The National Archives at Fort Worth

Records of the United States District Courts in Arkansas

Records Available at the National Archives at Fort Worth

Introduction

The Judiciary Act of September 24, 1789 created the United States district and circuit courts. These courts operated concurrently but with jurisdiction over different types of cases. District courts generally had original jurisdiction in admiralty and bankruptcy cases, in suits for penalties and seizures under federal laws, and jurisdiction in non-capital criminal proceedings and in law suits exceeding $100 in value in which the United States was the plaintiff. Circuit courts heard appeals from the district courts and had original jurisdiction over action involving aliens or citizens of different states and law and equity suits where the matter in dispute exceeded $500 (later $2,000). Congress added to the work of the circuit courts by conferring on the courts’ original jurisdiction in suits relating to infringement of patents and copy rights, violations of civil rights and elective franchise, registration of trademarks, unlawful restraints of trade and monopolies, and controversies between bankruptcy trustees and claimants to property held by the trustees. 

In 1812, circuit courts started to appoint U.S. Commissioners who would assist in bail and affidavits. Subsequent legislation and court rules expanded the Commissioners’ functions and authority to issue arrest warrants, examine persons charged with offenses against federal laws, initiate actions in admiralty matters, and institute proceedings for violation of civil rights. In 1896, however, the authority to appoint commissioners transferred to the district courts. The Federal Magistrates Act of 1968 replaced U.S. commissioners with U.S. magistrates who exercise basically the same powers.

The following types of proceedings are found among the district and circuit courts’ records: 

Admiralty

Article III, section 2, of the Constitution provides that the judicial power of the United States shall extend "to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction." The U. S. Supreme Court has interpreted this grant of authority as extending not only over the high seas but over all public navigable waters as well. The Judiciary Act of 1789 conferred original jurisdiction in admiralty and maritime cases exclusively on the district courts of the United States with provision for admiralty appeals to the circuit courts. This provision was abolished in 1891 when the newly-created circuit courts of appeals became the final courts of appeal in admiralty.

American admiralty law deals with cases involving such matters as prizes, ransom, and military salvage; suits to try title to a ship; actions to recover ships to which a party is entitled by right; and a variety of maritime contracts and torts. Suits and proceedings in admiralty may be "in rem," against a thing, usually a ship, or "in personam," against an individual.

American admiralty law deals with such matters as prizes, ransom, and military salvage; suits to try title to a ship; actions to recover ships to which a party is entitled by right; and a variety of maritime contracts and torts. Suits and proceedings in admiralty may be "in rem," against a thing, usually a ship, or "in personam," against an individual.

Civil

Approved on June 19, 1934, section 2 of an act of Congress gave the U.S. Supreme Court authority to unite the general rules for equity and law proceedings into one form of civil procedures. On September 16, 1938, proposed Federal Rules of Civil Procedures became effective, and thereafter, law and equity actions were filed together as civil proceedings. The courts filed admiralty cases and civil lawsuits relating to violations of federal maritime laws separately from other civil proceedings until 1967. Beginning in that year, proceedings relating to maritime laws are identified as civil cases.

Law

As courts of common law jurisdiction, the U.S. district courts have possessed exclusive original jurisdiction over all seizures on land made under federal laws (libel in rem proceedings); exclusive original jurisdiction over suits for penalties and forfeitures incurred under federal laws (scire facias proceedings); concurrent jurisdiction with state courts and U.S. circuit courts over cases where an alien sued for a legal remedy when a law of nations or a U.S. treaty had been violated; concurrent jurisdiction with U.S. circuit courts in suits at common law where the U.S. sued under the authority of an act of Congress; and exclusive original jurisdiction over suits against foreign consuls and vice consuls. Most law cases relate to scire facias or libel in rem proceedings. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, effective in 1938 after their adoption by the U.S. Supreme Court, prescribed a uniform procedure for law and equity cases, with one form of action to be known as "civil action."

Equity

The basis of equity jurisdiction in the federal courts is laid in the provisions of the Constitution and U.S. laws. This jurisdiction, as provided in section 16 of the Judiciary Act of 1789, is not exercised in any case where a "plain, adequate, and complete remedy may be had at law." This jurisdiction was in large part regulated by rules first prescribed in 1822 by the Supreme Court. The rules were replaced by additional sets of rules adopted in 1842 and again in 1913. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, effective in 1938, prescribed a uniform procedure for law and equity cases, with one form of action to be known as "civil action."

