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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 were authorized to appoint U.S. commissioners to assist in the taking of bail and affidavits. Their functions were expanded by subsequent legislation and court rules, and their powers have included 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 authority to appoint commissioners was 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.

A list of the court sites and creation dates is provided in Appendix A. A list of judges for all of the districts and territories is provided in Appendix B. A folder list of Jackson Barnett's equity case 4556 is provided in Appendix C.

The district and circuit courts were involved with the following types of proceedings:

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 United States 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 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

Section 2 of an act of Congress, approved June 19, 1934, gave the Supreme Court of the United States 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. Admiralty cases, civil lawsuits relating to violations of federal maritime laws, were filed 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 treaty of the United States 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 the laws of the United States. 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 a Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization that was charged with examining all petitions for naturalization and issuing recommendations to the courts that would make final determinations of citizenship. Petitioners for citizenship were required to furnish more personal information that previously had been required.

Federal Courts in the Indian Territory

Prior to 1889, three Federal courts had jurisdiction over Indian Territory. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas at Fort Smith heard all cases from Indian Territory from1851-1883. Starting in 1883 however, Congress assigned jurisdiction over the northern portion of the region (which eventually became Oklahoma Territory) to the U.S. District Court at Wichita, Kansas and the southern portion to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The rest of Indian Territory remained under Fort Smith.

The Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole Nations operated courts which had jurisdiction over most cases involving Indians. These courts had no jurisdiction over non-Indians and could not hear cases involving default of debt. In 1885 Congress began limiting the powers of these tribal courts by requiring that all Indians accused of murder, man-slaughter, rape, assault with intent to kill, burglary, larceny, or arson be tried in the Federal courts at Wichita, Fort Smith, or Paris even if the crime was committed on Indian land. The tribal courts were eventually abolished by an act of Congress of June 28, 1898. Most of the existing records of these tribal courts are in the custody of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

On March 1, 1889, Congress authorized the establishment of the U.S. District Court for Indian Territory to be held at Muskogee in the Creek Nation. It exercised jurisdiction over all of Indian Territory except for the Chickasaw Nation and the southern portion of the Choctaw Nation which were assigned to the U.S. District Court at Paris, Texas. All proceedings of the court were to be in English with translators provided for witness who could not speak English. In cases where citizens of the United States were defendants, only other citizens could serve as jurors. The court at Muskogee had jurisdiction over all civil controversies involving $100 or more if at least one U.S. citizen was involved. It had jurisdiction over all criminal offenses except those punishable by death or imprisonment at hard labor. The court ruled that there was no statute of limitation in force in Indian Territory which gave it authority to hear cases involving default of debt going back to the Civil War. Appeals would go to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Congress authorized creation of Oklahoma Territory on May 2, 1890 with seven numbered counties. The following are the county seats; First County at Guthrie, Second County at Oklahoma City, Third County at Norman, Fourth County at El Reno, Fifth County at Kingfisher, Sixth County at Stillwater, and Seventh County at Beaver. Each county had a district court, which had both state and federal jurisdiction, probate court, and justice of the peace court. Oklahoma Territory also had an elected supreme court, consisting of three justices. Jurisdiction by Kansas and Texas courts over Oklahoma Territory ended. The act also divided the Indian Territory into three judicial divisions. Muskogee became the headquarters for the First Division, which included the Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole Nations and the Quapaw reservation. South McAlester was headquarters of the Second Division and exercised jurisdiction over the Choctaw Nation. The Third Division included the Chickasaw Nation and held court at Ardmore.

A congressional act of March 1, 1895 designated the Indian Territory divisions as districts. The First Judicial Division at Muskogee became the Northern Judicial District. It was authorized to hold sessions at Vinita, Tahlequah, and Miami. The Second Division at South McAlester was re-designated the Central District and authorized to hold sessions at Atoka, Antlers, and Cameron. The Third Division at Ardmore became the Southern District and held sessions at Chickasha, Pauls Valley, Purcell, and Ryan. The act of 1895 terminated all jurisdiction of the federal courts in Arkansas, Kansas, and Texas and authorized the judge of each district to appoint U.S. commissioners who functioned as justices of the peace (as defined by the statutes of Arkansas). In 1896, Congress provided for appeals from the U.S. District Courts for the Indian Territory to go to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, which is based in St. Louis. The name of the Northern District (Muskogee) was changed to the Western District in 1901; it had jurisdiction over the Creek and Seminole Nations and northern Cherokee and Choctaw Nations.

