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New York State Department of State Minutes of the Council of Appointment

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

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New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of minute books compiled by the Council of Appointment. The Council selected individuals to fill non-elective offices. The minute books record the date and place of each council meeting, the names of the members present, and appointments made by the council. Volumes contain civil and/or military appointments. Each volume has its own index arranged by county and then type of office.
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Quantity:
2.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1786-1822
Series Number:
A1845

Administrative History

The Council of Appointment was created by the 1777 New York State Constitution for the purpose of selecting individuals to fill non-elective offices. The council was composed of the governor and four senators chosen by the State Assembly. The council was abolished in 1822 after the ratification of the 1821 state constitution.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of 13 volumes of minute books compiled by the Council of Appointment between 1786 and 1822. The minute books record the date and place of each council meeting, the names of the members present, and appointments made by the council (name and office). The minutes for each meeting conclude with the signatures of every council member present. The first two volumes contain both civil and military appointments. Volumes 3-13 contain minutes pertaining to just civil or military appointments. Each volume has its own index arranged by county and then type of office.

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There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Other Descriptive Data

Earlier minutes of the Council of Appointment, which were destroyed in the State Capitol fire of 1911, are partially published in: "Minutes of the Council of Appointment April 4, 1778-May 3, 1779," Collections of the New-York Historical Society, 58 (1925), 1-97.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box Volume

Accretion: A1845-78
1786-1793 Civil and Military Appointments 1 1
1793-1797 Civil and Military Appointments 1 2
1798-1801 Civil Appointments 2 3
1798-1802 Military Appointments 2 4
1801-1805 Civil Appointments 2 5
1802-1807 Military Appointments 3 6
1806-1811 Civil Appointments 3 7
1807-1812 Military Appointments 4 8
1811-1816 Civil Appointments 4 9
1812-1818 Military Appointments 5 10
1816-1821 Civil Appointments 5 11
1818-1822 Military Appointments 6 12
1821-1822 Civil Appointments 7 13