Criminal

The Judiciary Act of 1789 conferred very limited criminal jurisdiction upon the U.S. district courts. On August 23, 1842, Congress amended the Judiciary Act by extending the criminal jurisdiction of the district courts to all non-capital crimes and offenses against the United States. The circuit court of the United States exercised jurisdiction over federal capital crimes. 

Naturalization

From 1790 to 1906 federal, state, and local courts were the sole administrators of naturalization laws. A major change in the naturalization laws occurred when Congress passed an act on June 29, 1906, establishing the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization. This Bureau examined all petitions for naturalization and issued recommendations to the courts that would make final determinations of citizenship. They also required petitioners for citizenship to furnish more personal information than previously required.

Federal Courts in Arkansas

An act of Congress of March 2, 1819 authorized the creation of the territory of Arkansas. This act also provided for one superior court that functioned both as a court of original jurisdiction and as an appellate court. The superior court heard all disputes involving federal laws. 

When Arkansas joined the Union in 1836, it was organized as one judicial district with a district court exercising both district and circuit court jurisdiction. The state capitol, Little Rock, was designated as the court seat. When Arkansas was assigned to the Ninth Circuit in 1837, a separate circuit court was also established.

In 1851, Arkansas divided into two judicial districts: Eastern and Western. Van Buren became the original court seat for the Western District while Little Rock remained in the Eastern District. In 1871, court sessions for the U.S. for the Western District of Arkansas transferred to Fort Smith.  Additional divisions have been added to both districts.  Appendix A lists the court divisions and their creating dates.

The newly created Eastern District of Arkansas remained with the Ninth Circuit, while the district court for the Western District exercised circuit court powers. In 1866, Arkansas transferred to the Eighth Circuit where it has remained.

Until 1889, cases tried in the Western District could not be appealed to any other court. Presidential pardons provided the only reprieve in criminal cases. A congressional act in 1889 established a separate circuit court for the Western District, but also provided for the right of appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The federal courts of the District of Arkansas were unusual in that the courts had jurisdiction over territory outside their state. In 1844, the District Court of Arkansas received jurisdiction over the Indian Territory--consisting of all territory west of the Mississippi River not within the states of Missouri, Louisiana, or Arkansas. The court's jurisdiction did not extend to crimes committed among Indians.  Most of the cases from the Indian Territory involved criminal offenses; however, the district court did preside over some civil matters, including title to Indian lands, rights of eminent domain within the Indian Territory, and removal of intruders from the Indian nations.  

In 1883, jurisdiction over the western half of Indian Territory transferred to the Northern District of Texas and the Judicial District of Kansas. Jurisdiction over the eastern half of the Territory remained with the Western District of Arkansas.  In 1889, jurisdiction over the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations transferred to the Eastern District of Texas.  The authority of the Arkansas, Texas, and Kansas courts passed to the U.S. District Courts for the Indian Territory in 1895.  

After 1889, many of the records from the district and circuit courts have been intermingled because there was only one judge and one clerk for both courts.  No separate files appear to have been maintained for original and appellate jurisdiction records of the circuit court. 

This preliminary inventory describes the records of the United States district and circuit courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas. These records are part of Record Group 21, Records of District Courts of the United States. Related records include Record Group 118, Records of United States Attorneys and Marshals; Record Group 276, Records of the United States Supreme Court; and Record Group 60, General Records of the Department of Justice. 

Western District of Arkansas

District Court Records for the Western District of Arkansas

Circuit Court Records for the Western District of Arkansas

Eastern District of Arkansas

District Court Records for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Circuit Court Records for the Eastern District of Arkansas

 

Western District of Arkansas

District Court Records for the Western District of Arkansas

El Dorado Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1925 - 1957 2945900 21-WAR-01
Index to Parties in Civil, Law, Equity, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Cases, ca. 1925 - 1961 2945902 21-WAR-01A
Index to Equity, Law, Civil, and Criminal Dockets, ca. 1925 - 1951 2945906 21-WAR-01B
Index to Judgments, 1926 - 1984 2945907 21-WAR-01C

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Orders, 09/1938 - 10/1945 2945918 21-WAR-01E
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1989 601720 21-WAR-01F
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1969 601725 21-WAR-02

