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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 18Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 14425 [Civ. 19246], 1893Add to your cart.
John Dolbeer vs. J. B. Livingston, et al. and W.M. Ginty
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 2: 14426 [L.A. 468], 1897Add to your cart.
I. Isaac irwin vs. Thomas C. Exton, William M. Pickle, george M. Patterson, L.L. Scott and S. Levee as and composing the Board of Trustees of the City of Oceanside, California, and the City of Oceanside, California, a Municipal Corporation
Index Terms: Oceanside
Folder 3: 14427 [L.A. 418], 1897Add to your cart.
Savings Bank of San Diego County, a Corporation vs. Central Market Company, a Corporation, Bryant Howard, trustee; J.H. Barbour; J.H. Barbour, trustee; Charles S. Hamilton, and F.W. Stewart
Index Terms: Bankruptcy
Folder 4: 14428, 1897Add to your cart.
Frederick N. Pauly, as Receiver of the California National Bank of San Diego vs. C.W. Rogers and Dora I. Rogers
Index Terms: Debts; Mortgages
Folder 5: 14429, 1895Add to your cart.
Andrew J. O'Conor, Receiver of the Consolidated National Bank of San Diego vs. O.S. Witherby
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Debts
Folder 6: 14430, 1896-97Add to your cart.
Chemical National Bank of New York, a Corporation vs. S.G. Havermale, The California National Bank, a Corporation; and the California Savings Bank, a Corporation
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Corporations; Debts
Folder 7: 14432 [L.A. 394], 1897Add to your cart.
San Diego Land and Town Company vs. La Presa School District in San Diego County
Index Terms: Consumers
Folder 8: 14433 [L.A. 291], 1896Add to your cart.
Edith A. Mitchell vs. I.F. Winnek, Vivi Crise, W.J. McLean, Hugh J. Baldwin and Walter J. Bailey, Superintendent of Schools, Constituting the Board of Education in and for San Diego County, California
Index Terms: Education
Folder 9: 14434 [L.A. 287], 1896- March 1897Add to your cart.
Beri Fanning vs. The Coronado Beach Company
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 10: 14443 [Civ. 639], December 1898Add to your cart.
The Escondido High School District of San Diego Co., vs. Escondido Seminary of the University of Southern California, et al.
Index Terms: Education; Escondido; Real Property
Folder 11: 14444, 1905Add to your cart.
Emma R. Sheldon, Annie C. Sheldon, George B. Sheldon, a minor, and Annie C. Sheldon, his guardian vs. A.D. Sandell, L. Hanlin, C.R. Rise, alias Clara R. Rice, alias Clara R. Foote, H.B. Hakes, C.D. Wire, Harry Emerson and A.E. Robinson
Index Terms: Real Property; Taxation
Folder 12: 14445, Fenruary 1906Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Edson G. Woodard, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 13: 14449 [L.A. 890], August 1910-October 1910Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of B.L.A. Munfoe, Sometimes known as B.L. Alphonso Munroe, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 14: 14464 [L.A. 1490], 1903-1904Add to your cart.
H.F. Weis vs. Cora E. Lamb, William A. Rainey, et al.
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 15: 14480 [L.A. 5390], September 1917-October 1917Add to your cart.
Hope Fulkerson vs. Ezra W.Fulkerson
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 16: 14877, 1894Add to your cart.
Henry Daggett, Receiver vs Will M. Gray, F.W. Braun and Company, and F.W. Braun
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 17: 14878 [Civ. 19416], 1894Add to your cart.
Phoebe L. Parker vs. C.D. Long, as Treasurer of said County of San Diego
Index Terms: Education
Folder 18: 14879 [Civ. 19462], 1894Add to your cart.
Catharine Geary vs. Board of Supervisors of the County of San Diego
Index Terms: Real Property; San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Folder 19: 14880 [Civ. 19375], December 1893Add to your cart.
M.A. Luce and J.Wade McDonald vs. San Diego Land and Town Company
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 20: 14881, August 1894-January 1895Add to your cart.
Mary C. Hall vs. Thomas J. Capps and Augusta K. Capps
Index Terms: Real Property; Taxation
Folder 21: 14882 [Civ. 19198], January 1893Add to your cart.
Oscar Palmer vs. Atchinson, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Co., a Corporation
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations
Folder 22: 14884 [Civ. 19466], 1894Add to your cart.
The California Mortgage, Loan and Trust Company vs. H.F. Weis, and H.W.Weineke as Tax Collector of San Diego County
Index Terms: Mortgages; Real Property; Taxation
Folder 23: 14885 [Civ. 19353], 1895Add to your cart.
California National Bank of San Diego, a Corporation vs. John Ginty, M.A. Luce, et al. and California National Bank of San Diego, a Corporation vs. John Ginty, M.A. Luce, et al.
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Debts
Folder 24: 14886 [Civ. 19556], September 1894-1895Add to your cart.
