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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 35Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 23772 [L.A. 14111] [4th Civ. 1071], March 1933-January 1934Add to your cart.
T.D. Bradbury, Florence M. Bradbury. Thomas A. Hazelton and Sophie Marie Hazelton vs. Harriet F. Thomas
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 2: 23803 [4th Civ. 947], March 1932-February 1933Add to your cart.
Anna C. Marckwardt vs. Ida Hayworth, also known as Mrs. Henry C.J. Marckwardt
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 3: 23803 [4th Civ. 947], March 1932-February 1933Add to your cart.
Anna C. Marckwardt vs. Ida Hayworth, also known as Mrs. Henry C.J. Marckwardt
Index Terms: Divorce
Folder 4: 23946 [S.F. 14349], June 1931Add to your cart.
The City of San Diego, a municipal corporation vs. Railroad Commission of the State of California, and the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railway Company
Index Terms: Construction Industry; Railroads; San Diego County
Folder 5: 23949 [L.A. 13313] [4th Civ. 925], October 1931-November 1932Add to your cart.
Charles H. Edwards and Mary Edwards vs. City of San Diego, a municipal corporation
Index Terms: Personal Injuries; San Diego Unions
Folder 6: 23949 [L.A. 13313] [4th Civ. 925], October 1931-November 1932Add to your cart.
Charles H. Edwards and Mary Edwards vs. City of San Diego, a municipal corporation
Index Terms: Personal Injuries; San Diego Unions
Folder 7: 23949 [L.A. 13313] [4th Civ. 925], October 1931-November 1932Add to your cart.
Charles H. Edwards and Mary Edwards vs. City of San Diego, a municipal corporation
Index Terms: Personal Injuries; San Diego Unions
Folder 8: 23951 [L.A. 13370] [4th Civ. 450], August 1931-November 1932Add to your cart.
A.W. Messner, Trustee in bankruptcy and substiuted for Spreckles Commerical Company, a corporation vs. Mason's Diary, a co-partnership composed of C.H. mason and M.W. Mason, and C.H. Mason
Index Terms: Business; Corporations
Folder 9: 24020 [13443], April 1932-August 1932Add to your cart.
E.L. Pascoe vs. H.H. Morrison
Index Terms: Real Property
Folder 10: 24026 [4th Civ. 923], January 1932-April 1932Add to your cart.
Edward Rainey (by subsitution for) Will C. Wood, as Superindendent of Banks of State of California, Trustee in charge of the liquidation of California Savings and Commerical Bank (a banking corporation), in liquidation vs. R.A. Jackson
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Corporations
Folder 11: 24053 [L.A. 13754], June 1932Add to your cart.
Klicka Mortgage Company vs. Laurence L. Howard, et al.
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations; Debts; Mortgages
Folder 12: 24055 [L.A. 13669], June 1932-January 1933Add to your cart.
The Lumber and Builders Supply Company, a corporation vs. M.C. Ritz, et al. and G. Fayle vs, M.C. Ritz, et al.
Index Terms: Business; Corporations; Industry; Mortgages
Folder 13: 24069 [4th Civ. 959], April 1932-August 1932Add to your cart.
M.L. Sly vs, American Indemnity Company of Galveston, Texas, a corporation
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations; Insurance; Personal Injuries
Folder 14: 24092 [4th Civ. 958], April 1932Add to your cart.
Cora M. Huyck vs. Henry A. Wuest
Index Terms: Personal Injuries
Folder 15: 24097 [L.A. 13610, 62671], 1932Add to your cart.
C.J. Winchester vs. C.J. Novotny
Index Terms: Contracts; Debts; Mortgages; Real Property
Folder 16: 24107 [4th Civ. 460], September 1930-October 1930Add to your cart.
Ivy Lay vs. Chauncey R. Hammond, Auditor of the COunty of San Diego
Index Terms: Education; Employment
Folder 17: 24120 [L.A. 12913], April 1931-May 1931Add to your cart.
