The Mud Files

First of all . . . What are the mud files?

Old records that have been improperly stored accumulate dirt and dust and soot and mildew and become...well, muddy; some of the civil court records are, in fact, filthy. Prior to their transfer to the Louisiana Division in 1974, the civil court suit records were stored in various court houses tri-folded into bundles which were then stuffed into open-ended steel pigeon-hole cases. They were used primarily (and infrequently) by a few scholars and by lawyers, who referred to them as the "mud files." We prefer not to use that term these days!