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The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries.  ARC replaces its prototype, the NARA Archival Information Locator (NAIL). You can still perform a keyword, digitized image and location search. ARC's advanced functionalities also allow you to search by organization, person, or topic.  Microfilm Publications may still be searched via the Microfilm Publications Catalog.

When entering "Hooper" in the Search Engine, the following comes up (among 73 total Hooper hits):

ARC Identifier:     201532

Title: Defendant Jacket Files for U.S. District Court Western Division of Arkansas, Fort Smith Division, 1866 - 1900

Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)

Type of Archival  Materials:
Textual Records

Level of  Description:
Series from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991

Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth) (NRFFA), 501 West Felix Street, Building 1, Fort Worth, TX 76115-3405 PHONE: 817-334-5525, FAX: 817-334-5621, EMAIL: ftworth.archives@nara.gov

Inclusive Dates: 1866 - 1900

Part of: Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991

Includes: 49888 File Unit(s)

Arrangement: Arranged numerically (1-526) and thereafter alphabetically (A-N). Within each jacket, writs and papers are arranged alphabetically by first letter of defendant's surname.

Scope & Content  Note:
This series consists of criminal court cases, and contains such material as indictments, bills of information, arrest warrants, writs, subpoenas, appearance bonds, transcripts of proceedings before U.S. commissioners, orders, verdicts, judgments, sentencing orders, and appeal papers.

In these records can be found the criminal cases of such famous outlaws as Belle, Sam, Tom, and Henry Starr (jacket 170); Wyatt Earp (jacket 59); Gad and Emmet Dalton (jacket 55); Rufus Buck (jacket 500); Edgar Watson (jacket 197); Blue Duck (jacket 26); and "Cherokee Bill" Goldsby (jacket 500).

Many of these cases were heard by the famous "hanging" Judge Isaac C. Parker, appointed by President Grant to bring law and order to Indian country, Judge Parker dealt with criminals like the Cooks, the Starrs, the Bucks, and Cherokee Bill, as well as with thousands of other less well-known criminals. He served from 1875 to 1895, and in his 21 years on the bench, 13,490 criminal cases were docketed in Parker's court. Of these, 9,454 persons had been convicted or entered pleas of guilty, 344 had been tried for crimes punishable by death and 160 were convicted and sentenced to death. 79 were hanged. See also: Similar writs and indictments are among the records described in the series NRFF-21-3W56, WRITS AND INDICTMENTS, 1869-1900 (11 feet). Transcripts of testimony resulting from criminal proceedings that were appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court during the period of 1889-1899 are described in the series NRFF-21-3W92, TRANSCRIPTS OF TESTIMONY, 1889-1899 (11 feet). Prior to 1889, criminal proceedings could not be appealed from the Fort Smith federal courts, and only the president of the United States could reduce the court's sentence. Criminal cases filed after 1900 are described in the series NRFF-21-3W53, CASE FILES, 1901-1969 (69 feet).

Similar writs and indictments are among the records described in the series NRFF-21-3W56, WRITS AND INDICTMENTS, 1869-1900

Access  Restrictions:  Unrestricted

Use Restrictions:  Unrestricted

Specific Records Type:
indictments
judgments
orders (legal term)
subpoenas
transcripts
warrants
writs

General Note:  To order copies of a Fort Smith criminal case file, indicate that the case is a Fort Smith criminal case, and provide the name of the defendant and the jacket number. Provide the crime as well if known. Copies cost $10.00 minimum up to 20 pages, $0.50 per page thereafter. Payment can be made by check, money order, or credit card. Do not send cash. Payment must be exact, so credit card payments generally are the most convenient. Please make your requests in writing. Requests are accepted via fax, e-mail, or regular mail. Within the United States, overnight delivery is available for an extra $4.00. Please state in your request that you would like this feature and provide your street address and phone number. Please NOTE: No P.O. Box numbers are accepted.

Finding Aid Type:  Other

Finding Aid Note:  Item level descriptions of the approximately 50,000 case files in this series are available online. The descriptions provide the first and last name of the defendant, the type of crime, the year, the jacket number, and other information. In NAIL, search for the name of the defendant and, if necessary, limit your search by the term "Defendant Jacket File," Record Group "21," and/or the Description Type "Item." Please note that currently National Archives volunteers are verifying the accuracy of these entries.

Variant Control  Number(s):
NAIL Control Number: NRFF-21-3W51
Copy 1

Copy Status: Preservation-Reproduction-Reference
Extent: 312 linear feet

Count: 735 Legal Archives Box, Standard

Storage Facility: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth, TX)
         Media

Media Type: Paper

ALL the Hoopers listed in those 49,888 files are listed below.  I've also looked on each one to find the crime being prosecuted and have listed it beside the name and year.  If anyone ends up ordering any of these files, I'd appreciate getting a copy from you.  If you are willing to share a copy, please email me and we'll work out the cost factor.

22246
ARC Identifier: 223778  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for A.J. Hooper, 1894 - Larceny
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22247
ARC Identifier: 223779  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Abel Hooper, 1877 - Assault
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22248
ARC Identifier: 223780  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Abel Hooper, 1887 - Assault
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22249
ARC Identifier: 223781  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Anis Hooper, 1886 - Liquor
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22250
ARC Identifier: 223782  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Art Hooper, 1886 - Liquor
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22251
ARC Identifier: 223783  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Aut Hooper, 1886 - Liquor
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22252
ARC Identifier: 223784  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Erastmus Hooper, 1891 - Liquor
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22253
ARC Identifier: 223785  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Harvey Hooper, 1891 - Adultery
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22254
ARC Identifier: 223786  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Jack Hooper, 1894 - Larceny
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22255
ARC Identifier: 223787  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Jeff Hooper, 1884 - Murder
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22256
ARC Identifier: 223788  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for John Hooper, 1884 - Assault
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22257
ARC Identifier: 223789  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Reuben Hooper, 1901 - Liquor
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


22258
ARC Identifier: 223790  
Title: Criminal Defendant Case File for Ross Hooper, 1891 - Liquor
Creator: U.S. District Court for the Fort Smith Division of the Western District of Arkansas. (1866 - ?) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Textual Records
Level of Description: File Unit from Record Group 21: RECORDS OF DISTRICT COURTS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1685 - 1991
Location: NARA's Southwest Region (Fort Worth), Fort Worth, TX


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