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Chris Fritz Comparative and Historical Legal Perspectives Collection (CHLP)

This donated collection consists of Professor Chris Fritz's materials on the common law legal tradition. It includes hundreds of treatises and monographs that provide a comparative and historical perspective on the common law versus civil law systems. The collection is gift-plated and interfiled within the library collection. See the comprehensive list of titles that have been processed to date.

Indian Law Collection

The Library’s Indian law collection focuses on U.S. Indian law issues and resources. The Library strives to provide the historical and interdisciplinary information necessary for understanding Indian law issues and seeks to serve faculty, students, practitioners, and New Mexico Native communities. The collection contains numerous sources of tribal materials, such as tribal codes and tribal court reports, as well as a wealth of monographs dealing with the historical and cultural aspects of various tribes. Also included are a complete set of materials on microfiche from the Indian Claims Commission, comprising testimony, briefs, decisions, appellate decisions, and corresponding indexes; online resources, such as the VersusLaw database of tribal court decisions and the U.S. Serial Set digital collection (the equivalent of over 14,000 volumes containing thousands of congressional reports and documents published since 1817, including those related to Indians and Indian affairs); and comparative materials related to the laws of indigenous peoples in other countries.

Land Grant Collection

The land grant collection consists of bound, Spanish-language compilations of the laws of Spain and Mexico from the early to mid-1800's, as land in New Mexico was being parceled out. Other scholarly monographs and early documents describe the development, and various aspects, of land grants throughout New Mexico's history. Due to the special nature of this collection, access is limited to Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm.

New Mexico Primary Legal Materials

The Library actively collects, preserves, indexes, and makes available for research copies of primary legal materials from the New Mexico territorial and statehood eras. With the growing use of electronic resources for legal research, it is important to preserve the legacy print collection of these legal materials.

Rare Book Collection

The rare book collection consists of several hundred volumes, many of which are irreplaceable editions. Coverage includes classics in English law, New Mexico territorial laws and agency reports, rare editions on Native American law and culture, early laws of other states, and federal agency reports. Also included are materials on the early New Mexico bar and UNM School of Law. Due to the special nature of this collection, access is limited to Monday-Friday, 9 am-6 pm.

Water Law Collection

This donated collection consists of Professor Denise Fort's water law materials. It includes hundreds of treatises, monographs, serials, and conference proceedings in all areas of water law, with a special emphasis on western water law. Professor Fort's donation represents a significant contribution to the Library's water law holdings. The collection is gift-plated and arranged in call number order within the library collection. See the comprehensive list of titles that have been processed to date.

Water Policy Digital Collection

The Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission was charged with reviewing federal activities in the western states that affect the use and allocation of water, as well as reviewing numerous aspects of water resources, management, institutional and legal matters, and the performance of federal agencies. Commission members were appointed by President William J. Clinton, and the Commission was chaired by UNM School of Law Professor Denise Fort. A list of Commission members is included in the Final Report. The Commission's work was done through public meetings, research, and symposia, with the assistance of experts. The Commission's final report, reports submitted to the Commission by experts, and transcripts of meetings and symposia are included in this collection. The final report of the Commission provides an overview of the status of water in the western United States as of 1998.

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