Sayre Macneil Papers: Finding Aid

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Sayre Macneil Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1736-1957
Collection Number: mssMacneil papers
Creator: Macneil, Sayre, 1886-1961.
Extent: 652 pieces in 3 boxes.
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection contains the papers of law professor Sayre Macneil (1886-1961), chiefly consisting of correspondence related to academic and legal matters (1869-1948), and papers of his family including documents related to the Arügello family (1875-1975) and the family estate and claims before the American Mexican Claims Commission related to properties near Tijuana; Alfred Henry Wilcox (1823-1883) and the Colorado River navigation; and the Wilcox family of Chatham, Connecticut (1736-1928).
Language: English.

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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

Acquired from Sayre Macneil in 1959.

Biographical note

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, California. 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, Connecticut, 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 includes:
  • 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 notable items include:
  • 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)

Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by author, followed by papers related to the Wilcox building and ephemera.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Macneil, Sayre, 1886-1961.
Arügello family.
American Mexican Claims Commission.
Crystal Springs Water Company.
Harvard Law School -- Faculty.
Harvard Law School -- Students.
Los Angeles City Water Company.
International rivers -- Law and legislation -- United States.
International rivers -- Law and legislation -- Mexico.
Land claims -- California.
Real property -- Connecticut -- East Hampton (Town)
Water use -- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Navigation.
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Water rights.
East Hampton (Conn. : Town)

Forms/Genres

Agreements.
Correspondence.
Claims.
Photographs.


Collection Contents

Box 1

A-D

Folder 1

Allen, Jacob to Argüello family. 1875-1876

Physical Description: 5 pieces
Folder 2

Allen, Robert to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1850-1852

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 3

Araneta, J Antonio to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 4

Archer, Joel to William L. Willcox: deed. 1836

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 5

Argüello, Alfredo to Sindicato de Inversiones de Guerrero, S.A. 1922

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 6

Argüello, Dolores E. Account Book with Letters. 1869-1922

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 7

Argüello, Dolores E. Correspondence and Business Papers. 1915-1925

Physical Description: 18 pieces
Folder 8

Papers re Estate of Dolores E Argüello. 1930-1934

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 9

Argüello, Francisco & others Agreement re distribution of Estate of Ignacio Argüello. 1890

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 10

Argüello, José A to Dolores E Argüello. 1901

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 11

Argüello, Luis H to Dolores E Argüello. 1924-1927

Physical Description: 12 pieces
Folder 12

Argüello, Santiago Emidio to Dolores E Argüello. 1924-1926

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 13

Argüello, Virginia S to Dolores E Argüello. 1926

Physical Description: 5 pieces
Folder 14

Argüello Family. American-Mexican Claims Commission. 1946-1957

Physical Description: 62 pieces
Folder 15

Miscellaneous Arüguello Family papers. 1884-1924

Physical Description: 8 pieces
Folder 16

"Sketch of María Antonia (Argüello) Wilcox." 1931

Physical Description: 1
Folder 17

Ashburn, Allen W. to Sayre Macneil.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 18

Beggs, Percy W to Sayre Macneil. 1946

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 19

Bell, Golden W to Sayre Macneil. 1928

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 20

Bermingham, John. Papers re estate of Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1883-1885

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 21

Black, Caroline Stewart to Sayre Macneil. 1928

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 22

Black, Jeremiah Sullivan to Chairmen of Commissions Calif. Land Claims. 1858

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 23

Blake, Robert P. to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 24

Boston Elevated Railway Co. to Sayre Macneil. 1927

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 25

Bowers, Samuel to Reuben Willcox. 1819

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 26

Buck, Jeremiah to Reuben Willcox. 1807, 1808

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 27

Burke Law Club to Sayre Macneil. 1930

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 28

California. Courts. Superior Court of the County of San Diego Decree of Settlement of Estate of Gertrudis (Argüello) Hubbard. 1931

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 29

California. Los Angeles County Tax Collector to A. Eldred & S. C. Hubble: Ranchos San Pedro & Santiago de Santa Ana. 1879

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 30

California. Los Angeles County Tax Collector to Alfred H. Wilcox: Receipts. 1880-1882

