Colonial North America: Harvard Law School Library

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Colonial North America at Harvard Library provides access to remarkable and wide-ranging materials digitized as part of an ongoing, multi-year project. When complete, the project will make available to the world approximately 650,000 digitized pages of all known archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th- and 18th-century North America. Each item is connected to countless stories—of lives lived quietly and extravagantly, of encounters peaceful and volatile, and of places near and far – providing an opportunity to travel back in time, to rethink familiar stories, and to discover new ones.

Explore the past, present, and future of the law at the Harvard Law School Library. With Historical & Special Collections dating to the twelfth century, modern legal material from around the world, and cutting-edge projects that make the law accessible to all, the Library welcomes students, faculty, and staff and researchers from across the globe.
Barbados. A collection of autograph letters and original documents relating to the Island of Barbados in the 18th century, ca. 1730-1778. HLS MS 1047, Harvard Law School Library.

Barbados. A collection of autograph letters and original documents relating to the Island of Barbados in the 18th century, ca. 1730-1778. HLS MS 1047, Harvard Law School Library.

A miscellaneous collection of letters and legal documents relating to Barbados, especially prize causes, inheritance and enslaved persons. Contents include an autograph letter, dated 4 June 1778, from James Sheppard to John Brawthwaite referring to the American Revolution.

125 pages: 30% transcribed, 18% needs review
Barbados. Laws, etc. An Act of Assembly of Barbadoes to regulate sales at outcry and the proceedings of persons executing the office of Provost Marshall General of the said island and their under officers, 1763. HLS MS 1046, Harvard Law School Library.

Barbados. Laws, etc. An Act of Assembly of Barbadoes to regulate sales at outcry and the proceedings of persons executing the office of Provost Marshall General of the said island and their under officers, 1763. HLS MS 1046, Harvard Law School Library.

An Act of Assembly of Barbadoes to regulate sales at outcry and the proceedings of persons executing the office of Provost Marshall General of the said island and their under officers (leaf 1) ; A state of some matters relative to the office of Provost Marshall, and to the passing of this bill...

45 pages: 24% transcribed, 4% needs review
Bills of lading for the ship Lydia, 1766. Small Manuscript Collection, Harvard Law School Library.

Bills of lading for the ship Lydia, 1766. Small Manuscript Collection, Harvard Law School Library.

Printed and engraved bills of lading, filled out in manuscript, dated 30 April to 7 May 1766, for goods shipped from London to Boston, Massachusetts.

8 pages: 75% transcribed, 25% needs review
Docket and fees book / prepared by the law office of Timothy Bigelow. 1791-1797. HLS MS 4235, Volume 1, Harvard Law School Library.

Docket and fees book / prepared by the law office of Timothy Bigelow. 1791-1797. HLS MS 4235, Volume 1, Harvard Law School Library.

Records of cases heard in the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas (Middlesex Co.) in Cambridge, Mass., and the New Hampshire Inferior Court of Common Pleas (Hillsborough Co.) in Amherst, N.H and matters brought before justices of the peace. Records identify the litigants, with some notes on fees...

197 pages: 3% transcribed, 1% needs review
Docket and fees book / prepared by the law office of Timothy Bigelow. 1791-1797. HLS MS 4235, Volume 2, Harvard Law School Library.

Docket and fees book / prepared by the law office of Timothy Bigelow. 1791-1797. HLS MS 4235, Volume 2, Harvard Law School Library.

Records of cases heard in the Massachusetts Court of Common Pleas (Middlesex Co.) in Cambridge, Mass., and the New Hampshire Inferior Court of Common Pleas (Hillsborough Co.) in Amherst, N.H and matters brought before justices of the peace. Records identify the litigants, with some notes on fees...

197 pages: 0% transcribed
Essex County (Mass.). Court of General Sessions. Sentence for theft, 1773-1774. Small Manuscript Collection, Harvard Law School Library.

Essex County (Mass.). Court of General Sessions. Sentence for theft, 1773-1774. Small Manuscript Collection, Harvard Law School Library.

The sentencing of John Corney, convicted of theft, dated July 1773. On verso of document is a note of payment of costs, dated August 1774, signed by sheroff Richard Saltonstall.

6 pages: 83% transcribed, 17% needs review
Godfrey, George, 1720-1793. Papers of George Godfrey, 1739-1792. HLS MS 1380, Harvard Law School Library.

Godfrey, George, 1720-1793. Papers of George Godfrey, 1739-1792. HLS MS 1380, Harvard Law School Library.

Contains summaries of cases citing cause of action, plaintiffs and defendants, sentencing, and costs incurred.

359 pages: 0% transcribed
Hale, John, 1762-1796. Lists of law books belonging to John Hale, ca. 1788-1796. Small Manuscript Collection, Harvard Law School Library.

Hale, John, 1762-1796. Lists of law books belonging to John Hale, ca. 1788-1796. Small Manuscript Collection, Harvard Law School Library.

Consists of 4 lists: an invoice for a shipment of books from Ireland dated 1788; "Prime cost of books in Dublin"; "list of John Hale Esq's books in the office"; "List of books belonging to the estate of John Hale Esq. deceased."

11 pages: 27% transcribed, 27% needs review
Hayes, Luke. Pre-nuptial agreement, Farmington, Connecticut, 1698. Small Manuscript Collection, Harvard Law School Library.

Hayes, Luke. Pre-nuptial agreement, Farmington, Connecticut, 1698. Small Manuscript Collection, Harvard Law School Library.

A pre-nuptial agreement made by Hayes to his future wife, Mardlyn Freeman, a widow who owned property. Luke disclaimed all rights to her estate, except for the improvement of her lands. He further agreed that the estate be given to her son, James Street, when he reached the age of twenty-one.

2 pages: 50% transcribed, 50% needs review
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