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FILE Identifier: HOLLIS11749659

Charles Doe Docket Books


The materials in this collection primarily consist of annotated docket books used by Charles Doe, justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1859-1874 and chief justice from 1876 until his death in 1896.


  • 1849 - 1896

Conditions Governing Access

Access to these papers is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. This collection is open to the public, but is housed off-site at Harvard Depository and requires 2 business-day advance notice for retrieval. Consult the Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.


1 collection (8 paige boxes and 1 half box)
This collection consists of 405 docket books, most of which have annotations written by Charles Doe who served as an associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Judicial Court from 1859-1874 and as chief justice from 1876-1896 . The dockets date from 1859-1897 and include referee, law term, and trial term dockets. The referee dockets do not contain annotations. The collection also contains some financial correspondence to Doe, account books used by his wife, Edith Haven, court manuals, and a memoir of Doe written by Jeremiah Smith in 1897. The collection originally held notebooks used by his son, Robert Doe, at Harvard Law School in 1897-98. These have been transferred to the bound manuscript collection.

Historical/Biographical Information

Charles A. Doe was born in Derry, New Hampshire in 1830. He graduated with an A.B from Dartmouth College in 1849 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1854. Doe was nominated to the New Hampshire Supreme Judicial Court in 1859 after working as an assistant senate clerk to the New Hampshire State Senate and a county solicitor. In 1876 he was named Chief Justice and served in this capacity until his death in 1896.

Series List/Description

  1. Series 1: Docket Books, 1859-1896 1859-1896

    Thisseries is organized alphabetically by county within each year.

  2. Series 2: Miscellaneous, 1849-1890 1849-1890

    Thisseries contains miscellaneous materials including: manuals;correspondence; notes; newsclippings; financial documents; andledgers.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Janetos Family and the New Hampshire Supreme Court, 2008.

General note

  1. New Hampshire, Circuit Court
  2. NewHampshire, Circuit Court
  3. Judges -- New Hampshire.

Processing Information

Processed by Anna Kresmer November, 2008
Link to catalog
Charles Doe Docket Books, 1849-1896: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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