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the American West, 1891-1941. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.

Tenth Circuit
Logan, James K., ed. The Federal Courts of the Tenth Circuit: A History. Denver: United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1992.

Stanley, Arthur J., Jr., and Irma S. Russell. "The Political and Administrative History of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit," Denver Law Journal 66, no. 2 (1983): 119-47.

Eleventh Circuit
Barrow, Deborah J., and Thomas G. Walker. A Court Divided: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Politics of Judicial Reform. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1988.

District of Columbia Circuit
History of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the Country's Bicentennial Year. Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1977.

Howard, J. Woodford. Courts of Appeals in the Federal Judicial System: A Study of the Second, Fifth, and District of Columbia Circuits. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Morris, Jeffrey Brandon. Calmly to Poise the Scales of Justice: A History of the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit. Published for the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2001.

Federal Circuit
Advisory Council to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: A History, 1990-2002. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2004.

Bennett, Marion T. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: A History, 1982-1990. Washington, D.C.: The U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States, 1991.

Alabama
Freyer, Tony, and Timothy Dixon. Democracy and Judicial Independence: A History of the Federal Courts of Alabama, 1820-1994. Brooklyn, NY: Carlson Publishing Inc., 1995.

Riser, R. Volney, comp., Paul M. Pruitt, Jr. and David I. Durham, eds. A Goodly Heritage: Judges and Historically Significant Decisions of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, 1804-1955 . Tuscaloosa, Ala.: University of Alabama School of Law, in partnership with the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, 2010.

Alaska
Naske, Claus M. A History of the Alaska Federal District Court System, 1884-1959, and the Creation of the State Court System. Anchorage: Alaska Court System, 1985.

_______. "The Shaky Beginnings of Alaska's Judicial System." Western Legal History 1 (1988).

Arizona
Goff, John S. "The Organization of the Federal Court in Arizona, 1912-1913." American Journal of Legal History 8 (April 1964): 172-79.

Arkansas
Ross, Frances Mitchell, ed. United States District Courts and Judges of Arkansas, 1836-1960. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 2016.

California
Cahan, Richard, Pia Hinckle, and Jessica Royer Ocken. The Court that Tamed the West: From the Gold Rush to the Tech Boom. Berkeley, Cal.: Heyday, 2013.

Cosgrave, George. Early California Justice: The History of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, 1849-1944. San Francisco: Grabhorn Press, 1948. 

Fritz, Christian G., Michael Griffith, and Janet M. Hunter, eds. A Judicial Odyssey: Federal Court in Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties. San Jose: San Jose Federal Court Advisory Committee, 1985.

______________. Federal Justice in California: The Court of Ogden Hoffman, 1851-1891. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1991.

_______________. “The Judicial Business of a Nineteenth-Century Federal Trial Court: The Northern District of California, 1851-1891.”Western Legal History 5 (Summer/Fall 1992): 217-251.

Gordan, John D., III. Authorized by No Law: The San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856 and the United States Circuit Court for the Districts of California. Pasadena and San Francisco: Ninth Judicial Circuit Historical Society and United States District Court for the Northern District of California Historical Society, 1987.

Hall, Kermit L. “Mere Party and the Magic Mirror: California’s First Lower Federal Judicial Appointments.” Hastings Law Journal32 (March 1981): 819-837.

Connecticut
Cabranes, Jose A. "Notes on the History of the Federal Court of Connecticut." Connecticut Bar Journal 57(1983): 351-371.

Goetsch, Charles. A Short History of the New Haven Federal Courthouse. New Haven: District Court of Connecticut, 1985.

Morris, Jeffrey B. Federal Justice in the Second Circuit: A History of the United States Courts in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont, 1787-1987. New York: Second Circuit Historical Committee, 1987.

Delaware 
Hoffecker, Carol E. Federal Justice in the First State: A History of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Wilmington, Del.: The Historical Society for the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, 1992.

District of Columbia
McGuire, Matthew F. An Anecdotal History of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia 1801-1976. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1976.

Morris, Jeffrey Brandon. Calmly to Poise the Scales of Justice: A History of the Courts of the District of Columbia Circuit. Published for the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit. Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2001.

Resnik, Judith. "'Uncle Sam Modernizes His Justice': Inventing the Federal District Courts of the Twentieth Century for the District of Columbia and the Nation," 90 Georgetown Law Journal, vol. 90 (2002):  607.