Edward Rudolph Kelly vs. Mary Bowen Kelly
Index Terms: Debts; Divorce; Mortgages
Folder 18: 24129 [Crim. 19], September 1905-November 1905Add to your cart.
The People of the State of California vs. Anson Brown
Index Terms: Crime & Criminals; Performing Arts
Folder 19: 24135 [L.A. 13011], May 1931Add to your cart.
Sylvester Kipp vs. William R. Billingham, Alfred P. Hansen, et al.
Index Terms: Land; Real Property
Folder 20: 24137 [L.A. 13362] [4th Civ.483], April 1931-November 1931Add to your cart.
Mildred C. Demers vs. Fred A. Sutherland, Fred A. Sutherland doing business under the fictitious name of "Sutherland Auto State Company," Fred A. Sutherland doing business under the fictitious name of "Sutherland Tia Juana Stages," "Sutherland Auto State Company," "Sutherland Tia Juana Stages" and M.L. Curtis
Index Terms: Personal Injuries; Port of San Diego
Folder 21: 24137 [L.A. 13362] [4th Civ. 483], April 1931-November 1931Add to your cart.
Mildred C. Demers vs. Fred A. Sutherland, Fred A. Sutherland doing business under the fictitious name of "Sutherland Auto State Company," Fred A. Sutherland doing business under the fictitious name of "Sutherland Tia Juana Stages," "Sutherland Auto State Company," "Sutherland Tia Juana Stages" and M.L. Curtis
Index Terms: Personal Injuries; Port of San Diego
Folder 22: 24268 [L.A. 13360], November 1931-October 1932Add to your cart.
Hulda C. Holmquist vs. James D. Kent, Trustee in bankruptcy for California Land Buyers Syndicate
Index Terms: Bankruptcy; Contracts; Corporations; Land
Folder 23: 24290 [L.A. 14012] [4th Civ. 939], January 1932-July 1933Add to your cart.
L.A. Abott vs. Ed. F. Cooper, Harry Webber, C.V. Carson, Edwin S. Macy, H. atlee Worsham, The Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Police; San Diego Unions
Folder 24: 24291 [4th Civ. 945], February 1932Add to your cart.
Edith F. Dyer vs. F.W. Hunter and F.J. Korabek, copartners doing business under the firm name of Hunter & Company; F.W. Hunter and F.J. Korabek
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations; Crime & Criminals
Folder 25: 24292 [4th Civ. 943], January 1932- December 1932Add to your cart.
Peter J. Grall and Cleona Grall, husband and wife vs. San Diego Building and Loan Association, a corporation
Index Terms: Building; Corporations; Mortgages
Folder 26: 24294 [L.A.13398], February 1932-August 1932Add to your cart.
Anna J. Ellis, and Incompetent Person, by San Diego Trust and Savings Bank, a corporation, as guardian of the Estate of said incompetent vs. Union Trust Company of San Diego, a corporation, Roy C. Lichty, Roy C. Lichty, as Managing Agent of Talmadge Park Estates
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations; Crime & Criminals
Folder 27: 24294 [L.A.13398], February 1932-August 1932Add to your cart.
Anna J. Ellis, and Incompetent Person, by San Diego Trust and Savings Bank, a corporation, as guardian of the Estate of said incompetent vs. Union Trust Company of San Diego, a corporation, Roy C. Lichty, Roy C. Lichty, as Managing Agent of Talmadge Park Estates
Index Terms: Contracts; Corporations; Crime & Criminals
Folder 28: 24318 [L.A. 14068, 14506] [4th CIv. 1145], January 1933-January 1934Add to your cart.
The County of  San Diego, a Political Subdivision vs. Herbert A. Croghan, and American Surety Company of New York, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; San Diego County; Taxation
Folder 29: 24335 [4th CIv. 1040], October 1932-October 1933Add to your cart.
Charles A. Sieck vs. Oakley J. Hall and Ralph Chandler, copartners doing business under the firm name and style of San Diego Marine Construction Co., a copartnership; Westlands Marine Company, a corporation; and Star Crescent Oil CO., a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Employment

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