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DISTRICT ATTORNEY RECORDS, 1895-1971
Closed case files, docket books,
newspaper clippings, investigations, correspondence.
The Municipal Archives holdings of records created
by the District Attorneys of the five counties are closely
related to (and often identical to), many of the criminal
The New York County District Attorney collection is
the most extensive. It consists of closed case files,
1895 through 1966 and the related "record of cases,"
docket books which serve as an index to the closed cases.
Other series include the newspaper clipping scrapbooks,
1882-1940 (with gaps), and official correspondence,
1898-1937. The 1943-1955 Carlo Tresca and the 1936 "Lucky"
Luciano closed case files are maintained as separate
collections with their own finding guide.
The Kings County District Attorney holdings comprise
closed case files 1940-1945; and 1965-1971. The "Murder
Inc." investigative files from the 1940's are maintained
as a separate collection with its own finding guide.
The Bronx County District Attorney collection consists
of closed cases from 1967 through 1971 and the Queens
County District Attorney case files date from 1971.
The Bronx County files on Bruno Hauptmann, 1926-1936,
and the Queens County Alice Crimmins case, 1966, are
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Eliza Jackson vs. Patrick Dodd, Assault and Battery, December,
1830. Collection: Police Court Cases Dismissed, 1830.
York County District Attorney indictment files, 1790-1879,
the "record of cases" docket books, 1895-1966, the newspaper
clipping scrapbooks, and the official correspondence
have been microfilmed by the Municipal Archives with
assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.