James Snell

James Snell is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at University of Guelph, where he has worked since 1968. His research interests include the history of divorce and marriage breakdown in Canada, Canadian political history and history of state policies regarding various social problems. He can be reached at jsnell@uoguelph.ca.


Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History Books

The Supreme Court of Canada: History of the Institution (Toronto: The Osgoode Society and University of Toronto Press, 1985), 319 pp. (with Frederick Vaughan)

Other Legal History Publications

The Citizen’s Wage: The State and the Elderly in Canada, 1900-1951 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996), 286 pp.

In the Shadow of the Law: Divorce in Canada, 1900-1939 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1991), 322 pp.

‘Maintenance Agreements for the Elderly: Canada, 1900-1951’ Journal of the Canadian Historical Association, Vol 3, 1992, pp. 197-216.

‘Filial Responsibility Laws in Canada – An Historical Study’ Canadian Journal on Aging, Vol 9, 1990, pp.268-277.

‘Regulating Nuptuality: Restricting Access to Marriage in Early Twentieth-Century English-Speaking Canada’ Canadian Historical Review, Vol 69, 1988, pp. 466-489 (with Cynthia Comacchio Abeele).

‘Marital Cruelty: Women and the Nova Scotia Divorce Court, 1900-1939’ Acadiensis, Vol 18, 1988, pp. 3-32.

‘Courts of Domestic Relations: A Study of Early Twentieth Century Judicial Reform in Canada’ Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Vol 6, 1986, pp. 36-60.

‘The West and the Supreme Court of Canada: The Process of Institutional Accommodation of Regional Attitudes and Needs’ Manitoba Law Journal, Vol 14, 1984-1985, pp. 287-304.

‘Frank Anglin Joins the Bench: A Study of Judicial Patronage, 1897-1904’ Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Vol 18, 1980, pp. 664-673.