Studying the West in Federal Court Records

Studying the West in Federal Court Records by Larisa K. Miller. From Western Legal History, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2. Federal courts have
been intimately involved in the growth and expansion of the American West, and the court records held by the Pacific Region (San Francisco) of the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA) illuminate and enrich the history of that growth. In addition to recording legal decisions and constitutional
precedents (which can be obtained from a law library), this vast collection of primary sources documents important issues in the economic, environmental,
and social history of the West, and serves as a unique resource for historical research.