The U.S. courts in Indian Territory exercised jurisdiction over many matters which would normally have been heard in state rather than federal courts. Criminal cases involving robbery, assault, and other non-federal offenses were tried in these federal courts which also became involved with divorce, registration of corporations, incorporation of towns and benevolent societies, licensing of ministers, recording marriages, and probate and guardianship.

When Oklahoma became a state in 1906, Congress authorized two judicial districts. The Eastern District with headquarters at Muskogee exercised jurisdiction over the former Indian Territory while the Western District at Guthrie controlled what had been Oklahoma Territory. The newly created state would take possession of all court records created prior to statehood. State courts would try all pending cases that were determined to be within the jurisdiction of state courts while the pending cases involving federal issues would be transferred to the Eastern or Western Districts of United States District Courts for Oklahoma. In 1932 the headquarters of the Western District were moved to Oklahoma City. In 1925 the Eastern District was divided in half with the new Eastern District remaining at Muskogee and a Northern District headquartered at Tulsa.

From 1907 to 1911, there were both district and circuit federal courts. The circuit courts heard appeals from the district courts and also exercised original jurisdiction over some types of cases. In general, the same judges, clerks, and other court officials served both the district and circuit courts. Congress abolished the circuit courts on January 1, 1912, and all pending circuit court cases were transferred to the district court.

U.S. District Court in Indian Territory Northern/Western District

U.S. District Court in Indian Territory Southern District

U.S. District Court in Indian Territory Central District

U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

U.S. Circuit Court of Western District of Oklahoma

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma

U.S. Circuit Court Eastern District of Oklahoma

 

U.S. District Court in Indian Territory Northern/Western District

Muskogee

General Records

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Dockets, 1889 - 1909 4488743 21-OK-TN17
Affidavits of Witnesses in Law and Equity Proceedings, 1906 - 1907 4488744 21-OK-TN18
Docket, 1890 - 1890 4488745 21-OK-TN19
Index to Law and Equity Cases, 1900 - 1910 4488746 21-OK-TN20
Term Docket, 1889 - 1889 4488748 21-OK-TN21
Bench Dockets, 1889 - 1909 4488750 21-OK-TN21A
Execution Records, 1889 - 1907 4488751 21-OK-TN22
Fee Books, 1889 - 1910 4488752 21-OK-TN23
Index to Fee Books, 1901 - 1905 4488753 21-OK-TN24
Stenographer's Fee Book, 1889 - 1910 4488754 21-OK-TN25
Motion Dockets, 1893 - 1907 4488755 21-OK-TN26
Requests for Writs, 1894 - 1907 4488756 21-OK-TN27

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Bench Dockets, 1889 - 1908 4488758 21-OK-TN29
Index to Criminal Cases, 1894 - 1897 4488759 21-OK-TN30
Judgments and Sentences Relating to Criminal Cases, 1890 - 1907 4488761 21-OK-TN31
Docket of Criminal Fines, 1893 - 1895 4488763 21-OK-TN31A
Bills of Indictment, 1890 - 1894 4488765 21-OK-TN32
Criminal Fee Books, 1889 - 1895 4488766 21-OK-TN33
Criminal Case Files, 1894 - 1907 4489145 21-OK-TN33A

Naturalization

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Naturalization Certificates, 1889 - 1906 4488767 21-OK-TN34

Probate Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Probate Bench Dockets, 1898 - 1913 4488768 21-OK-TN35
Records of Probate Proceedings, 1890 - 1907 4488769 21-OK-TN36
Records of Orders, 1907 - 1907 4488770 21-OK-TN37
Records of Bonds and Settlements, 1899 - 1901 4488773 21-OK-TN38
Records of Administrators, 1891 - 1907 4488775 21-OK-TN39
Testamentary Records, 1889 - 1907 4488777 21-OK-TN40
Records of Guardians, 1891 - 1907 4488779 21-OK-TN41
Inventories of Estates, 1890 - 1893 4488782 21-OK-TN42
Fee Book, 1890 - 1909 4488785 21-OK-TN43
Probate Case Files, 1890 - 1907 4492359 21-OK-TN43A

Records of U.S. Commissioners

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Dockets, 1890 - 1907 4488805 21-OK-TN44
Civil Case Files, 1893 - 1907 4492360 21-OK-TN44A
Felony Dockets, 1897 - 1907 4488806 21-OK-TN45
Misdemeanor Dockets, 1890 - 1907 4488807 21-OK-TN46
Criminal Case Files, 1899 - 1907 4492361 21-OK-TN46A

