Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Creigmus v. Youngs Collection, 1893

Finding aid created by
Cari Griffin, January 2019

Summary Information
Title: Creigmus v. Youngs Collection
Creator: New York (State). Supreme Court
Inclusive dates: 1893
Extent: 7 items
Abstract:
This collection consists of seven documents and handwritten notes related to a slander suit filed with the New York Supreme Court in Montgomery County, February 1893. The complaint, filed by Elisabeth B. "Lizzie" Creigmus's attorneys, alleges that defendant Michael Youngs publically accused Creigmus of canine castration and bestiality.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1993. M-2917.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

This collection has been processed according to minimal, accession-level processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Creigmus v. Youngs Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

The plaintiff in the case Creigmus v. Youngs , Elisabeth B. Creigmus, was born in June 1869. She married broom maker Ferdinand J. Creigmus in 1892 and the two lived in Amsterdam and Florida, New York. Elisabeth Creigmus died on August 8, 1937.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of seven documents and handwritten notes related to a slander suit filed with the New York Supreme Court in Montgomery County, February 1893. The complaint, filed by Elisabeth B. "Lizzie" Creigmus's attorneys, alleges that defendant Michael Youngs publically accused Creigmus of canine castration and bestiality. In the complaint dated February 10, 1893, Creigmus accused Youngs of speaking with malice "false, defamatory, and slanderous words." The document details the nature of the complaint in which Youngs, at Fort Hunter, New York, publicly speculated that Creigmus assisted in luring his dog into the house of a man name Nolter, encouraging the dog to have sexual intercourse with Nolter's female dog, and, then, proceeding to castrate the defendant's dog. Also contained within the complaint are allegations that Youngs accused Creigmus of having "sexual intercourse with a dog or dogs."

The primary documents present are:

  • Creigmus's sworn and signed statement, dated February 10, 1893.
  • Youngs's response denying all allegations, February 25, 1893.
  • Trial Notice for defendant; court appearance date set for March 15, 1893.
  • Two Trial Notices, issued separately for the attorneys representing Creigmus and Youngs; court date set for September 18, 1893.
  • Manuscript notes, apparently in the hand of the defense attorney, respecting language, intent of utterances, and a similar case Goodrich v. Woolcott .

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Amsterdam (N.Y.)
    • Bestiality.
    • Castration.
    • Libel and slander--New York (State)
    • Montgomery County (N.Y.)
    Genre Terms:
    • Judicial records.
    • Legal documents.
    • Notes (documents)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   61, Small Collections  
    Creigmus v. Youngs Collection,  1893 [series]