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California Supreme Court and San Diego County Appellate Court Briefs Collection, 1891-1951 | Special Collections & University Archives

By Neil Medeiros, Jennie Labor, and Jennifer L. Martinez

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Collection Overview

Title: California Supreme Court and San Diego County Appellate Court Briefs Collection, 1891-1951Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1900-1939

Extent: 56.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in ascending numerical case number order.  These numbers were retained from the internal filing system of the San Diego County Law Library.

Subjects: California. Court of Appeal. Appellate District, 4th. Division 1--Archives, California. Supreme Court--Archives, Justice, Administration of--California--Imperial County--Sources, Justice, Administration of--California--San Diego County--Sources, Justice, Administration of--California--Sources, Legal briefs--California, Legal briefs--California--Imperial County, Legal briefs--California--San Diego County

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of California Supreme Court and San Diego Appellate Court documents from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.  The documents include filings of court transcripts, the opening briefs of appellants and respondents, as well as reply briefs.  The court cases housed in the collection deal with a broad range of topics including bankruptcy, corporations, criminal law, divorce, drunk driving, labor, probate law, railroads, automobile accidents, mining and water.  There are also important cases dealing with the cities of Escondido, Coronado, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Pacific Beach, Spring Valley and National City.

Some important San Diegans that appear in the court documents are Ed Fletcher, Katherine Tingley, John D. Spreckels, H.H. Timken, Julius Wangenheim, Cave J. Couts, Fred Sutherland, Henry Schumann-Heink, Samuel T. Black and F.T. Scripps.

There are some cases of historical significance which illustrate the growth and development of San Diego in the early twentieth century.  For example, there are three cases related to the appropriation of Pueblo lands toward the creation of Balboa Park (Case numbers 7742, 9275, 10246).  In addition to these, a number of cases related to railroad companies (including the San Diego Electric Railway Company) and water and utility companies illustrate the transportation needs and infrastructure demands as the city and county of San Diego continued to grow.  Of these, two extensive court cases in the collection, The City of San Diego vs. The Cuyamaca Water Company (18417) and Rancho Santa Margarita vs.Margaret R. Vail, N.R. Vail, Mary Vail Wilkinson, Mahlon Vail, Wm. Banning Vail…as Trustees of Said Vail Company (26063) are particularly good examples which demonstrate the struggle for land and water rights in Southern California.

The collection also contains cases which demonstrate social conditions and struggles of the era, including the admission of Native Americans into the Pauma School District (Case number 4396), and the effects of the Alien Land Act on Japanese (23164).  Other cases provide evidence of Chinese agricultural labor in the Escondido area (15267) and the issues associated with squatters on Native American lands (17735).

A number of San Diego area corporations and businesses are also represented in the collection. These cases can be helpful to any researcher examining the economic growth of the region through bankruptcy, consolidations and mergers, embezzlement, taxes, and labor relations.  A variety of different banks and insurance companies are represented, as well as the Van Camp Sea Food Company, Yellow Cab Company, Spreckels Commercial Company, Standard Oil Company, and the Coronado Beach Company.

While most of the cases represented in the collection are civil suits, there are some criminal cases as well.  These include drunk driving (Case number 21230), arson (18860), and medical malpractice (26320).  There are also three cases dealing explicitly with sex crimes, including child molestation (23444), statutory rape (23445), and the prosecution of homosexual men in the military (25174).

There are two sets of card indices located at the end of the collection in Boxes 44 & 45.  These cards list cases both topically and by plaintiff name.  Some of these cards are cross-referenced, so if you wanted to look up a case regarding a water corporation, it may be found under the headings for "water" and "corporations."

