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"Stray" Court Records
4 boxes (2 cu. ft.)

This is an artificial collection of original documents that, for one reason or another, became separated from the record series to which they belong. Some are complete suit records or case files that were not refiled by court personnel, while others are fragments, sometimes substantial, that "strayed" from their original locations. In many cases the "strayed from" records are extant, and accessible through the finding aids for the individual courts; researchers should consult them for additional information.

Since it would be difficult, if not impossible, to refile these documents in their proper locations, we have arranged them by box and folder number according to the inventory below. When two or more documents from an individual suit record/case file are present, they are filed under the docket number & title of the original suit/case. Single documents are filed with other documents from the same court and labeled as "fragments" of that court. Documents that could not be identified with an originating court are filed as "miscellaneous."

The inventory also includes a brief description of the contents of each file, providing a level of information not available in the summary descriptions of the larger bodies of court records. They offer, perhaps, a good sample of the kinds of information available in the Civil and Criminal Courts collections. Additions to this collection are anticipated.

The inventory is presented in two parts: boxes 1-9 are included in Part One and boxes 10 and beyond are found in Part Two.

Part Two includes two groups of records that merit special notice, both originating in the Parish Court. The first comprises appeals from the Justices of the Peace in New Orleans, a function that was taken over by the City Court in 1825. The second comprises records of slave tribunals, which were made up of a panel of citizens, under the direction of the Parish Court judge, and charged with deciding the fate of slaves accused of various crimes.

See also Notes on Miscellaneous Orleans Parish Court Records.

Inventory and Description of the Records

Part One (Boxes 1-9)

Part Two (Boxes 10-)

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