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U.S Courts Library - 8th Circuit

Eric Brust, Circuit Librarian

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Court Archives

The U.S. Courts Library - 8th Circuit serves as the repository of the Court Archives. As such, the library collects, organizes, and preserves material documenting the history of all the federal courts and judges in the 8th Circuit. Typical materials relate to judicial biography and ceremonies (investitures, portrait ceremonies, memorials), court history, and courthouses. For more information about appropriate materials see our Archives Collection Development Policy.

The archives collection is located in the headquarters library's Archives and Rare Books Room on the 22nd floor of the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis, Missouri. The Archives Room has a temperature, humidity, and light controlled environment, and materials are stored in acid-free housing in order to preserve the life of the collection.

The library is the official repository of archival materials for the Court of Appeals and the recommended repository for all the other federal courts in the 8th Circuit. While courts and branch libraries may wish to collect historic materials for local access, the recommended practice is to make a copy for local collections, when feasible, and send the original material to the St. Louis library for preservation in the Court Archives.

For more information or to contribute to the Court Archives, contact the library at 314-244-2665 or email library8th@ca8.uscourts.gov.

Court History

The library develops court history by coordinating or assisting with projects to create written and oral histories of the Court and its judges, serving as a resource for information on the Court's history, compiling information on available oral histories and judges' papers, preparing brochures and other written materials conveying court history, and creating displays and exhibits relating court history.

Historical Society

The library works closely with the Historical Society of the United States Courts in the Eighth Circuit to preserve and celebrate the history of the federal courts in the Circuit.

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