About Microfiche

History & Organization of the Microfiche Program

LLMC has been providing legal and law related materials to its members since 1976. In those 30 years it built up a collection of over 105,000 volumes in the film format. For most of those years it advertised its collections in printed paper catalogs. The last editions of those paper catalogs (issued over the years 2001–2002, copies available upon request) comprised sixteen separate pamphlets, plus a separate commercially published bibliography, dividing the materials into the following subject categories:

1.) U.S. Federal Collection, Law and Government Documents
         1B) Building the Modern Judiciary, Federal Judicial Center Publications
2.) U.S. States Collection, Law and Government Documents
3.) U.S. Territories & Affiliated Jurisdictions, Law and Government Documents
4.) Anglo-American Selected Cases & Legal Encyclopedias
5.) Anglo-American Legal Periodicals
6.) Anglo-American Legal Treatises
7.) Anglo-American Legal Legal Reference Sources
8.) Yale Law Library Blackstone Collection
9.) Native American Collection
10.) United States Military Law, History & Documents
11.) Non-CLA Foreign & International
12.) Canon Law, A Basic Collection
13.) Civil Law France, A Basic Collection
14.) Civil Law II, Italy, Spain & Portugal, A Basic Collection
15.) Civil Law III, Austria, Germany & Switzerland, A Basic Collection
16.) The Common Law Abroad;
        
Constitutional and legal legacy of the British Empire;
         An annotated bibliography of titles relating to the colonial dependencies
         of Great Britain held by twelve great law libraries: by Jerry Dupont, xix+1228pp,
         
Littleton, CO, Fred B. Rothman Publications (now a div. of the W.S.Hein Co.), 2001.
         (The Common Law Abroad bibliography listed, both materials already filmed by
         LLMC by the time of publication {roughly 5,500 vols.} as well as roughly
         30,000 additional volumes of material targeted for filming/scanning in
         later years.)

Current Holdings & Organization of the Combined Fiche/Digital Offerings

A revised organization of LLMC's combined microfiche/digital offerings has been dictated by the requirements of the electronic web site. The relevant restriction relates to the search features of the site, which work far more efficiently if the data can be bundled into smaller “bites.” Thus, while retaining some echoes of its fiche era, it became necessary for LLMC to develop a large number of smaller collections for its combined fiche/digital offerings.

Records for all of the fiche holdings assembled by LLMC during its 28 years of filming, as described in the former print catalogs, are now assembled on this web site in the new order laid out under the tab “Search Holdings”. A quick inspection will show that the schedule retains much of the structure of the printed microfiche catalogs with these modifications:

1.) The U.S. Federal Collection has been broken into three sub-collections:
             (Legislative, Executive & Judicial)

2.) The U.S. States Collection has been broken into fifty one sub-collections:

            (the fifty states and the District of Columbia)
3.)  The U.S. Territories  Collections has been broken into twelve sub-collections:
            (AS, GU, PCZ, U.S.V.I., TTPI, FSM, N.M.Is., Mar. Is. & Belau)
4.) Anglo-American Selected Cases & Legal Encyclopedias (remains same as before)
5.) Anglo-American Legal Periodicals (remains same as before)
6.) Anglo-American Legal Treatises (remains same as before)
7.) Anglo-American Legal Legal Reference Sources (remains same as before)
8.) Yale Law Library Blackstone Collection (remains same as before)
9.) Native American Collection (remains same as before)
10.) United States Military Law, History & Documents (remains same as before)
11.) Non-CLA Foreign & International has been broken into many new collections:
         a.) The international portions have been broken into two categories:
                 
International law and International Organizations
         b.) Each of the separate countries in the world will now have its own national collection.
12.) Canon Law, A Basic Collection (remains same as before)
13.) Civil Law France Collection has been merged into the new French national collection
14.) Civil Law II, Italy, Spain & Portugal has been distributed among the new national collections
15.) Civil Law III, Aust., Germ. & Switz. has been distributed among the new national collections
16.) The Common Law Abroad project:
         a.) Separate jurisdictions have been distributed among the new national collections
        
b.) Multi-jurisdiction titles have been assigned to a new British Empire Studies Collection

Targeted Common Law Abroad (CLA) Titles

All CLA titles that have been filmed or scanned, and thus are available for purchase in microfiche format, are listed on this web site in our general holdings (See the “Search Holdings” tab above). What is not included here are those CLA titles which have been targeted for future scanning. At this time the only place where those titles are mentioned is in the original CLA bibliography, available for purchase from the Wm. S. Hein Company.
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