2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 29, 2020 10:51 AM by Shannon Kerner

    Seeking disposition of property in bankruptcy file

    Susan Fenster Wayfarer

      I need to research a bankruptcy in 1931 from the Western District of NY. Would a file provide a disposition of the debtor’s property (I.e., who purchased a land property and how much he paid for it)?

        • Re: Seeking disposition of property in bankruptcy file
          Susannah Brooks Ranger

          Land records are county records, so you should be able to find the information in the land transfer records (grantor & grantee) for the county where the land was located.

          • Re: Seeking disposition of property in bankruptcy file

            Dear Ms. Fenster,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Bankruptcy Act of 1898 Case Files , 1/1/1901 - 12/31/1939 of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21) that may include the case you seek and disposition of any property. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at Kansas City (RM-KC) via email at kansascity.archives@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 RM-KC. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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