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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 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 9890, April 1911-May 1911Add to your cart.
The People of the State of california vs. Frank Pierro
Folder 2: 9891 [Crim.466], February 1916-March 1916Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Manuel Ponchette
Folder 3: 9975 [L.A. 2762], September 1910-December 1910Add to your cart.
A.E. Runo vs. Arthur G. Williams
Folder 4: 10019 [Civ.771], November 1909-January 1910Add to your cart.
Robert Dollar vs. The International Banking Corporation, and Edwin H. Lamme
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 5: 10069 [L.A. 4806] [Civ.2902], January 1919Add to your cart.
Exchange Securities Company, a Corporation vs. John Rossini and Henry Monighetti, Copartners doing business under the firm name and style of Rossini and Monighetti, Joe Guidotti and Pietro Guidotti
Index Terms: Building; Real Property
Folder 6: 10072 [L.A.5029] [Civ.3031], November 1916- January 1917Add to your cart.
C.W.Quackenbush vs. James W. Darrough, Susan E. Darrough, Raymond W. Smith and Mary E. Nelson Smith and Raymond W. Smith and Mary E. Nelson Smith
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 7: 10074 [LA.193], 1896Add to your cart.
Allan Pollock vs. City of San Diego
Index Terms: Employment
Folder 8: 10115 [L.A.5972] [Civ.3369], June 1919-November 1920Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a Municipal Corporation vs. William G. Kerckhoff, H.W. Keller, George H. Peck and Jake N. Danziger and Florence E. Whitney, Executor and Executrix respectively, under the Last Will and Testament of C.A. Canfield, Deceased
Index Terms: Government San Diego; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 9: 10115 [L.A.5972] [Civ.3369], June 1919-November 1920Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a Municipal Corporation vs. William G. Kerckhoff, H.W. Keller, George H. Peck and Jake N. Danziger and Florence E. Whitney, Executor and Executrix respectively, under the Last Will and Testament of C.A. Canfield, Deceased
Index Terms: Government San Diego; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 10: 10133 [L.A.5309], July 1917-February 1919Add to your cart.
Paul Bancroft and Phillip Bancroft vs. Henry T. Woodward and Henry T. Woodward vs. Paul Bancroft, Philip Bancroft and Griffing Bancroft
Folder 11: 10133 [L.A.5309], July 1917-February 1919Add to your cart.
Paul Bancroft and Phillip Bancroft vs. Henry T. Woodward and Henry T. Woodward vs. Paul Bancroft, Philip Bancroft and Griffing Bancroft
Folder 12: 10160 [L.A.4035] [2nd Civ.1486], January 1914-March 1914Add to your cart.
Amy C. Puterbaugh vs. E.P. McCray
Folder 13: 10172 [L.A.4918], December 1916-July 1917Add to your cart.
John D. Lawrence vs. The Premier Indemnity Assurance Company, a Corporation, San Diego Land and Mortgage Company, a Corporation, R. Lee Maloney, F. Wm. Vogt and Oscar J. Kendall
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 14: 10178 [L.A.5988] [Civ.3311], December 1918-February 1919Add to your cart.
P.F. Pidgeon vs. San Diego Consolidated Brewing Co., a Corporation
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 15: 10180 [Civ.2954], June 1919Add to your cart.
G.M. Pratt vs. J.M. Padgett
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 16: 10189 [L.A.5528], March 1918-August 1918Add to your cart.
Willie Emily McNett vs. Burnham McNett
Folder 17: 10197 [L.A.4941], October 1916-March 1917Add to your cart.
H.B.McAuliff vs. Joseph E. McFadden, George E. Buxton, McFadden and Buxton, a co-partnership, George E. Buxton, Incorporated, a Corporation, American National bank, a Corporation, edward Strahlmann, Edmund Mayer, North Park Syndicate, co-partnership
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 18: 10222 [L.A.5976] [Civ.2989], January 1919Add to your cart.
D.L. Noble vs. Samuel Manatt
Folder 19: 10244 [L.A.3429] [Civ.1559], January 1913-August 1913Add to your cart.
H.E. Higbie and H.W. Higbie vs. E.S. Shields
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 20: 10246 [L.A. 3426] [Civ.1557], January 1913-April 1913Add to your cart.
John H.Gay vs. Julius Wangenheim, as Park Commissioner of the City of San Diego, et al.
Index Terms: San Diego Unions
Folder 21: 10249 [L.A.5640] [Civ. 3186], March 1918-August 1918Add to your cart.
C.R. Bayless vs. J.F. Reed and L.L. Searl, as Executors of the Last Will and Testament of Edwin Ferris, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 22: 10255 [Civ. 2105], June 1916-July 1916Add to your cart.
The Ingle Manufacturing Company vs. J.H. Scales
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts
Folder 23: 10258 [Civ. 1640], September 1914- October 1914Add to your cart.
Chas. R. McCormick Lumber Company, a Corporation vs. Highland School District of the County of San Diego, and George M. Tracy, R.D. Evans and A.C. Burtner as Trustees of the Highland School District of the County of San Diego
Index Terms: Business; Contracts; Debts
Folder 24: 10259 [Civ.1643], September 1914-October 1914Add to your cart.
The Panama Commercial Company vs. C.H. Tingey and United States Fidelity and Guarranty Company
Index Terms: San Diego Unions
Folder 25: 10275 [L.A. 4725], April 1916Add to your cart.
J.H. Glenn vs. J.C. Rice
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 26: 10280 [Civ. 1649], August 1914Add to your cart.
J. Chauncey Hayes, Felipa M. Hayes, Adam Layer and Lottie Layer vs. J.T. Butler, County Clerk and Ex-officio Clerk of the Superior Court of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 27: 10292 [L.A. 3628] [Civ. 1385], June 1913-September 1913Add to your cart.
Martha E. Mulvey, et al. vs. Superior Court, et al.
Index Terms: California
Folder 28: 10316 [L.A. 4168], March 1915-July 1915Add to your cart.
Alma L. Boal and J. Mills Boal, husband and wife vs. A.G. Gassen
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 29: 10331 [L.A. 4191], March 1915-August 1915Add to your cart.
Harry Davis Trounce, and William Stoeker vs. The Barber Asphalt Paving Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Debts

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