Series 5319
District Court (Second District) Minute books

Dates: 1852-1896.

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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

This series contains the minute books from the Territorial Second District Court in Beaver County, with actions from the criminal and civil divisions appearing throughout. Minute books document the daily proceedings of the court but are not transcripts of court cases. Business matters include court site and officers present, jury selection, judicial appointments, expense claims, as well as entries noting the day's proceedings of various cases. A typical case spans multiple dates and includes an indictment or indication of the filed complaint, procedural issues, presentation of the case, witness's names, the verdict, and precise sentencing or settlement. Numbered entries in this series document cases regarding bigamy, polygamy, cohabitation, violations of liquor and tobacco tariff laws, trespassing, illegal fencing and land disputes over preemptions and homesteads.


Chronological by date.

Research Note

More detailed information for the Territorial Second District Court may be found in case files, transcripts and information and indictment records. Judgment books and civil case decisions record the outcome of cases. Naturalization books show further documentation of naturalizations. Registers of action can be used to identify the specific dates for actions recorded in these minute books.

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

Minute Book 7 covering dates 1887-1888 is missing. Book A Probate Court Trial and Case Records (1856-1874) and Minute Book 4 (1880-1881) are held at Southern Utah University.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Jim Kichas and Emily Gurr in May 2008 as part of a NHPRC grant project designed to preserve the historic records of Utah's Fifth District Courts.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Some volumes are indexed. The indices are separate volumes in series 24247, GENERAL INDEXES, these books are alphabetical name indexes. They index the court minutes (Books A, B, A-1, 1-6, 7-9), and in some cases, case number, judgments and judgment dockets. Alphabetical name indexes for Minute Book and Naturalization A, B and C,.

Indexing Terms

Container List

1 A 1852-1855
1 B 1854-1856
1 C 1855-1865
2 B 1869-1881
3 2 1865-1879
4 3 1880
4 5 1881-1883
5 6 1883-1886
5 8 1888-1893
6 9 1893-1896
7 1 1874-1877
8 Unlabeled 1888-1889
8 Unlabeled 1889-1890
8 K 1884-1885

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.