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Santa Barbara County Court records 1850-1908
AR.1949.001  
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Arrangement
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Related Materials
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Gledhill Library
    Title: Santa Barbara County Court records
    creator: Santa Barbara County (Calif.). Superior Court
    Identifier/Call Number: AR.1949.001
    Physical Description: 34 Linear Feet – 2,329 files in 34 record storage boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1850-1908
    Abstract: The Santa Barbara County Court records contain over 2,300 court cases beginning with California statehood through the first decade of the 20th century. The variety of court cases represented span legal proceedings from debt settlement to probate to murder. The plaintiff and defendant names documented in these cases are a Who's Who of notable Santa Barbara Californios and early American settlers.
    Language of Material: Although primarily in English, the earliest court cases are in Spanish owing to Santa Barbara citizens' gradual transition from a Latin culture-based interpersonal style of dispute resolution to a more prescribed form of American litigation.

    Scope and Contents

    The Santa Barbara County Court records contain over twenty-three hundred (2,300) individual court cases beginning with California statehood through the first decade of the twentieth century. The cases are organized in one large chronological series by date. The variety of court case represented span legal proceedings from debt settlement to probate to murder. The plaintiff and defendant names documented in these cases are a Who's Who of notable Santa Barbara Californios and early American settlers.

    Biographical / Historical

    As mandated by the California Constitution, each of the 58 counties in California has a superior court. The original California Constitution of 1849 and the California Judiciary Act of 1851 created multi-county district courts of general jurisdiction which supervised county courts and justice of the peace courts of limited jurisdiction.
    The Superior Court was created in 1880 by provisions of the 1879 State Constitution. This court assumed the functions previously carried out by the District, Sessions, County, and Probate Courts. Cases are handled by one of four departments: criminal, civil, probate, and juvenile. Each county in California has its own Superior Court.

    Arrangement

    The Santa Barbara County Court records are organized into one large chronological series by date.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials were acquired from Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

    Related Materials

    Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Gledhill Library. Canfield and Starbuck Law Firm Papers, 1866-1935. AR-2019-016. https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c83b666b/

    Other Finding Aids

    Finding Aid to Santa Barbara County Court records 1850-1908, https://bit.ly/31y8eqj, Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Gledhill Library. ( see Collection level "Online items available")
    Original index cards to court records, Santa Barbara Historical Museum. Gledhill Library.

    Processing Information

    The Santa Barbara County Court records were processed by Kathi Brewster, Brigitte Forssell, and Andrée Steele from 1990-1992. Steele, a retired French attorney, and Brewster, a retired Santa Barbara paralegal, and Forssell, all multi-lingual, translated the early Spanish language cases during the processing cycle. A copy of Barron's Law Dictionary was employed. Additionally, four green metal boxes of original plaintiff and defendant index cards were checked against all physical case files and received new cards or corrections as necessary.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of file], Santa Barbara County Court records, AR-1949-001, Gledhill Library, Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara, California.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights reside with the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head Archivist of the Gledhill Library.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Complaints (Administrative procedure)
    County courts
    Court records
    Depositions
    Indictments
    Judgments
    Legal petitions
    Aguirre, José Antonio, 1793-1860
    Bard, Thomas Robert, 1841-1915
    Canfield, Robert B. (Robert Bage), 1843-1929
    Cook, I. N., 1827-1894
    Dibblee, Thomas B. (Thomas Bloodgood), 1823-1895
    Dibblee, Francisca de la Guerra, 1849-1931
    Eddy, William M., 1826-1904
    Fernald, Charles, Judge (Charles Heald), 1830-1892
    Guerra, Francisco de la, 1817-1878
    Guerra y Noriega, José de la, Don (José Antonio), 1779-1858
    Hollister, W. W., Col. (William Welles), 1818-1886
    Kellogg, Frank (Franklin Erwin), 1851-1923
    Kimberly, Martin M. (Martin Morse), 1826-1878
    Lobero, Giuseppe "Jose", 1823-1892
    More, Thomas W. (Thomas Wallace), 1826-1877
    Norway, W. H. (WIlliam Henry), 1834-1900
    Oreña, Gaspar, 1824-1903
    Ott, Adam, 1847-1919
    Sexton, Joseph, 1842-1917
    Storke, C. A. (Charles Albert), 1847-1936
    Thompson, Alpheus Basil, 1797-1869
    Thompson, Dixie W., 1826-1903
    Trenwith, George F., 1849-1913