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Missouri Supreme Court cases from 1800s to go online

Monday, March 7, 2011 | 7:05 a.m. CST; updated 9:49 a.m. CST, Monday, March 7, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Archives will be posting thousands of old state Supreme Court cases online for the public to view beginning late next year.

The Secretary of State's office says the State Archives has received a grant of more than $148,000 from the federal government for the project.

The agency will use the money to scan the Missouri Supreme Court's original files in about 9,000 cases heard between 1821 and 1865.

The scanned files will available on a state website with about 12,000 case files dating back to 1783.

The new files contain about 864,000 pages. They have information about what Missouri was like during the Civil War and famous people from the state.

The new files are scheduled to be available online in September 2012.

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