Legal and Correction Records
The legislative and judicial processes produce numerous records that are valuable for legal and historical researchers. The corrections system produces records that document institutional programs and individual inmates.
The State Archives holds background files on state laws starting in the 1920s; records of higher state trial courts before 1847 and of the State's court of last resort, the Court of Appeals, since 1847; and voluminous, though incomplete, records of state correctional facilities back to the nineteenth century.
Bill and Veto Jackets Online
View digitized bill and veto jackets from 1995 - 2011 through the State Archives' Digital Collections. Jackets digitized prior to 2004 may not include full text of the bill. Researchers may download the files from the Archives website at no charge. Learn more about Legislative Bill and Veto Jackets.
Related Subject Guides
- Criminal trials, appeals, and pardons
- Probate records
- New York House of Refuge
- Department of Corrections
- Lusk Committee (Joint Legislative Committee to Investigate Seditious Activities)
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and Constantly Kept: A History of the New York Supreme Court, 1691-1847
and An Inventory of Its Records (Albany, Utica, and Geneva Offices),
This joint publication of the New York State Court of Appeals and the New York State Archives tells the history of the New York Supreme Court and its predecessors, from colonial times until 1847. It is an essential guide to pre-1847 common-law court records in New York State. The State Archives holds all surviving records kept or filed by the clerks of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Albany (1797-1847), Utica (1807-1847), and Geneva (1829-1847).
You can continue your search for legal records using Excelsior, the online catalog of the New State Archives and State Library, or the Historic Documents Inventory, the statewide section of Excelsior.