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Equity Orders, 08/1925 - 08/1938 2945940 21-WAR-02A
Equity Dockets, 1925 - 1938 601742 21-WAR-02B
Equity Case Files, 1925 - 1938 601758 21-WAR-03
Law Orders, 08/1925 - 09/1938 2945945 21-WAR-03A
Law Dockets, 1925 - 1938 2945946 21-WAR-03B
Law Case Files, 1925 - 1938 601759 21-WAR-04

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Dockets, 1925 - 1981 2945948 21-WAR-04A
Criminal Case Files, 1925 - 1969 601760 21-WAR-05

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1925 - 1951 601761 21-WAR-05A
Lists of Granted, Denied, and Continued Petitions, 1929 - 1952 3255172 21-WAR-05C

 

Fayetteville Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1940 - 1954 2945975 21-WAR-06
Index to Parties in Civil and Criminal Cases, ca. 1940 - 1951 2945978 21-WAR-06A

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Orders, 04/1940 - 03/1949 2945980 21-WAR-06C
Civil Dockets, 1950 - 1989 604690 21-WAR-06D
Civil Case Files, 1940 - 1967 604692 21-WAR-07

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Orders, 09/1940 - 06/1945 2945983 21-WAR-07A
Criminal Dockets, 1940 - 1982 2953510 21-WAR-07B
Criminal Case Files, 1940 - 1967 604695 21-WAR-08

 

Fort Smith Division*

*The Research Guide to the Criminal Case files of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1866-1900 includes research information for series from both the General Records and Criminal Records sections.

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1873 - 1954 2953512 21-WAR-09
Term Dockets, 1876 - 1911 2953513 21-WAR-10
Index to Unidentified Volume, ca. 1865 - 1872 2953519 21-WAR-11
Writ Dockets, 1873 - 1923 2953521 21-WAR-12
Indexes to Judgment Dockets, 1866 - 1905 2953523 21-WAR-13
Judgment Dockets, 1866 - 1960 2990029 21-WAR-14
Index to Execution Writs, 1875 - 1888 2990034 21-WAR-15
Execution Dockets, 1909 - 1945 3020798 21-WAR-15A
Common Law Record Books, 1855 - 1959 1157516 21-WAR-16
Final Record Books, 1914 - 1918 3020847 21-WAR-17
Index to Litigants, 1930? - 1980? 3020849 21-WAR-18
Oaths of Deputy Marshals, 1868 - 1945 3020892 21-WAR-18A

Admiralty Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Admiralty Case Files, 1892 - 1894 3386170 21WAR-18B

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Orders, 09/1938 - 08/1961 3033270 21-WAR-25A
Index to Plaintiffs in Docket Book 5, ca. 1948 - 1951 3033280 21-WAR-26
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1990 604708 21-WAR-26A
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1974 598795 21-WAR-27
Selected Non-Trial Civil Case Files, 1970 - 1995 6267010 21-WAR-27A
Index to Litigants in Law and Equity Cases, ca. 1878 - 1887 3033286 21-WAR-28
Law and Equity Term Dockets, 1890 - 1911 3033289 21-WAR-29
Law and Equity Execution Docket, 1887 - 1896 3033296 21-WAR-30
Equity Orders, 1867 - 1908 3033308 21-WAR-31
Equity Record Books, 1870 - 1938 3033310 21-WAR-32
Equity Final Record Books, 1912 - 1916 3033311 21-WAR-33
Equity Dockets, 1912 - 1938 604719 21-WAR-34
Equity Case Files, 1867 - 1938 3386171 21-WAR-35
Index to Plaintiffs and Defendants in Law Cases, ca. 1868 - 1901 3033334 21-WAR-36
Index to Unidentified Volume, 1893? - 1896? 3033338 21-WAR-37
Index to Appearance Docket, 1893? - 1896? 3033342 21-WAR-38
Law Record Book, 1865 - 1872 3053920 21-WAR-38A
Law Dockets, 1907 - 1938 3053933 21-WAR-39
Law Case Files, 1866 - 1938 3386173 21-WAR-40

Habeas Corpus Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Habeas Corpus Case Files, 1877 - 1899 3386174 21-WAR-41