U.S. District Court in Indian Territory Southern District

Ardmore

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Journals, 1890 - 1907 5008564 21-OK-TS1
Register of Attorneys, 1890 - 1907 5009115 21-OK-TS2
Register of Public Notaries , 1893 - 1907 5011469 21-OK-TS3
Records of Credentials of Ministers, 1895 - 1907 5012417 21-OK-TS3A
Accounts Ledger, 1901 - 1902 5012721 21-OK-TS3B
Records of Witnesses, 1896 - 1907 5013716 21-OK-TS4

Law and Equity

Criminal Records

Probate and Guardianship

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Probate Records, 1891 - 1895 5013958 21-OK-TS23
Probate Bench Docket, 1899 - 1906 5019089 21-OK-TS24
Probate Docket for Tishomingo, 1903 - 1905 5019290 21-OK-TS25
Testamentary Records, 1896 - 1907 5019293 21-OK-TS26
Probate Case Files, 1892 - 1907 4492363 21-OK-TS26A
Register of Estates, 1890 - 1895 5020000 21-OK-TS27
Inventory of Estates, 1895 - 1905 5020003 21-OK-TS28
Records of Curators, 1905 - 1907 5020008 21-OK-TS29
Records of Guardians, 1895 - 1907 5020034 21-OK-TS30
Records of Administrators, 1895 - 1907 5020049 21-OK-TS31

Naturalization and Citizenship

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Records of Naturalizations, 1897 - 1906 5020052 21-OK-TS32

Records of U.S. Commissioners

Pauls Valley

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Dockets Relating to Pauls Valley, 7/1895 - 10/1907 5021152 21-OK-TS39

U.S. District Court in Indian Territory Central District

South McAlester Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Record Books , 1890 - 1907 4699279 21-OK-TC2

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Equity Chancery Record Books, 1898 - 1907 4699284 21-OK-TC7
Equity Term Dockets, 1890 - 1904 4477837 21-OK-TC8
Appearance Docket, 1890 - 1895 4477838 21-OK-TC9
Index to Judgments Rendered, 1891 - 1897 4477840 21-OK-TC10
Index to Judgment Docket, 1897 - 1907 4699285 21-OK-TC11
Judgment Docket, 1897 - 1907 4699287 21-OK-TC12
Fee Books, 1890 - 1907 4699288 21-OK-TC13
Law and Equity Case Files, 1890 - 1908 4492365 21-OK-TC14

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Index to Criminal Proceedings , 1890 - 1907 4699289 21-OK-TC14A
Records of Indictments, 1893 - 1898 4477890 21-OK-TC15
Records of Sentences and Fines, 1890 - 1897 4477898 21-OK-TC16
Record of Jail Sentences, 1897 - 1907 4699290 21-OK-TC17
Records of Penitentiary Sentences, 1897 - 1907 4699291 21-OK-TC18
Fee Books, 1890 - 1896 4477900 21-OK-TC19
Criminal Case Files, 1897 - 1908 4492366 21-OK-TC20

Naturalization and Citizenship Records

Records Relating to Incorporation and Certification

Marriage Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Marriage Licenses and Certificates, 1890 - 1907 4699323 21-OK-TC32

Probate Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Index to Probate Proceedings, 1891 - 1907 4699324 21-OK-TC33
Records Book, 1891 - 1907 4699325 21-OK-TC34
Fee Book, 1890 - 1907 4699326 21-OK-TC35
Records of Wills Recorded, 1891 - 1907 4699327 21-OK-TC36
Records of Appointment of Administrators, 1890 - 1906 4699328 21-OK-TC37
Records of Appointment of Guardians, 1890 - 1907 4699329 21-OK-TC38

Wilburton Division

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minute Book, 1906 - 1907 4699330 21-OK-TC39

Law and Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law and Equity Minutes, 1906 - 1907 4699331 21-OK-TC40
Law and Equity Dockets, 1906 - 1908 4701021 21-OK-TC41
Term Dockets, 1906 - 1907 4707528 21-OK-TC42
Law and Equity Judgment Dockets, 1907 - 1907 4707529 21-OK-TC43

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Index to Criminal Dockets, 1906 - 1907 4707530 21-OK-TC44
Criminal Dockets, 1895 - 1907 4707531 21-OK-TC45
Criminal Judgment Records Book, 1906 - 1907 4707533 21-OK-TC46

Probate Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Probate Records Book, 1906 - 1907 4707549 21-OK-TC47
Probate Dockets, 1906 - 1907 4707555 21-OK-TC48
Order Dockets, 1906 - 1907 4707534 21-OK-TC49
Records of Wills Recorded, 1907 - 1907 4707536 21-OK-TC50
Records of Appointment of Administrators, 1904 - 1907 4718489 21-OK-TC51
Records of Appointment of Guardians, 1907 - 1908 4707559 21-OK-TC52
Register of Estates, 1907 - 1908 4707540 21-OK-TC53

