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Aaron Burr never knew he was divorced, but this court archivist did. And so much more.


Aaron Burr never knew he was divorced, but this court archivist did. And so much more.

WATCH | Geoffrey Huth spends a lot of his time at work reading and rummaging through documents that are hundreds of years old. And as the chief records officer and librarian for the New York State Unified Court System, that's only a small part of the job. 

As the chief records officer, Huth oversees statewide programs that provide services to the entire court system in the state of New York to help them manage their records. That includes 2500 courts and multiple offices of court administration, and all of their records go back to the 1600s. 

"This is one of the most dramatic projects of my life," Huth said. "There are tens of thousands of cubic feet of records in this building going back to the 1600s. It's a dramatic quantity of records."

Sometimes Huth spends hours reading certain records, tracking how some cases ended up and seeing how people's lives went on afterward. He's read countless cases that are big and small - from small money disputes to extensive divorce cases. 

He has also run into cases that involve recognizable names like Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and Mae West. 


Most documents that involve Hamilton were from when he was an attorney in New York - giving us a glimpse into his actual handwriting (which was incredibly neat). 


Recently, the New York County Clerk’s Office transported about 2000 boxes of documents to the State Archives in Albany, NY. There are still 10,500 cubic foot boxes of records. And that’s just the records from 1674 to the 1920s.


"I like how recorded information allows us to remember things we never knew," Huth said. "Even if it’s not directly to me, even if it’s minutes from the 1670s, they still speak to me these hundreds of years later, because I’m there to read them."

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