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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 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 20440 [L.A. 13517, 11911] [Civ. 445], December 1929-February 1933Add to your cart.
Coleman M. Gray vs. Hugh Magee, Florence M.S. Magee, husband and wife, and Hugh Magee and Jennie P. Magee, executors of the Last Will of Victoria P. deMagee, deceased, Jennie P. Magee, Beatrice May, Louis A. Magee, Maria Antonia Johnson, Robert elliot, Administrator of the estate of Anita L. Elliot, deceased, Louisa Magee, Ora T. Magee and William Magee
Folder 2: 20440 [L.A. 13517, 11911] [Civ. 445], December 1929-February 1933Add to your cart.
Coleman M. Gray vs. Hugh Magee, Florence M.S. Magee, husband and wife, and Hugh Magee and Jennie P. Magee, executors of the Last Will of Victoria P. deMagee, deceased, Jennie P. Magee, Beatrice May, Louis A. Magee, Maria Antonia Johnson, Robert elliot, Administrator of the estate of Anita L. Elliot, deceased, Louisa Magee, Ora T. Magee and William Magee
Folder 3: 20440 [L.A. 13517, 11911] [Civ. 445], December 1929-February 1933Add to your cart.
Coleman M. Gray vs. Hugh Magee, Florence M.S. Magee, husband and wife, and Hugh Magee and Jennie P. Magee, executors of the Last Will of Victoria P. deMagee, deceased, Jennie P. Magee, Beatrice May, Louis A. Magee, Maria Antonia Johnson, Robert elliot, Administrator of the estate of Anita L. Elliot, deceased, Louisa Magee, Ora T. Magee and William Magee
Folder 4: 20440 [L.A. 13517, 11911] [Civ. 445], December 1929-February 1933Add to your cart.
Coleman M. Gray vs. Hugh Magee, Florence M.S. Magee, husband and wife, and Hugh Magee and Jennie P. Magee, executors of the Last Will of Victoria P. deMagee, deceased, Jennie P. Magee, Beatrice May, Louis A. Magee, Maria Antonia Johnson, Robert elliot, Administrator of the estate of Anita L. Elliot, deceased, Louisa Magee, Ora T. Magee and William Magee
Folder 5: 20440 [L.A. 13517, 11911] [Civ. 445], December 1929-February 1933Add to your cart.
Coleman M. Gray vs. Hugh Magee, Florence M.S. Magee, husband and wife, and Hugh Magee and Jennie P. Magee, executors of the Last Will of Victoria P. deMagee, deceased, Jennie P. Magee, Beatrice May, Louis A. Magee, Maria Antonia Johnson, Robert Elliot, Administrator of the estate of Anita L. Elliot, deceased, Louisa Magee, Ora T. Magee and William Magee
Folder 6: 20447 [L.A. 13189] [Civ. 59922, 4th Civ. 401], November 1930-August 1931Add to your cart.
William M. Boyce vs. San Diego High School District of the County of San Diego, State of California; and Julia Pickett, Orton Darnall, Vesta Muehleisen, Jacob Weinberger and Claude Woolman, as Members of the Board of Education of the San Diego High School District of the County of San Diego, State of California
Index Terms: Education
Folder 7: 20448 [L.A. 13268] [4th Civ. 452], July 1930-October 1831Add to your cart.
Rosebelle King, a minor by Lucile H. King, her Guardian Ad Litem vs. Ralph Wilson and Roy Downs
Index Terms: Child Welfare
Folder 8: 20448 [L.A. 13268] [4th Civ. 452], July 1930-October 1831Add to your cart.
Rosebelle King, a minor by Lucile H. King, her Guardian Ad Litem vs. Ralph Wilson and Roy Downs
Index Terms: Child Welfare
Folder 9: 20449 [4th Civ. 411], May 1930-August 1930Add to your cart.
Sophie K. Leonard and Samuel Leonard vs. Pickwick Stages System, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 10: 20450 [L.A. 10423] [4th Civ. 210], May 1928-August 1930Add to your cart.
Kleiber Motor Truck Company, a corporation, and Alva P. Sumrall vs. International Indemnity Company
Index Terms: Corporations; Insurance
Folder 11: 20450 [L.A. 10423] [4th Civ. 210], May 1928-August 1930Add to your cart.
Kleiber Motor Truck Company, a corporation, and Alva P. Sumrall vs. International Indemnity Company
Index Terms: Corporations; Insurance
Folder 12: 20453 [Civ. 79], January 1930Add to your cart.
Anna F. Laven vs. Regina Cowan
Index Terms: Employment
Folder 13: 20483 [L.A. 12172] [Civ. 163], February 1930-August 1931Add to your cart.
Samuel Harvey vs. Edythe L. Aceves
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 14: 20483 [L.A. 12172] [Civ. 163], February 1930-August 1931Add to your cart.
Samuel Harvey vs. Edythe L. Aceves
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 15: 20496 [L.A. 12185], Fenruary 1930Add to your cart.
In the Matter of Robert R. Hamilton and Fred E. Lindley of the firm of Hamilton & Lindley; and F.L. Richardson
Index Terms: Business
Folder 16: 20532 [L.A. 10783, 13231], July 1928-October 1931Add to your cart.
Clara E. Huntoon vs. Southern Trust and Commerce Bank, a corporation, et al.
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Business; Corporations
Folder 17: 20562 [L.A. 12306] [4th Civ. 930], April 1930-May 1932Add to your cart.
Dorothy Gross as Executrix of the Will of Kate Maxwell, deceased vs. City of San Diego, a municipal Corporation
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice; San Diego Unions
Folder 18: 20574 [L.A. 7101] [4th Civ. 421], December 1929-June 1930Add to your cart.
G.L. Hoadley vs. Frank P. Allen Jr.
Index Terms: Education
Folder 19: 20706 [L.A. 12313], August 1930-March 1931Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of W.O. Mitchell, Deceased, Marie L. McCarthy vs. James Mitchell
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 20: 20765 [Civ. 410], May 1930-June 1930Add to your cart.
M.S. Thompson vs. Lillie W. Byers as Executrix of the Estate of James C. Byers
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 21: 20766 [2nd Crim. 1756, 4th Crim. 201], December 1928-June 1930Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Henry Schumann Heink
Index Terms: Performing Arts
Folder 22: 20767 [4th Civ. 422], June 1930-October 1931Add to your cart.
Grace Hawthrone vs. Charles M. Gunn, Mary B. Gunn, Charles H. Gunn. and Lewis C. Gunn sued herein as John Doe Gunn
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 23: 20888 [4th Civ. 911], September 1931-March 1932Add to your cart.
Amy Tornquist vs. Halleck F. Johnson and Ralph E. Johnson
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 24: 20925 [L.A. 10581], November 1928-April 1929Add to your cart.
Val A. Turner and Nell Turner, husband and wife vs. Theolinda Margaretta Deacon
Index Terms: Mortgages

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