Historical Society of the NY Courts
140 Grand Street, Suite 701
White Plains, NY 10601

Phone: 914.824.5863
Fax: 914.682.3229


If you have a question about the legal history of New York please put your request in an email to the with "Legal History Question" in the subject line. Please provide as much information as possible in your request so that we may best assist you with your request. Inquiries will be answered in the order received.

Please note: We can only answer specific factual questions. We cannot undertake extensive research for your project.

If you are searching for either records of attorney admissions prior to 1898 or case files from the Supreme, County, or Local Courts, all records are held by the Clerk of the County in which the admission or trial took place. Visit the State Unified Court System's website for contact information. Additional historical records can be found at the New York State Library and New York State Archives. For information on what can be found there please visit their websites, which can be found on our Relavant Links page.


If you have a question about your membership with the Society or about joining the Society please write to us at or call us at 914.824.5863. To become a member on-line please go to Join the Society.


We accept article submissions for Judicial Notice on a continual basis throughout the year. We attempt to publish twice a year. Submissions are reviewed by members of the Board of Editors. Authors are not restricted from Submitting to other journals simultaneously. Judicial Notice will consider papers on any topic relating to New York State's legal history. Submissions should be mailed to the Executive Director.


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Nothing in this policy or in any other agreement with the Society will transfer any underlying rights to the images to you or to any third party. The image will be provided for the express limited purpose set forth in an email from the Society responding to your request to use the image. The images remain the physical property of the Society and the intellectual property of the copyright holder, if applicable.

Images or image files cannot be distributed or re-sold independent from the specific use for which permission is granted and may not be used in a manner allowing permanent storage or re-use by third parties. No permissions may be sublicensed, transferred or assigned. You agree not to make, authorize, or permit any use of any image except as specifically set forth in the written permission from the Society that you will receive.

Images provided by the Society may still be under copyright and protected by the intellectual property laws of the United States and the Berne Convention.

You are solely responsible for clearing the copyright with the rights holder. Requests for reproductions of copyrighted images will not be processed until you have obtained written clearance of such rights from the rights holder.

You agree to provide each reproduction of an image with a credit line that will be supplied to you in the written permissions that you will receive.

The Historical Society of the New York Courts        140 Grand Street, Suite 701 White Plains, NY 10601        914.824.5863