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INT-LAW  March 2010, Week 1

INT-LAW March 2010, Week 1

Subject:

Suggestions on an annotated list of British statutes, 1500 - 1700?

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Raquel Gabriel <[log in to unmask]>

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Hello everyone, 

I have an odd request from a faculty member, and we have collectively
wracked our 
brains here (and that of Ms. Ruth Bird, of Oxford, who was kind enough to
review our 
process of the request) to find the following: 

A faculty member is looking for: „annotated citation list of the "succession
 statutes" of 
England/Great Britain starting in the 1500s - - - and  from a
reliable/citable source.‰ 

As an example, she gave us an article where an appendix quite neatly set out
the statutes in chronological order and a brief overview of each of them. (I
can't attach it to this message, but if you would like to see the example,
please contact me off list and I will gladly send it to you). 

You can see what we have done set out below, which I communicated to the
faculty 
member. She then revised her request to say that she would take *any*
"annotated 
citation list" of british laws between 1500 - 1700, in theory, because any
applicable 
succession statutes would be included. 

Upon discussion, several of us think this "may" exist -- but probably in
book format. We 
also know that with our limited resources, we may not be picking up the
right terms / 
subjects to find either a list of succession statutes *or* a "larger" list
that might give a 
list of annotated ones. I think it might also perhaps exist in something
like a British Legal 
Encyclopedia, but we don't have something handy like that here. 

My colleagues and I have searched high and low for this, given our limited
resources. We 
will go back and recheck all of these things for a more "general" list to
see if an 
annotated statute list exists in case we missed something, but among the
things we have 
already done: 

·     Searched our CUNY Online Catalog for relevant titles in the Law School
and 
elsewhere in CUNY. We also physically went through our collection and looked
through a 
variety of English legal materials in print and went online to determine if
any of them 
contained such a list, and none were found. 

 ·     Search of subscription databases covering social sciences, humanities
and general 
reference databases. This retrieved articles on succession of individual
monarchs but not 
an overview or annotated list of statutes. 

·     FCIL (Foreign, Comparative & International Law Librarians) and the
INT-LAW listserv 
archives to determine if this type of question has been asked before. 

·     HeinOnline ˆ Legal Classics & United Kingdom collections. We went
through and 
searched for the terms „succession‰ as well as „monarchy‰ in those titles
that seemed to 
have some relevance to the topic. 

·     Law review (United States and United Kingdom) databases on Westlaw &
Lexis. 

·     Making of Modern Law -- We contacted New York Law School, which owns
this series, 
and asked them to do a search through the series. The limited results of the
search only 
retrieved materials dealing with succession in the context of property rights.  

·     Parliament‚s Web Site.  While there is nothing that is a direct „list‰
of materials, 
Parliament‚s House of Commons‚ library has put out a „standard note‰ dealing
with 
succession that outline succession (The faculty member said that she already
had this and 
wasn't what she was looking for).
             
·     Royal Historical Society‚s Web Site. A search was done of their
website as well as 
their holdings on JSTOR to determine if there was any relevant material. 

·     United Kingdom Law Commission‚s Web Site.

·     World Cat ˆ led to one title, Vernon Bogdanor, The Monarchy and the
Constitution 
(1995).  A Google Books Preview is available at: http://books.google.com/books?
id=mN6SzMefot4C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_v2_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&
q=&f=false. Chapter 2 discusses the „Basic Constitutional Rules: The Rules
of Succession‰ 
and gives an overview that we thought might be helpful. As of yet, the
faculty member 
has not told us if this will work for her, but based upon her answer to us
this morning and 
her request for a "list," we believe she wants something else. 

At this point, we have told her that short of actually sending one of her
research 
assistants to a library that has a larger collection of British materials to
physically look 
through materials, we have exhausted our limited possibilities. 

Any suggestions or ideas that any of you may have would be much appreciated.
We're 
hoping that those of you who get such types of requests more often than we
do may be 
able to point us in the right direction or give us some hints as we may be
"too close" to it 
right now to think straight, and of course, we're wondering if we may have
missed 
something. 

I thank you for any help you might be able to give us in advance! Please
feel free to 
respond to me directly at: [log in to unmask] if you have any advice or 
suggestions. 

Thanks again!

Raquel

Raquel Gabriel
Reference Services Coordinator
CUNY School of Law Library
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