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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 19Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 15029 [Civ. 14642], April 1892-November 1893Add to your cart.
John E. High vs. The Bank of Commerce
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Debts
Folder 2: 15030, 1893Add to your cart.
C.F. Hertwick vs. The City of National City
Index Terms: National City
Folder 3: 15031 [Civ. 19390, 19380], November 1893-December 1893Add to your cart.
Mary Brady vs. The Times-Mirror Company, a Corporation and Harrison G. Otis
Folder 4: 15032 [L.A. 271], August 1896-September 1896Add to your cart.
Golden Cross Mining and Milling Company, a Corporation vs. James Spiers, Joseph Sloss, L.W. Blinn, J.M. Johnston, A. Haas and C. Seligman
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 5: 15033 [L.A. 253], 1896Add to your cart.
Mariano Garcia vs. Peter Gunn, et al., and C.A. McComber
Index Terms: Contracts; Crime and Criminals; Ethnic Groups
Folder 6: 15054 [L.A. 7600], February 1923Add to your cart.
California Flaxseed Products Company, a Corporation vs.L.J.F. Laeger
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Personal Property
Folder 7: 15100 [L.A. 115], 1895Add to your cart.
O. McCaughey vs. H.C. Schuette and Dorothee Schuette
Index Terms: Contracts; Debts; Mortgages
Folder 8: 15101 [L.A. 483], June 1895-1898Add to your cart.
Amelia B. Baker and Wm. G. Baker vs. The Southern California Railway Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 9: 15133 [L.A. 4178], March 1915-May 1915Add to your cart.
Edgar B. Levi, as Receiver vs. James A. Chesley
Index Terms: Contracts; Mortgages; Personal Property
Folder 10: 15163 [Civ. 19539], August 1894-September 1894Add to your cart.
William Frisbie Lewis vs. C.S. Chamberlain, et al. and E.W. Morse and N.H. Conklin
Index Terms: Contracts; Debts
Folder 11: 15164 [L.A. 355], January 1897-March 1897Add to your cart.
The Rishdon Iron and Locomotive Works, a Corporation vs. Citizens Traction Company of San Diego, a Corporation, and G.B. Kerper and Citizens Traction Company
Index Terms: Personal Property; Transportation
Folder 12: 15170, 1897Add to your cart.
H.T. Christian vs. The Super Court of San Diego County
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 13: 15174 [L.A. 5815], September 1918-October 1918Add to your cart.
Irene M. Mohn vs. George F. Mohn
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 14: 15175 [L.A. 1406], 1903Add to your cart.
W.E. Agard vs. E.E. Shaffer, as Auditor of the County of San Diego
Index Terms: Contracts; Debts; San Diego County
Folder 15: 15176, 1901Add to your cart.
San Diego, Cuyamaca and Eastern Railway Company, a Corporation vs. Eugene E. Shaffer, County Auditor of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Personal Property; Taxation
Folder 16: 15177, 1903-June 1904Add to your cart.
Fannie C. Grant, et al. vs. A.F. Cornell, as Tax Collector
Index Terms: Land; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 17: 15179, March 1903Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Clemente Perales
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 18: 15181 [L.A. 19590], February 1895-March 1895Add to your cart.
P.N. Ions vs. D.F. Harbison; Clarence L. Barber vs. H.S. Mulford 1895
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 19: 15182, March 1895Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Contested Election of John P. Burt, for the office of County Assesor of, in and for the said County of San Diego, State of California, by William H. Carlson.
Index Terms: Elections; San Diego County
Folder 20: 15183 [Civ. 19167], 1892Add to your cart.
John Elledge vs. The National City and Otay Railway Company
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 21: 15184 [L.A. 319], December 1896-January 1897Add to your cart.
Matilda G. Brancroft vs. The City of San Diego
Index Terms: Transportation
Folder 22: 15186 [L.A. 72], June 1895-September 1895Add to your cart.
National Carriage Manfacturing Company vs. Story of Isham Commercial Company, a Corporation, and Adella B. Story
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations
Folder 23: 15188, June 1893Add to your cart.
Joseph Haber vs. Martha L. Brown, et al. and Caroline G. Carter
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 24: 15189 [L.A. 136], 1895Add to your cart.
Alice W. Robinson vs. Edward Dougherty
Index Terms: Land; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 25: 15190, February 1892-April 1892Add to your cart.
Frank E. Bates vs. E.S. Babcock, Jr., and the Coronado Beach Company
Folder 26: 15191 [L.A. 327, 403], March 1897-November 1897Add to your cart.
In the Matter of of the Estate of Marcus L. Omsted, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 27: 15194 [Civ. 19352, 14224], 1892-93Add to your cart.
W.E. Baines vs. E.S. Babcock, et al.
Folder 28: 15196 [L.A. 57], 1895Add to your cart.
The Consolidated National Bank of San Diego vs. Richard V. Hayes, et als. children and heirs at law of Edward Hayes, deceased, and the Administrators of the Estate of Edward Hayes
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 29: 15197 [L.A. Civ. 6778], March 1921-June 1921Add to your cart.
