Chattel & Conditional Sales Research updates
Unite States guide to state links: http://www.statearchivists.org/arc/states/res_sch_genlloc.htm
new Jersey can get rid of them, unfortunately
Massachusetts can get rid of them. http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcpdf/MA_Municipal_Records_Retention_Manual.pdf
New York is SUPPOSED to be permanent, but these regulations were not passed until 1988, and I think many of the municipalities got rid of the records before 1988. Here is the Town/City, check page 114 .. http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/records/mr_pub_mu1.pdf Also, chattel records are filed on either the county or town level. No rhyme or reason.
I think I need to email the archives about building permit indexes concerning Utica - http://www.archives.nysed.gov/a/records/mr_pub_mi1_part2.shtml
No clue for New Hampshire. It seems like they had one book where they wrote down everything, not just chattel/conditional sales agreements. But on the good news, building permits info are permanent. http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/III/33-A/33-A-mrg.htm
no help with Maine:Might have to email for assistance. http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/records/local/index.html
Unsure on michigan, though looks like building permits are permanent records
Pennsylvania should have conditional sales at the county level. Each county is different on the amount of info filled in. Index books/dockets are permanent, individual forms are hit or miss, based on space.Although the index books are permanent, but also can be at Historical Societies if a Judge gives the permission as happened in Wayne County.
Nothing on the Rhode Island Website.
West Virginia - no luck, they're allowed to destroy them... http://www.wvculture.org/history/rmpb/rscountyclerk.html But what I am wondering about are Notary Public Records.
Virginia is going to be a crap shoot too - search conditional sales http://www.lva.virginia.gov/agencies/records/sched_local/index.htm