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Digitized Historical Archives of the Supreme Court of Louisiana at UNO 

These digital archives consist mainly of manuscript case files appealed from lower state courts to the Supreme Court of Louisiana between 1813 and 1878. Digitized circuits include Alexandria; Baton Rouge (1813-1846); Monroe; and New Orleans. Not all cases from each circuit have yet been digitized. (For more information on the physical collection in the library's Department of  Louisiana and Special Collections, which includes cases from 1813 to 1920, see its finding aid.)

(Citing the Digitized Historical Archives of the Supreme Court of Louisiana? See the "Citing Digital Collections" tab. There is a special note on the Supreme Court collections under "Citable URL.")



The First Minute Book of the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana 1813 to May 1818: An Annotated Edition by Sybil Boudreaux

Master's thesis by retired UNO librarian Sybil Boudreaux transcribing and annotating the first LASC minute book, which covers cases from 1813 to May 1818.


Nexis Uni

This subscription database (accessible at UNO or by current students, faculty, and staff), can help locate cases. Limit searches to the date range 1812-1877 for UNO's digital collection or 1812-1921 for UNO's physical collection. 



Historical Documents from the Law Library of Louisiana

This site from the Law Library of Louisiana houses digitized versions of Martin's Reports (Old Series, Volumes 1-12) as well as several other historical documents and photos in celebration of the Louisiana Supreme Court 2013 Bicentennial.  Publisher François Xavier Martin, who sat on the Louisiana Supreme Court from 1815-1846, began publishing the court's opinions in 1809 and was the first to do so. The Old Series covers cases from 1809 to 1923.



QUESTIONS? Contact the Louisiana and Special Collections Department at the University of New Orleans Earl K. Long Library via email at for research help.


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Earl K. Long Library

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