Subject/Index Terms

California. Court of Appeal. Appellate District, 4th. Division 1--Archives
California. Supreme Court--Archives
Justice, Administration of--California--Imperial County--Sources
Justice, Administration of--California--San Diego County--Sources
Justice, Administration of--California--Sources
Legal briefs--California
Legal briefs--California--Imperial County
Legal briefs--California--San Diego County

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: late 1970s

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: San Diego County Law Library

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number,California Supreme Court and San Diego County Appellate Court Briefs Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 5543 [L.A.9562] [Civ.5514], February 1927-December 1927Add to your cart.
James R. McNeece vs. George W.Wood and Jennie H. Hipwell
Index Terms: Contracts; Housing
Folder 2: 5576 [2nd Civ. 5921], November 1927Add to your cart.
Campbell Chevrolet Company, a Corporation vs. Paul Walsh
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts
Folder 3: 5619 [L.A. 10324], December 1927-February 1928Add to your cart.
W.S. Mitchell and Curtis Hillyer vs. Union Trust Company of San Diego, a Corporation, Louis Becker, Irve C. Boldman, Bessie C. Boldman, First National Securities Company, a Corporation, Southwest Union Securities Company, a Corporation, Union Title Insurance Company, a Corporation, Jesse H. Shreve, Archie C. Shreve, John Doe, Mary Doe, John Roe, Mary Roe, John Doe Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Real Property
Folder 4: 5815 [L.A. 9763], March 1927-December 1928Add to your cart.
L.R. vs. J.W. Emmerson Farrell and Edwards-Merritt, a Co., a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Performing Arts
Folder 5: 5900 [L.A. 8716], October 1925Add to your cart.
G. M. Boyer, as Administrator of the Estate of Dora Mockabee Rose, also known as Dora M. Rose, Deceased vs. United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 6: 5931 [2nd Civ. 5328], February 1926Add to your cart.
Norman H. Parks vs. Superior Court of California, in and for the County of Imperial; the Honorable George R. Freeman, Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Riverside; the Honorable Lacy D. Jennings, Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of San Diego; the Honorable Ira. F. Thompson, Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California, in and for the County of Los Angeles; C.G. Mousseau, County Clerk of the County of Imperial, State of California
Index Terms: California
Folder 7: 5932, May 1895Add to your cart.
Charles B. Richards and Mrs. Ella A. Watts vs. Thomas J. Daley, Sarah M. Daley, and F.H. Roberts
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 8: 5976 [2nd Crim. 5280], December 1925-January 1926Add to your cart.
H.E. Ellery vs. The Board of the Trustees of the City of Oceanside, a Municipal Corporation
Index Terms: Crime and Criminals; Oceanside
Folder 9: 6056 [L.A.8993], November 1925-February 1926Add to your cart.
Harold A. Rumsey
Index Terms: California; Crime and Criminals
Folder 10: 6079 [L.A.10070] [Civ.7113], February 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
Lillian E. Robinson vs. John F. McKnight and Hattie G. McKnight
Index Terms: Crime and Criminals
Folder 11: 6282 [L.A. 8814,12980] [Civ. 5520], September 1925-October 1931Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Willard W. Whitney, also known as W.W. Whitney, Deceased, and in the Matter of the Administration of the Trust under the Last Will and Testament of said Deceased, and Mary E. Whitney, Carl F. Whitney, Marlin V. Whitney, Mrs. Aribella Baker, Mrs. Harriet Rainey, C.L. Fairbanks, W.H. Parmenter, C.J. Wooley, Mrs. Elsie Vincent, Mrs. Charles P. Larned, Mrs. Ida Holmes, Fred C. Whitney, and Burtram C. Whitney vs. George Burnham and Herbert E. Anthony
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 12: 6282 [L.A. 8814, 12980] [Civ. 5520], September 1925-October 1931Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Willard W. Whitney, also known as W.W. Whitney, Deceased, and in the Matter of the Administration of the Trust under the Last Will and Testament of said Deceased, and Mary E. Whitney, Carl F. Whitney, Marlin V. Whitney, Mrs. Aribella Baker, Mrs. Harriet Rainey, C.L. Fairbanks, W.H. Parmenter, C.J. Wooley, Mrs. Elsie Vincent, Mrs. Charles P. Larned, Mrs. Ida Holmes, Fred C. Whitney, and Burtram C. Whitney vs. George Burnham and Herbert E. Anthony
