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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 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 16093, November 1896Add to your cart.
Emily Kennedy vs. Silas Burnap and T.B. Sanderson
Index Terms: Land
Folder 2: 16096 [L.A. 1012], 1901Add to your cart.
The San Diego Savings Bank vs. Edward L. Goodsell, et als.
Index Terms: Corporations; Mortgages
Folder 3: 16105 [L.A. 699], February 1920Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California on Behalf of Guadalupe and Elvira Gutierrez, Alleged Wards of the Juvenile Court and Thomas Gutierrez
Index Terms: Child Welfare; Performing Arts
Folder 4: 16145 [L.A. 4756], June 1916-September 1916Add to your cart.
Mary J. Nichols vs. Augustus A. F. Asbeck and I. Isaac Irwin
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 5: 16156 [L.A. 4870], August 1916-December 1916Add to your cart.
Shultheiss Bros. Company, et al. vs. E.P. Hunziker, et al.
Index Terms: Business; Corporations; Taxation
Folder 6: 16183 [L.A. 1457], 1903Add to your cart.
Garretson Investment Company of San Diego, a Corporation vs.  H.R. Arndt, Flora B. Arndt, John Doe and Jane Roe
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Property
Folder 7: 16184 [L.A. 2145], 1903Add to your cart.
John Stewart vs. Nelson G. Douglass, et al.
Index Terms: Business; Real Property
Folder 8: 16185 [L.A. 1149], 1901Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Application of E.J. Carter for Writ of Certiorari
Index Terms: Fire; Government San Diego; Political Parties
Folder 9: 16187 [L.A. 3336] [Civ. 17604], December 1912Add to your cart.
James H. Scott vs. W.E. McPherson
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 10: 16194 [L.A. 2257], 1908Add to your cart.
Warren M. Crouse vs. H.L. Barrows, Fannie L. Barrows, and the San Diego Savings Bank, a Corporation; John Doe, Richard Roe and Jane Doe
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 11: 16196 [L.A. 98] [Civ. 1667], April 1905Add to your cart.
Mary Lemire vs. Octave Lemire
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 12: 16210 [Civ. 307], n.d.Add to your cart.
A. Lehman vs. The City of San Diego
Index Terms: Personal Property; San Diego Unions
Folder 13: 16211 [Civ. 206], 1896Add to your cart.
The California National Bank vs. Nat Kennedy
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 14: 16212, 1892Add to your cart.
Joseph Coyne vs. Gilbert Rennie, as Auditor of the City of San Diego
Index Terms: Government San Diego; San Diego Unions
Folder 15: 16214 [L.A. 599], 1896-99Add to your cart.
F.S. Nicholson vs. The City of San Diego, et al.
Index Terms: Contracts; San Diego Unions
Folder 16: 16216 [L.A. 750], 1899Add to your cart.
W.O. Harris vs. A.F. Smith and W.A. Clark, Constable
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 17: 16217 [L.A. 797], 1899Add to your cart.
Ralph Granger vs. J.A. Sherriff, Eliza Sherriff, A.G. Gassen and Andrew Kernahan
16217: Mortgages
Folder 18: 16219 [L.A. 945], August 1900Add to your cart.
Southern California Mountain Water Company, a Corporation vs. Charles Stein and Bertha Stein
Index Terms: Corporations; Land; Water
Folder 19: 16220, January 1900Add to your cart.
Balfour-Guthrie Investment Company, a Corporation vs. F.R. Sawday, Minerva A. Bell, James S. Bell, her husband, John Wentworth, Jane Doe Wentworth, His wife, and James R. Bell
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 20: 16221 [L.A. 931], 1900Add to your cart.
M. Blochman vs. John D. Spreckels
Index Terms: Consumers; Land; Real Property
Folder 21: 16222 [L.A. 1458], December 1903Add to your cart.
Matilda A. Brown vs. G.W. Jorres
Index Terms: Land
Folder 22: 16226 [689], October 1914Add to your cart.
People of the State of California vs. Albert E. O'Brien
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 23: 16227, 1900Add to your cart.
Joseph Winchester, Trustee vs. William Black, et als, and Mrs. M.H. Howard
Index Terms: Bankruptcy
Folder 24: 16228, May 1907Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Floyd Hyatt
Index Terms: Corporations; Performing Arts
Folder 25: 16247 [L.A. 4716], May 1916-June 1916Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a Municipal Corporation vs. M. Hall and Etta Hall
Index Terms: Land; San Diego Unions
Folder 26: 16252 [L.A. 4734], June 1916-January 1917Add to your cart.
Citizen's Savings Bank of San Diego, a Corporation vs. A.F. Mack and Bentley Ostrich Farm, a Corporation and Henry Eummelen
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations; Debts
Folder 27: 16253 [L.A. 4766], June 1916Add to your cart.
Mary C. Lowry vs. E.J. Sullivan
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 28: 16263, 1898Add to your cart.
Mary Buckley vs. Henry Mohr
Index Terms: Land
Folder 29: 16264 [L.A. 895], 1900Add to your cart.
Adolphus G. Norris and Cora E. Norris vs. Mrs. Isadore A. Crandall, C.U. Crandall, J. Russell Smith, Mary C. Smith and G.H. Crandall
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 30: 16265 [L.A. 817], November 1899Add to your cart.
Carlton W. Miller vs. E.A. Fano and Harry J. Place
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 31: 16285 [L.A. 741], May 1899Add to your cart.
J.A. Patton vs. H.N. Carpenter
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Land; Personal Property
Folder 32: 16286, September 1905Add to your cart.
Terreno Company, a Corporation vs. A.F. Cornell, et al.
Index Terms: Land; San Diego County
Folder 33: 16287 [L.A. 822], October 1899Add to your cart.
Balfour-Guthrie Investment Company, a Corporation vs. Mariah Graves, John Doe Graves, her husband; F.R. Sawday, James Gregory and Jennie Gregory
Index Terms: Land
Folder 34: 16288 [Civ. 201], October 1899-March 1920Add to your cart.
H.C. Osborne, et al. vs. San Diego Land and Town Company of Maine
Index Terms: Water
Folder 35: 16324 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462], February 1929Add to your cart.
Richard Corvin, et al. vs. Smead Investment Company, a Corporation, et al.
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 36: 16325 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462, 4th Civ. 2893, 3090], November 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Carl Withington, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 37: 16325 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462, 4th Civ. 2893, 3090], November 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Carl Withington, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 38: 16325 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462, 4th Civ. 2893, 3090], November 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Carl Withington, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 39: 16325 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462, 4th Civ. 2893, 3090], November 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Carl Withington, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 40: 16325 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462, 4th Civ. 2893, 3090], November 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Carl Withington, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 41: 16325 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462, 4th Civ. 2893, 3090], November 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Carl Withington, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 42: 16325 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462, 4th Civ. 2893, 3090], November 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Carl Withington, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 43: 16325 [L.A. 11248] [2nd Civ. 6462, 4th Civ. 2893, 3090], November 1928-September 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Carl Withington, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 44: 16351 [Civ. 6477, 4th Civ. 107], February 1929-September 1930Add to your cart.
George W. Wood, also designated as J.W. Wood vs. Jennie H. Hipwell and Lois Geohegan
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 45: 16368 [L.A. 11043], December 1928-May 1929Add to your cart.
Dora M. Foster, Administratrix with the Will Annexed of the Estate of Mary Helen Henman, Deceased, and J.C. Harper vs. Harry R. Devenney, et al.
Index Terms: Land

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