This post was written by Katie Beaver, a student intern working with civilian records. It is a follow-up to A few good lawmen and is based on documentation found in "Appointment Files for Judicial Districts, 1853-1905." The American South was a particularly tumultuous area after the Civil War and during the occupation of the U.S. Army. Slaves became … Continue reading The U.S. Marshal Service and The Supreme Court
This post was written by Katy Berube, a student intern working in civilian processing. It is a follow-up to the post A few good lawmen. Documentation for this post can be found in the series "Appointment Files for Judicial Districts, 1853-1905." As guns unloaded into British subject and cattle investor, John H. Tunstall, in the … Continue reading Deputy Marshal v. Deputy Marshal
Today's post is written by Denise Henderson. A few months ago, I was asked to locate a record about Pat Garrett, the famous sheriff who killed Billy the Kid in 1881 when cowboys and cattle thieves made the West wild and dangerous and a place in serious need of law enforcement. Understanding the index to, … Continue reading A few good lawmen
Today’s post is written by Alfie Paul, a processing archivist who works with civilian textual records. On an August day in 1991, the body of free-lance reporter Danny Casolaro was found dead in a Martinsburg, West Virginia motel bathtub by two maids. Ruled a suicide, Casolaro’s death was just a small piece of a larger … Continue reading The Octopus
Yesterday, I posted about Department of Justice press releases. Today, I’d like to share a few of my favorites! One early press release, dated November 6, 1933, details the establishment of a federal penitentiary on Alcatraz Island, which according to the release, “is a necessary part of the Government’s campaign against predatory crime.” Three years … Continue reading The gangster, the bank robber, the baby face, and a G-Man
What do John Dillinger, Al Capone, Bruno Hauptmann, and Frank Sinatra’s son have in common? You can find a press release (or in some cases, more than one!) relating to them at the National Archives! Recently, I processed and described the series “Press Releases, Speeches, Testimonies, and Other Records, 1933-1984” (ARC ID 5605357) in RG … Continue reading You Never Know Who You’ll Meet in the Records!