Physical Description: 49 pieces
Folder 31

California State Bar. Correspondence re applicants for admission to bar. 1930

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 32

Campbell, William C to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 33

Castillo, J. to Dolores E Argüello. 1917

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 34

Chafee, Zachariah to Sayre Macneil. 1927

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 35

Chancery Club to Sayre Macneil. 1930

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 36

Chatham Committee to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1829

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 37

Chatham First Society to Rev'd Ecclesiastical Council: Petition re Bapt. 1783

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 38

Chatham Select Men & Comm. to Reuben Wilcox: deed. 1804

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 39

Christian (H.T.) & Co. Abstract: Gertrudes (Argüello) Hubbard. 1889

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 40

Citizen Commission. (Los Angeles) to Sayre Macneil. 1911

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 41

Columbia University. Columbia Law Review to Sayre Macneil. 1931-1932

Physical Description: 5 pieces
Folder 42

Commerce Clearing House, Inc. to Sayre Macneil. 1932

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 43

Czako, Stephen to Sayre Macneil. c. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 44

De Long, C. E. to Jonathan Sayre Slauson. 1869-1874

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 45

Della Torre, P. to Jeremiah Sullivan Black. 1857

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 46

Derby, George Horacio to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1852

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 47

Dunne, Eugene O. to Sayre Macneil. c. 1929

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Box 2

F-Mac

Folder 1

Farrand, George E to Sayre Macneil. 1931

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 2

First National Bank of Los Angeles to William H. Talbot. 1890-1894

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 3

First National Bank of Los Angeles to María Antonia (Argüello) Wilcox. 1893 1895

Physical Description: 7 pieces
Folder 4

Foster, Roger S. to Sayre Macneil. 1932

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 5

Frankfurter, Felix to Sayre Macneil. 1911-19[ ]

Physical Description: 5 pieces
Folder 6

Froehlich, Hans Th. to Sayre Macneil. 1930

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 7

Glover, Shelburne H. to Sayre Macneil. 1930

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 8

Gonzalez Rubio, Antonio to Dolores E Argüello. 1909-1911

Physical Description: 6 pieces
Folder 9

Graves, O'Melveny & Shankland to John Mackay Elliott. 1894

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 10

Greene, A Crawford to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 11

Hartshorne, Benjamin Minturn to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1854-1877

Physical Description: 87 pieces
Folder 12

Hartshorne, Benjamin Minturn to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1854-1877

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 13

Harvard University Law School to Sayre Macneil. 1928

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 14

Hines, Frederick E to Sayre Macneil. 1931

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 15

Hotchkiss, A. B. to J. M. Luce. 1886

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 16

Hotchkiss, Henry G. to Sayre Macneil: Aviation Law. 1929

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 17

Ingalls, Rufus. "Extracts from General Ingalls' Inspection Report". 1866

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 18

Johns, Thomas Dentron to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1850

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 19

Judson, Gillette & Gibson. Title: Scott Vineyard. 1881-1882

Physical Description: 5 pieces
Folder 20

Judson, Gillette & Gibson. Title: Mohr (Michael) Block. 1882

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 21

Judson, Gillette & Gibson. Statement Prop.: V. Maud. 1880

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 22

Judson, Gillette & Gibson to Lucy Gillmore: Cert. Title. 1881

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 23

Kenney, Robert W. Memo: Colo. River Treaty. 1944

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 24

Kingman, S. S. Photograph of John Muir & Charles F. Lummis. 1921

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 25

Knauth, Arnold Whitman to Sayre Macneil: Aviation Law. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 26

Lincoln's Inn Society to Sayre Macneil. 1930

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 27

Lindman, Ray H. to Sayre Macneil. 1933

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 28

Los Angeles County Bank to Alfred Henry Wilcox: Mortg. 1879

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 29

Luce & Porter to Alfred Henry Wilcox: Abst. 1875

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 30

McCOOK, Philip James to Sayre Macneil. 1933

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 31

McGovern, Thomas Arnold to Sayre Macneil. 1931

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 32

Macneil, Hugh Livingston to Sayre Macneil. 1894

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 33

Macneil, Louis (Slauson) to Sayre Macneil. 1894

Physical Description: 10 pieces
Folder 34

Macneil, Sayre. Legal Correspondence: Perpetuities. 1927-1928

Physical Description: 14 pieces
Folder 35

Macneil, Sayre. Correspondence. 1929-1930

Physical Description: 67 pieces
Folder 36

Macneil, Sayre. "Some Ships on the Colorado River". 1947-1948

Physical Description: 27 pieces
Box 3

Man-Z, Papers re: Wilcox Building, Ephemera

Folder 1

Mannon, J. M. to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 2

Matz, Carl D. to Sayre Macneil. 1928

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 3

Maxwell, Amelia (C) & others to Isaias W. Hellman & María Antonia (Argüello) Wilcox. 1888

