Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Division of Archives and Records Preservation

Overview: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Division of Archive sand Records Preservation is the repository for the permanent records of the Massachusetts state and local courts. Holding stretch from 1630 to the modern era.

American Revolution Materials: The Judicial Court Archives’s holdings consist primarily of legal documents. Cases from the Revolution-era include court records (depositions), writs of assistance, privateering, and probate records (wills, administrations, inventories), as well as materials connected to the British occupation of Boston, the estates of loyalists, and the activities of patriots and loyalists. Individuals mentioned in cases include many of the local patriot leaders, such as Samuel Adams, John Adams, and Paul Revere.

Key Words: John Adams, Samuel Adams, Boston, British army, government documents, legal documents, loyalists, Paul Revere, wills

Collection Policies: The archives at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court do not purchase documents for their collection. Finding aids are available in print. The archives do not lend original records and have participated in exhibitions in the past.