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The diversity of court cases and proceedings within the St. Louis Circuit Court are quite mind-boggling, as is this impressive digitization project designed to provide the public with access to these proceedings. The project started in September 1999, and the bulk of these records "document the case history of civil suits brought by ordinary men and women pursuing justice in disputes over debts, damages and broken promises." Of course, there are a few rather notable names here as well, including Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Moses and Stephen F. Austin. First-time visitors to the site will want to look at the "Special Features" area. Here they will find thematic profiles of key court cases and issues, including those dealing with suits filed against Lewis & Clark, and those involving the fur trade and Native Americans. Visitors are encouraged to search the archives as they see fit, look over the "Questions" area for a bit of guidance, and also create their own court case portfolio via the "myResearch" link.
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