Thursday, October 25, 2012

Spanish Rule in Central America, Mixed Juries in India, Legislative Journals, and More

Hat tip to Mitch Fraas, the Bollinger Fellow for Library Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania, for drawing our attention to the Fall 2012 (32:1) issue of the Center for Research Libraries’ Focus on Global Resources.  Entitled Civil Society: Legal and Governmental Resources, it includes the following:

Documenting Colonial and Indigenous History: The Central American Archives, 1544–1821
In 2012, CRL libraries voted to acquire the complete set of the Archivo General de Centroamerica, 1544–1821. This acquisition, approved through CRL’s Purchase Proposal Program, makes accessible more than six million pages of original primary source documents chronicling Spanish rule in Central America and parts of Mexico.
Historical Puerto Rican Court Documents
LAMP, formerly the Latin American Microform Project, has supported the digitization of approximately 5,000 documents dated between 1844 and 1900. These consist of legal court cases, mostly civil, from the Corte de Primera Instancia (Apellate Court) of the district of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Primary Sources at a Distance: Researching Indian Colonial Law
In November 1745, Damuljee Undeker was charged with theft and came before an English criminal court in Bombay; the English sheriff called twelve men forward for the jury: six Englishmen and six “natives of the country.” While researching India and Britain for a dissertation on legal culture in 18th-century British India, author Mitch Fraas discovered a range and diversity of primary sources to help understand these mixed juries.
Using Legislative Journals to Explore Lawmaking
In democratic societies, major policies are shaped in legislature, and policy implementation, through monetary appropriations or their denial, begins there. Scholars in many disciplines need to monitor legislative processes relevant to their field. Author Jerry Dupont explores how legislative journals provide essential maps to explore the murky turf of lawmaking