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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 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 18417 [L.A. 9216, 10171] [Civ. 41752, 2nd Civ. 5353], December 1929-April 1930Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a municipal corporation vs. The Cuyamaca Water Company, a corporation; The Cuyamaca Water Company, a co-partnership; Ed Fletcher, as sole surviving co-partner of a co-partnership formerly composed of James A. Murray, Ed Fletcher and William G. Henshaw, doing business under the firm name and style of Cuyamaca Water Company; Ed Fletcher and C.F. Stern
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 2: 18417 [L.A. 9216, 10171] [Civ. 41752, 2nd Civ. 5353], December 1929-April 1930Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a municipal corporation vs. The Cuyamaca Water Company, a corporation; The Cuyamaca Water Company, a co-partnership; Ed Fletcher, as sole surviving co-partner of a co-partnership formerly composed of James A. Murray, Ed Fletcher and William G. Henshaw, doing business under the firm name and style of Cuyamaca Water Company; Ed Fletcher and C.F. Stern
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 3: 18470 [L.A. 11905], October 1929-December 1930Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a municipal corporation vs. La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District, et al.
Index Terms: Government San Diego; La Mesa; Water
Folder 4: 18470 [L.A. 11905], October 1929-December 1930Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a municipal corporation vs. La Mesa, Lemon Grove, and Spring Valley Irrigation District, et al.
Index Terms: Government San Diego; La Mesa; Water
Folder 5: 18473 [L.A. 11611], June 1929-April 1930Add to your cart.
William Howell vs. Sarah E. Mays and Levi Mays
Index Terms: Land
Folder 6: 18490 [L.A. 5203], November 1925-January 1926Add to your cart.
Clarence S. Tennant and Gertrude E. Tennant vs. W.C. Wilde and A.G. Wilde
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 7: 18529 [L.A. 12358] [Civ. 6041, 4th Civ. 62], April 1928-May 1930Add to your cart.
A.R. Honnold and A.L. Hubbell vs. Pacific Finance Corporation, a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Property
Folder 8: 18535 [4th Civ. 96], December 1928-March 1930Add to your cart.
Myrtle Boehmke vs. Marie Westfall
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 9: 18536 [Civ. 112, 2nd Civ. 6560], April 1929-March 1930Add to your cart.
Margaret M. Martin vs. Percy Fisher, et al.
Index Terms: Education; Employment
Folder 10: 18538 [L.A. 10780] [4th Civ. 427], September 1928-February 1931Add to your cart.
Arline Ruth Winstanley vs. Morris Ackerman
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 11: 18570 [L.A. 10652, 14060] [Civ. 234, 4th Civ. 914], June 1928-February 1933Add to your cart.
W. Jefferson Davis vs. Adina Mitchell, as executrix of the last will and testament of John W. Mitchell, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 12: 18570 [L.A. 10652, 14060] [Civ. 234, 4th Civ. 914], June 1928-February 1933Add to your cart.
W. Jefferson Davis vs. Adina Mitchell, as executrix of the last will and testament of John W. Mitchell, Deceased
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 13: 18662 [Civ. 6001], March 1928-September 1928Add to your cart.
Appliance Company, a Corporation vs. Tony Berardino and Rose Berardino
Index Terms: Business
Folder 14: 18650 [L.A. 8785], July 1925-September 1925Add to your cart.
E.W. Dickenson, as Administrator of the Estate of Martha Kallusch, Deceased vs. Frederick W. Kallusch, Max Brown, Mally Brown, John Doe, Richard Roe, Mary Grab and Susan Keep
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 15: 18681 [L.A. 10837], November 1928-January 1929Add to your cart.
James Palmer vs. V.H. Shultz
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 16: 18750 [L.A. 8506], May 1925Add to your cart.
