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New York State Court of Chancery Registers

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series contains a short chronological record of proceedings in cases in which a clerk in Chancery provided a service. A court rule required the two Chancery Clerks in New York City and the two in Albany to maintain these registers.
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Quantity:
4 cu. ft.(25 volumes)
Inclusive Dates:
1780-1829
Series Number:
J0095

Arrangement

Rough chronological order by date case opened.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a short chronological record of proceedings in cases in which a clerk in Chancery provided a service. A court rule required the two Chancery Clerks in New York City and the two in Albany to maintain these registers.

The information recorded for each case entered in this series is the names of the complainant, defendant, and solicitor(s) and a chronological listing of proceedings and their dates. The types of actions recorded in this listing are the appearance of parties in court, the filing and entering of papers with court, the issuing of orders, subpoenas and other processes, the delivery of papers, and other actions requiring the service of a Clerk in Chancery. Some registers also contain the name of the Clerk for each service provided. Because the Clerks could transfer cases among themselves, the same case will sometimes appear in two different registers. A law of 1823 abolished the positions of Clerk in Chancery in New York City and Albany and transferred their duties to the Register and Assistant Register. The Register's Minutes of Causes 1813-1847 supersedes and continues this series after 1823. The registers are labelled with various numbering and lettering systems and overlap in dates because they were originally maintained by four different clerks.

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Access Restrictions

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

Related Information

Related Materials

Series J0072 New York State Court of Chancery Register's Minutes of Causes, supersedes and continues this series.

Other finding aids

Alphabetical index by last name of complainant in each volume.

Volume 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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