Florida
Denham, James M. Fifty Years of Justice: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015.

Hall, Kermit L., and Eric W. Rise. From Local Courts to National Tribunals: The Federal District Courts of Florida, 1821-1990. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Carlson Publishing Inc., 1991.

Hodges, Wm. Terrell, David L. Edwards, and Susan H. Walsh. "The Middle District of Florida," Florida Bar Journal 63, no. 11 (December 1989): 19-22.

King, James Lawrence. "The Southern District of Florida," Florida Bar Journal 63, no. 11 (December 1989): 23-30.

Stafford, William, and William C. Sherrill. "The Northern District of Florida," Florida Bar Journal 63, no. 11 (December 1989): 13-18.

Hawaii
King, Hon. Samuel P. "The Federal Courts and the Annexation of Hawaii." Western Legal History 2 (Winter/Spring 1989): 1-19.

Illinois
Cahan, Richard. A Court that Shaped America: Chicago's Federal District Court from Abe Lincoln to Abbie Hoffman. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, 2002.

Chicago Bar Association. Pictorial History of the Courts of the United States in Chicago. Chicago: Chicago Bar Association, 1996.

Cunningham, H. Stuart, et. al. "History of the Federal Court in Chicago." Chicago Bar Association Record 77 (May 1996): 18-39.

McNabb, Charles A. "The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois 1855." The Chicago Bar Association Record 36 (September 1955): 469-72.

Indiana
Geib, George W., and Donald B. Kite. Federal Justice in Indiana: The United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Indianiapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 2007.

Iowa
Margolin, Frank J. and Donald E. O'Brien. History of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, 1882-2000. Sioux City, Iowa: Northern District of Iowa Branch of the Eighth Circuit Historical Society, 2003.

McNeely, Lee. "Northern Judicial District of Iowa." Annals of Iowa 30 (October 1949): 105-22.

Mills, George, and Richard W. Peterson. No One is Above the Law: The Story of Southern Iowa's Federal Court. Council Bluffs, Iowa: South Side Press of the Midlands, 1988.

Peterson, Richard W. The Court Moves West: A Study of the United States Supreme Court Decisions of Appeals from the United States Circuit and District Court of Iowa, 1846-1882 . Council Bluffs, Iowa: South Side Press of the Midlands, 1988.

Reed, Nicholas F. "Southern Judicial District of Iowa." Annals of Iowa 30 (October 1949): 123-24.

Kansas
Hoeflich, Michael H. Justice on the Prairie: 150 Years of the Federal District Court of Kansas. Kansas City, Mo.: Rockhill Books, 2011.

Templar, George. "The Federal Judiciary of Kansas," Kansas Historical Quarterly 37 (Spring 1971): 1-14.

Templar, George, Joan Templar Smith, and Ted M. Templar. "Kansas: The Territorial and District Courts." In Federal Courts of the Tenth Circuit: A History, James K. Logan, ed. Denver: United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1992.

Kentucky
A Century in Celebration: The United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 1901-2001. U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, 2001.

Tachau, Mary K. Bonsteel. Federal Courts in the Early Republic: Kentucky, 1789-1816. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1978.

Wilson, Samuel M. History of the United States Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Lexington, Ky.: 1935.

Maryland
Fish, Peter Graham. Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1789-1835. Washington, D.C.: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 2002.

_______. Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1836-1861. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2015.

Lewis, H.H. Walker, and James F. Schneider. A Bicentennial History of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, 1790-1990. Baltimore: Federal Bar Association, Maryland Chapter, 1990.

______. The United States District Court of Maryland. Baltimore: Federal Bar Association, Maryland Chapter, 1977.

Massachusetts
Zobel, Hiller B. "Pillar of the Political Fabric: Federal Courts in Massachusetts, 1789-1815." Massachusetts Law Review 74 (December 1989): 197-205.

Michigan
Chardavoyne, David Gardner. The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan: People, Law, and Politics. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012.

Cohn, Avern, et. al. "The Federal Districts of Michigan." Michigan Bar Journal 67 (May 1988): 354-360.

Minnesota
Murphy, Diana E., and Margaret H. Chutich, eds. History of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. St. Paul: West Publishing Co., 1989.

