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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 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 16368 [L.A. 11043], February 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
Folder 2: 16373 [L.A. 10817] [Civ. 6340], February 1929Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Caroline E. Bleil, Deceased vs. Geo. E. Bell and W. Jefferson Davis
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 3: 16383 [L.A. 10513] [Civ. 6356], May 1929-March 1929Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Crime and Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 4: 16389 [L.A. 3106], November 1911-February 1912Add to your cart.
P.W. Dyment vs. Christine Hinsdale Nelson and Oliver N. Nelson
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 5: 16485 [L.A. 2455], May 1909Add to your cart.
John H. Gay vs. John Engebretsen
Index Terms: Port of San Diego; San Diego Unions
Folder 6: 16486 [L.A. 1656], April 1907Add to your cart.
Katherine Tingley vs. Times-Mirror Company
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 7: 16487 [L.A. 2325], March 1909-April 1910Add to your cart.
Charles W. Pauly vs. Thomas W. Brodnax, W.J. Mossholder, W.A. Van Horn, et al.
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 8: 16488 [Civ. 2444], May 1909Add to your cart.
Gertrude E. Stewart vs. Elmore Stewart
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 9: 16489 [L.A. 2391], February 1909Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Dissolution of the College Hill Land Association of the City of San Diego
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 10: 16490, 1909Add to your cart.
C.H. Baldwin, as Administrator, with the will annexed, of the Estate of Anderson W. Todd, Deceased, et al. vs. Joseph Foster, et al.
Index Terms: Land
Folder 11: 16491 [L.A. 1983], February 1909Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California, by W.H. Pringle, Eugene DeBurn and Charles W. Oesting, as the Board of State Harbor Commissioners for the Bay of San Diego, State of California vs. H. Kerber, John Englebretson and O. Nelson
Index Terms: California; Consumers; Performing Arts
Folder 12: 16492 [Civ. 407], June 1907Add to your cart.
Los Angeles Brewing Company, a Corporation vs. William Klinge, Geo. G. Garrettson and Carl T. Walger
Index Terms: Business; Contracts; Corporations
Folder 13: 16493 [Civ. 557], 1908Add to your cart.
L.E. Dadum The City of San Diego (a municipal corporation) and Daniel Potter, Auditor of the City of San Diego, and George Puterbaugh, John F. Forward, L.A. Creelman and Daniel Potter, Auditing Committee of the City of San Diego
Index Terms: San Diego Unions
Folder 14: 16495 [Civ. 19566], December 1894Add to your cart.
Charles Edward Cooper, an infant, by Edward Dorman, his guardian ad litem vs. H.G. Wilder
Index Terms: Land
Folder 15: 16523 [L.A. 2218], Janurary 1908-April 1908Add to your cart.
Joseph A. Dane, Walter Q. Dane and Annie D. Upton vs. P.J. Layne, as administrator of the Estate of Joseph F. Dane, Deceased
Index Terms: Personal Property; Probate Law and Practice; Real Property
Folder 16: 16538 [L.A. 601], 1898-1900Add to your cart.
The Bank of National City ( in liquidation) vs. S.S. Johnston
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Business; Corporations
Folder 17: 16691 [4th Civ. 1126], April 1934-June 1934Add to your cart.
San Diego Cotton Club, Inc. vs. State Board of Equalization, John C. Corbett, Fred E. Stewart, R.E. Collins and H.G. Cattell, members, and Louis C. maire, Administrator, District No.6
Index Terms: Business
Folder 18: 16766 [L.A. 6031], February 1919-March 1919Add to your cart.
E.S. Payne vs. Florence H. Hays, Administratrix of the Estate of Catherine M. Smith, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 19: 16780 [S.F. 6260], June 1912Add to your cart.
San Diego and Arizona Railway Company, a Corporation vs. California State Board of Equalization, and Edward Rolkin, R.E. Collins, A.B. Nye, John Mitchell, Jeff McElvaine, and T.M. Eby, Members Composing said Board
Index Terms: Business; Corporations; Transportation
Folder 20: 16792 [Civ. 271], January 1906Add to your cart.
City of Escondido, a Municipal Corporation vs. The Bank of Escondido, a Corporation
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Corporations; Escondido
Folder 21: 16856 [Civ. 383], April 1907-June 1907Add to your cart.
Fred Hayes vs. The Board of Trustess of the City of Oceanside, California, and J.E. Jones, J.D. Morrow, E.S. Langford, W.V. Nichols and J.L. Sharp, Members of said Board of Trustees, and H.D. Brodie, Clerk of said City of Oceanside
Index Terms: Business; Oceanside
Folder 22: 16961 [L.A. 371], April 1905Add to your cart.
N.A. Wheeler vs. E.W. Morse, R.D. Perry, J.H. Barbour, and The California Mortgage, Loan and Trust Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 23: 17002 [Civ. 26614], August 1917Add to your cart.
Louisa Garland vs. Frank A. Graham and Mabel E. Graham
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 24: 17089 [L.A. 6266], September 1919-January 1920Add to your cart.
Guy Maltby vs. Jay Conklin, Jr., et al., Lorenzo E. Miller, et al
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 25: 17089 [L.A. 6266], September 1919-January 1920Add to your cart.
Guy Maltby vs. Jay Conklin, Jr., et al., Lorenzo E. Miller, et al
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 26: 17164 [L.A. 2147], August 1907-February 1908Add to your cart.