Andrew J. O'Conor, Receiver of the Consilidated National Bank of San Diego vs. Ellen Roark
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Debts
Folder 25: 14887 [Civ. 19255], May 1893Add to your cart.
John H. Burnham and David Stewart Burnham and John H. Burnham, Jr., Infants, by John H. Burnham, their guardian, ad litem vs. Levi P. Stone, James M. Stone, George Morris, D.M. Breedlove, Arch. Freeman and W.H. Dinwiddie
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 26: 14888 [L.A. 453], 1897Add to your cart.
West Coast Lumber Company, a Corporation, and M.A. Graham and J.T. Weldon, partners doing business under the name of Graham and Weldon vs. Hannah Knapp, C. McArthur, J.M. Wheeler, Renters' Cooperatove Investment Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 27: 14892 [Civ. 19326], 1893Add to your cart.
C.J. Josselyn, et al. vs. The San Diego Land and Town Company
Index Terms: Water
Folder 28: 14893 [Civ. 19415], 1894Add to your cart.
W.W. Whitney Henry Daggett, Cora A. Burns, C.J. Beauvais, John Doe and Richard Roe, and C.J. Beauvais as appellant
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 29: 14895 [Civ. 19441], 1894Add to your cart.
The Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Co. of California, a Corporation vs. John C. Fisher, et al., and J.W. Reid, C.W. Pauly, Thos. Day and Co., Ltd., H.P. Gregory and CO., and Clark and Co.
Index Terms: Corporations; Mortgages
Folder 30: 14896 [Civ. 19264], 1893Add to your cart.
Samuel Cooper and William Cooper vs. D.O. McCarthy, Amanda A. McCarthy, Consolidated National Bank of San Diego, a Corporation, and Mary B. McCarthy
Index Terms: Debts; Mortgages
Folder 31: 14897 [Civ. 19261], 1893Add to your cart.
First National Bank of Chicago vs. California National Bank of San Diego
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 32: 14898 [L.A. 141], 1895Add to your cart.
First National Bank of San Diego vs. Arthur G. Nason
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Debts
Folder 33: 14899, 1894Add to your cart.
Lillian W. Bllom vs. George W. Hazzard
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 34: 14900 [Civ. 19407], Janurary 1894-February 1894Add to your cart.
The Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company of California vs. The County of San Diego
Index Terms: San Diego County; Taxation
Folder 35: 14901, Octobeer 1893-January 1894Add to your cart.
Laura Dickerson vs. Warren C. Dickerson
Index Terms: California
Folder 36: 14902 [Civ. 19368], January 1894Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Proceedings to obtain a Judicial Examination, Approval and Confirmation of the Proceedings of the Board of Directors of the Fallbrook Irrigation District, and of said District, providing for and authorizing the issue and sale of the Bonds of said District
Index Terms: Water
Folder 37: 14903 [L.A. 120], April 1895-December 1895Add to your cart.
J.B. Brackett vs. Manuel Banegas and Nievas Banegas
Index Terms: Debts; Ethnic Groups; Mortgages
Folder 38: 14904 [Civ. 19289], 1893Add to your cart.
Eugene Frandzen vs. The County of San Diego
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 39: 14931 [L.A. Civ. 6695], December 1920-April 1921Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of William Lubin, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 40: 14939 [L.A. 186], 1896Add to your cart.
V.E. Shaw vs. San Diego Water Company
Index Terms: Water
Folder 41: 14940 [L.A. 5171], November 1916-December 1917Add to your cart.
The Gibney Tire and Rubber Company, a Corporation vs. Augustus F. Mack
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 42: 14966 [L.A. 3517], May 1933-December 1933Add to your cart.
The Estate of George H. Winbigler, Deceased, Fannie M. Reed vs. Fannie S. Cake
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 43: 15012 [Civ. 19489], 1894Add to your cart.
Mary K, Henderson vs. A.J. O'Conor, as Receiver of the Consolidated National Bank of San Diego
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Land
Folder 44: 15024, 1894Add to your cart.
First National Bank of Bridgeport, Ohio, a Corporation vs. The Perris Irrigation District, a Corporation and Coronado Foundry and Machine Co., a Corporation and W.L. Ewing, Intervenors
Index Terms: Coronado; Water
Folder 45: 15025, 1894-95Add to your cart.
Bank of Escondido, a Corporation vs. W.W. Thomas, A.K. Cravath, F. Gundrum and W.W. Whitney
Index Terms: Escondido;Real Property
Folder 46: 15026, 1893Add to your cart.
J.E. Goetz vs. Simon Goldbaum
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 47: 15027, 1893Add to your cart.
H.A. Lamb vs. H.A. Harbaugh, et als.
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 48: 15028 [L.A. 326] [Civ. 19443], 1894-1897Add to your cart.
The San Diego Water Co. vs. The City of San Diego, et al
Index Terms: Consumers; Industry; Water

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