Records dealing with the administrative duties of the Court of Quarter Sessions, the Miscellaneous Papers represent the non-criminal functions of the court. This record series includes petitions and other papers from individuals, organizations, townships, boroughs and school districts requesting court action on various issues or matters such as:
Reports of the grand jury
Annexation of lands for school purposes
Disputes between school districts
Extension or establishment of township or borough boundary lines
Division of boroughs into wards
Incorporation or name changes of boroughs
Annulling borough incorporations
Township divisions township, borough, and school district election results for increase of indebtedness
Appointment and resignations of township/borough officials
Road and street damages/condemnations
Discharge from prison
Appeals for liquor licenses
Corrections of birth records
Proceedings on lunacy or habitual drunkenness of defendant
Commitment of defendant to state mental hospital
Destruction of gambling devices and pinball machines
Destruction of alcohol and related equipment (during Prohibition)
Suit of indigent parents
Waivers of extraditions
Petitions for writ of habeas corpus
In 2005 the Chester County Archives received a Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) grant to process and index this collection.
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