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Digital Projects

Explore our Digital Collections

Over the past decade the one of the UVA Law Special Collections' most prominent initiative has been the creation, preservation, and management of digital content. All of our digital content is freely available to researchers and searchable through the main collections search or through the digital research platforms and curated exhibits for individual collections below.

Digital Collections

Flagship Projects

Scottish Court of Session Records

Our Scottish Papers Collection consists of printed case materials presented before the Scottish Court of Session from 1759 to 1834. The legal disputes that came before the court often spanned the Atlantic, and the petitions, memorials, and maps included herein offer a rich portal into life and law in the British empire.

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial (IMTFE)

This digital collection provides a portal to investigate the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) through the papers of three members of the prosecution team and one defense counsel member. Informally known as the Tokyo War Crimes trial, the trial lasted two and a half years, from April 29, 1946, to November 12, 1948.

1828 Catalogue

The 1828 Catalogue Law Books Collection is an ongoing effort to amass the 375 law titles listed in an 1828 inventory of books in the University of Virginia Library. This online collection presents a virtual bookshelf to explore the books we have acquired so far.

The Courtroom Sketches of Ida Libby Dengrove

This digital exhibit featues nearly 6,000 sketches of Emmy-winning artist Ida Libby Dengrove, sketch artist for WNBC New York (1972-1987). Dengrove sketched some of the most noteworthy trials of the late twentieth century.

Slavery and the Law School

This project examines UVA Law’s historical connections to the institution of slavery through people, places, and pedagogy. Alongside profiles of enslaved people associated with the Law School, digitized student notebooks on this site enable new research into the inclusion of slavery in UVA’s antebellum legal curriculum.

Digital Collections


The Historical Landscape of North Grounds

This video walking tour explores the history of the landscape on which the Law School now sits.



In October 1971, a small group of law students at UVA founded Virginia Law Women (VLW) to build community and advocate for women law students. To mark the organization's 50th anniversary, the current VLW executive board and Law Special Collections teamed up to create this digital archive and exhibit. The site features archival photographs and articles from Law Special Collections, as well as oral history interviews with a group of former VLW presidents conducted by current VLW members.


Marshaling May Days

This exhibit explores law student involvement in student demonstrations at UVA in May 1970.

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

An exhibit commemorating the impact of Justice Ginsburg at UVA Law.

Fifty Years of BLSA

Chronicling five decades of Black student activism, service, and community at UVA Law.

Photographs by André Kertész

André Kertész's photographs consists of fifty 8 ½ x 11 silver gelatin prints, donated by an anonymous alumnus of the School of Law in 1985. These prints, taken from 1925-1969, represent the central epoch in the life of Kertész—the flowering of his artistry when he first discovered Paris, his time in mid-century New York, and a new wave of enthusiasm for art and life in the 1960s.

Digital Collections


Human Rights Travaux

This digital exhibit featues nearly 6,000 sketches of Emmy-winning artist Ida Libby Dengrove, sketch artist for WNBC New York (1972-1987). Dengrove sketched some of the most noteworthy trials of the late twentieth century.

Charlottesville Statues Guide

This guide to researching Charlottesville’s Lee and Jackson statues includes digitized documents from Payne v. City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville City Council minutes, and links to research materials such as municipal records, published texts, and archival collections.

Digital Collections


Legal Knowledge Podcast

Legal Knowledge is a podcast that chronicles the history of the University of Virginia School of Law. In this inaugural season, host Meggan Cashwell and a group of scholars discuss the first hundred years of UVA Law, from Thomas Jefferson’s founding vision in 1819 to coeducation in 1920.