Owens, Kenneth G., and Jacob Dim. History of the United States District Court of Minnesota, 1976.

Missouri
Boxerman, Burton A. And Justice for All: A History of the Federal District Court of Eastern Missouri. Cape Girardeau: Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2014.

Larsen, Lawrence H. Federal Justice in Western Missouri: The Judges, The Cases, and The Times. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1994.

Nevada
Hulse, James W. "Making Law in the Great Basin: The Evolution of the Federal Court in Nevada, 1855-1905." Western Legal History 1 (Summer/Fall 1988): 135-162.

New Hampshire
Starr, James R., ed. The History of the New Hampshire Courts. Concord, NH: U.S. District Court, New Hampshire District, 1991.

New Jersey
"A Brief History of the Federal Courts for the District of New Jersey." In Collections of the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, vol. 1, Newark: The Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1989.

"Biographies of Judges and Justices Who Sat in the Federal Trial Courts for the District of New Jersey, 1789-1989." In Collections of the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, vol. 1, Newark: The Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1989.

Lender, Mark Edward. "This Honorable Court": The United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1789-2000. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2006.

New Mexico
Wihofen, Henry. "New Mexico: The Territorial and District Courts." In James K. Logan, ed. The Federal Courts in the Tenth Circuit: A History. Denver: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1992.

New York
A History of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, To Commemorate and to Celebrate a Centennium, 1865-1965. New York: Federal Bar Association of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut, 1965.

Burak, H. Paul. History of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. New York: Federal Bar Association of New York, New Jersey & Connecticut, 1962.

Curtin, John T. "United States District Court for the Western District of New York." In United States Courts in the Second Circuit. New York: Federal Bar Council Foundation, 1992.

Hough, Charles Merrill. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York: Its Growth and the Men Who Have Done Its Work, 1789-1919. New York: Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1934.

Miner, Roger J. "United States District Court for the Northern District of New York." In United States Courts in the Second Circuit. New York: Federal Bar Council Foundation, 1992.

Morris, Jeffrey B. Federal Justice in the Second Circuit: A History of the United States Courts in New York, Connecticut & Vermont, 1787 to 1987. New York: Second Circuit Historical Committee, 1987.

________. To Administer Justice on Behalf of All the People: The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1965-1990. New York: United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1992.

Nickerson, Eugene A. "United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York." In United States Courts in the Second Circuit. New York: Federal Bar Council Foundation, 1992.

The United States District Court, Eastern District of New York, on the Occasion of Its Centennium, 1865-1965. New York: Federal Bar Association of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, 1965.

Weinfeld, Edward. "United States District Court for the Southern District of New York." In United States Courts in the Second Circuit. New York: Federal Bar Council Foundation, 1992.

_______."The Southern District Court: Its Impact on the Law." In Second Circuit Redbook, 1982. New York: Federal Bar Council, 1982.

Zirin, James D. The Mother Court: Tales of Cases That Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2014.

North Carolina
Fish, Peter Graham. Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1789-1835. Washington, D.C.: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 2002.

_____________. Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1836-1861. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2015.

Hewlett, Crockette W. The United States Judges of North Carolina. New Bern: Historical Society of Eastern North Carolina, 1978.

North Dakota
Tharaldson, Ardell. Patronage: Histories and Biographies of North Dakota's Federal Judges. Bismarck: North Dakota Branch of the Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit and The Northern Lights Press, 2002.

Ohio
Alexander, Roberta Sue. A Place of Recourse: A History of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 1803-2003. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005.

Finkelman, Paul, and Roberta Sue Alexander, eds. Justice and Legal Change on the Shores of Lake Erie: A History of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012.

Murnane, M. Susan. Bankruptcy in an Industrial Society: A History of the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Akron: University of Akron Press, 2014.

Rhodes, Irwin S. "The History of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio." University of Cincinnati Law Review 24 (Summer 1955): 338-54.

Oklahoma
Kellough, William C. "Oklahoma: The Territorial and District Courts" in James K. Logan, ed. The Federal Courts in the Tenth Circuit: A History. Denver: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1992.

Kellough, William C. "Power and Politics of the Oklahoma Federal Court." The Chronicles of Oklahoma 65 (1987): 182-213.

Oregon
Buan, Carolyn, ed. The First Duty: A History of the U.S. District Court for Oregon. Portland: U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society, 1993.

