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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 41Add to your cart.
Folder 1: 28154 [L.A. 16090], November 1936-December 1936Add to your cart.
Y.A. Jacques vs. Roy Oliver Akers, sometimes known as Roy O. Akers
Index Terms: Mortgages
Folder 2: 28221 [4th Civ. 2003], November 1936-January 1937Add to your cart.
W.D. Wilson and Lila Taggart vs. Justice's Court of San Diego Township, et al.
Index Terms: Business; San Diego Unions
Folder 3: 28241 [L.A. 16113] [4th Civ. 2030], December 1936-April 1938Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of D.W. Beldon, also known as David William beldon, Mrs. Rose DeParcq and William Loftus O.Brien vs. William J. O'Brien, Edward J. O'Brien, Robert Andres, Rosemary A. McAninley, Frances A. Grosse, David Will Ameling and Nicholas Andres, Guardian of the Estate of Janet Andres, a Minor
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 4: 28241 [L.A. 16113] [4th Civ. 2030], December 1936-April 1938Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of D.W. Beldon, also known as David William beldon, Mrs. Rose DeParcq and William Loftus O.Brien vs. William J. O'Brien, Edward J. O'Brien, Robert Andres, Rosemary A. McAninley, Frances A. Grosse, David Will Ameling and Nicholas Andres, Guardian of the Estate of Janet Andres, a Minor
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 5: 28250 [L.A.161478] [4th Civ. 2020], December 1936-June 1937Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Eva J. LeSure, Deceased. Ione T. Lockwood and Iver Gellein, Myra A. Utz. vs. L.C. leSure, Stephen Baxter, Fred A. Baxter and Mrs. James S. O'Neill
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 6: 28250 [L.A.161478] [4th Civ. 2020], December 1936-June 1937Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Eva J. LeSure, Deceased. Ione T. Lockwood and Iver Gellein, Myra A. Utz. vs. L.C. leSure, Stephen Baxter, Fred A. Baxter and Mrs. James S. O'Neill
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 7: 28288 [4th Civ. 2009], December 1936-July 1937Add to your cart.
Security and Trust and Savings Bank of San Diego, a corporation vs. Jow Stubbs, Jr., F.V. Brown, and R.L. Stubbs
Index Terms: Contracts
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 8: 28288 [4th Civ. 2009], December 1936-July 1937Add to your cart.
Security and Trust and Savings Bank of San Diego, a corporation vs. Jow Stubbs, Jr., F.V. Brown, and R.L. Stubbs
Index Terms: Corporations
Folder 9: 28342 [4th Civ. 1999], November 1936-March 1937Add to your cart.
Bush Theatres, Inc., a corporation vs. Alice A. Symons
Index Terms: Corporations; Debts; Personal Property
Folder 10: 28344 [4th Civ. 2013], January 1937-September 1937Add to your cart.
N. Christina vs. John Daneri, Doris Daneri, and Katheryn Sinnigie
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 11: 28353 [4th Civ. 2012], January 1937-March 1937Add to your cart.
Virgil A. Murray vs. Civil Service Commission of San Diego County; Charles H. Harris, Stanley M. Gue and Mrs. S.M. Marshall, as commissioners thereof
Index Terms: San Diego County
Folder 12: 28390 [4th Civ. 2014, 1841], February 1937-April 1938Add to your cart.
M.R. Hamaker vs. Lenore Williams, sometimes known as Lenore S. Williams, and sometimes known as Lenore C. Williams
Index Terms: Contracts
Folder 13: 28414 [4th Civ. 2015], February 1937-April 1937, 1937Add to your cart.
D. Trigg vs. Bessie Rowntree Arnott, as executrix of the Estate of John G. MacDonnell, Deceased; M.C. MacDonell; Margaret Crane; First Doe; Second Doe; Third Doe
Index Terms: Debts
Folder 14: 28451 [4th Civ. 2007, 2008], March 1937- May 1937Add to your cart.
Manlio D. D'Alessandro vs. T.H. Pickford
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 15: 28475 [L.A. 16262, 16340, 17250], March 1937-October 1939Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Charles F. McCarthy, also known as Charles Francis McCarthy
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 16: 28475 [L.A. 16262, 16340, 17250], March 1937-October 1939Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Charles F. McCarthy, also known as Charles Francis McCarthy
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 17: 28515 [4th Civ. 2024, 2306], March 1937-November 1941Add to your cart.
Bryan A. Sweet vs. Jesse Lee Watson and Joseph H. Watson
Folder 18: 28515 [4th Civ. 2024, 2306], March 1937-November 1941Add to your cart.
Bryan A. Sweet vs. Jesse Lee Watson and Joseph H. Watson
Folder 19: 28515 [4th Civ. 2024, 2306], March 1937-November 1941Add to your cart.
Bryan A. Sweet vs. Jesse Lee Watson and Joseph H. Watson
Folder 20: 28583 [L.A. 16151] [4th Civ. 2074], April 1937-March 1938, 1938Add to your cart.
Martin Del Giorgio and V.J. Russo vs. Mary L. Powers
Index Terms: Personal Property
Folder 21: 28649 [4th Civ. 2022], May 1937-August 1937Add to your cart.
James Jameson, by Frances Jones, his Guardian, ad litem vs. jack Gavett, Standard Stove Works, and N.H. Seneca, L.F. Lofgren, and Doris Daneri, doing business under the name of the Standard Stove Works and N.H. Seneca, L.F. Lofgren, Doris Daneri, John Doe and Richard Roe Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 22: 28672 [4th Civ. 2035], June 1937-October 1937, 1937Add to your cart.
James T. Brooks, Fannie Brooks and E.S. Coppedge vs. H. Edward Johnson and Harry Webber
Folder 23: 28732 [4th Civ. 2031-2028], June 1937-July 1938Add to your cart.
Maude Hubbert and Paul M. Hubbert vs. Aztec Brewing Company, a corporation; Margaret May Cerezo vs. Aztec Brewing Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 24: 28732 [4th Civ. 2031-2028], June 1937-July 1938Add to your cart.
Maude Hubbert and Paul M. Hubbert vs. Aztec Brewing Company, a corporation; Margaret May Cerezo vs. Aztec Brewing Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 25: 28732 [4th Civ. 2031-2028], June 1937-July 1938Add to your cart.
Maude Hubbert and Paul M. Hubbert vs. Aztec Brewing Company, a corporation; Margaret May Cerezo vs. Aztec Brewing Company, a corporation
Index Terms: Corporations; Personal Injuries
Folder 26: 28733 [L.A. 16378] [4th Civ. 2146], June 1937-March 1938Add to your cart.
In the Matter of the Estate of Isabella Jacobs, R.N. Conn, Contestant
Index Terms: Probate Law and Practice
Folder 27: 28786 [L.A. 16365], July 1937-August 1937Add to your cart.
George Weisbrod, David L. Weisbord, Augista Weisbrod Foster, Security Trust and Savings Bank, a corporation, Guardian for the estate of Mortiz Weisbrod, Incompetent vs. Ellen Weisbrod, Walter Weisbrod, and W.F. Bothe, Guardian of Marion Bothe, Myrtle Bothe, and Esther Both and Henry Bothe
Index Terms: Corporations

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