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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 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 8494 [L.A.4341] [Civ.2607], October 1915- April 1921Add to your cart.
John N. Keer vs. David C. Reed and Juliet C. Reed
Folder 2: 8494 [L.A.4341] [Civ.2607], October 1915- April 1921Add to your cart.
John N. Keer vs. David C. Reed and Juliet C. Reed
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 3: 8498 [L.A.6547], November 1913-June 1913Add to your cart.
C.H. Tingey vs. Callahan Construction Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts
Folder 4: 8575 [L.A. 3557], September 1920-March 1921Add to your cart.
Elizabeth M. Nagle Sexson vs. Oliver V. Sexson
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 5: 8593 [L.A.4210], April 1915-July 1915Add to your cart.
B.J. Edmonds vs. H.W. Wilcox
Folder 6: 8594 [L.A.4074], December 1914-May 1915Add to your cart.
Hazard, Gould and Company, a Corporation, and San Diego Lumber Company, a Corporation vs. R.Rosenberg, H.W. Calkins, E.C. Chaffey and N.M. Parker, Co-partners doing business under the firm name and style of Chaffey Concrete and Construction Company, National Surety Company, a Corporation, Chas. R. McCormick Lumber Company, a Corporation, California Portland Cement Company, a Corporation, George Daley, Wm. O.Nelson, J.S. Schirm and Ed J. Quinlan
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations; Industry
Folder 7: 8594 [L.A.4074], December 1914-May 1915Add to your cart.
Hazard, Gould and Company, a Corporation, and San Diego Lumber Company, a Corporation vs. R.Rosenberg, H.W. Calkins, E.C. Chaffey and N.M. Parker, Co-partners doing business under the firm name and style of Chaffey Concrete and Construction Company, National Surety Company, a Corporation, Chas. R. McCormick Lumber Company, a Corporation, California Portland Cement Company, a Corporation, George Daley, Wm. O.Nelson, J.S. Schirm and Ed J. Quinlan
Index Terms: Contracts; Industry
Folder 8: 8651 [L.A.339], 1896-March 1897Add to your cart.
Joseph C. Hearne vs. M.H. DeYoung and J.F. Blunt
Folder 9: 8651 [L.A.339], 1896-March 1897Add to your cart.
Joseph C. Hearne vs. M.H. DeYoung and J.F. Blunt
Folder 10: 8652 [L.A.373], 1896-97Add to your cart.
Albert Meyer vs. The City of San Diego, et al., H.I. Capron, et al., R.Niccols, et al. and San Diego Water Company vs. City of San Diego, et al.
Index Terms: San Diego Unions; Water
Folder 11: 8652 [L.A.373], 1896-97Add to your cart.
Albert Meyer vs. The City of San Diego, et al., H.I. Capron, et al., R.Niccols, et al. and San Diego Water Company vs. City of San Diego, et al.
Index Terms: San Diego Unions; Water
Folder 12: 8652 [L.A.373], 1896-97Add to your cart.
Albert Meyer vs. The City of San Diego, et al., H.I. Capron, et al., R.Niccols, et al. and San Diego Water Company vs. City of San Diego, et al.
Index Terms: San Diego Unions; Water
Folder 13: 8692 [L.A.2193], September 1916-May 1917Add to your cart.
Pacific Railways Advertising Company, a Corporation vs. Lion Clothing, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts
Folder 14: 8701 [L.A.467], September 1907-December 1907Add to your cart.
Percival E.Woods vs. Daniel, a Auditor of the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 15: 8715 [L.A. 477], December-February 1908Add to your cart.
Silvestre Marron vs. The County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Debts; San Diego Unions
Folder 16: 8718 [L.A.481], 1908Add to your cart.
E.Bartlett Webster vs. The Common Council of the City of San Diego, and A.E. Dodson, Henry Woolman, W.H. Palmer, Charles Kelly, George McNeill, L.A. Creelman, P.E. Woods and D.J. Goldkamp, members of said council
Index Terms: San Diego Unions
Folder 17: 8727 [L.A. 2037] [Civ.499], January 1907-May1907Add to your cart.
The City of Escondido, a Municipal Corporation vs. Escondido Lumber, Hay, and Grain Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Escondido
Folder 18: 8768 [L.A.1897], October 1915Add to your cart.
F.M.Couden vs. J.Edward Keating, Justice of the Peace, and Justice's Court Number Two of San Diego Township, County of San Diego, State of California, and Spencer M. Marsh, District Attorney for the COunty of San Diego, State of California, and Ralph L. Conklin, Sheriff of said County
Folder 19: 8782 [L.A.4565], September 1916-December 1916Add to your cart.
H.B. Fife vs. James H.Mathes
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 20: 8793 [L.A.4597], March 1916-October 1916Add to your cart.
James Donovan vs. Theron Stevens
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 21: 8839 [L.A. 5211] [Civ.3081], April 1917-July 1919Add to your cart.
George W. Hazzard vs. James M. Johnson, Cyrus Field Williard, E. Miall Skeats, J.M. McHenry, individually, and as co-partners doing business under the firm name and style of "The North Hubbard Syndicate."
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 22: 8839 [L.A. 5211] [Civ.3081], April 1917-July 1919Add to your cart.
George W. Hazzard vs. James M. Johnson, Cyrus Field Williard, E. Miall Skeats, J.M. McHenry, individually, and as co-partners doing business under the firm name and style of "The North Hubbard Syndicate."
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 23: 8840 [L.A.5038] [Civ.2266], December 1916-February 1920Add to your cart.
Mabel E. Anthony, Ada D. Anthony and Margaret Standeford, Trustees of the Palagonite Industrial Mining Company, a defunct Corporation, and Trustees of the Stockholders of said Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Property

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