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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 12Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 10944 [L.A.1732] [Civ. 225], February 1905-December 1905Add to your cart.
The "National Bank of San Diego" a Corporation vs. J.S. Schirm and R.M. Powers
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Contracts; Corporations; Debts
Folder 2: 11051 [L.A. 3223], May 1912-December 1912Add to your cart.
Filipo Poggi vs. C.A. Scott
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 3: 11130 [L.A. 3796], July 1915-November 1916Add to your cart.
A.N. Jones vs. The California Development Company, a Corporation and La Sociedad Anonima), a Corporation and Imperial Water Company No. 1, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Water
Folder 4: 11192 [L.A. 5772] [2nd App.Civ. 3236], October 1915-April 1920Add to your cart.
Southern Pacific Land Company, a Corporation vs. The County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Corporations; Real Property; San Diego County; Taxation
Folder 5: 11199 [L.A. 3205] [Civ. 1272], September 1911- December 1911Add to your cart.
Southern Construction Company vs. Jessie S. Howells, et al.
Index Terms: Corporations; Real Property
Folder 6: 11204 [L.A. 665], March 1909- July 1909Add to your cart.
Bartlett Estate Company, a Corporation vs. W.H. Fraser and M.L. Wyneken
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts
Folder 7: 11209 [L.A. 2411, 2607], February 1909-March 1910Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Thomas J. Higgins, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 8: 11209 [L.A. 2411, 2607], February 1909-March 1910Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Thomas J. Higgins, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 9: 11247, June 1892Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Charles Benoit
Index Terms: Corporations; Performing Arts
Folder 10: 11248 [L.A. 1960], September 1906-January 1907Add to your cart.
Susie G. Couts and John F. Couts vs. Carolina M. Winston and John B. Winston
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 11: 11249 [L.A. 1577], 1904Add to your cart.
Mabel I. Humiston vs. Eugene E. Shaffer, as he is Auditor of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Debts; Government San Diego County
Folder 12: 11261 [2nd Civ. 1153], March 1912- November 1914Add to your cart.
San Diego Realty Company, a Corporation vs. Luther M. Mill, John P. Klein, Helen Johnson, German Benvolent Society, a Corporation, Moritz Strouss, Herbert C. Chivers, John Carson, et al.
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 13: 11262 [L.A. 3410], January 1913- November 1905Add to your cart.
Melissa Leatham Nicholson, Jennie Leatham Hickox, William Leatham vs. Helen L. Leatham, Ivy Walsh, Walter E. Walsh
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 14: 11301 [L.A. 1653], December 1904Add to your cart.
Charles I. Travelli and David L. Withinton vs. M.S. Bowman, Public Administrator and Administrator of the Estate of George R. Senior, Deceased
Index Terms: Industry; Debts; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 15: 11302 [Civ. 14485], 1894Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego vs. The Linda Vista Irrigation District, et al.
Index Terms: Water
Folder 16: 11303 [L.A. 192], 1896Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of John E. Roberts, Deceased. Julia A. Henley vs. H. Curtis Roberts, as Executor, etc.
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 17: 11304 [L.A. 154], December 1895- February 1896Add to your cart.
L.W. Green vs. O.J. Stough
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 18: 11305, June 1895Add to your cart.
Frank B. Merriam vs. Maria Poggi Bachioni and Luois Bachioni
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 19: 11306 [L.A. 52], April 1895Add to your cart.
San Diego, Old Town, and Pacific Beach Railroad Company vs. Pacific Beach Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 20: 11307, November 1906-April 1907Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of James S. Callen, and Incompetent Person vs. Southern California State Hospital and California State Commission in Lunacy
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 21: 11308 [U.S. Sup.193] [9th Circ 768], 1900-03Add to your cart.
San Diego Land and Town Company vs. James A. Jasper
Index Terms: Water
Folder 22: 11309 [L.A. 1429], July 1903Add to your cart.
John F. Schwartz, County Treasurer of the County of San Diego, State of California vs. the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 23: 11310, September 1905Add to your cart.
Fidelity Trust Company, a Corporation vs. A.F. Cornell, et al.
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 24: 1131 [L.A.1598], April 1904-July 1904Add to your cart.
Dr. A. Morgan vs. County of San Diego
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 25: 11321, 1896Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Frank Wilson
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 26: 11321, 1896Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Frank Wilson
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals

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