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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 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 8984 [Civ.1147], February 1912-May 1912Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Robert Niccolls, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 2: 9192 [L.A.3720], February 1914-June 1914Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Frank R. Faber, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 3: 9227 [Civ.26], 1895Add to your cart.
M.M. Foote vs. D.O. McCarthy and Amanda McCarthy, et al.
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 4: 9250, 1896-November 1897Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Joseph Japhet Ebanks
Folder 5: 9275 [L.A.3580], July 1913Add to your cart.
Carey S. Alverson and Maud Thayer Frayer vs. Julius Wangenheim, as Park Commissioner of the City of San Diego; John Forward, Jr., as Park Commissioner of the City of San Diego; Samuel T. Black, as Park Commissioner of the City of San Diego; F.J. Belcher, Jr. Frank . reed, E.J. Louis, Nathan Watts, A.G. Gassen, Charles Chase, Fred Fanning, Mary A. Flavin, A.S. Bridges, Samuel G. Ingle, P.M. Johnson, J.E. Connell, Charles Brown, Katherine E. McNabb, W.Lubin, George J. Chambers, T.W. Hickey, W.J. Mossholder, T. Wilkins, Marston Building Company, a Corporation, Jennie W. Snyder, A.Morgan, Mrs. E.N.Nixon, Griffing Bancroft, A. Moran, E.M. Fly, F.T. Scripps, Hazard-Gould and Company, a Corporation, George E. Phipps, C.A. Scott, D.C. Reed, E. Mayer, J.D. Spreckles, Amy W. Sweet, Ellen M. Rogers, John Mason, G.S. Murphy, Harold Scott, Chaffee Grant, The Timken Investment Company, a Company, a Corporation, H.H. Timken, Louis C. Maston, Frank I. Kendall, F.R. Burnham, Tom Hamilton, Frank A. Frye, F.R. Burnham, Tom Hamilton, Charles A. Smith, Alonzo de Jessop and Richard Jessop, J.M. Anderson, E. Strahlmann, George S. Parker, as trustee of the F.T. Botsford Estate, W.M. Herbert, Nat R. Titu, N.E. Brown, Leighton McMurtie, A.W. Rhodes, Sefton Investment Company, a Corporation, M. German, George R. Harrison and M.D.Goodbody
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 6: 9300 [L.A.1709,1805], April 1905-October 1905Add to your cart.
San Diego Realty Company, a Corporation vs. A.F. Cornell, et al.
Folder 7: 9313 [L.A. 5816] [Civ.2663], November 1917-October 1918Add to your cart.
United States Fidelity and Guarranty Company, a Corporation vs. The Superior Court of San Diego County, et al.
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 8: 9322 [Civ.1442], October 1913-December 1913Add to your cart.
Kate O. Sessions vs. H.L. Miller, Executor of the Last Will and Testament of Sarah Johnston Cox, Deceased, and substituted in place of the said Sarah Johnston Cox
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 9: 9332 [L.A.4549,4976] [Civ.3053,3011], December 1915-July 1920Add to your cart.
J.A. Young, et al. vs. New Pedrara Onyx Company, New Pedrara Mexican Onyx Company, Pedrara Onyx company, L.A. Blochman, Sam Ferry Smith and F.J. Lea
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 10: 9332 [L.A.4549,4976] [Civ.3053,3011], December 1915-July 1920Add to your cart.
J.A. Young, et al. vs. New Pedrara Onyx Company, New Pedrara Mexican Onyx Company, Pedrara Onyx company, L.A. Blochman, Sam Ferry Smith and F.J. Lea
Folder 11: 9332 [L.A.4549,4976] [Civ.3053,3011], December 1915-July 1920Add to your cart.
J.A. Young, et al. vs. New Pedrara Onyx Company, New Pedrara Mexican Onyx Company, Pedrara Onyx company, L.A. Blochman, Sam Ferry Smith and F.J. Lea
Folder 12: 9389  [L.A.6095], May 1919-September 1919Add to your cart.
Libbie Giles vs. Edwin Reed, as administrator of the Estate of Rhoda A. Loud, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 13: 9466 [L.A.5606,5905] [Civ.2809,2808], September 1918-December 1919Add to your cart.
George H. Oswald vs. John F. Schwartz, Treasurer of the County of San Diego, State of California, and Ralph Granger and Pacific Metal Products Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 14: 9466 [L.A.5606,5905] [Civ.2809,2808], September 1918-December 1919Add to your cart.
George H. Oswald vs. John F. Schwartz, Treasurer of the County of San Diego, State of California, and Ralph Granger and Pacific Metal Products Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 15: 9466 [L.A.5606,5905] [Civ.2809,2808], September 1918-December 1919Add to your cart.
George H. Oswald vs. John F. Schwartz, Treasurer of the County of San Diego, State of California, and Ralph Granger and Pacific Metal Products Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 16: 9527 [L.A.6069] [2nd Civ.2479], 1917-March 1919Add to your cart.
W.H. Taggart vs. Frank A. Graham
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 17: 9533 [Crim.369], November 1914-January 1915Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. W.H. Fleischmann
Folder 18: 9618 [L.A.4705] [Civ.2877], April 1916-February 1918Add to your cart.
San Diego Investment Company, a Corporation vs. Alex T. Crane
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 19: 9669 [L.A.1416], June 1903-September 1903Add to your cart.
H.S. Grinnell vs. John S. Hill
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 20: 9730 [Civ.1065], October 1911-November 1911Add to your cart.
J.A. Reed vs. Chauncey R. Hammond, Auditor of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Child Welfare
Folder 21: 9763 [L.A.5817] [2nd Civ. 2718], May 1918-August 1918Add to your cart.
Rex B. Clark, Frank C. Woodford, and Jennie L. Woodford vs. The Superior Court of the State of California in and for the County of Los Angeles, and Fred H. Taft, as Judge of said Superior Court and James C. Byers, as Sheriff of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 22: 9778 [L.A.2597] [Civ.904], January 1910-February 1910Add to your cart.
Ernest Spencer, et al. vs. Charles N. Clarke, et al.
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 23: 9779 [L.A.2592] [Civ.903], September 1910Add to your cart.
Nannie Royal, et al. vs. Charles Lange and Frank McCutchen, and Mrs. Anna Sievert
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 24: 9827 [Civ.952], December 1910-February 1911Add to your cart.
L.V. Hoover vs. A. Lester
Folder 25: 9848 [L.A.2243] [Civ.677], March 1908-July 1908Add to your cart.
D.C. Reed vs. J.W. Sefton
Index Terms: Real Property

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