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Carroll County Superior Court records, 1848-1967

 Collection
Identifier: LH-0005

Scope and Content

This collection contains two separate accessions. The first accession was received in 1987 and consists of ten boxes, mostly divorce case files from 1876 to 1948. Books containing the record of application for and final disposition of each case can be found at the Carroll County courthouse. There are also files for other types of court cases, including adoption papers, Confederate pension records, alimony papers, deeds, and murder trials. Each category covers a different ten to fifteen-year time span, but the majority of the documents fall between the years 1870 and 1915.

The second accession was received in November 2013. It contains one box of documents and 22 bound volumes which date from 1852 to 1967, on accounts, appearance dockets, certiorari dockets, civil subpoena dockets, civil suits dockets, equity dockets, execution dockets, fees, issue dockets, motion dockets, petitions, and records of writs.

Dates

  • 1848-1967

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions.

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright law.

Administrative History

A Superior Court typically has unlimited jurisdiction with regard to civil and criminal legal cases, and it may hear appeals from lower courts. The Carroll County Superior Court met in the months of April and October and had jurisdiction over the more serious offenses punishable by longer periods of jail time. Civil cases include but are not limited to: damages, complaints, debt, trespass, divorce, bill for relief, and ejectment. Criminal offenses include murder, manslaughter, assault and battery, seduction, forgery, arson, burglary, rape, wife beating, and robbery.

Extent

17.21 Linear feet (11 boxes, 22 bound volumes)

Overview

This collection contains Carroll County Superior Court records from Carroll County, Georgia, dating from 1848 to 1967. This collection consists of divorce case files, accounts, appearance dockets, certiorari dockets, civil subpoena dockets, civil suits dockets, equity dockets, execution dockets, fees, issue dockets, motion dockets, petitions, and records of writs.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by accession into two series then chronologically and alphabetically by folder.

Custodial History

In 1987, West Georgia College Special Collections librarian, Myron House, and Neva Lomason Special Collections librarian, Rudene Hollingsworth, obtained the Carroll County Court records from storage in a granite vault in the basement of the old Carroll County Courthouse. They were loose papers originally destined for destruction. The records were then divided between the two institutions because of storage space concerns. In 2013, the Carroll County Court records (Ordinary, Superior, and Misc. along with City Court of Carrollton) were transferred to UWG Special Collections from the Neva Lomason Library except for tax records which were retained by the Neva Lomason Library.

Provenance

Donated by Tracy Teal, Carroll County Commissioner, in 1987 and by Alan J. Lee, Clerk of Carroll County Superior Court, in November 2013.

Related Archival Materials note

Carroll County Grand Jury records, LH-0003 Carroll County Ordinary records, LH-0004 City Court of Carrollton records, LH-0011 Carroll County Court Miscellaneous records, LH-0022

Processed By

Processed by Sarah Warren, April 2009, and Julie Bogle, 2014.
Title
Guide to the Carroll County Superior Court records, 1848-1967 LH-0005
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Written by Sarah Warren, April 2009; Julie Bogle, 2014
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Description is in English
Sponsor
Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States