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Index to Criminal Term Dockets, 1889 - 1893 3053989 21-WAR-42
Criminal Term Dockets, 1883 - 1911 3053993 21-WAR-43
Criminal Disposition Dockets, 1890 - 1908 3053995 21-WAR-45
Criminal Final Record Books, 1899 - 1918 3053998 21-WAR-46
Index to Sentences, 1866 - 1890 1157529 21-WAR-47
Sentence Record Books, 1884 - 1909 1157520 21-WAR-48
Indexes to Defendants, 1868? - 1900? 3255177 21-WAR-49
Indexes to Criminal Defendant Jacket Files, ca. 1866 - 1900 3255179 21-WAR-50
Criminal Defendant Jacket Files, ca. 1866 - 1900 201532 21-WAR-51
Criminal Dockets, 1901 - 1974 3255182 21-WAR-52
Criminal Case Files, 1901 - 1975 604720 21-WAR-53
Index to Indictments, ca. 1870 - 1896 3255185 21-WAR-54
Index to Writs, 1878 - 1887 3255188 21-WAR-55

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations, Petitions, and Oaths of Admission, 1872 - 1906 3255388 21-WAR-56A
Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1907 - 1987 604722 21-WAR-57
Petitions for Naturalization, 1911 - 1964 604723 21-WAR-58
Petitions for Naturalization Transferred from Other Courts, 1954 - 1984 604726 21-WAR-58A
Stubs of Naturalization Certificates, 1907 - 1926 3256022 21-WAR-59
Lists of Granted, Denied, and Continued Petitions, 1938 - 1973 3256637 21-WAR-59A

Records of the United States Commissioner

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Index to Defendants, 1875 - 1898 3257272 21-WAR-60
Commissioner Dockets, 1876 - 1896 3258187 21-WAR-61
Records of Proceedings, 1903 - 1942 3258672 21-WAR-61A

 

Harrison Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1912 - 1957 3262636 21-WAR-62
Common Law Record Books, 1902 - 1949 3263075 21-WAR-62A
Law and Criminal Orders, 01/1938 - 03/1949 3263544 21-WAR-62B
Records of Civil and Criminal Judgments, 1902 - 1951 3263868 21-WAR-62C
Index to Parties in Bankruptcy, Civil, Law, Equity, and Criminal Cases, ca. 1908 - 1951 3264437 21-WAR-62D
Writ Docket, 1912 - 1925 3271731 21-WAR-62E
Index to Jurors, 1902 - 1912 3271733 21-WAR-62F
Index to Witnesses Testifying for the United States, 1902 - 1912 3271734 21-WAR-62G
Index to Attorneys, 1902 - 1915 3271738 21-WAR-62H

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Orders, 07/1938 - 06/1943 3272103 21-WAR-62L
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1989 607140 21-WAR-62M
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1967 607148 21-WAR-63

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Orders, 12/1925 - 09/1938 3274458 21-WAR-63A
Equity Record Books, 10/1902 - 04/1938 3275006 21-WAR-63B
Equity Rules and Orders Book, 02/1915 - 09/1938 3276086 21-WAR-63C
Equity Dockets, 1912 - 1938 607156 21-WAR-63D
Equity Case Files, 1902 - 1938 607167 21-WAR-64
Law Dockets, 1908 - 1930 3276607 21-WAR-64A
Law Case Files, 1906 - 1938 607179 21-WAR-65

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Orders, 03/1949 - 01/1962 3289465 21-WAR-65A
Copies of Recognizance Bonds, 1902 - 1912 3291465 21-WAR-65B
Criminal Term Docket, 1902 - 1915 3292023 21-WAR-65C
Index to Disposed Cases, ca. 1902 - 1910 3292558 21-WAR-65D
Sentence Record Book, 1902 - 1911 3292943 21-WAR-65E
Criminal Dockets, 1907 - 1983 3292944 21-WAR-65F
Criminal Case Files, 1907 - 1967 609668 21-WAR-66
Criminal Final Record Books, 1902 - 1918 3293133 21-WAR-66A

Records of the United States Commissioner

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Records of Proceedings of the U. S. Commissioner, 1902 - 1950 3293135 21-WAR-66B

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1907 - 1950 609669 21-WAR-66C
Petitions for Naturalization, 1909 - 1950 609670 21-WAR-66D
Lists of Granted, Denied, and Continued Petitions, 1935 - 1952 3293137 21-WAR-66E

 

