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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.

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  1. Alien Depositions
  2. Campaign Financial Disclosures
  3. Deeds
  4. Executive Clemency Records
  5. Land Patents
  6. Military Patents
  7. Marriage Bonds
  8. Prison Inmate Records
  9. Sing Sing Admission Registers

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.