Series 25939
Territorial Supreme Court Record of opinions books

Dates: 1877-1894.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

These record books contain handwritten abstracts of the opinions rendered by Utah's Territorial Supreme Court for the period between 1877 and 1894. Cases heard by the Territorial Supreme Court were appealed from lower Territorial District Courts throughout the state. Every case heard before the Supreme Court contains a respondent and appellant, while every opinion in the entry book ends with a notice of filing by the court clerk. Cases are both civil and criminal. There are a number of high profile cases throughout including US versus the LDS Church, the People versus Lorenzo Snow, and the People versus John D. Lee.


Sequential by book number.

Related Records

Record of opinions index from the Supreme Court, Series 1461, can be used to locate specific opinions issued by the Supreme Court.

Utah Reporter from the Supreme Court, Series 1481, contains the official, published version opinions issued by the Supreme Court.

Opinions from the Supreme Court, Series 1487, contains the written opinions of Supreme Court justices.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

There is a gap in the record books covering the year 1882.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Jim Kichas in August 2005. The record books have been kept because of their intrinsic value, determined based on their status as a portion of the relatively few surviving historic records from the Utah Supreme Court.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Record books A, B, and F have indexes appearing in the front of each volume which index the contents of those particular volumes. There are no known indexes for record books C, D, or E,.

Indexing Terms

Container List

1 1 Record Book A; 1877 - 1881
1 2 Record Book B; 1883 - 1887
2 3 Record Book C; 1887 - 1888
2 4 Record Book D; 1888 - 1891
3 5 Record Book E; 1891 - 1893
3 6 Record Book F; 1893 - 1894

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.