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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 31Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 22626 [4th Civ. 921], February 1932-January 1933Add to your cart.
Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, a corporation vs. E.P. Watson, Jr. and L.J. Sutton, Co-partners doing business under the firm and style of Watson & Sutton
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Corporations; Insurance
Folder 2: 22668 [L.A. 789], 1899Add to your cart.
San Diego County vs. C.R. Dauer, et al.
Index Terms: Real Property; San Diego County
Folder 3: 22670 [4th Civ. 964], July 1932-June 1933Add to your cart.
Wesley M. Garlock and MAry A. Garlock, husband and wife vs. San Diego Trust and Savings Bank, a corporation, Meline Bond and Mortgage Company, a corporation, Metropolitan Guaranty Corporation, a corporation, Union Trust Company of San Diego, a corporation, John Doe, a co-partnership, John Doe and Jane Doe
Index Terms: Building; Corporations; Personal Property
Folder 4: 22672 [4th Civ. 891], May 1931-September 1932Add to your cart.
A.J. Savage and Helen M. Savage, doing business as Middlefield Arms Corporation vs. Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Limited, A.J. Savage and Helen M. Savage, doing business as Middlefield Arms Corporation vs. Pacific Fire Insurance Company, corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Insurance; Real Property
Folder 5: 22672 [4th Civ. 891], May 1931-September 1932Add to your cart.
A.J. Savage and Helen M. Savage, doing business as Middlefield Arms Corporation vs. Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society Limited, A.J. Savage and Helen M. Savage, doing business as Middlefield Arms Corporation vs. Pacific Fire Insurance Company, corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Insurance; Real Property
Folder 6: 22693 [4th Civ. 1033], September 1932-October 1932Add to your cart.
Patrick T. Dooley vs. James Hervey Johnson, Assessor of San Diego County, a political subdivision of California Fred L. Edwards vs. James Hervey Johnson, Assessor of San Diego County, a political subdivision of California Fred L. Edwards
Index Terms: Taxation
Folder 7: 22698 [L.A. 13301] [Civ. 8490], January 1932-May 1932Add to your cart.
F.H. Tolle, H.A. Tolle, et al. vs. R.E. Struve, Autumn Struve, et al.
Index Terms: Consumers; Real Property
Folder 8: 22701 [L.A. 13181], August 1931-February 1933Add to your cart.
Walter Eden and Edwin J. Miller vs. Security First National Bank of Los Angeles, California, a banking corporation, et al.
Index Terms: Corporations; Real Property
Folder 9: 22701 [L.A. 13181], August 1931-February 1933Add to your cart.
Walter Eden and Edwin J. Miller vs. Security First National Bank of Los Angeles, California, a banking corporation, et al.
Index Terms: Corporations; Real Property
Folder 10: 22783 [L.A. 12061, 13265], [4th Civ. 154, 956], January 1930-July 1932Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Edward Johnson, Deceased. Julia Berg and Helga Helgesen
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 11: 22783 [L.A. 12061, 13265], [4th Civ. 154, 956], January 1930-July 1932Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Edward Johnson, Deceased. Julia Berg and Helga Helgesen
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 12: 22783 [L.A. 12061, 13265], [4th Civ. 154, 956], January 1930-July 1932Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Edward Johnson, Deceased. Julia Berg and Helga Helgesen
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 13: 22787 [4th Civ. 877], July 1932Add to your cart.
[P.E. McCaffrey as Trustee, etc] Alda M. Ferris and Peter rask vs. Independence Indemnity Company. a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Crime and Criminals; Debts
Folder 14: 22788 [4th Civ. 1023], June 1932-August 1933Add to your cart.
Fred C. Silverthorn and Sons, a corporation vs. Pacific Finance Corporation, a corporation, and Ed. F. Cooper, Sheriff of San Diego
Index Terms: Corporations; Mortgages
Folder 15: 22788 [4th Civ. 1023], June 1932-August 1933Add to your cart.
Fred C. Silverthorn and Sons, a corporation vs. Pacific Finance Corporation, a corporation, and Ed. F. Cooper, Sheriff of San Diego
Index Terms: Corporations; Mortgages
Folder 16: 22791 [L.A. 14453] [4th Civ. 1024], July 1932-April 1934Add to your cart.
Donald Snodgrass, by Karl C. Snodgrass, Guardian ad litem vs. Henry W. Hand and Dora B. Hand
Folder 17: 22809 [4th Civ. 967], July 1932-November 1933Add to your cart.
Gadys Curtis vs. Ella I. Kastner
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 18: 22811 [L.A. 13074] [4th Civ. 1196], August 1931-December1935Add to your cart.
Joseph L. Lewith vs. Mae Rehmke
Index Terms: Land; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 19: 22811 [L.A. 13074] [4th Civ. 1196], August 1931-December1935Add to your cart.
Joseph L. Lewith vs. Mae Rehmke
Index Terms: Land; Personal Property; Real Property
Folder 20: 22882 [4th Civ. 915, 916, 917, 918, 919], October 1931-November 1932Add to your cart.
F.M. White vs. The City of San Diego, et al. (Consolidated for trial and appeal with the cases of Everett Peet, et al, Lillian P. Judson, et al., Donald A. Moore, et al. and F. Herbert Judson, et al, Plaintiffs vs. The City of San Diego, et al., Defendants)
Index Terms: Real Property; San Diego Unions
Folder 21: 22882 [4th Civ. 915, 916, 917, 918, 919], October 1931-November 1932Add to your cart.
F.M. White vs. The City of San Diego, et al. (Consolidated for trial and appeal with the cases of Everett Peet, et al, Lillian P. Judson, et al., Donald A. Moore, et al. and F. Herbert Judson, et al, Plaintiffs vs. The City of San Diego, et al., Defendants)
Index Terms: Real Property; San Diego Unions
Folder 22: 22882 [4th Civ. 915, 916, 917, 918, 919], October 1931-November 1932Add to your cart.
F.M. White vs. The City of San Diego, et al. (Consolidated for trial and appeal with the cases of Everett Peet, et al, Lillian P. Judson, et al., Donald A. Moore, et al. and F. Herbert Judson, et al, Plaintiffs vs. The City of San Diego, et al., Defendants)
Index Terms: Real Property; San Diego Unions
Folder 23: 22897 [4th Civ. 456], February 1931-November 1931Add to your cart.
John Gordon McGregor vs. Leroy A. Wright, Dempster McKee, and C.M. Monroe
Index Terms: Bankruptcy
Folder 24: 22897 [4th Civ. 456], February 1931-November 1931Add to your cart.
John Gordon McGregor vs. Leroy A. Wright, Dempster McKee, and C.M. Monroe
Index Terms: Bankruptcy
Folder 25: 22905 [L.A. 12575], October 1930Add to your cart.
William O. Magee vs. Hugh Magee and Jennie P. Magee as executors of the Last Will and Testament of Victoria P. de Magee, et al.
Index Terms: Business; Probate Law and Practice

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