Alfred Edward Thomas Worley Papers, 1866-1891 MS 1835A

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Title: Alfred Edward Thomas Worley papers
Dates: 1866-1891
Collection Number: MS 1835A
creator: Worley, Alfred Edward Thomas, 1838-1892
Physical Description: 4 boxes (2.0 Linear feet)
Repository: California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105
415-357-1848
reference@calhist.org
URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Legal correspondence, court petitions, summaries, and summons; together with bound shorthand court notes, political pamphlets, and newspaper clippings relating to meetings of Sacramento Board of Freeholders, of which Worley was elected secretary in 1881, and his campaign for San Francisco Police Court judge, which position he held 1891-1892. Includes one scrapbook of clippings about California water rates, a daily journal for 1889 with entries for half of January, and an envelope of business cards and ephemera.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alfred Edward Thomas Worley Papers, MS 1835A. California Historical Society.

Biography

Alfred E.T. Worley was born in Portsmouth, England in 1838. Throughout the 1860's, Worley was employed as a journalist for several major newspapers in London. In April, 1865, Worley was elected clerk to the Lambeth Burial Board. He resigned his duties as Board clerk in August, 1870, to pursue his journalistic career in California.
Worley's first job placement was as a journalist for the Oakland News and the Vallejo Chronicle. In 1871, Worley began working for the San Francisco Bulletin reporting the business of the California and Nevada State Legislatures. Worley's career as a journalist peaked in 1878, when he began writing editorials for the San Francisco Evening Bulletin. In 1880, Worley entered into a publishing partnership with A.D. Milne in Stockton. By January 12, 1881, Worley was elected secretary of the Sacramento Board of Freeholders which was created to frame a municipal charter for Sacramento.
In 1885, Worley went into private legal practice, as well as serving as Assistant City and County Attorney in San Francisco. As a lawyer, Worley handled cases involving personal and public disputes. For instance, in 1887, Worley was a legal advisor to the sub-committee to the Board of Supervisors with regard to the widening of Mission Street in San Francisco. This enabled Worley to work with John Daly, J.J. O'Farrell and Adolph Sutro. In 1888, Worley was attorney for the Executor in the probate case of Rankin vs. Goddard. This case was eventually heard before the California Superior Court. Several other cases that Worley handled included pardons, real estate agreements, traffic violations and landlord/tenant disputes.
In 1889, Worley compiled and published The Consolidation Act and Other Acts Relating to the Government of the City and County of San Francisco. This compilation includes all amendments to the Legislative Acts up to 1886.
On January 6, 1891, Worley, a republican, succeeded James Lawler as San Francisco Police Court Judge. In his first case, Worley dismissed charges against John Hayes for driving his horse too fast. Worley's term lasted until Jan. 1892, when he died, leaving behind a widow.

Scope and Contents

The Alfred Edward Thomas Worley papers consist of legal correspondence, court petitions, summaries, and summons; together with bound shorthand court notes, political pamphlets, and newspaper clippings relating to meetings of Sacramento Board of Freeholders, of which Worley was elected secretary in 1881, and his campaign for San Francisco Police Court judge, which position he held 1891-1892. Includes one scrapbook of clippings about California water rates, a daily journal for 1889 with entries for half of January, and an envelope of business cards and ephemera.
Boxes 1-2 are arranged chronologically and by subject heading. Folders 1-12 contain several court cases in which Worley participated as a lawyer, court petitions, summaries, eviction notices and client correspondence. One well-documented case is the Goddard-Rankin Probate case (1888). Papers include the court petition, notices proving the will, case briefs and legal correspondence. Folder 17 contains copies of newspaper articles. Of particular interest are two biographical articles dated August 18, 1870 and 1891.
Boxes 3-4 contain pamphlets, bound court notes, meeting minutes, poll lists of the Board of Freeholders and original newspaper clippings. Folder 18 consists of pamphlets relating to California State Legislature 22nd Session, December, 1877 to March, 1878. Other political pamphlets in this folder include petitions on the subject of education, Governor William Irvin's message on transportation and a copy of the California Constitution. In folder 20 are the minutes of the Mission Street residents meeting on the widening of Mission Street. Included in folder 21 are several bound Superior Court petitions and defendants' briefs.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

British Americans--California.
California--Politics and government--1850-1950.
Courts--California.
Lawyers.
Municipal government--California.
Police magistrates.
Practice of law--California.
Sacramento (Calif.)--Board of Freeholders.
Sacramento (Calif.)--Officials and employees.
Sacramento (Calif.)--Politics and government.
San Francisco (Calif.)--Officials and employees.
San Francisco (Calif.)--Politics and government.
San Francisco (Calif.).--Police Court.
Business cards.
Legal documents.
Scrapbooks.

Container List

Box 1, Folder 1-5

Court briefs and correspondence 1866-1888

Box 1, Folder 6-7

Goddard vs. Rankin Probate Case 1888

Box 1, Folder 8-10

Court briefs and correspondence 1889-1891

Box 2, Folder 11

Correspondence and personal notes

Box 2, Folder 12

Court briefs and correspondence

Box 2, Folder 13

Real estate roster

Box 2, Folder 14

Receipts 1887-1891

Box 2, Folder 15

Cards/Miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 16

Miscellaneous

Box 2, Folder 17

Newspaper articles 1870, 1891

Box 3, Folder 18

Meeting minutes: Mission St. Widening 1887

Box 3, Folder 19

Poll list: Board of Freeholders 1882

Box 3, Folder 20

Bound court notes

Box 3, Folder 21

Pamphlets: 22nd Senate Session 1887

Box 3, Folder 22

Political pamphlets

Box 3, Folder 23

Bound books

Box 4, Volume 1

Scrapbook, newspaper clippings: Board of Freeholders 1882

Box 4, Volume 2

Daily journal 1889

Box 4, Volume 3

Checkbook 1890

Box 4, Volume 4

Shorthand notes

Box 4, Volume 5

Shorthand notes and newspaper clippings

Box 4, Volume 6

Newspaper clippings