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About the Trial Transcript Collection

The Lloyd Sealy Library's The Trial Transcripts of the County of New York 1883 - 1927 collection includes the verbatim typewritten proceedings of 3,326 court cases, mainly criminal trials held in the Court of General Sessions, New York County.

This project has created a searchable digital index of all of these transcripts, which are on 425 reels of microfilm. Another accomplishment of this project was the digitization of a small sample of 12 microfilm reels resulting in 150 full-text transcripts, available as searchable PDF's files linked to the web-index. All of the transcripts are available by appointment at the Lloyd Sealy Library and by interlibrary loan ordered by reel number through your home library.

These transcripts contain primary material important not only in the study of the interaction between persons accused of crimes and the criminal justice system but in the study of immigration patterns and urban development during this period. For more information about the Trial Transcripts Collection, read: Faber, Eli and Rowland, Eileen. (1989). Trial transcripts of the County of New York, 1883-1927: a historical introduction with an index to the microfilm collection. New York: John Jay Press. The nature of this Collection, gaps, corrections and collations with trial materials in other NYC repositories are discussed in: Kleinhans, Elysabeth. Transcripts of criminal cases in New York City. 1985. These titles, as well as the 3 volume original index are also available on paper at the Lloyd Sealy Library Reference Desk.

Questions about the Trial Transcript Collection, or any of our Special Collections should be directed to Ellen Belcher, Special Collections Librarian at

For additional records of the Court of General Sessions, New York County and other New York City Courts, please contact the Municipal Archives of New York and the New York State Archives.


The Crime in New York 1850-1950 digitization project was supported in part by funds from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Databases Program.

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