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New York State Court of Chancery Minutes

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 a daily record of the proceedings of the State Court of Chancery. The date, location, and the name of the chancellor are given for each session of the court. The names of the parties and their attorneys, summaries of arguments, and actions taken by the court are recorded for cases heard at each session. The minutes include the text of chancellor's orders in matters before the court. Also included are the minutes of proceedings in which court officials were appointed, court rules and terms were set, and other court business not related to cases was conducted.
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Quantity:
8 cubic feet (46 volumes) (46 microfilm rolls)
Inclusive Dates:
1781-1799, 1806-1829
Series Number:
J0059

Arrangement

Chronological by date of court sessions (March 10, 1786 - January 2, 1787 are in the back of Volume 1).

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of a daily record of the proceedings of the Court of Chancery. The date, location, and the name of the Chancellor are given for each session of the court. The names of the parties and their attorneys, summaries of arguments and documents read or submitted, and actions taken by the court are recorded for cases heard at the session. The minutes include the texts of Chancellor's orders in matters before the court. Also included are the minutes of proceedings in which court officials were appointed, court rules and terms were set, and other court business not related to cases conducted.

These minutes give a fairly detailed account of what transpired in the court and the particulars of each case. The minutes for 1781-1783 record the proceedings of Court of Chancery held in New York City with the Royal Governor acting as chancellor. These are minutes of the last sessions of the colonial Court of Chancery, which after 1779 co-existed with the State Court of Chancery established by the Constitution of 1777. These minutes were transferred to the Register of the State's Court of Chancery in 1789 and were incorporated with the later minutes of that court. There are no minutes for the State Court of Chancery for the years 1781-1783. The only surviving record of proceedings of that court is the first volume of Chancery Registers.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

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

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

Related Information

Related Materials

Series J1059 New York State Court of Chancery Register's Engrossed Minutes contains the final copies of the Chancery minutes

Series J0095 New York State Court of Chancery Registers

Series J0070 New York State Court of Chancery Papers

Series J0065 New York State Court of Chancery Decrees and Papers Before 1800

Series J0063 New York State Court of Chancery Chancellor's Enrolled Decrees After 1800

Series J0087 New York State Court of Chancery Miscellaneous Files

Series J0089 New York State Court of Chancery Chancellor's Draft Decrees and Orders and

Series J0057, New York State Court of Chancery In re Papers, all contain related records.

Minute books of the Court of Chancery (colony and state), 1711-1748, 1770-1822, are located at the New York County Clerk's Office, 31 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007. Those minute books have been microfilmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah.

Other finding aids

Alphabetical index by name of complainant or petitioner in each volume.

Microfilm roll list is available at the repository.

Custodial History

The Court of Appeals placed these records on deposit at the Historical Documents Collection, Queens College, from 1973-1982.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: J0059-82
1781-1798 May 23 Volume 1 - Volume 15 1
1798 May 23-1811 July 1 Volume 16 - Volume 21 2
1811 July 1-1818 February 6 Volume 16 - Volume 21 3
1818 March 2-1822 January 22 Volume 28 - Volume 32 4
1822 January 29-1824 August 4 Volume 33 - Volume 36 5
1824 August 13-1828 April 18 Volume 37 - Volume 41 6
1828 April 18-1829 December 31 Volume 42 - Volume 45 7