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In the United States (as in England) the earliest law reports were typically known by the names of the individuals chiefly responsible for their publication.  From roughly the middle of the nineteenth century these gave way to reports with jurisdictional, regional, or (occasionally) subject-based names.  In many jurisdictions, when an official series of reports was inaugurated for a particular court, the earlier nominate (or “nominative”) reports were retrospectively incorporated into that series.  This is particularly true of United States Reports (U.S.), the official reports of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which began publication with Volume 91 (1875), but with 90 earlier volumes receiving retrospective “U.S.” volume numbers.  (The earliest “U.S.” volumes, edited by Dallas, also contain cases from other courts.)

Many of the main reports, both federal and state, are part of the National Reporter System, inaugurated in 1879 by West Publishing Company (now West Group).  A significant feature of the National Reporter System is the “key number system” which was created for the First Decennial Digest (see below) but is now used in all West digests and law reports.

 

Law reports (in general)

In the United States (as in England) the earliest law reports were typically known by the names of the individuals chiefly responsible for their publication.  From roughly the middle of the nineteenth century these gave way to reports with jurisdictional, regional, or (occasionally) subject-based names.  In many jurisdictions, when an official series of reports was inaugurated for a particular court, the earlier nominate (or “nominative”) reports were retrospectively incorporated into that series.  This is particularly true of United States Reports (U.S.), the official reports of U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which began publication with Volume 91 (1875), but with 90 earlier volumes receiving retrospective “U.S.” volume numbers.  (The earliest “U.S.” volumes, edited by Dallas, also contain cases from other courts.)

Many of the main reports, both federal and state, are part of the National Reporter System, inaugurated in 1879 by West Publishing Company (now West Group).  A significant feature of the National Reporter System is the “key number system” which was created for the First Decennial Digest (see below) but is now used in all West digests and law reports.

Annotated law reports held in the Law Bod

Law reports (wholly or predominantly federal) held in Law Bod

Law reports (wholly or predominantly federal) in Closed Stack