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U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs

Records and Briefs

Supreme Court records and briefs are available in multiple formats, including print, microform, and digital.  For more information, open the tabs below.

The following print resources link to fuller bibliographic information about the resources in the Library of Congress Online Catalog:

Many records and briefs are only available in microform or microfiche.  This table provides and overview of where to find this information by date span.

1832-1915

Microform (Scholarly Resources)

Call number: Microfilm LL-0043

1832-1869: Full opinion cases only

1870-1915: All Cases

Between 1832-1860 (US Reports volumes 31-65), records and briefs organized by term of decision and docket number. The first volume of each term contains an alphabetical table of cases.

Between 1871-1951 (US Reports volumes 79-241), records and briefs organized by US Reports citation.

1916-1972

Microfiche (Microcard Editions)

Call number: 93-10014 (LL)

1916-1955: Full opinion cases only

1956-1972: All Cases
1974-1983

Microfiche (Bureau of National Affairs)

Call number: 93-10014 (LL)

1974: Full opinion cases only

1975-1883: All cases

Organized by docket number

1984-1988

Microfiche (Congressional Info. Service)

Call number: 93-10014 (LL)

All cases

Organized by docket number

1992-present

Microfiche (Microform Inc.)

Call number: 93-10014 (LL)

All cases

Organized by docket number

In addition to records and briefs in print and microform, there are several useful online resources providing free access to this content, including:

The subscription resources marked with a padlock  are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress.  If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

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