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The Washington College of Law (WCL) was founded in 1896 by Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma M. Gillett. WCL was incorporated in 1898 and merged with American University in 1949. WCL was the first law school founded by women for women. Ellen Spencer Mussey was the first woman dean of a law school.

The Washington College of Law Historical Collection from the Pence Law Library contains class schedules, correspondence, newspapers, programs, scrapbooks, and yearbooks documenting its history from 1851-1960. In addition, there are materials relating to the 1902 Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic in Washington, D.C., Kappa Beta Pi (a legal sorority), and WCL founder, Ellen Spencer Mussey, and her family. The scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, invitations, photographs, and programs featuring alumni, students, and events. (description excerpted from site)


This digital project provides access to a variety of materials related to the waters of the American West. Focusing on the Columbia, Colorado, Platte and Rio Grande River basins, the project touches on the legal, political, cultural, and ecological debates over Western waters as well as the resources and opportunities the waters have provided to humans and animals in the region.

This digital project showcases accounts of over 100,000 trials from London’s central criminal court, known as the Old Bailey, between 1674 and 1834. Creators promote the collection as “the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published.”

This digital project highlights the history and culture of the Canadian province of Alberta. It provides access to a wide range of materials on the subject including art, newspapers, laws, photographs, and folklore.

This collection highlights pivotal international documents related to law, history, and diplomacy since before the eighteenth century through the present day.

This collection of documents consists of Native American constitutions, legal codes, and agreements with the U.S. government. The documents trace Native Americans’ struggles to maintain their sovereignty.


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