Physical Description: 6 pieces
Folder 4

Miles, Smith to Alfred H. Wilcox: Cert Baptsm. 1810

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 5

Minturn, W. B. to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1866

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 6

Mohr, Michael to Louis Phillips: Mortgage. 1881

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 7

Morgan, Edmund Morris to Members of faculty (Harvard Law School). 1929

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 8

MURRAY, Orrin K M to Sayre Macneil. 1928

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 9

Nearpass, Charles H to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1908

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 10

Nevada. Dept. of Public Inst. to Jonathan Sayre. 1868

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 11

Olney, Warren to Heirs of Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1928

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 12

Parker, Albert to Sayre Macneil.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 13

Patten, Robert to William L Wilcox. 1838

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 14

Ramos, Guadalupe (C) de to Dolores E Argüello. 1912, 1922

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 15

Rendon, Pedro. Affidavits. 1890

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 16

Russell, Daniel to William L. Willcox. 1840

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 17

Scott, Chalmers to Dolores E Argüello. 1893

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 18

Security Loan & Trust Co. to Dear Sir 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 19

Sharp, H Parker to Sayre Macneil.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 20

Sheppard, James C to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 21

Slauson, Jonathan Sayre Oath of Office. 1869

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 22

Slauson, Sarah (R) to My darling Husband 1927-1928

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 23

Smith, Felix F. to Sayre Macneil: Perpetuities.

Physical Description: 8 pieces
Folder 24

Smith, John Cotton to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1816

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 25

Smith, Sanborn H. to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 26

Stover, Samuel to Alfred Henry Wilcox. 1880

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 27

Sumner, A. A. to James W Nye. 1863

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 28

Swaine, Robert Taylor to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 29

Talbot, W. H. to John Mackay Elliot. 1892

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 30

Titus, Nat R. to Dolores E Argüello. 1911

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 31

Toll, Charles H. to Sayre Macneil. 1929

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 32

Tuller, Walter K. to Sayre Macneil: Perpetuities. 1928

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 33

Underhill, Jacob to Benjamin Minturn Hartshorne. 1871

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 34

University of California. Bancroft Library to Mary Longstreet re José Bandini. 1949

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 35

Uribe, Juan B. to Dolores E Argüello. 1920

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 36

Wallace, W. Woodson. Correspondence re American-Mexican Claims. 1946-1956

Physical Description: 29 pieces
Folder 37

Weissberger, L. Arnold to Sayre Macneil. 1930

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 38

Widney, R. M. to Alfred H. Wilcox: Mortgage. 1879

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 39

Wilcox, Alfred Henry to William L Willcox: Deeds. 1830, 1833

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 40

Wilcox, Alfred Henry to Whittlesey: Req. for Disch. 1880

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 41

Wilcox, Alfred Henry to Magdaline Bisbee: Agreement.

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 42

Wilkin, J to Jonathan Sayre Slauson. 1870

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 43

Willocks, John Account Book. 1736-1750

Physical Description: 6 pieces
Folder 44

Willcox, Joseph to Reuben Willcox: Deeds. 1796-1801

Physical Description: 8 pieces
Folder 45

Willcox, Reuben to Alfred Wilcox: Deed. 1812

Physical Description: 5 pieces
Folder 46

Willcox, Samuel to Alfred Wilcox: Deed. 1820

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 47

Willcox, Samuel to Augustin Willcox & William L Willcox: Deed. 1836

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 48

Willcox, Samuel to Reuben Willcox: Deed. 1801

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 49

Willcox, William L. to Alfred Wilcox: Deed. 1838

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 50

Wolcott, Oliver to Alfred H. Wilcox: Appointmt. 1819

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 51

Wurfel, Seymour W. to Sayre Macneil. 1930

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 52

Ybarra, Jesus V. to Dolores E Argüello. 1920

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 53

Papers re Wilcox Building 1883, 1891

Physical Description: 8 pieces
Folder 54

Ephemera