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A Guide to the U.S. Marshals Service Southern District Correspondence

Finding aid created by Stephen Jackson

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
December 2007


Descriptive Summary

Creator: United States. Marshals Service.
Title: U.S. Marshals Service Southern District Correspondence
Dates: 1849-1862
Abstract: The official correspondence of the U.S. Marshals in the Southern District (Key West) from 1849-1862.
Extent: 0.03 Linear feet. 1 volume.
Identification: PKY 88.023
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

The U.S. Marshals were formed by the Judiciary Act of 1789 in order to give the federal government enforcement power to apprehend fugitives and perform other odd jobs- such as the U.S. census (until 1870). Marshals were permitted to swear in Special Deputies and form posses to apprehend federal fugitives. Marshals could serve subpoenas, writs, warrants, summonses, handled all federal prisoners, and were able to distribute funds as ordered by federal courts.


Scope and Content

This volume contains the official correspondence of the U.S. Marshals in the Southern District (Key West) from 1849-1862.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], U.S. Marshals Service Southern District Correspondence, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Key West (Fla.) -- History.
United States Marshals.



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