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Legal biography at the British Library: a particular perspective on resources


Rich collections of private archives, antiquarian manuscript collections and published resources make the British Library an obvious choice for biographical research. While these collections include material relating to high ranking legal officials, legislators, renowned legal scholars and their correspondents the article moves beyond this view of legal biographical source materials. Presenting examples of resources from across the Library’s diverse collections through a particular perspective on information needs and sources in broadly socio-legal research, a framework for conceptualising the Library’s resource is offered together with signposts to discovery aids as contributions to the theme of methods in legal biographical research. In doing so, various notions of the nature of legal biographical research, its subjects and its source information are considered.

Sims, Jon (2014) Legal biography at the British Library: a particular perspective on resources. Legal Information Management . ISSN 1472-6696 (In Press)


Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-print of an article which will be published in a special issue of Legal Information Management in 2014. It has been developed by the author (Jonathan Sims, Content Specialist: Law and Socio-Legal Studies, The British Library) from a paper he gave at “Legal Biography: a national socio-legal training day” at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies on Wednesday 15 May 2013. The workshop was jointly organised by the British Library, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Socio-Legal Studies Association.
Subjects: Law
Keywords: British Library, law and humanities, lawyers, legal biography, legal profession, legal scholarship
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Collections: Legal Biography
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URI: http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/id/eprint/5114
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