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1899, 1901-1945
3.0 cubic feet

Correspondence is chiefly copies of letters sent by Albert F. Heess, a member of the law firm of Thomson and Heess in Dushore, Pennsylvania, from 1903-1907. Albert Heess served as Prothonotary, Register, Recorder, and Clerk of Court of Quarter Sessions and of the Orphans Court from 1908 to 1932 and as District Attorney of Sullivan County from 1938 to 1944.

Among the items found are Personal Correspondence arranged alphabetically by surname of correspondent covering the years 1901 to 1945.

A Legal Correspondence generated during Heess' service as an attorney and public official contains an 1899 Republican Poll Book for Elkland Township. Only about a quarter of the file is incoming correspondence, and many of these are form letters received from state and federal agencies regarding routine administrative procedures.

Among the official items found are Applications for a Certificate of Arrival and Facts for Petition for Naturalization made to the Court of Common Pleas and the District Attorneys Office that provide information on immigrants to Sullivan County between 1916 and 1929. The type of information typically found in the Certificates includes the immigrant's name, marital status, immigrant identification number, mother's maiden name, date and port of arrival, name and nationality of the transport vessel, method of arrival, place where ticket was purchased, name of person immigrant was to meet in America, location of the immigration office where examined, names of other passengers with whom the trip was made, date and place of residency in the United States, name of the sovereign being renounced, and the names and addresses of any employers from past five years. In the case of women, the Petitions usually also provide the immigrant's postal address, occupation, physical description, marital status, date and place of birth, the maiden name, and the date and place of declaration of intention in addition to the standard information provided on the certificates of arrival.

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