Special Collections & Archives
Special Collections & Archives at CJCL collects the personal papers and other memorabilia of past and present California Supreme Court justices and other notable legal scholars, as well as the archives of the California Supreme Court Historical Society. Special Collections/Archives is open to researchers upon approval of written request.
Search Special Collections & Archives collection guides on the Online Archive of California
Please mail requests to the address below or email to Archives@jud.ca.gov.
California Judicial Center Library
Care of Special Collections
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Room 4617
San Francisco, CA 94102
CJCL's online Library Catalog provides Web and desktop access to the CJCL's collections, with links to significant online legal resources. The Library Catalog also contains the holdings of the libraries of the Second and Sixth Appellate Districts.
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California Supreme Court & Courts of Appeal Database
The California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal Database of approximately 3,500 searchable records contains:
- Summary data, including appointment date, year of birth/death, court(s) and division(s) served, for all past and present justices of the California Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal.
- Inventories or collection-level records for holdings in Special Collections/Archives.
- Records of transcripts of oral history interviews of more than 80 justices of the Courts of Appeal. Data in the records includes general contents notes, index terms, interview participants, interview date, and pagination.
- All records in the database are searchable by keyword.
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California Judicial & Legal History Resources
California Supreme Court Historical Society
The California Supreme Court Historical Society preserves and promotes California’s legal and judicial history with a focus on the California Supreme Court, through historical publications, educational programs and scholarly research.
Records of the Supreme Court of California at the California State Archives
The California State Archives hold over 25,000 cubic feet of historic records of the Supreme Court of California and the California Courts of Appeal.