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Court Records

  • California State Archives: general information on records of state appellate courts, constitutional conventions, and Spanish & Mexican land grants.

  • Maine State Archives, Judicial Records: historical sketches of the state's courts and an overview of the records they generate. Inventories to judicial records are in the Guide to State Agency Records.

  • Maryland State Archives: finding aids for state agency records include several for Maryland court records from colonial times to the modern era.

  • Minnesota Historical Society, Research Center: search PALS (their online catalog) for the subject "Court records--Minnesota" to see descriptions of the archives of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

  • National Archives & Records Administration: See the Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States for information on the records of federal courts and the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition, their their NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL) database has images of several important sets of source materials, such as the Rosenberg Case Files, selected U.S. District Court files, 1685-1991, and much more; check NAIL's New Additions page.

  • New Orleans Public Library, Archives & Special Collections: includes finding aids to records of colonial, territorial, state, and municipal court records. A guide to genealogical sources includes further information about court records.

  • North Carolina State Archives: brief descriptions of state and county court records are available via the links to "Historical Research" and the MARS database.

  • Pennsylvania State Archives: listing of record groups leads to finding aids for various Pennsylvania courts and law enforcement agencies, from the colonial era to the present.

  • Texas State Archives, judicial records: finding aids to records of the Texas Supreme Court, Court of Criminal Appeals, 3rd Court of Appeals, and the former Court of Appeals.

  • State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Archives Division: search ArCat (their online catalog) for the subject "judicial records" to see descriptions of the archives of Wisconsin court; descriptions for the papers of law firms and other manuscript collections dealing with legal issues are also included.

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