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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 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 7447 [L.A.3562], January 1914-February 1914Add to your cart.
In the Matter od the Estate of Francis William Bradley, Deceased and James W. Going and Hal G. Hotchkiss vs. Ida May Bradley, as Administratrix of the Estate of Francis William Bradley, Deceased, Ida May Bradley, Willie B. Bradley, John E. Bradley and J.C. Tobin
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 2: 7545 [L.A. 846], April 1910-June 1910Add to your cart.
First National Bank of Iowa City vs. R.E. Trognitz
Index Terms: Business; Corporations; Debts
Folder 3: 7562 [L.A.874] [Civ.2976], July 1910-June 1911Add to your cart.
I.Isaac Irwin vs. Insurance Company of North America, a Corporation
Index Terms: Contracts;Corporations;Debts
Folder 4: 7614 [Civ.1959], January 1916-March 1916Add to your cart.
Richardson and Fisher Company, a Corporation vs. Chicago Bonding and Surety Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts
Folder 5: 7643 [L.A.4717] [2nd Civ. 2064], April 1916-June 1916Add to your cart.
H.J. Moore and G.S. Moore, Partners under the name of Moore's Restaurant vs. Cooks, Waiters and Waitresses Union No. 402, a voluntary unincorporated society, Bartenders Union No. 768, San Diego Federated Trades and Labor Council, C.J. Aiken, Elma Bell, Mrs. Mare Doe Wade, O.C. Wade, Claude McClellan, Chas. Kiser, John Doe, Richard Roe, Tom Keep, Jane Doe, Susan Keep and Mary Grab
Index Terms: Business; Labor
Folder 6: 7654 [L.A. 4797, 2899], July 1916-August 1916Add to your cart.
City of Escondido, a municipal Corporation of the 6th Class vs. Escondido Mutual Water Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Escondido; Water
Folder 7: 7661 [L.A.647], February 1919Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Victorio Caballero
Index Terms: Crime and Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 8: 7689 [L.A.4034, 5949], December 1914-December 1918Add to your cart.
W.H. Jarvis and Robert Winn, Partners going business under the firm name and style of Jarvis-Winn Company vs. A.Frey, W.F. Campbell, W.M. Conklin, R.H. Reed and San Diego Hardware Company, The Universal Lumber and Mill Company, Pacific Surety Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Business
Folder 9: 7742 [L.A.3324, 1411], September 1912-November 1913Add to your cart.
Martha E.Mulvey, et al. vs. Julius Wangenheim, as Park Commissioner of the City of San Diego, et al.
Index Terms: Pesonal Injuries; San Diego Unions
Folder 10: 7806 [L.A.6654] [2nd Civ.3128], September 1912-August 1920Add to your cart.
George F. Mohn vs. Charles F.Sumner
Folder 11: 7925 [L.A.4866] [2nd Civ.2852], July 1916-August 1919Add to your cart.
Robert Hale, a minor, by Lawrence L. Hale, his Guardian ad Litem vs. Pacific Telephone and Telegraph company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 12: 7992 [L.A. 4715] [Civ.2880], July 1916Add to your cart.
Mission Brewing Company, a Corporation vs. Fred Ricket and A Widmaier, Co-partners and proprietors of Sunset Cafe, at Ocean Beach, State of California, et al.
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts; Personal Property
Folder 13: 7999 [L.A.5937] [2nd Civ.2830], December 1918-June 1920Add to your cart.
Charles E. Sumner vs. George R. Mohn
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 14: 8017 [L.A. Civ.3002], April 1930-September 1930Add to your cart.
Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, as Executor of the last will and testament of Thomans J. McLemore, sometimes known as T.J. McLemore, Deceased vs. R.D. Spicer
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 15: 8017 [L.A. Civ.3002], April 1930-September 1930Add to your cart.
Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, as Executor of the last will and testament of Thomans J. McLemore, sometimes known as T.J. McLemore, Deceased vs. R.D. Spicer
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 16: 8120 [L.A.5658], July 1918Add to your cart.
H.R. Atwood vs. The City of San Diego, a municipal Corporation, Edwin M.Capps, Mayor of the City of San Diego, a Municipal Corporation, otto M.Schmidt, Percy J.Benbough. Herbert R. Fay, Walter P.Moore, and Charles J. Fox, Members of the Common Council of the City of San Diego, a Municipal Corporation
Index Terms: Water
Folder 17: 8229 [L.A. 5517] [Civ.3168], December 1917-February 1920Add to your cart.
R.C. Ferdinand Schumann vs. Joseph Karrer
Index Terms: Business
Folder 18: 8287 [L.A. 3214, 3213], April 1912-February 1914Add to your cart.
The Barber Asphalt Paving Company, a Corporation vs. Paul Bancroft, Phillip Bancroft, Griffing Bancroft, John Doe, et al.
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations
Folder 19: 8287 [L.A. 3214, 3213], April 1912-February 1914Add to your cart.
The Barber Asphalt Paving Company, a Corporation vs. Paul Bancroft, Phillip Bancroft, Griffing Bancroft, John Doe, et al.
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations
Folder 20: 8288 [L.A.4728], April 1916-July 1916Add to your cart.
H.L. Berry vs. Eugene Moulie
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 21: 8368 [L.A.2822], November 1910-July 1911Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Fanny Letitia Keating, Decreased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 22: 8368 [L.A.2822], November 1910-July 1911Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Fanny Letitia Keating, Decreased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 23: 8408 [L.A.4878] [Civ.2854], October 1916-January 1917Add to your cart.
P.R. Rucker vs. San Diego Electric Railway Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 24: 8413 [L.A.1688] [Civ.102], October 1904-December 1905Add to your cart.
Sylvester Kipp vs. H.W. O'Melveny and George H. Smith, et al.
Index Terms: Debts

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