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Ohio Bar Automated Research (OBAR)

The Judge Ben C. Green Law Library Special Collection #3

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Finding aid for the Ohio Bar Automated Research (OBAR) Papers





Ohio Bar Automated Research (OBAR) Papers


Case Western Reserve University, the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library
Phone: 216-368-5206 (Reference)


Ohio Bar Automated Research Corporation




14.5 linear feet (25 boxes (7x10.5 x 15.5))


Similar to professionals and practitioners in other disciplines, the legal profession began exploring automated knowledge systems as a way to efficiently manage and access a burgeoning amount of information during the 1950s and 60s. This collection documents the history and development of the Ohio Bar Automated Research (OBAR) organization, a nonprofit subsidiary of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). After crafting a service definition calling for a non-indexed, online, interactive service to search the full text of Ohio legal materials, OBAR contracted with Data Corporation, an Ohio based company, to develop a database that subsequently laid the groundwork for Mead Data Central's LEXIS, the world's first commercial online legal research service in 1973.


Law Special Collections #3


Judge Ben C. Green Law Library Archive


The records are in English

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Plaque: CWRU School of Law Recognized as First Law School to Install Lexis for Regular Use by Professors and Students [1971], presented by Jack W. Simpson, President, Mead Data Central 1982-93