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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 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 20981 [L.A. 12560], August 1930-November 1932Add to your cart.
Coast Truck Line, a corporation vs. Ashbury Truck Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Business; Corporations; Transportation
Folder 2: 20999 [L.A. 11543], May 1929-July 1929Add to your cart.
W.D. Spalding vs. Bank of Italy National Trust and Savings Association, a corporation, Southern Trust and Commerce Bank, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 3: 21076 [L.A. 11867], December 1929-July 1930Add to your cart.
Roberts Land and Improvement Co., a corporation vs. M.Dallas
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 4: 21106 [L.A. 12428] [4th Civ.455], August 1930-October 1931Add to your cart.
Max Heimburge vs. State Guaranty Corporation, a corporation; Pacific States Savings and Loan Company, a corporation; William Niven and Clara T. Niven, husband and wife
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Real Property
Folder 5: 21123 [S.F. 12877], March 1928Add to your cart.
Bakersfield & Los Angeles Fast Freight, et al. vs. Railroad Commission of the State of California, et al.
Index Terms: Business; Corporations; Transportation
Folder 6: 21137 [4th Civ. 458], August 1930-June 1932Add to your cart.
Rufino Lim vs. Garibaldi Figli D'Italia, Angelo Jiannantonio, John Doe and Doe Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 7: 21140 [4th Civ. 450], August 1930Add to your cart.
Spreckels Commercial Company, a Corporation vs. Mason's Dairy, a co-partnership composed of C.H. Mason and M.W. Mason and C.H. Mason
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 8: 21230 [Crim. 1302], September 1925Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. David Dryden
Index Terms: Performing Arts
Folder 9: 21250 [S.F. 12765], April 1928Add to your cart.
John H. Moore vs. The City of San Diego. a municipal corporation, The Common Council of the City of Sna Diego, composed of Virigilio Bruschi, Edward H. Dowell, S.P. McMullen, Louis Maire, and Frank W. Seifert; Harry C. Clark, Mayor or the City of San Diego; C.K. Stout, City Auditor and ex-officio Assessor of the City of San Diego; J.T. Millan, City Treasurer and ex-officio City Tax Collector of the City of San Diego; Herbert A. Croghan, County Tax Collector of the County of San Diego; and George W. Moulton, County Assessor of the County of San Diego
Index Terms: San Diego County; San Diego Unions
Folder 10: 21261 [L.A. 11707] [Civ. 6810, 4th Civ. 138], Cotober 1929-December 1930Add to your cart.
W.O. & O.W. Chase, vs. Van Camp Sea Food Company, Inc., a corporation
Folder 11: 21344 [2nd Civ. 6861], September 1929Add to your cart.
Gierty Kierman vs. Samuel Sammett
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 12: 21365 [L.A. 11015], January 1929-March 1929Add to your cart.
Charles P. Morse vs. W.N. Douglas, M.D. Haubert and Theodore Citizen, partners under the firm name and style of Associated Roof Company
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 13: 21388 [4th Civ. 289], April 1930Add to your cart.
G.R. Daley vs. Fidelity National Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations
Folder 14: 21422 [L.A. 11007=11008], April 1929-July 1929Add to your cart.
Alfred Landers vs. Crescent Creamery Company, a corporation, and Marsh Noe, Roland Clendening vs. Crescent Creamery Company, a corporation and Marsh Noe
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 15: 21515 [Civ. 8742], September 1925Add to your cart.
Ocie Hubbard vs. San Diego Electric Railway Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 16: 21526 [L.A. 11448], April 1929Add to your cart.
Grace Bolland Hawke vs. Henry S. Ellwanger
Index Terms: Land
Folder 17: 21766 [L.A. 5182], April 1917-October 1917Add to your cart.
Security Commerical and Savings Bank of San Diego vs. W.M. Seitz, A.F. Mack and W.M. Seitz, Jr. et al.
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 18: 21850 [Civ. 3675], July 1921Add to your cart.
Ida Frasch Reveal et al vs. Henry Stell
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 19: 21913 [L.A. 11317], February 1831-March 1931Add to your cart.
Maria Paez vs. Mutual Indemnity, Accident, Health and Life Insurance Company of California, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Insurance
Folder 20: 21915 [L.A. 12773] [4th Civ. 887], January 1931-February 1932Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Edward Bidigare
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Corporations; Probate Law and Practice
Folder 21: 21924 [4th Civ. 869], March 1931-May 1931Add to your cart.
The Mutual Building and Loan Association of Long Beach, a corporation vs. B.C. Beers, et al.
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations
Folder 22: 21938 [L.A. 12896] [4th Civ. 1013], February 1931-February 1933Add to your cart.
L.G. Weidner vs. Frank B. Zeigler and Harry F. Carling and L.G. Wiedner vs. Union Trust Company of San Diego,a corporation
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 23: 21938 [L.A. 12896] [4th Civ. 1013], Februaru 1931-February 1933Add to your cart.
L.G. Weidner vs. Frank B. Zeigler and Harry F. Carling and L.G. Wiedner vs. Union Trust Company of San Diego,a corporation
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 24: 21973 [L.A. 12611] [4th Civ. 1011], November 1930-February 1933Add to your cart.
Security Trust & Savings Bank of San Diego, a corporation vs. A.H. Frost Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Business; Contracts; Corporations
Folder 25: 21973 [L.A. 12611] [4th Civ. 1011], November 1930-February 1933Add to your cart.
Security Trust & Savings Bank of San Diego, a corporation vs. A.H. Frost Company, a Corporation
Index Terms: Business; Contracts; Corporations
Folder 26: 22063 [4th Civ. 479], December 1930Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a municipal corporation vs. The Fidelity and Casualty Company of New York a Corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; San Diego Unions
Folder 27: 22208 [4th Ci. 466], January 1931-February 1931Add to your cart.
Helen Cookson and Peter Cookson by Guardian Ad Litem, Helen Cookson vs. David Fitch, John Doe, Jane Doe, Richard Roe, Mary Roe and the Hiriam Hoe Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 28: 22210 [L.A. 12568] [4th Civ. 474] [66 C.A.D. 1029], September 1930-November 1931Add to your cart.
Storm &Butts, a co-partnership consisting of Alf J. Storm and W.M. Butts and Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, a corporation vs. E.C. Lipscomb and E.E. Dutton, a co-partners, doing business under the firm name Lipscomb & Dutton; Lipsomb &Dutton, a co-partnership and Maryland Casualty Company, a coporation
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 29: 22210 [L.A. 12568] [4th Civ. 474] [66 C.A.D. 1029], September 1930-November 1931Add to your cart.
Storm &Butts, a co-partnership consisting of Alf J. Storm and W.M. Butts and Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, a corporation vs. E.C. Lipscomb and E.E. Dutton, a co-partners, doing business under the firm name Lipscomb & Dutton; Lipsomb &Dutton, a co-partnership and Maryland Casualty Company, a coporation
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 30: 22210 [L.A. 12568] [4th Civ. 474] [66 C.A.D. 1029], September 1930-November 1931Add to your cart.
Storm &Butts, a co-partnership consisting of Alf J. Storm and W.M. Butts and Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, a corporation vs. E.C. Lipscomb and E.E. Dutton, a co-partners, doing business under the firm name Lipscomb & Dutton; Lipsomb &Dutton, a co-partnership and Maryland Casualty Company, a coporation
Index Terms: Business; Corporations

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