Letters Received by the Attorney General, 1809-1879 Western Law and Order
Location: Microfilm HV 8144 M37 L4 1995
Scope: "This collection focuses on the
representatives of the federal government charged with upholding the U.S.
Constitution and supporting federal courts in territories west of the
Mississippi River. The collection comprises the correspondence files of the U.S.
attorney general—letters from U.S. attorneys, U.S. marshals, federal courts,
state or territorial officials, and private citizens. The collection documents
institutional development in the following states or territories: Arizona
Territory, Arkansas, California, Colorado Territory, Dakota Territory, Idaho
Territory, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana Territory,
Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico Territory, Oregon, Texas, Utah Territory,
Washington Territory, and Wyoming Territory. Present-day Oklahoma was
administered through the Western District of Arkansas and other adjoining
Researchers will find primary source material about:
- Establishment of law and order in the territories
- Enforcement of fugitive slave laws
- Civil War–era rebellions
- Lawsuits brought against military personnel by private citizens
- Border conflicts between the United States and Mexico
- Questionable financial activities of territorial officials and military
- Piracy cases
- Demands made by citizens to remove a U.S. marshal or federal judge
- Vigilance committees
- Removal of settlers from Indian reservations" (LexisNexis)
How to search the
"The collection is arranged chronologically within each state by source or
topic of correspondence." (LexisNexis)
Some sections are further divided by name of individuals or geographic
jurisdiction, such as Southern District. There is a guide which has a
subject index, reel index and principal correspondents index.
The Guide to the Microfilm Edition of Letters
Received by the Attorney General, 1809-1870, Western Law and Order.
Microfilm HV 8144 M37 L4 1995 Guide.
Time Period: 19th Century
Law, U. S. History
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