Hot Springs Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1940 - 1957 3293148 21-WAR-67
Index to Judgments, 1940 - 1980 3293150 21-WAR-67A
Index to Civil and Criminal Cases, ca. 1940 - 1951 3293151 21-WAR-67B

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Orders, 09/1940 - 12/1951 3293152 21-WAR-67C
Civil Dockets, 1940 - 1989 609672 21-WAR-67D
Civil Case Files, 1940 - 1975 609673 21-WAR-68

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Orders, 09/1940 - 12/1953 3293154 21-WAR-68A
Criminal Dockets, 1940 - 1963 3294295 21-WAR-68B
Criminal Case Files, 1940 - 1975 609676 21-WAR-69

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1940 - 1982 609677 21-WAR-69B
Petitions for Naturalization, 1941 - 1981 609678 21-WAR-69C
Petitions for Naturalization Transferred from Other Courts, 1954 - 1988 609679 21-WAR-69D
Petitions by Military Servicemen, 1954 - 1954 3294973 21-WAR-69E
Lists of Granted and Continued Petitions, 1941 - 1991 3295479 21-WAR-69F
Repatriation Oaths of Allegiance, 1963 - 1963 609680 21-WAR-69G

Records of United States Commissioners

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Records of Proceedings of the U. S. Commissioner, 1940 - 1946 3296180 21-WAR-69H
Commissioner's Docket, 1940 - 1973 3296735 21-WAR-69I

 

Texarkana Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1912 - 1954 3317489 21-WAR-70
Common Law Record Books, 07/1887 - 12/1945 3318012 21-WAR-70A
Term Dockets, 1913 - 1924 3318766 21-WAR-70B
Writ Dockets, 1887 - 1923 3318882 21-WAR-70C
Index to Judgments, 1941 - 1965 3324429 21-WAR-70D
Execution Docket, 1884 - 1924 3324433 21-WAR-70E
Index to Defendants, 1912 - 1951 3324523 21-WAR-70F

Admiralty Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Admiralty Record Book, 11/1892 - 12/1892 3324885 21-WAR-70G
Admiralty Case Files, 1892 - 1903 609779 21-WAR-71

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1989 609750 21-WAR-71C
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1975 609752 21-WAR-72

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Equity Record Books, 10/1906 - 08/1938 3324895 21-WAR-72A
Equity Rules and Orders Book, 09/1913 - 07/1928 3324935 21-WAR-72B
Equity Dockets, 1912 - 1917 609753 21-WAR-72C
Equity Case Files, 1912 - 1938 609754 21-WAR-73
Law Term Dockets, 1888 - 1912 3325045 21-WAR-73A
Law Dockets, 1907 - 1938 3325342 21-WAR-73B
Law Case Files, 1887 - 1938 609756 21-WAR-74

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Record Books, 06/1904 - 05/1912 3325363 21-WAR-74A
Criminal Term Dockets, 1889 - 1913 3325364 21-WAR-74B
Criminal Dockets, 1907 - 1985 3325367 21-WAR-74C
Criminal Judgment Docket, 1887 - 1926 3325368 21-WAR-74D
Criminal Final Record Books, 1899 - 1915 3325369 21-WAR-74E
Index to Defendants, 1882? - 1982? 3325370 21-WAR-74F
Criminal Case Files, 1887 - 1975 609757 21-WAR-75

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1908 - 1980 609780 21-WAR-75A
Petitions for Naturalization, 1907 - 1980 609781 21-WAR-75B
Petitions for Naturalization Transferred from Other Courts, 1954 - 1981 609782 21-WAR-75C
Lists of Granted, Denied, and Continued Petitions, 1926 - 1992 3325380 21-WAR-75D
Stubs of Naturalization Certificates, 1907 - 1968 3325381 21-WAR-75E
Repatriation Oaths of Allegiance, 1941 - 1956 609783 21-WAR-75F

Records of the United States Commissioners

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Dockets, 1926 - 1965 3325382 21-WAR-75G
Records of Proceedings, 1896 - 1968 3325383 21-WAR-75H

 

Circuit Court Records for the Western District of Arkansas

Fort Smith Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1891 - 1911 3340692 21-WAR-76
Common Law Record Books, 1889 - 1911 1157560 21-WAR-77