Robert Blair vs. George W. Hazzard, as Administrator with the Will annexed of the Estate of S.S. Clark, Deceased
Folder 27: 17171 [L.A. 2484], June 1909-October 1909Add to your cart.
John Engebretsen vs. John H. Gay, et al.
Index Terms: Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 28: 17255, 1903Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Sarah J. McFadden
Index Terms: Performing Arts, Personal Property
Folder 29: 17258, 1903Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Alfred D. Mason
Index Terms: Land; Performing Arts
Folder 30: 17259 [L.A. 1246], 1903-04Add to your cart.
W.H. Clark vs. The City of San Diego
Index Terms: San Diego Unions; Taxation
Folder 31: 17272 [L.A. 5299], July 1917-August 1917Add to your cart.
Wm. L. Thompson and Laura P.Thompson vs. Modern School of Business and Correspondence, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Education
Folder 32: 17318 [L.A. 5420], October 1917Add to your cart.
Narcissus Angeline McClelland vs. Frank E. McClelland
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Divorce
Folder 33: 17417 [Civ. 2309], July 1908Add to your cart.
George W. Horder vs. Order of Pendo, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 34: 17526 [L.A. 3399], December 1912-March 1913Add to your cart.
E. Wineburgh vs. John H. Gay
Index Terms: Business
Folder 35: 17539 [L.A. 6747], January 1921-March 1921Add to your cart.
Frederick J. Ramsey, Alexander Beller, F.D. Hill, E.H. Estate, Milby Laughter, John R. Newberry and Miles Standish vs. J. Frank Cullen, Fred S. Cole, Warner Rathyen, W.E. Hyer amd Alfred Schutte, as Directors of the Cardiff Irrigation District of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Elections; Political Parties
Folder 36: 17557, 1892Add to your cart.
Claus Haaren vs. J.E. High
Index Terms: Land
Folder 37: 17558 [Civ. 19200], February 1893Add to your cart.
San Diego Water Co., vs. Pacific Steamship Co., A.R. Schulenberg and C.T. Chadwick
Index Terms: Corporations; Water
Folder 38: 17559, 1897Add to your cart.
J. Engelbret vs. Miles McElwell and J.B. Runk
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 39: 17621 [Crim. 754], April 1921Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. G.E. Brown
Index Terms: Corporations; Performing Arts
Folder 40: 17732 [L.A. 480], December 1897Add to your cart.
Savings Bank of San Diego County, a Corporation vs. George N. Barrett
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 41: 17733, 1894Add to your cart.
W.C. Corbett, C.R. Wellington, W.N. Shaw and S.L. Ferguson vs. W.D. Chambers, F.W. Ewing, John Doe, Rochard Roe, Jane Doe and Peter Dunn
Index Terms: Land; Real Property
Folder 42: 17734 [L.A. 65], 1895Add to your cart.
J.D. Davis vs. The Phoenix Insurance Company
Index Terms: Insurance; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 43: 17735 [Civ. 19530 note:alt. Civ. 19350], 1894Add to your cart.
Lee H. Utt vs. John Frey
Index Terms: Land
Folder 44: 17736 [L.A. 427], September 1897Add to your cart.
Emily J. Higgins vs. H.M. Higgins, Walter Higgins, and the San Diego Savings Bank, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Mortgages
Folder 45: 17744, 1900Add to your cart.
People of the State of California vs. Edward E. Young
Index Terms: Corporations; Performing Arts
Folder 46: 17745 [L.A. 1136], 1909Add to your cart.
Annie M. Franklin vs. Thomas G. Franklin
index Terms: Divorce
Folder 47: 17746 [L.A. 1429], October 1904Add to your cart.
County of San Diego vs. John F. Schwartz
Index Terms: San Diego County; Taxation
Folder 48: 17752 [L.A. 190], March 1896Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Jere W. Clemens, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 49: 17753 [Civ. 19503], June 1894Add to your cart.
Shenandoah Mining and Milling Company vs. A.C. Morgan. Sarah L. Morgan and Fred Schoulder
Index Terms: Corporations; Land; Water
Folder 50: 17755, n.d. (post-1891)Add to your cart.
The Southern California Lumber Company vs. The Ocean Beach Hotel Company
Index Terms: Corporations; Mortgages; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 51: 17756, 1892Add to your cart.
The Giant Powder Company vs. The San Diego Flume Company
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 52: 17757, 1892Add to your cart.
The Story and Isham Commercial Company, a Corporation vs. H.L. Story, Adella B. Story, his wife and F.E. Bates
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals
Folder 53: 17758, 1892Add to your cart.
J.V. Hicks vs. John H. Folks, Sheriff of the County of San Diego
Index Terms: San Diego County
Folder 54: 17759 [Civ. 19098], June 1892-August 1892Add to your cart.
K.H. Schmid vs. W. Busch, et al.
Index Terms: Land
Folder 55: 17807, October 1892Add to your cart.
San Diego School District of San Diego County vs. The Board of Supervisors of San Diego County
Index Terms: Education; San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Folder 56: 17809 [L.A. 6072], May 1919-June 1919Add to your cart.
Sylvester Kipp vs. David C. Reed
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 57: 17879, July 1915Add to your cart.
A.J. Tidball, et als. vs. The City of San Diego, a Corporation, et als.
Index Terms: Business; San Diego Unions
Folder 58: 17892 [L.A. 13197], 1903Add to your cart.
Tingley vs. Otis Schmidt, et als.

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