1 Reply Latest reply on Jul 6, 2021 1:21 PM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking DC criminal court records

    Charles Webster Newbie

      I know NARA keeps federal records, but is it possible NARA also houses District of Columbia court records dating back to 1861? The case ended with a guilty verdict and a sentence of the defendant to be hung, but that sentence was commuted by President Lincoln. Any advice would be helpful.


      Charlie Webster

        • Re: Seeking DC criminal court records
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Webster,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 6 record series in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21) relating to criminal court cases of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at Archives1reference@nara.gov.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT1. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!