NEW DATABASE: Prestatehood Legal Materials: A Fifty-State Research Guide Including New York City and the District of Columbia

HeinOnline Updates, Prestatehood Legal Materials, What's New
Kaylyn Zurawski

Available digitally for the first time!

This new database is derived from the AALL’s Joseph L. Andrews Literature Award-winning 2005 sourcebook, Prestatehood Legal Materials, which is edited by Michael Chiorazzi and Marguerite Most and is held in more than 350 libraries. It provides brief overviews of state histories from colonization to statehood and identifies a wide range of both readily available and hard-to-find materials from each state; links to more than 1,500 full-text documents are provided. This is an invaluable and comprehensive tool for researchers. Unprecedented in its coverage of territorial government, this database holds resources that reveal the underlying legal principles that helped shape the United States. Research how foreign countries controlled the laws of these territories and how the states eventually broke away to govern themselves. Examine the legal issues with Native Americans, inter-state and the Mexican and Canadian borders, and the development of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of state government. This is an invaluable and comprehensive tool for researchers, and it’s included free in HeinOnline’s U.S. State Package as long as the U.S. State Package subscription is maintained. 

This database contains bibliographies, references, and discussions on a varied list of source materials, including:

  • State codes drafted by Congress
  • County, state, and national archives
  • Journals and digests
  • State and federal reports, citations, surveys, and studies
  • Books, manuscripts, papers, speeches, and theses
  • Town and city records and documents
  • And more!

More than 1,500 links to full-text documents in HeinOnline!

Browse the print edition, use the visual map of the states, or select a state from the drop-down box.

For a limited time receive a 20% discount on new purchases of Prestatehood Legal Materials!

Pricing for Prestatehood Legal Materials

U.S. State Package Subscribers…………………..complimentary access

Non-U.S. State Package Subscribers………….$275.00 $220.00 one-time fee


About the U.S. State Package

Prestatehood Legal Materials has been added to the U.S. State Package. The U.S. State Package streamlines and simplifies legal research at the state level. Six databases have been brought together to provide more than 30 million pages of content related to all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

This package includes:


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