Records of the U.S. Commissioner

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Dockets, 1895 - 1907 4707542 21-OK-TC54
Felony Records, 1907 - 1907 4718494 21-OK-TC55
Criminal Dockets, 1893 - 1907 4707543 21-OK-TC56
Misdemeanor Dockets, 1898 - 1907 4707544 21-OK-TC57

U.S. District Court Northern District Of Oklahoma

Tulsa

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1946 649431 21-OK-N2
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1979 649430 21-OK-N3
Selected Non-Trial Civil Case Files, 1980 - 1990 6988003 21-OK-N3A

Equity Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Equity Dockets, 1925 - 1938 649432 21-OK-N4
Equity Case Files, 1925 - 1938 649433 21-OK-N5

Law Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Law Dockets, 1925 - 1938 649492 21-OK-N6
Law Case Files, 1925 - 1938 649434 21-OK-N7

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Dockets, 1925 - 1945 649479 21-OK-N8
Criminal Case Files, 1925 - 1979 649435 21-OK-N9

Records of the United States Commissioner

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Record of Proceedings before United States Commissioners, 1925 - 1944 649485 21-OK-N9A

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

General Records

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Orders, 1938 - 1984 650075 21-OK-W08
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1955 650821 21-OK-W08A
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1996 650822 21-OK-W9
Selected Non-Trial Civil Case Files, 1979 - 1989 6282823 21-OK-W9A
Index to Plaintiffs and Defendants in Civil Cases, 1938 - 1955 650819 21-OK-W9A1

Law and Equity Records

Criminal Records

Naturalization Records

Records of the U.S. Commissioner

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Dockets, 1928 - 1957 731294 21-OK-W18H
Criminal Return Dockets, 1915 - 1973 731292 21-OK-W19

U.S. Circuit Court Western District of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1908 - 1911 782749 21-OK-W20
Trial Docket, 1908 - 1908 782754 21-OK-W21
Bond Records, 1908 - 1911 782759 21-OK-W22

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Docket, 1908 - 1911 783827 21-OK-W27
Criminal Case Files, 1907 - 1911 783831 21-OK-W28

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma

Muskogee

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1907 - 1941 3371065 21-OK-E1
Index to Judgments, 1911 - 1941 3371066 21-OK-E1A
Index to Defendants, 1911 - 1941 3371067 21-OK-E1B
Orders to Pay Jurors and Witnesses, 1908 - 1914 3371068 21-OK-E1C

Civil Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Civil Order Books, 9/16/1938 - 11/30/1940 3371072 21-OK-E1G
Civil Dockets, 1938 - 1970 3371073 21-OK-E1H
Civil Case Files, 1938 - 1982 4477671 21-OK-E2
Selected Non-Trial Civil Case Files, 1978 - 1995 6282665 21-OK-E2A1

Law and Equity Records

*A folder list of Jackson Barnett's equity case 4556 is provided in Appendix C.

Equity Records Relating to Five Civilized Tribes Land Suits

Criminal Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Criminal Minutes, 1912 - 1940 3371090 21-OK-E5
Index to Criminal Orders, 1912 - 1916 3371092 21-OK-E5A1
Criminal Record Books, 11/16/1907 - 1950 3371091 21-OK-E5A
Judgment and Sentence Record Books, 1913 - 1923 3371093 21-OK-E5B
Criminal Dockets, 1908 - 1965 3371094 21-OK-E5C
Criminal Case Files, 1907 - 1982 3371095 21-OK-E6

Naturalization Records

Records of U.S. Commissioners

U.S. Circuit Court Eastern District of Oklahoma

Muskogee

General Records

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Minutes, 1910 - 1911 3371100 21-OK-E9
General Records Docket, 1908 - 1911 3371101 21-OK-E10A

Appendix A

Federal Courts in Oklahoma and Dates of Creation

Indian Territory

United States district courts having both federal and state jurisdiction.

Federal Court Creating Date
Muskogee Act of March 1, 1889 (25 Stat. 783)
Muskogee First Division Act of May 2, 1890 (26 Stat. 81)
Muskogee Northern Division Act of March 1, 1895 (28 Stat. 693)
Muskogee Western Division Act of May 27, 1902 (32 Stat. 90)
South McAlester Second Division Act of May 2, 1890 (26 Stat. 81)
South McAlester Central District Act of March 1, 1895 (28 Stat. 693)
Ardmore Third Division Act of May 2, 1890 (26 Stat. 81)
Ardmore Southern District Act of March 1, 1895 (28 Stat. 693)

Oklahoma Territory-May 2, 1890 (26 Stat. 81)

Territorial courts having both state and federal jurisdiction.

