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The University of Hawaiʻi School of Law Library Archive mission is twofold: 1) to preserve and make accessible records of enduring value regarding the history of the William S. Richardson School of Law and 2) to preserve and make accessible historically significant material regarding the local and regional legal community.

We hold the historical papers and faculty archive of the William S. Richardson School of Law, as well as the papers of Chief Justice William S. Richardson, Judge Samuel P. King, Law Professor Jon Van Dyke, Attorney Myer C. Symonds, Judge Betty Vitousek, Judge Myron H. Bright, and Attorney Richard Kanter.  We also hold papers on the 1968-1978 Hawai'i Constitutional Convention Newsclippings, the H-3 Freeway Litigation, Pre-Statehood Congressional Documents on Hawaiʻi, and the Pacific Islands Committee 1990-2005. Please see the links below, or at the top "Finding Aids" button, 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 publicly 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.

Please Note: 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

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The Judge Samuel P. King Archival Collection of papers, scrapbooks, and memorabilia was donated by the King family to the...

William S. Richardson School of Law Historical Archives Finding Aid

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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 Faculty Publications Archive Finding Aid

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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

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Administrative History window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'G-8E29TMNWV2'); The Pacific Islands...

H-3 Litigation Finding Aid

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Scope and Content window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'G-8E29TMNWV2'); The H-3...

William S. Richardson School of Law Awards Finding Aid

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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)

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

Hawaiʻi 1968-1978 Constitutional Convention Newspaper Clippings Archives

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

Jon Van Dyke Collection Finding Aid

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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

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

Jon Van Dyke Photo Exhibit

This is a collection of photos from the Jon Van Dyke Collection that we are seeking more descriptive information about....

Attorney Myer C. Symonds Collection

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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

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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...

Chief Justice William S. Richardson Archival Collection

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This 2 minute video provides a brief overview of the series arrangement of Chief Justice William S. Richarsonʻs archival collection,...

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

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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

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Judge Myron H. Bright

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Finding Aid Biography window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'G-8E29TMNWV2'); The Honorable Myron...

Judge Betty Vitousek Collection

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Finding Aid Scope of the Collection window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config',...

Patsy Takemoto Mink: A Woman of Her Words

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This exhibit features the late Hawaiʻi Congresswomen Patsy Takemoto Mink who dedicated her life to civil rights. She advocated to...

Speeches of William S. Richardson

This exhibit features speeches by William S. Richardson. These speeches provide insight into his views during his early career in...

A Curriculum History of the William S. Richardson School of Law

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This curriculum history exhibit was created for the Faculty & Staff Welcome Back reception on August 17, 2023, and in...