W.L. Russell vs. Carl S. Owen, E.G. Tarr, and R.E. Smith, as members of and Constituting the Board of Trustees of the National School District, C.R. Hammond, County Auditor, of San Diego County and Geo. W. Heston, County Treasurer of San Diego County
Folder 17: 18758 [L.A. 12252], March 1929-June 1930Add to your cart.
A.E. Davies vs. Union Trust Company of San Diego, a Corporation; Harry F. Carling and F.B. Zieglar
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 18: 18813 [L.A. 13183] [Civ. 149], March 1930-July 1931Add to your cart.
D.F. Rossi vs. A.V. Jedlick and Harry H. Heim, John Doe and the Hawk Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 19: 18840 [L.A. 1216], March 1930-April 1930, 1930Add to your cart.
Frank F. Faust vs. City of San Diego, a municipal Corporation
Index Terms: Land; San Diego Unions
Folder 20: 18860 [Crim. 1131], September 1925-November 1925Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. John Roganovich and Nick Duzich
Index Terms: Crime and Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 21: 18878 [L.A. 10982] [Civ. 255], October 1928-September 1930Add to your cart.
Jesse Newton and Charles C. Green vs. H.D. Brodie, C.D. Merril, H.F. Crandall, E.A. Walsh, Bernard McDonald, and the City of Oceanside
Folder 22: 18960 [L.A. 8994] [Civ. 6189], December 1927-August 1928Add to your cart.
Southern California Bond and Finance Corporation, a corporation vs. James H. Mathes and John Does Number One to Five
Index Terms: Corporations; Land
Folder 23: 18990 [Civ. 6667], August 1929Add to your cart.
Richard T. Robinson, Jr. vs. George S. Graves, et al., H.J. Adams, sometimes known as Henry J. Adams
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 24: 19018 [S.F. 9641], February 1921Add to your cart.
Spreckles Sugar Company vs. Industrial Accident Commission and John H. Gamblin and Mary Ester Gamblin and Paul Gamblin, minors by their guardian ad litem, Minnie S. Gamblin
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 25: 19027 [S.F. 13900], April 1930-November 1930Add to your cart.
The San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company, a corporation vs. Railroad Commission of the State of California, Leon O. Whitsell, Clyde L. Seavy, William J. Carr, Ezra W. Decoto and Thomas S. Louttit, as members and constituting the Railroad Commission of the State of California
Index Terms: Corporations; Railroads; Transportation
Folder 26: 19027 [S.F. 13900], April 1930-November 1930Add to your cart.
The San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company, a corporation vs. Railroad Commission of the State of California, Leon O. Whitsell, Clyde L. Seavy, William J. Carr, Ezra W. Decoto and Thomas S. Louttit, as members and constituting the Railroad Commission of the State of California
Index Terms: Corporations; Railroads; Transportation
Folder 27: 19027 [S.F. 13900], April 1930-November 1930Add to your cart.
The San Diego and Coronado Ferry Company, a corporation vs. Railroad Commission of the State of California, Leon O. Whitsell, Clyde L. Seavy, William J. Carr, Ezra W. Decoto and Thomas S. Louttit, as members and constituting the Railroad Commission of the State of California
Index Terms: Corporations; Railroads; Transportation
Folder 28: 19157 [L.A. 6622, 12622] [4th Civ. 120], June 1929-October 1930Add to your cart.
Martha E. Finch vs. John W. Willmott and Duncan McPherson
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 29: 19157 [L.A. 6622, 12622] [4th Civ. 120], June 1929-October 1930Add to your cart.
Martha E. Finch vs. John W. Willmott and Duncan McPherson
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 30: 19323 [L.A. 11751] [Civ. 6864, 4th Civ. 140], September 1929-October 1930Add to your cart.
Schumann-Heink and Co., Inc., a corporation vs. United States National Bank, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Bankruptcy
Folder 31: 19323 [L.A. 11751] [Civ. 6864, 4th Civ. 140], September 1929-October 1930Add to your cart.
Schumann-Heink and Co., Inc., a corporation vs. United States National Bank, a corporation
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Corporations

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