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Our Collections

The W.S. Richardson School of Law Archive has collections that are currently available for access: the Law School History Collection, the Samuel P. King Collection, the Law School Faculty Publications ArchivePacific Islands Committee ArchiveHawaiʻi Constitutional Convention News Clippings, and the H-3 Litigation Archive. These unique collections provide material significant to the legal history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

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. 

Access Policy

The Archives at the W.S.R. School of Law are non-circulating collections housed in the Libraryʻs climate controlled storage space. Patrons may begin their research by browsing our online finding aids and indexes. Some items may be digitized and accessible through this site. Physical access to the collections is possible through these procedures:

Step 1: Prepare a Research Appointment

• Identify which collection, series and/or folder you want to research by identifying the collection, series #, folder # and item title.

• Register with the Library by completing a Researcher Registration Form.

• Items can be viewed when the Archives Manager, or another qualified staff member, is on duty. Guaranteed hours of access are Sunday-Thursday between the hours of 1:30 pm-8:30 pm.

• For other questions, please contact the circulation desk at lawcirc@hawaii.edu or call 808-956-5581.

Step 2: When You Come In

• Submit your Researcher Registration Form.

• Please prepare to submit a form of collateral (ID, credit card, etc.) to begin researching in the archives. It will be returned once your appointment is completed.

• Please help us protect the longevity of our collections: No food, beverages, or gum chewing is allowed during the use of the archival material.

• Follow the staff to the designated Archives research space to begin researching the collections.

• No back packs, bags, purses, pens, highlighters or ink-based writing instruments are allowed in the Archives research space. The Archives Manager can provide you a pencil and paper upon request.

• After submitting your researcher's registration form, the Archives Manager may interview you about your research question to help identify which items in the archive could be useful to you. Please review the Collection Finding Aid and index to tell the Archives Manager which items you want to look at.

• The Archives Manager will bring out the items. You can only view 1 item at a time.

• Archival records must be kept in the same order in which they are found.

• Archival records must not be altered in any way.

• All material must be returned to the Archives Manager when the research is done.

• Staff can assist with scanning or copying archival material. 

























Samuel P. King Collection Finding Aid

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Made possible with funding support from the Hawaii Council for the Humanities. Scope and Content The William S. Richardson School of Law...

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


The William S. Richardson School of Law Faculty Publications Archive collects, organizes, and preserves material published by faculty members of the School,...

Pacific Islands Committee Archive Finding Aid

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

H-3 Litigation Finding Aid

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

W.S. Richardson School of Law Historical Archives Finding Aid


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

W.S. Richardson School of Law Awards Finding Aid


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

Hawaii 1978 Constitutional Convention News clippings

Scope and Content The item is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings of articles leading up to and covering the 1978 Hawaii...