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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 13Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 11322 [L.A. 6022] [Civ.3378], February 1919-June 1920Add to your cart.
Jesse George and Charles B. McCoy, Co-partners vs. Elizabeth G. Clarke Stensland, (sued as Elizabeth G. Clarke), and John Doe
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 2: 11332 [L.A.3533], November 1913-April 1914Add to your cart.
Del Mar Water, Light and Power Company, a Corporation vs. John Eshleman, Alex Gordon, H.D. Loveland, Max Thelen and Edwin O. Edgerton, as members of and constituting the Railroad Commission of the State of California
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 3: 11332 [L.A.3533], November 1913-April 1914Add to your cart.
Del Mar Water, Light and Power Company, a Corporation vs. John Eshleman, Alex Gordon, H.D. Loveland, Max Thelen and Edwin O. Edgerton, as members of and constituting the Railroad Commission of the State of California
Folder 4: 11336, 1899Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. George E. Hettick
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 5: 11337 [Crim.683], July 1900-September 1900Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. ramon Tapia
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Ethnic Groups
Folder 6: 11338, October 1901-September 1902Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Gertrudes Almendares
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 7: 11340 [Crim.1059], July 1903-August 1903Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Juan Chutnacut
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 8: 11344 [Crim.1182], 1904Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Florencio Jailles
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Ethnic Groups
Folder 9: 11348 [L.A. 4470], July 1917-April 1918Add to your cart.
Harold Mayne, a minor, by Geroge L. Mayne, his guardian ad litem vs. San Diego Electric Railway Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 10: 11353 [L.A. 5604], March 1918-July 1918Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Hester W. Dexter, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 11: 11354 [L.A. 5537], March 1918-April 1918Add to your cart.
Daniel S. O'Connell and Nellie O'Connell vs. Nellie A. Fowler and The Southern Title and Guarranty Company
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 12: 11366 [L.A. 5601], March 1918Add to your cart.
W.E. Craiglow vs. C.J. Williams, Ruth S. Williams, and C.E. Sterne
Folder 13: 11369 [L.A. 5395], February 1918-March 1918Add to your cart.
Whiting-Meade Commercial Company of San Diego vs, Charles W. Brown
Folder 14: 11465, September 1905Add to your cart.
Junipero Land and Water Company, a Corporation vs. A.F. Cornell, et al.
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 15: 11466 [L.A. 2036] [Civ. 270], January 1905-February 1907Add to your cart.
City of Escondido, a Municipal Corporation vs. A.W. Wohlford
Index Terms: Escondido; Taxation
Folder 16: 11505 [L.A. Civ. 7388] [2nd Civ.3991], September 1922-August 1925Add to your cart.
L.M. Mann vs. geo T. vernon and Zoe Vernon, His Wife, and Anna Archer
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 17: 11515 [L.A. 3981], September 1914-December 1914Add to your cart.
James Argent vs. Palace Cafe Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations
Folder 18: 11534 [L.A. 1708] [Civ.1], November 1904-1905Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of martin Casner, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 19: 11535 [L.A. 2564], 1910-February 1910Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Henry Timken
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 20: 11536 [L.A.4039], November 1914- April 1917Add to your cart.
San Diego Construction Company, a Corporation vs. Mary E. Mannix, a widow
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations; Personal Property
Folder 21: 11537 [L.A. 5331], August 1917Add to your cart.
Andrew Thill vs. George Moulthrop, et al and Sylvester Kipp
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 22: 11538 [L.A.2279], May 1908Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Jacob Gruendike, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 23: 11587 [Crim.933], July 1902-October 1902Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Daisy Jackson
Index Terms: Crime and Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 24: 11608 [L.A. 13971] [4th Civ. 1069], November 1932-December 1933Add to your cart.
Val A. Turner and Nell truner, husband and wife vs. Bank of America national Trust and Savings Association, et al. and Theolinda Margarita Deacon, cross complainant vs. Val A. Turner and Nell Turner
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts; Personal Property
Folder 25: 11647 [L.A. 4359], November 1915-December 1915Add to your cart.
Coronado beach Company, a Corporation, and Frankfort General Insurance Company, a Corporation vs. A.J. Pillsbury, Will J. French and Harris Weinstock, as members and constituting the Industrial Accident Commission of the State of California
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 26: 11829 [L.A. 3689], November 1913-January 1914Add to your cart.
County of San Diego vs. Lewis J. Utt and the Utt Investment Co., a Corporation
Index Terms: Real Property; San Diego County
Folder 27: 11846 [L.A. 6559], June 1920-August 1920Add to your cart.
L.A. Leisure vs. George H. Hutton, Administrator of the Estate of Merrill B. Crabtree, Deceased, Edwin Reed, Administrator of the Estate of Rosa M. Crabtree, Deceased, Geroge D. Doyle, Administrator of the Estate of Jean Bumat, Deceased, and R.S. Porter, Administrator of the Estate of Fidelo Bumat, also known as Fidelio Bumat, Deceased
Index Terms: Real Property; Taxation
Folder 28: 11848 [L.A. 14653], February 1934-march 1934Add to your cart.
County of San Diego, a Political Subdivision, of the State of California, On the Relation of Thomas Whelan, District Attorney of the County of San Diego, State of California vs. A. Leaman Davis, doing business under the fictitious firm name and style of U.S. Finance Company, John Doe and Jane Doe
Index Terms: San Diego County; Taxation
Folder 29: 11907 [L.A. 5558], July 1918-September 1919Add to your cart.
Sarah A. Higgins and R.E. Harrison vs. Fred M. Jennings, Sherrif of San Diego County, State of California
Index Terms: Debts; Real Property

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