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Term Dockets, 1889 - 1911 3340694 21-WAR-78
Index to Judgment Dockets, ca. 1901 - 1911 3341175 21-WAR-79
Law and Equity Judgment Dockets, 1901 - 1911 3342060 21-WAR-80
Equity Order Book, 1889 - 1926 3342589 21-WAR-81
Equity Record Books, 1891 - 1911 3343475 21-WAR-82
Equity Final Record Books, 1905 - 1912 3343938 21-WAR-83
Index to Volume 6 of the Equity Dockets, ca. 1902 - 1911 3344625 21-WAR-84
Equity Dockets, 1901 - 1912 3345169 21-WAR-85
Equity Case Files, 1908 - 1980 3386175 21-WAR-86
Index to Unidentified Law Book, ca. 1889 - ca. 1893 3345712 21-WAR-87
Law Term Docket, 1889 - 1910 3345725 21-WAR-88
Partial Index to the Law Dockets, 1901 - 1909 3345881 21-WAR-88A
Law Dockets, 1901 - 1911 3346345 21-WAR-88B
Law Case Files, 1889 - 1912 3386179 21-WAR-89

Habeas Corpus Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Habeas Corpus Case Files, 1889 - 1891 3386180 21-WAR-90

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Term Dockets, 1890 - 1898 3346717 21-WAR-91
Transcripts of Testimony, 1889 - 1899 1157668 21-WAR-92

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Naturalization Orders, 1904 - 1906 3347067 21-WAR-92A
Petitions, 1906 - 1911 3347324 21-WAR-92B

 

Harrison Division

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Filing Docket, 1902 - 1909 3293140 21-WAR-93
Law and Equity Term Dockets, 1902 - 1912 3293142 21-WAR-93A
Law and Equity Judgment Records, 1903 - 1911 3293144 21-WAR-93B
Equity Final Records Book, 1909 - 1917 3293145 21-WAR-93C
Law Case Files, 1903 - 1911 3386181 21-WAR-93D

 

Texarkana Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Common Law Record Books, 07/1887 - 05/1904 3325454 21-WAR-94
Term Dockets, 1887 - 1912 3325456 21-WAR-94A

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Judgment Docket, 1887 - 1909 3325457 21-WAR-94B
Law and Equity Execution Docket, 1891 - 1907 3325458 21-WAR-94C
Index to Plaintiffs and Defendants, ca. 1887 - ca. 1911 3325459 21-WAR-94D
Equity Record Book, 01/1888 - 10/1906 3325460 21-WAR-94E
Equity Motion Docket, 1887 - 1912 3325461 21-WAR-94F
Equity Docket, 1907 - 1911 3325462 21-WAR-94G
Equity Final Record Books, 1903 - 1916 3325463 21-WAR-94H
Equity Case Files, 1887 - 1911 5582156 21-WAR-95
Law Case Files, 1889 - 1911 3386182 21-WAR-96

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Case Files, 1890 - 1890 3386187 21-WAR-97

 

Eastern District of Arkansas

District Courts for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Northern Division (Batesville)

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Orders Book, 09/1938 - 03/1957 3348068 21-EAR-01B
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1964 641467 021-EAR-02
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1977 641469 021-EAR-02A

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Dockets, 1909 - 1923 3348511 021-EAR-03
Law and Equity Case Files, 1897 - 1938 641533 021-EAR-03A

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Orders, 05/1933 - 02/1957 3349042 021-EAR-03B
Criminal Dockets, 1907 - 1954 3349431 021-EAR-04
Criminal Case Files, 1914 - 1977 641527 021-EAR-05

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1932 - 1940 641528 021-EAR-05A
Petitions for Naturalization, 1932 - 1942 641532 021-EAR-05B
Lists of Granted Petitions, 1932 - 1942 3349854 021-EAR-05C

Records of the United States Commissioners

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Commissioner's Proceedings, 1898 - 1925 3352174 21-EAR-06

 

Western Division (Little Rock)

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1862 - 1969 3354348 021-EAR-06A
Judge's Docket, 1871 - 1882 3355757 021-EAR-07
Bar Docket, 1874 - 1882 3355758 021-EAR-08
Judgment Docket, 1865 - 1917 3355760 021-EAR-09
Index to Judgments, ca. 1920 - 1955 3355805 021-EAR-09A
Judgments, Sentences, and Orders Book, 1901 - 1924 3355807 021-EAR-10

Admiralty Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Admiralty Register, 1865 - 1917 3355808 021-EAR-11
Admiralty Case Files, 1866 - 1891 644714 021-EAR-12

