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Archival Record Series

Coroner

[Record Group 4]

4.0 Annual Reports
1881-1888,
See also: Office of the Mayor, Annual Reports.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
4.1 Case Records
1854-1857, 1878-1880, 1885-1886, 1906
5 volumes,
Entries vary in form but essentially list decedent's name, age, race, sex (when possible), dates of death and inquest, witnesses, verdict and cause of death; vol. 1854-1856 omits witnesses; vol. 1854-1857 adds decedent's clothing and inquest expenses; vols. 1854-1857, 1878-1880 add lists of jurors; vol. 1885-1886 also includes letters notifying Coroner of deaths; vol. 1906 includes autopsy reports, Coroner's certificates of death, and occasional transcripts of inquest proceedings.
(Volumes 1854-1857 gift of Miss Anna Delavau )
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
4.2 Evidence Book
1877-1878
1 volume,
Evidence submitted by Coroner's office in trials resulting from his findings, entered in form resembling criminal court docket entry; materials include name of defendant, charge, Coroner's verdict of cause of death, witnesses' statements, and notes concerning grand jury finding, trial, verdict and sentence.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
4.3 Interments, Potters Field
1914-1942
1 volume,
Entries include name, race, sex, age of interred (when possible), and date of interment; person from whom body received; date of cremation, if done; person by whom removed, if anyone.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
4.4 Instructions & Information for the Guidance of Hospital Staff appertaining to Coroner's Cases
June 1953
1 volume,
Includes general information, rules and regulations, and special rules applying in cases where permission for autopsy is sought by or granted to a hospital.
Location: City Archives, 3101 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

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