Log In

Set up a Research Account



Our Collections

The University of Hawaiʻi School of Law Library's Archive preserves and makes accessible material significant to the legal history of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. We hold the historical papers and faculty archive of the William S. Richardson School of Law,  Judge Samuel P. King, Law Professor Jon Van Dyke, Attorney Myer C. Symonds, Attorney Richard Kanter, the 1968-1978 Hawai'i Constitutional Convention Newsclippings collection, the H-3 Litigation collection, Pre-Statehood Congressional Documents on Hawaiʻi collection, and the Pacific Islands Committee 1990-2005 collection. Please see the links below to access these collections' finding aids.

This database allows researchers to do online searches across our finding aids and indexes, which lists the contents of each collection.  Select items are digitized and made publically available online. But other digitized items may require log in or contact with the Archives Manager to access, due to copyright and privacy reasons. All of our collections are accessible to public researchers by directly inquiring with the Archives Manager.

Visit the Access  page for details on visiting the Archive. Visit the How To Search page to find out how to use this database's search engine.

Notice: Our repository does not necessarily hold the copyrights, privacy permissions or releases, or publicity rights to all the items in our collections. Although the archives are accessible for educational, non-commercial purposes under the Fair Use Copyright Act, it is the researchers' obligation to determine the copyright status and holders, meet all holder requirements and honor restrictions.

These are the collections currently available for access:

Judge Samuel P. King Collection Finding Aid

KingCollection-FamilyPapers2 080916.jpg

Made possible with funding support from the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. Custodial History The William S. Richardson School of Law Archive...

William S. Richardson School of Law Faculty Publications Archive Finding Aid

TheWilliam S. Richardson School of Law Faculty Publications Archivecollects, organizes, and preserves material published by faculty members of the School,...

Pacific Islands Committee Archive Finding Aid

Pacific Islands photo.jpg

Administrative History The Pacific Islands Committee is one of several committees of the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit of the U.S....

H-3 Litigation Finding Aid

H-3 Freeway NARA.jpg

Scope and Content The H-3 Litigation Archive documents the case surrounding the development of the H-3 Freeway that cuts through the...

William S. Richardson School of Law Historical Archives Finding Aid

LawSchoolCatalogs1.jpg

Introduction The Law School History Archive preserves and makes available documents and ephemera relating to the history of the formation of...

William S. Richardson School of Law Awards Finding Aid

IMG_4425.JPG

This lists various awards and memorabilia received by W.S. Richardson faculty and students for their participation in competitions or merit...

Pre-Statehood Congressional Documents on Hawaiʻi (1893-1957)

Government Docs Image.JPG

Scope and Content This collection features Congressional hearings on the political status of Hawaiʻi, in relation to the U.S., from 1893-1957.  Physical...

Hawaiʻi 1968-1978 Constitutional Convention Newspaper Clippings Archives

ConCon Delegates.PNG

Scope and Content This collection includes scrapbooks from the 1968 and 1978 Hawaiʻi Constitutional Convention (Con Con).  Administrative History The Information Booklet on...

Jon Van Dyke Collection Finding Aid

Van%20Dyke_Jon.jpg

Special acknowledgements goes to Hawaiʻi Council for Humanities for their funding and support for the processing of this collection. Also,...

Exploring the Scholarship of Jon Van Dyke Exhibit

Folder 108.pdf

This is an exhibit displaying select items from the Jon Van Dyke  Archive that represents the work he did during...

Attorney Myer C. Symonds Collection

Myer Symonds photo.JPG

Introduction This collection includes biographical and professional papers of Myer C. Symonds who worked with Harriet Bouslog as the attorneys of...

Richard Kanter Collection

Biographical Note Richard S. Kanter received his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1975. He was a member of the...

Pacific Island Legal Institute Reception and Exhibit

DOC110116 9.1 3 1-155252.pdf

Summary of the Pacific Island Legal Institute Exhibit This exhibit features a history of the Pacific Island Legal Institute, which convenes...

Our Exhibits

These are archival exhibits that we have curated, showcasing items from different collections. Archival materials were curated according to specific...

Documenting Futures Beyond Covid-19

Documenting Futures Beyond Covid-19.PNG

The University of Hawaiʻi School of Law Library seeks to document the ideas of our Law School ʻOhana during this...

Race, Labor, and Indigeneity: A Public Exhibit & Discussion

CLEAR1.JPG

Welina Mai Kākou, Greetings All This exhibit was created during a time when COVID-19 exposed limitations to job security and safety...

William S. Richardson School of Law Deans' Boxes Collection

This collection is a series of boxes (1972-2003) from the Dean's office at the William S. Richardson School of Law....

William S. Richardson School of Law Oral Histories

PIC image.JPG

This is a collection of oral histories gathered by the UH School of Law Library. They document the history of...

Judge Myron H. Bright

myronbright.jpg

Finding Aid Biography The Honorable Myron H. Bright was born June 1968 in Minnesota. He grew to becomean accomplished and distinguished Federal...

Judge Betty Vitousek Collection

Bettu_Vitousek_2.jpg

Finding Aid Scope of the Collection This collection contains awards, photos, documents and plaques chronicling Honorable Judge Betty Vitousek’s accomplishments and accolades...