A Guide to the Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection, 1778-1934
The Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection documents the history of the lower Mississippi River Valley with special emphasis on legal matters and local government. The collection consists largely of county-level court and government records from Mississippi and Louisiana and deals with such topics as territorial expansion, statehood, trade on the Mississippi River, slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
Included are materials that document day-to-day court activities at both original jurisdiction and appellate levels. These consist of judgements, writs of execution, protests, declarations, pleas, proceedings, indictments, and correspondence, etc. Many records of financial transactions requiring legal recognition, such as deeds, bills of sale, articles of agreement, mortgages, loans, leases, bonds, and land surveys, are also present. Probate records, including wills, receipts, accounts, and documents of administration and litigation form a significant portion of the collection.
Accompanying the court documents are those that deal with local government and administration in Warren County, Mississippi and other nearby counties. They consist of petitions, allowances for infrastructural development and county expenses, proceedings, orders, appointments and oaths, correspondence, reports, coroner inquests, and records concerning schools, taxes, and elections. The government materials originate initially with various courts, and later with such bodies as the county Board of Police and Board of Supervisors.
This collection is open for research use.
Natchez Trace Legal Records Collection, 1778-1934, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff.
Subsequent revisions were made by Neil Byers.
This collection contains unprocessed materials.
Detailed Description of the Papers