Seven number counties

Federal Court
First County-county seat at Guthrie
Second County-county seat at Oklahoma City
Third County-county seat at Norman
Fourth County-county seat at El Reno
Fifth County-county seat at Kingfisher
Sixth County-county seat at Stillwater
Seventh County-county seat at Beaver

State of Oklahoma

Federal Court Creating Date
Eastern District (Muskogee) Act of June 16, 1906 (34 Stat. 267)
Western District (Oklahoma City) Act of June 16, 1906 (34 Stat. 267)
Northern District (Tulsa) Act of Feb. 16, 1925 (43 Stat. 945)

Appendix B

List of Judges

Indian Territory

Judge Year of Commission
James M. Shackleford March 26, 1889
Charles B. Stuart March 26, 1893
Clifford L. Jackson March 26, 1893
John R. Thomas July 1, 1897
William M. Springer March 26, 1895
Pliney L. Soper April 14, 1897
Joseph A. Gill December 18, 1899
Wm. R. Lawrence April 28, 1904
Luman F. Parker, Jr. January 15, 1906
Yancey Lewis October 25, 1895
Wm. H.H. Clayton May 18, 1897
Constantin B. Kilgore March 20, 1895
Hosea Townsend September 30, 1897
Thomas C. Humphry April 28, 1904
Joseph T. Dickerson April 28, 1904
Charles W. Raymond June 13, 1901
Louis Sulzbacker April 28, 1904

Oklahoma Territory

Judge Year of Commission
Edward B. Green May 14, 1890
John J. Clark May 14, 1890
Abraham J. Seay May 14, 1890
Frank Dale September 12, 1893
Henry W. Scott September 12, 1893
John H. Burford March 8, 1892
A.G. Curtin Bierer January 17, 1894
John L. McAteey May 19, 1896
James R. Keaton September 19, 189
Bayard T. Haines February 16, 1898
B.T. Burwell March 22, 1898
Clifton F. Irwin February 21, 1899
Frank E. Gillete May 13, 1902
J.L. Pancoast May 13, 1902
J.K. Beauchamp May 30, 1902
Milton C. Garber April 24, 1906

Eastern District

Judge Year of Commission
Ralph E. Campbell November 11, 1907
Robert L. Williams January 7, 1919
Eugene Rice August 11, 1937
Edwin Langley January 27, 1965
Joseph W. Morris  
Frank H. Seay  

Western District

Judge Year of Commission
John Cotterall November 11, 1907
Edgar S. Vaught May 31, 1928
Stephan S. Chandler, Jr. May 13, 1943
Ross Rizley April 13, 1956
Luther B. Eubanks August 11, 1965
Ralph G. Thompson  
Lee R. West  

Northern District

Judge Year of Commission
Franklin E. Kennamer February 19, 1924
Royce H. Savage October 1, 1940
Allen E. Barrow August 2, 1962
James O. Ellison  
Thomas R. Brett  

Northern, Eastern and Western

Judge Year of Commission
Alfred P. Murrah March 3, 1937
Bower Broaddus October 1, 1940
William Robert Wallace June 8, 1950
Luther Bohanon August 30, 1961
Frederick A. Daugherty  
H. Dale Cook  

Appendix C

Jackson Barnett Case (Equity 4556)

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District

Archives box # Document
674 Case papers, July 1934-August 1936
675 Case papers, August 1936-March 1938
676 Case papers, June 1938-August 1938
677 Case papers, August 1938-December 1939
678 Case papers, December 1939-1943
679 Case papers, 1944-1952
679 Commissioners hearings of June 18, 1945
680 Depositions, vols. 1-4
681 Depositions, vols. 5-7
682 Depositions, vols. 8-11
683 Depositions, vols. 12-15
684 Depositions, vols. 16-20
685 Depositions, vols. 21-25
686 Index to testimony
686 Testimony, pp. 1-1000
687 Testimony, pp. 1001-2000
688 Testimony, pp. 2001-3000
689 Testimony, pp. 3001-4126
690 Testimony, pp. 4127-5227
691 Testimony, pp. 5228-6303
692 Testimony, pp. 6304-8832
692 Summary of evidence, brief
693 Transcript on appeal (vol. II), pp. 117-1317
694 Transcript on appeal, pp. 1318-2333
694 Lists of exhibits
695 Transcript on appeal, pp. 1-1350
696 Transcript on appeal, pp. 1351-1485
696 Correspondence, photos
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