Scope and Content
Title: Los Angeles Land Papers
Collection Number: mssLos Angeles Land papers
Greenburg, Kenneth S.
237 items in 1 box
The Huntington Library,
Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
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Abstract: These papers document the transfer of
land during the first few decades of American ownership of Los Angeles, California.
This collection consists of the original documents certifying the sale, purchase,
pre-emption, or surveying of land by sheriffs, clerks, notary publics, and surveyors
of Los Angeles County between 1850 and 1889.
Language of Material: The records are in English and
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The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with
[Identification of item]. Los Angeles Land Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
The collection was given to the Huntington Library by Kenneth S. Greenburg from
May 1968 to July 1970.
Scope and Content
These papers document the transfer of land during the first few decades of American
ownership of Los Angeles, California. This collection consists of the original
documents certifying the sale, purchase, pre-emption, or surveying of land by
sheriffs, clerks, notary publics, and surveyors of Los Angeles County between 1850
and 1889. Some of these legal proceedings partially document the transfer of land
ownership from Californio to American hands. Many of these documents are
“pre-emption” claims to land made mostly by new American immigrants to California
under the Possessory Act of April 20, 1852 which gave individuals the right to claim
160 acres of public lands for the purposes of mining or agriculture. The
“inventories of women’s separate property” were a result of the California State law
enacted on April 17, 1850 entitled “Act defining the rights of Husband and
This collection includes 237 items organized into nine folders which include:
mortgage agreements and releases; inheritances and wills; certificates of sale
due to taxes owed, law suits, and foreclosure; claims of preemption; land
documents of individuals significant to Los Angeles history including: Abel
Stearns, Pío Pico, Ignacio del Valle, and Francis P.F. Temple; lease agreements;
and additional miscellaneous legal documents relating to land transfer.
Temple, Francis Pliny F.,
Mexicans -- California -- Los
Real property -- California -- Los
Women -- California.
California -- History --
19th century -- Sources.
Los Angeles (Calif.) --
History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Agreements California 19th
Bills of sale California 19th
Claims California 19th century.
Deeds California 19th century.
Land deeds California 19th
Leases California 19th century.
Maps California 19th century.
Mortgages California 19th
Wills California 19th century.