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Order Books, 09/1938 - 04/1957 3355824 021-EAR-18A
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1967 644729 021-EAR-19
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1980 644731 021-EAR-20
Selected Non-Trial Civil Case Files, 1978 - 1988 6267245 021-EAR-20A
Index to Defendants, ca. 1938 - 1954 3355825 021-EAR-20A1

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Equity Records Book Relating to Land Claims, 09/1844 - 04/1849 3355827 021-EAR-20B
Law Records, 11/1836 - 10/1854 3355829 021-EAR-20C
Law Dockets, 1907 - 1914 4718610 021-EAR-21
Law Case Files, 1866 - 1911 645001 021-EAR-22

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Records Books, 1907 - 1914 3355830 021-EAR-22A
Criminal Dockets, 1907 - 1966 3355831 021-EAR-22B
Criminal Case Files, 1866 - 1981 645006 021-EAR-23
Index to Defendants in Criminal Cases, ca. 1925 - 1954 3360836 021-EAR-23A

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1906 - 1946 645717 021-EAR-24
Petitions for Naturalization, 1903 - 1982 645737 021-EAR-24A
Petitions by Military Servicemen, 1918 - 1954 3361338 021-EAR-24B
Lists of Granted, Denied, and Continued Petitions, 1926 - 1965 3361862 021-EAR-24C
Index to Petitions, Declarations of Intentions, and Repatriation Oaths, ca. 1906 - 1974 3362566 021-EAR-24D
Indexes to Naturalization Orders, ca. 1867 - 1912 3363725 021-EAR-24E

Records of the United States Commissioner

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Commissioner's Dockets, 1937 - 1953 3364404 021-EAR-24F
Records of Proceedings, 1938 - 1957 3364950 021-EAR-25

 

Eastern Division (Helena)

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 07/1871 - 03/1880 3370917 021-EAR-25A
Admiralty, Bankruptcy, Law, and Equity Records Book, 03/1872 - 08/1900 3370922 021-EAR-25B
Criminal and Law Records Book, 03/1880 - 11/1898 3370923 021-EAR-25C
Dockets, 1871 - 1889 3370924 021-EAR-26
Term Dockets, 1878 - 1894 3370925 021-EAR-27
Criminal and Law Dockets, 1878 - 1879 3370927 021-EAR-28
Records of Law and Criminal Judgments, 1877 - 1899 3370931 021-EAR-28A
Index to Judgments, ca. 1926 - 1951 3370932 021-EAR-28B
Writ Records, 1871 - 1925 3370934 021-EAR-29
Process Dockets, 1871 - 1902 3370936 021-EAR-30
Index to Defendants, 1871? - 1902? 3370937 021-EAR-30A

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Orders Book, 09/1938 - 12/1970 3370946 021-EAR-36A
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1966 647089 021-EAR-36B
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1977 647092 021-EAR-37
Dockets, 1941 - 1968 3370948 021-EAR-37A

Law and Equity records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Index to Equity Record Books, ca. 1889 - 1926 3370950 021-EAR-37B
Equity Records Book, 10/1889 - 09/1936 3370954 021-EAR-37C
Index to Law Records Book, ca. 1889 - 1913 3370958 021-EAR-37D
Law Records Books, 10/1889 - 09/1938 3370960 021-EAR-37E
Law and Equity Dockets, 1902 - 1931 3370963 021-EAR-38
Law and Equity Case Files, 1891 - 1938 647114 021-EAR-39

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Records Books, 11/1898 - 03/1957 3370964 021-EAR-39A
Criminal Term Docket, 1915 - 1920 3370966 021-EAR-39B
Criminal Dockets, 1904 - 1954 3370970 021-EAR-40
Criminal Case Files, 1910 - 1977 647296 021-EAR-41
Criminal Final Records, 1902 - 1918 3370972 021-EAR-41A

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations of Intention for Citizenship, 1907 - 1952 647303 021-EAR-41B
Petitions for Naturalization, 1909 - 1953 647304 021-EAR-41C
Lists of Granted, Denied, and Continued Petitions, 1940 - 1950 3370973 021-EAR-41D

Records of the United States Commissioner

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
U.S. Commissioner's Docket, 1874 - 1889 5581403 021-EAR-44
Commissioner's Dockets, 1897 - 1945 3370987 021-EAR-45