Rose Abbot vs. Coronado Beach Company, a Corporation, Defendant, and F.C. Williams
Index Terms: Coronado; Crime and Criminals ; Personal Injuries
Folder 30: 15207 [L.A. 1068], 1901Add to your cart.
San Diego Investment Company vs. E.E. Shaffer, as Auditor of the County of San Diego
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 31: 15208 [L.A. 145], December 1895-March 1896Add to your cart.
Jane Mason McCully, as Administratrix vs. Andrew J. O'Conor, as Receiver
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 32: 15209 [Civ. 19413], January 1894-March 1894Add to your cart.
D.S. McCullough, Joseph Coyne, and Addie M. Haight, Executrix of the Last Will and Testament of E.G. Haight, Deceased vs. L.E. Olds, et al.
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 33: 15210 [L.A. 139], November 1895-January 1896Add to your cart.
John B. Rea vs. Albert Haffenden, et al., and The Barona Company, a Corporation, James Arnold, Albert R. Schulenburg, Administrator of the Estate of Frederick Schulenberg, Deceased; Sarah M. Daley and Thomas J. Daley
Index Terms: Contracts; Mortgages
Folder 34: 15213 [L.A. 1550], March 1904-June 1904Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Catherine Geary, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 35: 15232 [2nd Civ. 2762], September 1918Add to your cart.
Agnes G. Ells vs. Board of Supervisros of San Diego County
Index Terms: San Diego County
Folder 36: 15242, 1893Add to your cart.
E.G. Dulin vs. The Pacific Wood and Coal Company, a Corporation, et al.
Index Terms: Business; Elections
Folder 37: 15255 [L.A. 144], December 1895-96Add to your cart.
Jane Mason McCully, as Administratrix of the Estate of James L. Mason, Deceased vs. George H. Cooper
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 38: 15256 [L.A. 3], April 1892Add to your cart.
A. Blanc vs. The Paymaster Mining Co.
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 39: 15257 [L.A. 398], 1897Add to your cart.
Savings and Loan Society vs. Fannie M. McKoon, as Executrix of the Last Will of Hosmer P. McKoon, Deceased et al.
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Debts
Folder 40: 15264 [Civ. 19234], March 1893Add to your cart.
Jere W. Clemens vs. M.A. Luce and Henry W. Magee
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 41: 15266, 1894Add to your cart.
Savings Bank of San Diego County vs. John Fisher, Mary C. Morse and E.W. Morse, her husband, et al.
Index Terms: Business; Mortgages
Folder 42: 15267, February 1895Add to your cart.
The People of the State vs. Leong Fiy and Lee Quoi Chin
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 43: 15268 [Civ. 19274], April 1893-May 1893Add to your cart.
Paul Sainsevain vs. M.A. Luce, C.S. Luce, and Olive B. Montania
Index Terms: Debts; Mortgages
Folder 44: 15269 [Civ. 19302], June 1893-August 1893Add to your cart.
Mary F. Lee vs. D.O. McCarthy and Amanda McCarthy et al.
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 45: 15270 [Civ. 19385], 1893Add to your cart.
Works, Gibson, and Titus vs. George A. Merritt
Index Terms: Business; Personal Property
Folder 46: 15273 [Civ. 19163], 1893Add to your cart.
Excelsior Paving Company vs. Emily M. Pierce
Index Terms: Consumers; Contracts
Folder 47: 15274 [Civ. 19226], 1893Add to your cart.
Nat Kennedy vs. The California Svings Bank, S.G. Havermale, J.W. Collins, D.D. Dare, and The California National Bank
Folder 48: 15283 [L.A. 7], 1895Add to your cart.
W.R. Rogers vs. A.R. Schulenberg, et al.
Index Terms: Contracts; Debts
Folder 49: 15288, 1893Add to your cart.
The San Diego Savings Bank, a Corporation vs. Max Lowenstein
Index Terms: Debts; Mortgages
Folder 50: 15292, September 1905Add to your cart.
San Diego Investment Company, a Corporation vs. A.F. Cornell et al.
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 51: 15296 [Civ. 19334], 1893Add to your cart.
Bryant Howard vs. J.H. McChesney, Herbert R. Houghton, Edith V. Houghton, Charles Seidler, John Doe, Richard Roe
Index Terms: Debts; Mortgages
Folder 52: 15298, 1900Add to your cart.
County of San Diego vs. C.R. Dauer, J. Gruendike, Goerge Hannahs, Jerry Toles, William Collier, D.D. Dare, John Long, John F. Sinks, R.M. Powers, G.W. Jorres, M. German, E.W. Bushyhead, Chas. W. Pauly, D.C. Reed, S. Levi, T.J. Daley, Bryant Howard, E.W. Morse, O.S. Witherby, and John C. Fisher
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 53: 15299, September 1905Add to your cart.
Citizen's Bank of Los Angeles, a Corporation vs. A.F. Cornell, as Tax Collector of the County of San Diego, State of California: E.E. Shafer, as County Auditor of the County of San Diego, State of California; John F. Schwartz,as County Treasurer of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Taxation

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