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Finding Aid for the Halleck, Peachy & Billings Correspondence and Papers, ca. 1852-1867
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Halleck, Peachy & Billings Correspondence and Papers
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1852-1867
    Collection number: 102
    Creator: Halleck, Peachy & Billings (Firm)
    Extent: 2 oversize boxes.
    Abstract: Correspondence and papers relating to land and land litigation (including original documents and diseños, and transcripts) and to various legal cases, some concerning Chinese immigration, ships, and the funding bill in San Francisco; accounts; and tax records. Also included: correspondence and papers relating to the military career of Henry Wager Halleck, 1847-1856, and manuscript drafts and notes for Halleck's History of California.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Biography

    Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the leading San Francisco law firms in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants; Frederick Billings arrived in San Francisco in 1849; he immediately established a law practice, and soon formed a partnership with Archibald C. Peachy; Peachy later became a member of the CA State Assembly in 1852, and of the State Senate in 1860 and 1862; Henry Wager Halleck graduated in engineering from West Point, participated in the Mexican War, and later prepared a report on CA land titles; became an active member of the CA Constitutional Convention; he resigned from the army and joined the law firm in 1854, compiling his books: The mining laws of Spain and Mexico, and International law; returned to the US Army in 1860, later becoming a general during the Civil War; the firm was dissolved in 1861.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of 10 reels of 35mm positive microfilm of papers located in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley ( Collection C-B 421  ).

    Organization and Arrangement

    The original papers and correspondence are arranged in the following series:
    1. Correspondence (Box 1).
    2. Papers relating to land and land litigation (Boxes 2-5).
    3. Legal papers, not primarily land (Boxes 6-7).
    4. Henry Wager Halleck correspondence and papers relating to his military career (Box 8).
    5. Drafts and notes of Halleck's History of California (Box 9).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Halleck, Peachy & Billings (Firm)--Archives.
    Law firms--California--San Francisco--Archival resources.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Microfilms.

    Related Material

    Original papers and correspondence ( Collection C-B 421  ) are located in The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
    Halleck, Peachy & Billings Records (Collection 2030)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.