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 13: 6292 [L.A.8814, 12980] [Civ.5520], September 1925-April 1926Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Willard W. Whitney, also known as W.W. Whitney, Deceased, and in the Matter of the Administration of the Trust under the Last Will and Testament of said Deceased, and Mary E. Whitney, Carl F. Whitney, Marlin V. Whitney, Mrs. Aribella Baker, Mrs. Harriet Rainey, C.L. Fairbanks, W.H. Parmenter, C.J. Wooley, Mrs. Elsie Vincent, Mrs. Charles P. Larned, Mrs. Ida Holmes, Fred C. Whitney, and Burtram C. Whitney vs. George Burnham and Herbert E. Anthony
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 14: 6345 [L.A.6200], June 1919Add to your cart.
S. Moriyama vs. Floren Groshen, Nancy B, Groshen, Charles F. Veysey, Imperial Water Company No.8, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 15: 6356 [L.A. 1665] [Civ.207], September 1904-January 1905Add to your cart.
J.W. Sefton vs. Viola M. Roach, Viola M. Roach as executrix of the Last Will and Testament of Henry Roach, Deceased, et al.
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 16: 6362 [L.A. 5145] [Civ. 3017], March 1917-September 1919Add to your cart.
Blanche M. Whiteman vs. City of San Diego, a municipal Corporation, C.L. Hyde Construction company, formerly Knight and Hyde Construction Company, a Corporation; Stephens and Company, a Corporation; a Don M. Sterwart, City Treasurer of the City of San Diego, California
Index Terms: Corporations; Real Property; San Diego Unions
Folder 17: 6362 [L.A. 5145] [Civ. 3017], March 1917-September 1919Add to your cart.
Blanche M. Whiteman vs. City of San Diego, a municipal Corporation, C.L. Hyde Construction company, formerly Knight and Hyde Construction Company, a Corporation; Stephens and Company, a Corporation; a Don M. Sterwart, City Treasurer of the City of San Diego, California
Index Terms: Corporations; Real Property; San Diego Unions
Folder 18: 6381 [L.A.5984], March 1919-October 1919Add to your cart.
Harry Rudder vs. City of San Diego, a Municipal Corporation, Walter P. Moore, and Virgilio Brushi, Members of the Common Council of Said City; Geo. A. Binney, Charles H. Beauchamp and Theodore Carsters, as Co-partners doing business under the name of George A. Binney and Company
Index Terms: San Diego Unions
Folder 19: 6382 [L.A. 6319, 6344] [Civ.3438, 3450], 1919-May 1921Add to your cart.
F. Israel vs. Solon Bryan and James C. Bryers, as Sheriff of the County of San Diego, State of California and The First National Bank of San Diego, California, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts
Folder 20: 6496 [L.A.4853], August 1916-April 1917Add to your cart.
Noah Williams Jr. vs. George H. Reed
Index Terms: Debts; Real Property
Folder 21: 6502 [L.A.4019], October 1914-October 1917Add to your cart.
Lorena Fay Smith vs. William E. McPherson
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 22: 6509 [Civ.2287], February 1917-March 1917Add to your cart.
N.D. Easterly vs. C.S. Praul, Constable of Otay Township
Index Terms: California; Crime and Criminals; Debts
Folder 23: 6514 [4th Civ. 1122], March 1934Add to your cart.
Sweetwater Fruit Company of California, Inc., a Corporation vs. The Sweetwater Water Corporation, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 24: 6527 [L.A. 4418] [Civ. 2648], September 1915-November 1915Add to your cart.
Carrie A. Deuress Meeker vs. Wilbur S. Spencer, Administrator of the Estate of William a. Deuress, Katherine Taylor and M.C. Meeker
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 25: 6545 [S.F. 9203], May 1920Add to your cart.
A. Rivara, Mary Macchetto, and S. Macchetto, (her husband) vs. Joe Bartolozzi and Tony Bartolozzi
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 26: 6546 [L.A.4982], December 1916-April 1917Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Elizabeth A. Wineteer, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 27: 6547 [L.A.5313] [Civ.2322], March 1917-July 1917Add to your cart.
John H. Morse vs. San Diego High School Board of Education of the City of San Diego, High School District of the County of San Diego, State of California, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Education; San Diego Board of Education

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