Pennsylvania
A Court's Heritage. Sidney L. Wickenhaver, ed. (Occasional newsletter of The Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.) Vol. 1, no. 1 (Fall 1985).

The Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. The Federal Court System in Western Pennsylvania. May 1972.

Bartle, Hon. Harvey III. Mortals with Tremendous Responsibilities: A History of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University Press, 2011.

Puerto Rico
Baralt, Guillermo A. History of the Federal Court in Puerto Rico: 1899-1999. Hato Rey, PR: Publicaciones Puertorriquenas, 2004.

Rhode Island
Graham, D. Kurt. To Bring Law Home: The Federal Judiciary in Early National Rhode Island. DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2010.

South Carolina
Fish, Peter Graham. Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1789-1835. Washington, D.C.: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 2002.

______________. Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1836-1861. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2015.

South Dakota
Teslow, Peggy J. History of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. Sioux Falls, SD: West Publishing Co., 1991.

Tennessee
Brake, Patricia E. Justice in the Valley: A Bicentennial Perspective of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Franklin, Tenn.: Hillsboro Press, 1998.

Texas
Fisher, Joe J. "The Federal Judiciary of the Eastern District of Texas." The Texas Gulf Historical and Biographical Record (bicentennial ed.) 12, no. 1 (November 1976): 12-19.

Zelden, Charles L. Justice Lies in the District: The U. S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1902-1960. College Station, Tex.: Texas A&M University Press, 1993.

Wilson, Steven Harmon, The Rise of Judicial Management in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1955-2000. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2002.

Utah
Ashton, Clifford L. History of Territorial Federal Judges for the Territory of Utah, 1848-1896 and United States District Judges for the District of Utah, 1896-1978. Salt Lake City: Utah Bar Foundation, 1988.

_____________. "Utah: The Territorial and District Courts." In James K. Logan, ed. The Federal Courts of the Tenth Circuit: A History. Denver: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1992.

Vermont
Coffrin, Albert W. "The United States District Court for the District of Vermont - Its Background, History, and Judicial Heritage." In Second Circuit Redbook, 1985-1986. New York: Federal Bar Council, 1986.

Morris, Jeffrey Brandon. Federal Justice in the Second Circuit: A History of the United States Courts in New York, Connecticut & Vermont, 1787 to 1987. New York: Second Circuit Historical Committee, 1987.

Virginia
Fish, Peter Graham. Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1789-1835. Washington, D.C.: Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, 2002.

_______________. Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1836-1861. Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2015.

Peters, John O. From Marshall to Moussaoui: Federal Justice in the Eastern District of Virginia. Petersburg, Va.: Dietz Press, 2013.

Wyoming
Thomson, Rebecca W. "Wyoming: The Territorial and District Courts." In James K. Logan, ed. The Federal Courts of the Tenth Circuit: A History. Denver: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 1992.

Court of Claims
Bennett, Marion T. The United States Court of Claims: A History; Part I: The Judges, 1855-1976. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1976.

Bowman, Winston. “A Brief History of the Court of Claims,” The Federal Lawyer, vol. 63, iss. 10 (December, 2016): 46-51.  

Cowen, Wilson, Philip Nichols, and Marion T. Bennett. The United States Court of Claims: A History; Part II: Origin, Development, Jurisdiction, 1855-1978. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1978.

Richardson, William A. History, Jurisdiction, and Practice of the Court of Claims of the United States. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1883.

Wiecek, W. M. "The Origin of the United States Court of Claims." Administrative Law Review 20 (April 1968): 387-406.

U.S. Court for China
Ruskola, Teemu. Colonialism without Colonies: On the Extraterritorial Jurisprudence of the U.S. Court for China, 71 Law and Contemp. Probs. 217 (2008).

U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
Rich, Giles S. A Brief History of the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1980

U.S. Customs Court
Johnson, Jed. "The United States Customs Court-Its History, Jurisdiction, and Procedure." Oklahoma Law Review 7 (November 1954): 393-415.

Lombardi, Joseph E. The United States Customs Court: A History of Its Origin and Evolution. New York: United States Customs Court, 1976.

U.S. Tax Court
Dubroff, Harold, and Brant J. Hellwig. The United States Tax Court: An Historical Analysis (2d ed. 2014).