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Inventory of the Sayre Macneil Papers, 1736-1957
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content
  • Subject matter
  • Some interesting or important items

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sayre Macneil Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1736-1957
    Creator: Macneil, Sayre, 1886-1961
    Extent: 652 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Acquired from Sayre Macneil in 1959.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sayre Macneil Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Sayre Macneil (1886-1961), son of Hugh Livingston Macneil and Louise (Slauson) Macneil, and grandson of Jonathan Sayre Slauson (early California banker who purchased the Dalton Azusa Rancho and founded the city of Azusa), was born in Los Angeles. He was educated at the University of California and Harvard University, and became professor of Law at Harvard (1926-1933) and at Loyola University from 1940. He married Daphne María Antonia Martha Drake, granddaughter of Alfred Henry Wilcox, who engaged in Colorado River Navigation for many years, and María Antonia (Argüello) Wilcox, of the Santiago Emidio Argüello family of Tijuana, B.C., and San Diego.

    Scope and Content

    The Sayre Macneil papers contain papers in three areas of interest: 1) the pioneer Argüello family (1875-1957), the Argüello family estate and claims before the American Mexican Claims Commission involving the Argüello Properties in and near Tijuana. 2) Alfred Henry Wilcox and the Colorado River Navigation in the 19th century. There are also a number of early land papers of the Wilcox family from Chatham, Conn., place of Alfred H. Wilcox's birth. This subsection covers 1736-1928. 3) The Sayre Macneil papers (1869-1948), mainly correspondence relative to academic and legal matters.

    Subject matter

    • American Mexican Claims Commission
    • Argüello family genealogy and estate papers.
    • California Land Claims
    • Chatham, Connecticut land papers
    • Colorado River Navigation (19th century)
    • Harvard Law School-students, faculty, legal matters
    • Mexico-U.S. Treaty relative to Colorado River Water Use (1944)
    • Los Angeles City Water Company vs. Crystal Springs Water Company

    Some interesting or important items

    • Allen, Robert. Two letters to Alfred H. Wilcox relative to Colorado River Navigation. 1850, 1852. Box 1 (2)
    • Bandini, Juan Bautista. To Francisco Argüello. July 15, 1882. Box 1 (6)
    • Argüello family: genealogical notes, and claims before American Mexican Claims Commission. 1946-1957. Box 1 (14, 18), Box 3 (36)
    • Sketch of María Antonia Argüello. (Typescript). Box 1 (16)
    • Black, Jeremiah Sullivan relative to land claims in California. 1858. Box 1 (22)
    • Della Torre, P. to Jeremiah Sullivan Black re California land claims. 1857. Box 1 (45)
    • Chatham, Conn. Petition for right of Baptism. 1783. Box 1 (37)
    • Graves, O'Melveny & Shankland to John MacKay Elliott: Report on litigation Los Angeles City Water Company & Crystal Springs Water Company. Box 2 (9). See also Box 2 (3) and Box 3 (29)
    • Ingalls, Rufus. Extracts from Report on Colorado River. 1866. Box 2 (17)
    • Kingman, S.S. Photograph of John Muir and Charles F. Lummis. 1921. Box 2 (24)
    • Willcocks, John. Account Book of what I have paid to my daughters. 1736-1750. Box 3 (43)