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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 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 13101 [L.A. 2570], November 1909-January 1910Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of John M. Davidson
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 2: 13105 [L.A. 1737], February 1905-June 1905Add to your cart.
Leanna Zobel vs. Fred Zobel
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 3: 13106 [L.A. 1027], December 1900Add to your cart.
H.F. Weiss vs. Ben P. Cain, et al., and Mrs. R.J. Goss
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 4: 13131 [Crim. 439], October 1915-November 1916Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. E.D. Love
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 5: 13137 [433], January 1923-September 1928Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. N.C. Oakley
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 6: 13160 [L.A. Civ. 7553, L.A. 9183] [2nd Civ. 4284, 1st Civ. 6286], January 1923-September 1928Add to your cart.
Elizabeth Riedy and Tom Riedy, husband and wife vs. George M. Bidwell and Charles Cook vs. George Bidwell
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 7: 13160 [L.A. Civ. 7553, L.A. 9183] [2nd Civ. 4284, 1st Civ. 6286], January 1923-September 1928Add to your cart.
Elizabeth Riedy and Tom Riedy, husband and wife vs. George M. Bidwell and Charles Cook vs. George Bidwell
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 8: 13207 [Crim.311], July 1913-October 1913Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. A.B. Smith
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 9: 13207 [Crim.311], July 1913-October 1913Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. A.B. Smith
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 10: 13214 [Crim. 316], January 1914-February 1914Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. William Bremer
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 11: 13219 [Crim 310], September 1913Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. L.E. Dadum
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Real Property
Folder 12: 13291 [Crim. 484], April 1916Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Alonzo Pasqueria
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Ethnic Groups
Folder 13: 13292 [L.A. 6716, L.A. 6739], March 1921-November 1922Add to your cart.
John C. Brewer vs. The Railroad Commission of the State of California and Cuyamaca Water Company
Index Terms: Water
Folder 14: 13292 [L.A. 6716, L.A. 6739], March 1921-November 1922Add to your cart.
John C. Brewer vs. The Railroad Commission of the State of California and Cuyamaca Water Company
Index Terms: Water
Folder 15: 13292 [L.A. 6716, L.A. 6739], March 1921-November 1922Add to your cart.
John C. Brewer vs. The Railroad Commission of the State of California and Cuyamaca Water Company
Index Terms: Water
Folder 16: 13362 [Civ. 19537], 1894-1895Add to your cart.
Maria A. Scott vs. A.G. Rhodes et als.
Index Terms: Ethnic Groups; Real Property
Folder 17: 13372 [L.A.199], March 1896-May 1896Add to your cart.
Thomas L. Rogers and Ella S. Rogers vs. Warren C. Kimball, Moses A. Luce and Jessie Gordon Whittlesey, Administratrix of the Estate of James S. Gordon, Deceased
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 18: 13373 [L.A.1291], September 1899-903Add to your cart.
Mary Matthews, Executrix of the Last Will and Testament of Henry Matthews, Deceased vs. Henry Ormerd and Mary Jane Ormerd
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 19: 13386 [L.A. 5835], February 1919-August 1919Add to your cart.
T.B. Wilkinson vs. F.F. Grant, E.A. Crokat, E.L. Seavey and F.E. Briggs
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 20: February 1919-August 1919, February 1919-August 1919Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of W.L. Minear, sometimes known as William L. Minear
Folder 21: 13419 [L.A. 6748], November 1920-April 1921Add to your cart.
Edward Todd vs. Horace T. Lyon, Eva M. Lyon and Carrie A. Lyon, co-partners doing business under the firm name and style of Escondido Mercantile Company
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 22: 13426 [L.A. 7167], December 1921-July 1922Add to your cart.
Anna B. Freeman and C.R. Freeman, wife and husband vs. Hubert Adams, doing business under the fictitious name of El Cajon Stage and george W. Cramer, doing business under the fictitious name of Cramer's Bakery
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 23: 13490 [L.A. 4925], December 1916Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Florance A. Stough, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 24: 13506 [4th Civ. 1115], April 1934-November 1934Add to your cart.
Katie Karle vs. James A. Reed, et al.
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 25: 13517 [L.A. 6155], July 1919-December 1919Add to your cart.
Pacific Finance and Investment Company, a Corporation vs. Harley Pierce, Frank J. fairburn and Elmer Davis, Co-partners as National Motors Company, M.E. Smith, B.S. Pierce and Greer-Robbins Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 26: 13549 [L.A.5107], February 1917-March 1917Add to your cart.
Joseph B. Morgan, sometimes known as Bert Morgan, and Mable Jessie Morgan, his wife vs. Horace P. Dibble, Minnie C. Dibble, his wife, and Katherine M. Cory, a widow
Index Terms: Contracts; Real Property
Folder 27: 13602 [Civ.19249], March 1893Add to your cart.
Levi Chase vs. W.E. High and John E. High
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 28: 13661 [L.A. 5512], January 1918-February 1918Add to your cart.
Reuden H. Mitchell vs. Ella L. Russell
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 29: 13686 [L.A. 5865], December 1918-January 1920Add to your cart.
Mabel E. Huchting vs. Arnold F. Huchting

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