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Inventory of the Los Angeles County Prefecture Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • List of some interesting items
  • Note re Spanish names
  • Material Cataloged Separately

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Los Angeles County Prefecture Records
    Creator: Prefecture of Los Angeles
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL . A full copy is available to the general public at the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's office.

    Publication Rights

    These records are the property of the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (which retains a copy for the use of the general public), and were put on long term deposit at the Huntington in 1938 through the offices of the Historical Society of Southern California. Please contact the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk with any questions concerning permission to publish or reproduce any of the records.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Los Angeles County Prefecture Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    List of some interesting items

    Archives of the Prefecture of Los Angeles, Vol. I, 1834-1849

    • S. Argüello to the Judge of the Peace. Concerning the jurisdiction of secular and ecclesiastical authority in the granting of divorces. Los Angeles, May 6, 1842. Folio 150.
    • Re. Santa Catalina Island. Petition of Luis Vignes and Juan Ramirez for the island in order to raise there donkeys and sheep, this being the only possible industry that might flourish there due to the rugged formation of the island. Sept. 4, 1840. Fol. 320-321.
    • Re. Cañada de la Brea - judicial possession of. Mar. 15, 1841. p.352, 354, 576.
    • Rancho of Julio Verdugo - Mar. 29, 1841. p. 354
    • Concerning horse races in Los Angeles - 1841. p. 376 et seq.
    • Re. El Toro land - p. 383
    • Re. San Dieguito - p. 390 (1843)
    • Re. Sta. Monica - p. 402 (1843)
    • Re. Rancho La Cienega - p. 404 (1843)
    • Re. Lompoc - p. 413
    • Sketch of Argüello (in pencil). - after p. 415, on a blank page.
    • Re. Salsipuedes Rancho - p. 416 (1840)
    • Raymundo Carrillo - a good number of his papers. p. 450 et seq.
    • S. Argüello - corresp. concerning the granting of land titles, 1841. p. 483.
    • Los Angeles City administration - a good deal of information found in Argüello's correspondence, mainly around page 593 and following.
    • Micheltorena, Manuel - Copy of letter to Argüello dated San Fernando, Oct. 25, 1842. Concerning the appearance at Monterey of Commodore Jones, firing upon the port, etc. This is a very spirited letter, voicing his patriotism and enjoining all Californians to take up arms against the invaders. p.593.
    • R.B. Mason - Proclamation. Aug. 7, 1848 (printed). p. 730
    • B. Riley - Proclamation to the People of ¯California, june 3, 1849. p. 762.

    Archives of the Prefecture of Los Angeles, Vol. II

    • Horse-racing - rules, etc. Sept. 2, 1839 (p. 4 - 28)
    • Re. Limantour -p. 170-71.
    • Re. J. Salazar - p. 171, 172, et seq.
    • Julio Cayetano - p. 180
    • Jose Antonio Yorva [Yorba?] - inventory of property, etc., after his decease. p. 192.
    • Luis Bauchet - inventory of property, p. 205
    • Enrique Sepulveda - documents concerning his property, inventories made after his decease, etc. p. 231
    • Carlos Baric - documents concerning his property, claims on his estate, etc. p. 263 et seq.
    • Agustin Martin - (Frenchman) p. 289
    • Demetrio Villa - Conveyance of property. p. 326
    • Jose Arnaz - re. property, p. 337
    • Juan Bautista Leandry - disposition and inventory of property after his decease, 1849, p. 388-414.
    • Rancho Santa Anita - Deposition of Marion B. Roldan that Victoria Reid & her children had given their consent to Hugo Reid to sell the Rancho. May 28, 1847. p. 490
    • Frenchmen in Los Angeles. Petition to investigate the murder of one of their countrymen. July 16, 1847. p. 490
    • Tiburcio Tapia - Inventory of his property, p. 600
    • Padron de sonoreños (census) - 1847, p. 631
    • A.W. Flügge - documents referring to the Brig Primavera, p. 650, 652-674.
    • Ranchos - List of ranchos with the number of men belonging to each and the amount of firearms, 1848, p. 732.
    • Juan Perez - inventory made for the settlement of his estate. p. 733.
    • Election in Los Angeles - list of voters present at the house of Abel Stearns, p. 798. List of voters in the house of Matias Gabicho (Dec.17, 1849), p. 807. Returns, Dec. 21, 1849, p. 811 et seq.; final returns, p. 851.
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    Note re Spanish names

    Many of the Spanish names appearing in these documents are incorrectly written, therefore we have corrected them, according to the present rules of the Spanish language.
    Examples: Errera (Herrera), Albares (Alvarez), Albarado (Alvarado, Ybarra (Ibarra), Yguera (Higuera), Balenzuela (Valenzuela), Valdez (Valdes), Balencia (Valencia), Berdugo (Verdugo), Carmel (Carmen), Ygnacio (Ignacio), Bacilio (Basilio), Geronimo (Jeronimo), Raymundo (Raimundo), Ysidro (Isidro), Ysidoro (Isidoro), and many others.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    A microfilm copy of the English translation of these papers is now on file in the MSS. Dept. (MS. Film 382); PDFs of the microfilm are available on the Huntington Digital Library.