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Guide to the Sacramento County (Calif.) Court of First Instance records
CNTY0012  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sacramento County (Calif.) Court of First Instance records
    Dates: 1848-1853
    Collection number: CNTY0012
    Creator: Sacramento County (Calif.). Court of First Instance
    Creator: Sacramento County (Calif.). Alcalde Court
    Collection Size: 1.63 linear feet (3 boxes)
    Repository: Center for Sacramento History
    Sacramento, California 95811-0229
    Abstract: The collection contains records from the Sacramento Court of First Instance, the local judicial body of pre-statehood California after U.S. annexation. Records date from 1848 to 1850 and include civil and criminal case files, court record and judgment books, Alcalde Court documents, and court correspondence and petitions, plus documents from the Natoma, Mormon Island, and Salmon Falls districts. Some records of note are case files relating to the Rising Sun Mining & Trading Company and the Eagle Theater bankruptcy trial, and 1848 to 1849 documents in Spanish related to Dry Creek (Arroyo Seco).
    Physical location: SP SV 22:A:2
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to publish or quote from private manuscripts held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item and/or item number], [box and folder number], Sacramento County (Calif.) Court of First Instance records, CNTY0012, Center for Sacramento History.

    Acquisition Information

    Transferred from the California State Archives in 1980 (accession #1980/132).

    Biography / Administrative History

    Courts of First Instance were the local judicial bodies of pre-statehood California after U.S. annexation. They were overseen by an alcalde or judge and tried civil and criminal cases until the court was superseded by the District, County, and Sessions Courts established by state legislature on March 30, 1850.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection contains records from the Sacramento Court of First Instance from 1848 to 1850, including civil and criminal case files, court record and judgment books, Alcalde Court documents, and court correspondence and petitions, plus documents from the Natoma, Mormon Island, and Salmon Falls districts. Some records of note are case files relating to the Rising Sun Mining & Trading Company and the Eagle Theater bankruptcy trial, and 1848 to 1849 documents in Spanish related to Dry Creek (Arroyo Seco).

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into 3 series:

    Series 1. Civil case files, 1849-1853

    Series 2. Criminal case files, 1849-1850

    Series 3. Other court records, 1848-1850

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sacramento County (Calif.). Court of First Instance
    Courts--Sacramento County (Calif.)--Cases
    Sacramento County (Calif.)--Trials, litigation, etc.