3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 2, 2020 9:14 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking criminal trial of Annie Bradley


      I am looking for any sort of case file or court records for the trial of Annie Bradley for murder in Washington, DC in 1907. The trial began November 13, 1907, in the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia (now United States District Court for the District of Columbia) and the judge presiding was Justice Wendell Phillips Stafford and the Chief Prosecutor was U.S. Attorney Daniel W. Baker. I have seen it cited in an article as - District of Columbia Criminal Case, No. 25,419; however, I still have not been able to find any sort of official court documents of this case.

        • Re: Seeking criminal trial of Annie Bradley
          Susannah Brooks Ranger

          The following is from the Guide to Federal Records:

          Record Group 21.10.4 Records of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia
          (SCDC, 1863-1936) and its successor, the U.S. District Court for
          the District of Columbia (USDCDC, 1936- )


          History: SCDC established by an act of March 3, 1863 (12 Stat. 762), assuming functions formerly exercised by U.S. Circuit, District, and Criminal Courts for the District of Columbia (See 21.10.1, 21.10.2, and 21.10.3, respectively). Redesignated USDCDC, without change of jurisdiction or functions, by an act of June 25, 1936 (49 Stat. 1921).


          Textual Records: General term minutes, 1863-1903. Law records, including minutes, 1863-64; dockets, 1863-1955; and case files, 1863-1950. Equity records, including minutes, 1863-1900; equity dockets and case files, 1863-99; equity dockets index, 1863-1938; and adoption dockets and case files, 1907-37. Civil action dockets and index to civil actions, 1938-49. Criminal records, including minutes, 1863-1934; criminal dockets and case files, 1863-1946; grand jury dockets, 1868-70, 1924-46; and case files, 1924-46. Habeas corpus and extradition records, including minutes, 1891-1931; dockets, 1863- 1933; case files, 1863-1933; and extradition requisitions, 1868- 77. Admiralty case files, 1863-68. Land case files, 1869-1929. Lien law case files, 1833-1934. Bankruptcy records, 1867-97, including case files, 1867-78. Records relating to naturalization, 1802-1926. Records relating to probate, 1801- 1934, including case files, 1801-78. Appellate jurisdiction records, 1870-1924. Records relating to mental competency actions, consisting of dockets, 1899-1946; index to mental health dockets, 1899-1972; minutes of hearings, 1924-28, 1937-38; and District Training School dockets, 1925-57. Records of Watergate-related cases, consisting of grand jury lists and orders, 1972-74; and civil, criminal, and miscellaneous case files, 1972-82. Criminal case files relating to United States vs. Marion S. Barry, Jr., 1990. Criminal case file relating to U.S. vs. John M. Poindexter ET. AL. (CR 80-08), 1987-93.


          Specific Restrictions: As specified by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, sealed adoption records are not to be opened except on order of the court.


          Finding Aids: Janet Weinert, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia," NC 2 (1964); supplement in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

          • Re: Seeking criminal trial of Annie Bradley
            Alice Lane Ranger

            Hi Allison,

            Welcome to History Hub


            The following link is an article about the trial.


            You can try to access the case at the following website



            Alice Lane

            Research Volunteer

            • Re: Seeking criminal trial of Annie Bradley
              Jason Atkinson Guide

              Dear Ms. Edwards,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              We searched the National Archives and located Criminal Case Files, 1863 - 1992 in the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21) that includes case files of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and its predecessor, the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia. For more information, please email the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at Archives1reference@nara.gov.


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


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