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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 17Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 13690 [L.A. 4713,2848,2879], April 1916-November 1916Add to your cart.
People's National Bank, a Corporation vs. Ermelinda Moretti and Fiorenzo Moretti
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 2: 13690 [L.A. 4713,2848,2879], April 1916-November 1916Add to your cart.
People's National Bank, a Corporation vs. Ermelinda Moretti and Fiorenzo Moretti
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 3: 13711 [2nd Civ.3321] [L.A. 6795], May 1920-January 1921Add to your cart.
T. Guglietti and Matilda Guglietti, Husbandand Wife vs. Charles H. Graham, United Stages, a Corporation, and Western Indemnity Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 4: 13717 [L.A. 3363], May 1920-September 1920Add to your cart.
Citrus Soap Company, a Corporation vs. Peet Bros. Mfg. Co., a Corporation
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 5: 13844 [L.A. 6612], September 1920-DecemberAdd to your cart.
Oscar Lehner vs. Sue A. McLennan and D.D. McLennan, husband and wife
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 6: 14018 [L.A. 5941, 2824], November 1918-February 1918Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Louisa F. Shirley, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 7: 14113 [L.A. 6352] [1st Civ. 3672], November 1919-April 1920Add to your cart.
In the Matter of an Arbitration Between William Hoyt Colgate and J.H. Shreve and The Bank of Coronado, a Corporation vs. J.H. Shreve
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Coronado
Folder 8: 14113 [L.A. 6352] [1st Civ. 3672], November 1919-April 1920Add to your cart.
In the Matter of an Arbitration Between William Hoyt Colgate and J.H. Shreve and The Bank of Coronado, a Corporation vs. J.H. Shreve
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Coronado
Folder 9: 14141 [L.A. 5428, 5429, 5411, 5419, 5457, 5451, 5527,5550], October 1917-June 1918Add to your cart.
Ethel W. Bancroft vs. Griffing Bancroft
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 10: 14141 [L.A. 5428, 5429, 5411, 5419, 5457, 5451, 5527,5550], October 1917-June 1918Add to your cart.
Ethel W. Bancroft vs. Griffing Bancroft
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 11: 14141 [L.A. 5428, 5429, 5411, 5419, 5457, 5451, 5527,5550], October 1917-June 1918Add to your cart.
Ethel W. Bancroft vs. Griffing Bancroft
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 12: 14168 [L.A. 5476, 5454, 2078], November 1917-March 1920Add to your cart.
Lucy M. Titus vs. Richard S. Woods, et al. and Guarantee Mortgage Company of San Diego, a Corporation
Index Terms: Debts; Mortgages
Folder 13: 14212 [L.A.  6787] [2nd Civ.3613], January 1921-July 1921Add to your cart.
Lewis M. Oberkotter vs. Claude Woolman
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 14: 14228 [L.A. 3511], January 1921-March 1921Add to your cart.
W.W. Pfahler, C.T. Buelow and E.L. Fisher, a co-partnership vs. F.W. Worcester, Oliver Bower, and People's National Bank, a Corporation
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Crime & Criminals
Folder 15: 14252 [L.A. 5565] [Civ. 3188], February 1918-January 1920Add to your cart.
Martin Mulville vs. City of San Diego, a Municipal Corporation of the State of California, in the County of San Diego, et al.
Index Terms: Consumers; San Diego Unions
Folder 16: 14265, January 1924Add to your cart.
John McGross vs. Wendell Genter, Louisa Genter, Elsie Genter, and Tillie Genter
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 17: 14326 [L.A. 6738], December 1921Add to your cart.
Fannie Johnson vs. Geneva G. Babcock
Folder 18: 14354 [L.A. 4174], April 1915-May 1915Add to your cart.
A. Verein and Helma Verein vs. Charles Frey
Index Terms: Debts; Real Property
Folder 19: 14395 [Civ. 3272], January 1920-March 1920Add to your cart.
Walter Harp vs. Clifford C. Pease
Folder 20: 14401 [L.A. 2745], July 1910-October 1910Add to your cart.
C.E. Luscomb and F.W. Stewart, as Executors and Trustees of the Estate of Charles J. Fox, Deceased vs. Theodore  Fintzelberg and Nicholas Steinmetz
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 21: 14402 [L.A.784], 1899Add to your cart.
Solon Bryan vs. Seth Aboot and Frances Bill
Index Terms: Consumers; Debts
Folder 22: 14404 [L.A. 3724] [Civ. 2002], February 1914- October 1919Add to your cart.
A.F. Mack vs. Henry Eummelen
Index Terms: Bankruptcy
Folder 23: 14413, March 1895-1896Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego vs. T.J. Higgins, John P. Clabrough and L.R. Kirby, Trustee
Index Terms: San Diego Unions; Taxation
Folder 24: 14414 [Civ. 19346, 19347], December 1893-February 1894Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Frank Temple, et al.
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 25: 14415 [L.A. 260], 1896-99Add to your cart.
F.A. Holzheier vs. J.C. Hayes and J.V. Hicks
Index Terms: Contracts; Mortgages; Real Property
Folder 26: 14417, June 1896Add to your cart.
Helen L. Roberts and Elsie E. Sweet vs. Charles Fitzallen, A.H. Isham, Edwin A. Wells, John Doe and Katy Roe and The San Miguel Improvement Co.
Index Terms: Debts; Mortgages; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 27: 14418 [L.A. 185], 1896Add to your cart.
Margaret J. Barry, as Administratrix of the Estate of John M. Little, Deceased vs. St. Joseph's Hospital and Sanitarium of the Sisters of Mercy, a Corporation, M. Michael Cummings, M. Josephine Smith, P.C. Remondino and Mary J. Moulton
Index Terms: Corporations; Crime & Criminals; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 28: 14419 [L.A. 246], 1896Add to your cart.
T.J. Evans, et al. vs. A.H. Judson and the Cedros Mining and Milling Co.
Index Terms: Consumers; Contracts; Personal Property
Folder 29: 14420 [L.A. 273], July 1896-September 1896Add to your cart.
Savings Bank of San Diego County vs. Thomas J. Daley, et al.
Index Terms: Contracts; Mortgages
Folder 30: 14421 [L.A. 161], 1895-1897Add to your cart.
William N. Bradbury, Administrator of the Estate of Daniel Keniston, Deceased vs. Josiah N. Davenport, J.H. Anderson, Cashier of the Bank of Escondido, Daniel Martinez, and L.D. Martinez, wife of said Daniel Martinez, Rosa Keniston, Hettie Keniston, Willie Keniston, and Leroy Keniston
Index Terms: Contracts; Mortgages; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 31: 14422 [L.A. 1524], February 1904-February 1905Add to your cart.
Cave J. Couts vs. A.F. Cornell, Tax Collector of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Real Property; San Diego County; Taxation
Folder 32: 14423 [Civ. 428], August 1897Add to your cart.
Ida B. Latta vs. George M. Tutton
Index Terms: Debts; Mortgages; Prersonal Property; Real Property
Folder 33: 14424, 1893Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. C. Bustemente
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Ethnic Groups

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