William S. Richardson School of Law Historical Archives Finding Aid


The Law School History Archive preserves and makes available documents and ephemera relating to the history of the formation of the Law School as well as documents regarding the School’s activities throughout the years. In this collection you will find correspondences and memorandums that discuss the school’s formation; class entering photo guides and catalogs for every year beginning with the first entering year of 1973; various years of student directories, handbooks, and yearbooks; documents regarding the Law School’s milestone celebrations; brochures, pamphlets, and papers regarding students, faculty, and events of the Law School; and several years of the Law School’s reports. 

Series 1: Law Library


  • Dedication of Law Library
  • Student/Faculty Guide to Library Services
  • Law Library Policies and Guide
  • Library Strategic Plan
  • Memos
  • UH Foundation Documents
  • Microfiche
  • LLMC 
  • Law Library Photos

Series 2: Law School Photo Guides

Box 1: 1973-1989
Box 2: 1990-Present, Miscellaneous Photos

Storage Boxes:
Box 1: 1973 to 2001-2002
Box 2: 2002-2003 to 2004-2005
Box 3: 2005-2006 to 2010-2011
Box 4: 2010-2011 to 2012-2013
This series is arranged by chronologically by date of the photo guide. If available, extra copies are kept in storage boxes.

Digitized Photo Guides 1973-2019

Series 3: Law School Catalogs

Box 1: 1973-47 to 1992-93
Box 2: 1993-94 to 2010-18

Digitized Law School Catalogs 1973-2018

This series is arranged chronologically by date of the catalog. Three copies of each catalog are collected. 

Series 4: Student Yearbooks, Directories, Handbooks


This series is arranged by item type and then chronologically within each subseries. More accruals are expected. 

Series 5: Law School Anniversary Celebrations


  • 25th Anniversary Celebration
  • 30th Anniversary Celebration
  • 35th Anniversary Celebration
  • 40th Anniversary Celebration

This collection is arranged according to the subseries mentioned above. Items are arranged chronologically by date where possible.
Series 6: Law School Programs


  • Environmental Law
  • Elder Law
  • Ka Huli Ao
  • Pacific-Asian Legal Studies
  • Asian Pacific Law and Policy Journal
  • Hawai’i Procurement Institute
  • Institute of Asian-Pacific Business Law
  • LLM
  • Law of the Sea Institute
  • Hawai’i Innocence Project
  • Dual Degree Program
  • J-Term
  • Summer Law
  • Ulu Lehua Program

This series is arranged by specific group, organization, or department of the Law School.

Series 7: Law School Events


  • Lectures
  • Receptions
  • Conferences/Symposiums
  • Opening Convocation
  • Fundraising
  • Commencement
  • Celebrations/Award Ceremonies
  • Miscellaneous
  • Student Events
  • Jurists in Residence

The Law School Events series is arranged according to event type, items are further arranged in chronological order.

Series 8: Law School Alumni


  • Alumni Directories
  • Publications about Alumni
  • Alumni Newsletters
  • Alumni Events
  • Alumni Association Documents

Series 9: Law Students


  • Pro Bono
  • Moot Court
  • Ete Bowl
  • Scholarships/Awards
  • Student Bar Association
  • Miscellaneous

Series 10: Law School General Files


  • Law School History Documents
  • Law School Memorandums
  • Law School Fundraising
  • Student Data
  • Reports

Items are arranged chronologically within each series. More accruals are expected for each subseries.

Series 11: Law School Publications


  • Law School Publications
  • Publications about the Law School
  • Newsletters
  • Articles
  • Miscellaneous
  • Publications about Law School Faculty

This collection in separated into the following series. Items are further grouped together in sub-subseries’ according to type of document: newsletter, newspaper article, etc. Items are arranged chronologically within their sub-subseries.

Series 12: Law School Administration, Faculty, and Staff


  • Professors
  • CJ Richardson
  • Deans
  • Strikes
  • Faculty Meetings

This series is comprised of publications regarding and recognitions of Law School Faculty Members, the newspaper articles and remembrances of William S. Richardson , correspondences and memorandums from each Dean that served the Law School and meeting minutes from Faculty Meetings.

Law School Photos

Photos we have date back to the 1970s when the Law School was located in several portable buildings down at the quarry. Photos are mostly of Law School events, many with unidentified people. The Law Library is currently working on identifying the photos we have with an interactive photo display at the back of the Library. Library guests may fill in a card with any information they have regarding the photo including event, year, and people pictured.

Photo Sets of the Law School is a source for photos from contemporary events (2009-present).