 

Jonesboro Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Writ Records, 1912 - 1926 3370990 021-EAR-47

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1977 610911 021-EAR-51

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Term Docket, 1912 - 1920 3370991 021EAR-52
Law and Equity Judgment Docket, 1912 - 1925 3370992 02-EAR-53
Law and Equity Execution Records, 1912 - 1923 3370994 021-EAR-54
Equity Case Files, 1912 - 1938 610919 021-EAR-55
Law Case Files, 1912 - 1938 610931 021-EAR-56

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal and Law Bench Dockets, 1912 - 1919 3370995 021-EAR-57
Criminal Case Files, 1912 - 1977 610941 021-EAR-58
Commitment Records, 1922 - 1924 3370997 021-EAR-58A

Records of the United States Commissioner

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Records of Proceedings, 1918 - 1922 3370998 021-EAR-60

Pine Bluff Division

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Case Files, 1961 - 1978 611128 021-EAR-60A

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Case Files, 1964 - 1973 611144 021-EAR-60B

 

Circuit Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas

Northern Division (Batesville)

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Dockets, 1909 - 1911 3353676 021-EAR-60C
Law and Equity Case Files, 1898 - 1911 3386190 021-EAR-61

 

Western Division (Little Rock)

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 03/1838 - 05/1860 3365857 021-EAR-61A
Index to Criminal and Law Records , ca. 1854 - 1921 3365864 021-EAR-61B
Criminal and Law Record Books, 1838 - 1938 3367714 021-EAR-61C
Equity, Law, and Criminal Term Docket, 1838 - 1866 3370542 021-EAR-61D
Index to Defendants, 1865 - 1911 3370876 021-EAR-62
Appointment Certificates of Election Supervisors, 1876 - 1878 3370883 021-EAR-63

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Partial Index to Equity Record Books, ca. 1859 - 1930 3370887 021-EAR-63A
Equity Record Books, 10/1842 - 09/1938 3370890 021-EAR-64
Equity Rule Dockets, 1842 - 1892 3370896 021-EAR-65
Equity Dockets, 1907 - 1938 3370898 021-EAR-66
Equity Case Files, 1865 - 1938 3386191 021-EAR-67
Law Judgment Dockets, 1866 - 1916 3370900 021-EAR-67A
Law Execution Docket, 1839 - 1883 3370904 021-EAR-67B
Law Dockets, 1907 - 1938 3370905 021-EAR-67C
Law Case Files, 1866 - 1938 3386192 021-EAR-68
Index to Law Cases, 1929 - 1938 3370906 021-EAR-68A

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Case Files, 1869 - 1910 3386194 021-EAR-69

Naturalization Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Declarations of Intention, 1907 - 1911 3370907 02-EAR-69A

 

Eastern Division (Helena)

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Term Dockets, 1889 - 1894 3370908 021-EAR-70
Fee Book, ca. 1872 - 1906 3370909 021-EAR-71

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Judge's Law and Equity Dockets, 1911 - 1920 3370910 021-EAR-72
Law Case Files, 1871 - 1911 3386195 021-EAR-73

 

Appendix A

Federal Courts in Arkansas and Creating Dates

Western District

Federal Court Creating Date
El Dorado Act of February 17, 1925 (43 Stat. 948)
Fayetteville Act of June 11, 1940 (Act of 54 Stat. 302)
Fort Smith* Act of March 3, 1871 (16 Stat. 472)
Harrison Act of March 18, 1902 (32 Stat. 72)
Hot Springs Act of June 11, 1940 (54 Stat. 302)
Texarkana Created in Eastern District Act of February 28, 1887 (24 Stat. 428) Transferred to Western District Act of February 20, 1897 (29 Stat. 590)
Van Buren Act of March 3, 1851 (9 Stat. 594) Abolished by act of March 3, 1871 (16 Stat. 472)

Eastern District

Federal Court Creating Date
Batesville Act of February 20, 1897 (29 Stat. 592)
Jonesboro Act of June 23, 1910 (36 Stat. 603)
Helena Created in Western District by Act of 1871 (16 Stat. 472) Transferred to Eastern District by Act of January 31, 1877 (19 Stat. 230)
Little Rock* Act of June 15, 1836 (5 Stat. 50)
Pine Bluff Act of May 19, 1961 (75 Stat. 84)

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