October 2018 Newsletter – Major Database Updates

October 2018 Newsletter


Table of Contents


Content Summary


  • Updated databases: 49
  • New titles: 1,716
  • New pages added last month: 430,839
  • Total pages in HeinOnline: 160,527,972

Session Laws Library

Louisiana and Mississippi Session Laws
are Now Indexed Back to Inception

The Session Laws Library currently provides indexing for all 50 states to the chapter or act level back to the year 2000. In April of 2017, we began indexing individual states from the year 2000 back to inception—beginning with the most accessed states first.

The following states have been fully indexed back to inception thus far:

  1. California (1849-2017)
  2. Florida (1822-2017)
  3. Georgia (1735-2017)
  4. Illinois (1809-2016)
  5. Indiana (1801-2017)
  6. Louisiana (1804-2016)
  7. Maryland (1692-2018)
  8. Massachusetts (1661-2015)
  9. Minnesota (1850-2017)
  10. Mississippi (1799-2017)
  11. New York (1691-2017)
  12. Ohio (1788-2016)
  13. Pennsylvania (1700-2015)
  14. Texas (1836-2017)

Using the Indexing for Quicker Research


To quickly retrieve a chapter, act, or page, use the Session Laws Quick Locator tool that can be found either on the Session Laws Library homepage or within a particular state. Simply select the state and plug in the year and chapter/act information to retrieve the document.

This tool will take users to the exact page where the chapter begins.


U.S. Federal Legislative History Library

FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2016:
A Legislative History of Public Law No. 114-185

By: William H. Manz

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Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law

More than 50 Pamphlets Have Been Added, Thanks to the South Carolina Historical Society’s Special Collections Department

For more than two centuries, generous benefactors have contributed many valuable books and pamphlets of considerable historic significance. Special Collections holds approximately 50,000 rare books and pamphlets. The collection is very strong in 18th and 19th century natural history and social philosophy texts, Charleston imprints, Civil War imprints, Charleston and South Carolina history, and travel literature.

Special Collections houses a large collection of antebellum pamphlets that were initially part of the library of Thomas Smith Grimke (1786-1834), a prominent Charleston lawyer and South Carolina State Senator. The collection was donated by Grimke’s fellow Charleston lawyers in 1875. It appears that many of his colleagues added to the collection between the time of Grimke’s death and the donation. The Grimke Pamphlets document the concerns and intellectual life of Charleston during the antebellum period. Grimke’s library reflects his interests in politics, law, free trade, nullification, slavery, religion, education, temperance, and agriculture.

Access these Titles in HeinOnline


HeinOnline’s Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law brings together a multitude of essential legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world. This includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery, every federal statute dealing with slavery, and all reported state and federal cases on slavery. Our cases go into the 20th century, because long after slavery was ended, there were still court cases based on issues emanating from slavery. To give one example, as late as 1901 Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court had to decide if a man, both of whose parents had been slaves, could be the legitimate heir of his father, because under southern law, slaves could never be legally married. The library has hundreds of pamphlets and books written about slavery—defending it, attacking it or simply analyzing it, including an expansive slavery collection from Buffalo Erie County Public Library. The cooperation of this institution was central to developing this collection. We have also gathered every English-language legal commentary on slavery published before 1920, which includes many essays and articles in obscure, hard-to-find journals in the United States and elsewhere. We have provided more than a thousand pamphlets and books on slavery from the 19th century. We have also included many modern histories of slavery. Within this library is a section containing all modern law review articles on the subject. This library will continue to grow, not only from new scholarship but also from historical material that we continue to locate and add to the collection.

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