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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 20Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 15302 [L.A. 84, 85], August 1895-October 1895Add to your cart.
D.O. McCarthy vs. Mount Tecate Land and Water CO.
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 2: 15315 [Civ. 19031, 19574], February 1892-January 1895Add to your cart.
H.C. Gordon vs, The City of San Diego
Index Terms: Land
Folder 3: 15316, 1894Add to your cart.
John Glazeby vs. J.S. Mannasse, et al.
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 4: 15317 [Civ. 19281], 1893Add to your cart.
O.H. McConoughey vs. W.H. Jackson, Clerk, etc., et al.
Index Terms: Coronado
Folder 5: 15318 [Civ. 19322], 1893Add to your cart.
John H. Gay, Jr. vs. D.D. Dare, et als., and S.G. Havermale
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 6: 15319 [Civ. 19446], August 1894-March 1894Add to your cart.
The San Diego Water Company vs. The San Diego Flume Company
Index Terms: Contracts; Water
Folder 7: 15320, 1897Add to your cart.
William D. Whipple vs. Emily B. Hopkins, et al.
Index Terms: Land
Folder 8: 15321 [L.A. 20], March 1895-April 1895Add to your cart.
William H. Carlson vs. John P. Burt
Index Terms: Elections
Folder 9: 15322, 1893Add to your cart.
Catalina S. Ames and Samuel Ames vs. The City of San Diego
Index Terms: Land; San Diego Unions
Folder 10: 15323 [L.A. 96], August 1895Add to your cart.
Andrew J. O'Conor, as Receiver of the Consolidated National Bank of San Diego vs. E.W. Morse, C.E. Heath and J.H. Braly
Index Terms: Bankruptcy
Folder 11: 15333 [Civ. 19368], December 1893Add to your cart.
B.T. Blackburn, et al., constituting the Board of Directors of Fallbrook Irrigation District vs. Henrique B. Abila
Index Terms: Land; San Diego County
Folder 12: 15334, 1891Add to your cart.
Helen DeCoursey vs. Thomas J. Cox
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 13: 15336 [L.A. 1247] [Crim. 6], March 1905Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Thomas A. Mollard
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 14: 15349 [L.A. 294], April 1906-June 1906Add to your cart.
P.S. Berger, et al. vs. William Justice, et al., as the Board of Supervisors of San Diego County
Folder 15: 15350 [L.A. 1470], 1903- June 1904Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Controversy without action between F.A. Delucca and William H. Price, Justice of the Peace
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 16: 15353, March 1893Add to your cart.
M.L. Ferguson vs. Alexander McBean
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 17: 15354 [L.A. 1067], 1901Add to your cart.
D.C. Collier, Jr. vs. E.E. Shaffer, as Auditor of the County of San Diego
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property; Taxation
Folder 18: 15355 [Civ. 19329], 1893Add to your cart.
H.G. Dow vs. A.G. Nason, et als.
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 19: 15356 [L.A. 1427], 1903Add to your cart.
W.D. French vs. F.P. Davidson, et als.
Index Terms: Education; Personal Injuries
Folder 20: 15377 [Civ. 19505], July 1894-August 1894Add to your cart.
Frederick N. Pauly, Receiver of the California National Bank of San Diego vs. Charles W. Pauly, Assignee, of the San Diego Cable Railway Company, a Corporation, an insolvent, and the San Diego Cable Railway Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 21: 15415 [Civ. 370], January 1907-March 1907Add to your cart.
S.A. Nelson vs. F.W. McCarty
Folder 22: 15450, 1894Add to your cart.
Fred B. Eaton vs. A.W. Metz
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 23: 15544 [L.A. 1522], March 1904Add to your cart.
San Diego Gas Company, a Corporation vs. J,A, Frame, et al., and George Labee
Index Terms: Land
Folder 24: 15546 [L.A. 4996], October 1916Add to your cart.
Martha A. Benjamin vs. Frevert-Bledsoe Furniture Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 25: 15550 [L.A. 5336], August 1917-October 1917Add to your cart.
E. May Lutz vs. Payne Brown
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 26: 15605, April 1894Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Gustave Landman
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 27: 15694 [L.A. 4552], April 1916-March 1916Add to your cart.
M.H. Ogden vs. Benjamin F. Ford and Frank J. Becker
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 28: 15705 [Civ. 19469], March 1894-April 1894Add to your cart.
Mrs. E.C. Rafferty vs. Annie M. High and W.E. High, and Geo H. Field
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 29: 15706, September 1893Add to your cart.
The County of San Diego vs. The Southern Pacific Railroad Co.
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 30: 15708 [Civ. 19483], May 1894-June 1894Add to your cart.
