A writ of habeas corpus is a procedure for obtaining a judicial determination of the legality of an individual's custody. This collection includes petitions for writs of habeas corpus and the writs themselves, showing the names of petitioners, persons to be brought to court, nature of dispute or alleged crime, dates of writs and accompanying documents, names of judges, and names of persons that the writs are filed against. Petitioners include indentured servants, runaway slaves, free African-Americans, convicted prisoners, those awaiting trial, relatives of prisoners, parties in child custody disputes, and relatives of army recruits and draftees. Arranged chronologically by date of filing. Handwritten, handwritten on printed forms, and a very few typewritten.
Liens filed by contractors showing names of parties including owner of property; description of property including location; nature of claim; description of materials and work done on property; volume and page number of recording in Mechanics' Liens Docket; and date filed.
The Almanac Collection consists of almanacs printed in Lancaster County and other locations. They contain long-range weather predictions, calendars, moon phases, planting guides, and natural remedies. Many publications also contain articles and poems about historical events and persons, as well as government and political information, housekeeping information, recipes, songs, titles of sheet music, music for a variety of instruments, times and places of the Meetings of the Friends on the Continent of America, and engravings and descriptions of battles. Some almanacs are illustrated.
Added to database 24 October 2017.
System of Arrangement
Organized by language. Each series has paper indexes arranged alphabetically, chronologically, and by box and folder numbers.