The California Private Land Claims Collection is made up of photocopies of a selection of California private land claims presented
to the Public Land Commission to determine the validity of prior Spanish and Mexican land grants within California. The contents
include handwritten transcripts of proceedings and maps.
The California Land Act of 1851 (9 Stat. 631), enacted following the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the admission of California
as a state in 1850, established a three-member Public Land Commission to determine the validity of prior Spanish and Mexican
land grants. It required landowners who claimed title under the Mexican government to file their claim with a commission within
two years. Contrary to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which guaranteed full protection of all property rights for Mexican
citizens, it placed the burden on landholders to prove their title.
1 Linear Feet
– containing 26 claims
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation Research Center 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 reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital facsimiles of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted
to research and educational purposes.
Collection is open to researchers.