P.L. Johnson, H.W. Mallet, F.B. McIntosh, George W. Cox, P.L. Fickus, Walter Carnes, Peter D. Martin, A.G. Bettens, J.F. McQuown, Charles E. Robbins, C.W. Robinson and T.J. Fisher vs. The City of San Diego, a Municipal Corporation
Index Terms: Coronado
Folder 31: 15709, August 1894Add to your cart.
Southern California Lumber Company vs. S.A. McDowell
Index Terms: Business; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 32: 15721 [L.A. 4133], July 1916-January 1917Add to your cart.
James A. Murray and Ed Fletcher vs. La Mesa Development Company
Index Terms: Land; Water
Folder 33: 15729 [L.A. 4720], May 1916- June 1916Add to your cart.
Whiting-Mead Commercial Company of San Diego, a Corporation, G.S. Umpleby, H.F. Sheehy and J.W. Henderson vs. Nellie D. Richards, also known as Mrs. E.L. Richards, Howard C. Twaddle, Mrs. Howard C. Twaddle, also known as Clara Twaddle, F.L. Sears, John Doe, Richard Roe and Mary Keep
Index Terms: Contracts; Labor
Folder 34: 15731 [L.A. 1101], May 1901-April 1903Add to your cart.
Southern California Mountain Water Company vs. George W. Cameron, as Administrator of Thomas Cameron, Deceased; Catherine S.W. Cameron, G.W. Cameron, Jennie Cameron Jessie Cameron, Katie McCain, Eleanor Spann (said parties above named being the Administrator, Widow and Heirs of Thomas R. Cameron, now deceased, and formerly herein, and have been substituted herein in place of the said defendant, Thomas R. Cameron) and Catherin Cameron
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 35: 15773 [4th Civ. 1114, 3rd Civ. 5286], February 1916-March 1916Add to your cart.
The People of the State California vs. J.T. Waugh
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 36: 15817 [L.A. 1335], January 1934-January 1935Add to your cart.
Elmer L. Forney vs. H.D. Brodie, H.F. Crandall; Bernard MacDonald, C.D. Merrill; E.A. Walsh, William P. Jensen; J. Chauncey Hayes, J.U. Hemmi and J.C. Hizar
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 37: 15936 [L.A. 1411] [1 Cal App. 312], January 1903-April 1905Add to your cart.
E.W. Loring, et al. vs. Dutchess Insurance Company of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 38: 15957 [L.A. 1405], April 1905Add to your cart.
Southern California Mountain Water Company, a Corporation vs. The German Insurance Company of Freeport, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 39: 15958 [L.A. 1390], June 1903-August 1905Add to your cart.
John H. Gay vs. M.R. Thorpe
Folder 40: 15959, 1903- June 1903Add to your cart.
Board of Education of the City of San Diego, Fred Baker, its President, and F.P. Davidson, its clerk vs. The Common Council of the City of San Diego
Index Terms: Education
Folder 41: 15980 [L.A. 6879], 1897-1898Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. H.W. Weineke, D.D. Dare, S.G. Havermale, William Collier, T.R. Gay and J.W. Burns
Index Terms: Elections; Taxation
Folder 42: 16026 [Civ. 19256], June 1921-August 1921Add to your cart.
Thomas Andrews and Celia E. Andrews vs. San Diego Electric Railway Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Personal Injuries; Transportation
Folder 43: 16054 [Civ. 19470], January 1893Add to your cart.
Adolph Anthony vs. Fred Grand
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 44: 16055 [Civ. 19570], April 1894-August 1894Add to your cart.
Julia V. Stewart vs. J.W. Sefton
Index Terms: Labor
Folder 45: 16056, March 1895-1895Add to your cart.
Frank E. Bates vs. The Coronado Beach Company
Index Terms: Coronado
Folder 46: 16057 [Civ. 19560], September 1894Add to your cart.
Augustus Barnett vs. John W. Mulkins and Clarissa Ann Mulkins
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 47: 16058 [L.A. 66], 1894Add to your cart.
R.A. THomas, et al. vs. San Diego College Co., et al.
Index Terms: Taxation; Transportation
Folder 48: 16059 [S.F. 1331] [L.A. 6917], July 1895-September 1895Add to your cart.
California Title, Insurance and Trust Company vs. Chas. W. Pauly, as Assignee of th Estate of the San Diego Cable Railway Company, an Insolvent Debtor, et al.
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice; Transportation
Folder 49: 16060 [L.A. 170], May 1898Add to your cart.
John D. Works vs. Superior Court of the County of San Diego. State of California
Index Terms: Water
Folder 50: 16061, January 1896-March 1896Add to your cart.
Emil Lehnardt vs. Frank S. Jennings and the County of San Diego, California
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property; San Diego County
Folder 51: 16062, March 1901Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Ida Mack
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 52: 16092 [L.A. 311, 312], 1896-97Add to your cart.
Patterson Sprigg vs. C.L. Barber
Index Terms: Business; Contracts

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