Friday, June 11, 2010

Texas Legal Research Reference Tidbits: Historical Texas Statutory Bulk Revisions

A "bulk revision" of a set of laws is a re-publication of statutes in existence by legislative authority. Texas has had a series of bulk revisions in its existence as a state and now the revisions are available at the website of the Texas State Law Library:

Revised Statutes of Texas, 1879
available in paper in our library at KFT1230 1879.T4 in the Main stacks and Special Collections
available at KFT1230 1895.T4, Main stacks
available at KFT1230 1911.T4, Special Collections onlyavailable at KFT1230 1925.T4, Main stacks

H.P.N. Gammel's Laws of Texas, 1822-1897, is also a very important historical publication. Gammel's compiles the colonization, pre-statehood, and stathood laws of Texas. The University of North Texas Library, Government Documents Department has digitized Gammels. In our library the publication is available at KFT1225.T4 in the Main stacks, Special Collections, and on microfiche. There is also a link to a partial digital collection from the Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) from STELLA, our catalogue.