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New York State Court of Chancery Miscellaneous Filed Papers

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 records filed in cases handled by the Chancellor or by the Vice Chancellor of the 1st Circuit without resort to an enrolled decree (i.e., through dismissal, a court order, an agreement between the parties, etc.). Files do not often contain information on the court's final determination of cases. For cases before 1830, this information appears in Series J0059, Chancery Minutes, 1781-1829; for later cases, it appears in either Series J0049, Register's Minutes of Decrees, 1830-1847 or Series J0046, Register's Minutes of Common Orders, 1830-1847.
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81 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1772-1847
Series Number:
J0087

Arrangement

Alphabetic by complainant's last name, then numeric by file number corresponding to alphabetical arrangement.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of records filed in cases handled by the Chancellor or by the Vice Chancellor of the 1st Circuit without resort to an enrolled decree (i.e., through dismissal, a court order, an agreement between the parties, etc.).

Files vary in content but may contain copies or originals of any or all of the following: bills of complaint; petitions; answers to complaints; Master's and other reports; depositions; transcripts of testimony; exhibits and documentary evidence, including maps; and other routine legal papers. Files do not contain decrees nor do they usually contain orders.

The series includes some post-1823 files of cases appealed from the Chancery Circuits or County Surrogate's Courts to the Chancellor. These files contain copies of records from the lower courts. Some files are incomplete, with additional records relating to the same case appearing in Chancery Papers. This series and Chancery Papers are closely related and contain the same types of records. Files in this series vary in informational content. Each file, however, will usually contain alone or in conjunction with the records in Chancery Papers the particulars of the case from the complainant's and often the defendant's points of view, and the results of investigations conducted and testimony taken by a Master or other officer of the court.

Files do not often contain information on the court's final determination of cases. This information appears in Chancery Minutes, 1781-1829 for cases before 1830 and after that date in either Register's Minutes of Decrees, 1830-1847 or Register's Minutes of Common Orders, 1830-1847.

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Access Restrictions

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

Related Information

Related Materials

Series J0070 New York State Court of Chancery Papers, contains additional records related to the cases in Series J0087

Series J0071 New York State Court of Chancery Index to Miscellaneous Filed Papers, indexes Series J0087 alphabetically by complainant's last name

Other finding aids

Container 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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