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List of useful sources for Texas Legal History
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Texas Legal History

Texas is just a little different than the other states in the Union. That difference is reflected in our legal history. From our roots as a Spanish colony to our time as an independent Republic, we have adopted what works and dismissed what does not. While our legal system is largely based on English Common Law, we kept pieces of the Spanish legal system and adopted part of the Civil Code of Louisiana as well.  Because of our unique history, researching Texas legal history can be a challenge.  This guide is here to help you get started.

You may want to start with early versions of the Texas Constitution, which have been digitizied by the Tarlton Law Library.


Useful One-Volume Sources

Centennial History of the Texas Bar, 1882-1982.  Austin, Tex.: Committee on History and Tradition of the State Bar of Texas, 1981.

Gruben, Karl T., and James E. Hambleton.  A Reference Guide to Texas Law and Legal History: Sources and Documentation.  2nd Edition.  Austin, Tex.: Butterworth Legal Publishers, 1987.  [The second edition of Marian Boner's excellent text by the same name.]


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