Monthly Archives: February 2011

News: Large collection of books from Thomas Jefferson’s personal library found.

Seventy-four books that Thomas Jefferson read and annotated, have been discovered in the rare books collection at Washington University in St. Louis. The books were auctioned off in 1829 to pay estate debts after Jefferson’s death.

The books are not for sale, and will remain as part of the larger collection of rare books. The value of this discovery is that it allows scholars insight into the texts that influenced Thomas Jefferson, and the way that Jefferson interpreted and responded to the texts, as indicated by his annotations in the margins, and on scraps of paper found in between the pages of the books.

““Jefferson’s mind had a seamless, all-encompassing quality, making the kind of connections typical of an Enlightenment thinker. What he read in one field he would apply to his thinking in another. Each of these volumes will be of interest to at least five different scholars in at least five different fields,” says Konig, who is editing Jefferson’s Legal Commonplace Book and writing a book on Jefferson’s legal thought and practice, Nature’s Advocate: Thomas Jefferson and the Discovery of American Law.” <>


California Law: New resource, Free online access to CA Supreme Court Information

SCOCAL: California Supreme Court Resources & Annotations is a new free online database containing opinions from 1934 to the present, annotations, briefs, documents and news relating to California Supreme Court opinions.

Annotations are developed by Stanford law students in the Advanced Legal Research class taught by the Director and Deputy Director of the Robert Crown Law Library.

“Users may subscribe to separate RSS feeds of new opinions, annotations, Court news and follow the site on Twitter” (New Web Resource: SCOCAL: The Supreme Court of California, Annotated).


Find things in the new Library

The Subject Guides to find print items in the new library are ready:

CA Subject Guide (png)

CA Subject Guide (pdf)

General Subject Guide (pdf)

If you need more assistance finding things, stop by the reference desk and a librarian will assist you.

The reference desk is located next to the circulation desk on the 4th floor.