Legal History Research
Legal History in the Supreme Court Library
If you are interested in researching legal history, the Supreme Court Library collection is a good place to start.
The collection was established by Sir Redmond Barry in 1853 with the intention of creating a joint law library for judges and the legal profession of Victoria. You can start by searching the Library catalogue.
Highlights of the collection
The Library is regarded as a library of national significance. It is one of the largest law collections in Victoria, containing over 120,000 volumes. The extensive collection includes:
- law reports from all Australian and some international jurisdictions
- statutory material, textbooks, periodicals, and reference materials
- manuscripts, diaries, photographs and other forms of legal memorabilia.
Selected items are displayed in the Library. The preservation of such documents, images and objects makes a significant contribution to Victoria’s historical legacy and safeguards a valuable resource for scholars of legal history.
If you would like to know more about the Library we hold regular tours. To book in, visit our Events page.
Legal history research collections in Victoria
Below is a list of other legal history research collections in Victoria.
|Royal Historical Society of Victoria||
|Law Institute of Victoria||