Finding Aid to the Grant Jackson Papers MS.538

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
2012 October 1

Title: Grant Jackson Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.538
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.9 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1886-1924
Abstract: This collection includes certificates, correspondence, legal documents, manuscripts, legal papers, and a scrapbook regarding the professional career of Grant Jackson. Materials are from 1886-1924.
creator: Jackson, Grant, 1866-1925

Scope and Contents

This collection includes certificates, correspondence, legal documents, manuscripts, legal papers, and a scrapbook regarding the professional career of Grant Jackson. Materials are from 1886-1924. Manuscript of "State Division - a Menace to Los Angeles" by Grant Jackson, given as a speech before the City Club, October 2, 1909 and published as listed above. Legal documents include Jackon's 1886 diploma from Lompoc School, and two certificates of Jackon's admission to practice in District and Circuit Court, both dated January 2, 1903. Two large scrapbooks contain mostly newspaper articles from approximately 1922-1924 on California history and obituaries of California pioneers. A photocopy of the House of Representatives' Ex. Doc. No. 64 of the 1st Session of the 35th Congress, 1858. (373.G.1161) This contains official information and correspondence in relation to the execution of Colonel Henry A. Cobb and his associates. An original copy is in the Munk Collection of Ephemera, M.973.47. Also includes certificate allowing Grant Jackson to practice as an attorney in California, dated 1891 October 13.

Processing history

Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 1, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).


Bequest by Judge Grant Jackson, April 1925.

Preferred citation

Grant Jackson Papers, 1886-1924, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.538; [folder number] [folder title][date].


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Biographical note

Grant Jackson (1866 June 13 - 1925 April 2) was born in Sebastopol, California, but the family soon moved to Lompoc and Santa Barbara. In 1887 he began to study law in in the office of W.C. Stratton. Admitted to the bar in 1891, Jackson began his practice in Santa Barbara, moving to Los Angeles in 1902. Years later, he became a Judge for the Superior Court.
Jackson belonged to the Jonathan Club, the Gamut Club, Union League, and the Native Sons of the Golden West.

Related Archival Materials

Manuscript collection of Grant Jackson, 1828-1954, The Huntington Library, mssHM 38166-38278, HM 38338-38339

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Legal documents
State Division: A Menace to Los Angeles


Box 1

Scope and contents

Box 1 Files

  1. MS by Jackson “State Division -a menace to Los Angeles”, given as a speech before the City Club on October 2, 1909; published in the Los Angeles Times October 3, 1909; published in the Grizzly Bear November 1909. Relates to the proposed division of Calif. into two separate states which he opposes. Accession #G-373-1149
  2. Letter Jackson to Owen C. Coy June 4, 1919. Describes his collection of Californiana, typed copy of the original
  3. Dec. 20, 1915 and undated (probably Dec. 16). Two newspaper clippings about charges against Grant Jackson by Charles J. Genshlea
  4. Certificates of admission to practice in District Court and Circuit Court for 9th Judicial District, both dated January 2, 1903. 2 certificates.
  5. Diploma from Lompoc School March 29, 1886
  6. Report to California Historical Survey Commission of materials from Jackson’s private collection
  7. “Grant Jackson, esq.'' Los Angeles Times January 1, 1906. Newspaper clipping.
  8. “Pioneer data from 1832 from the memory of Don Juan Forster”, Bancroft Library.
  9. Charles E. Huse document. 1852, 1916. Formal statement Huse received regarding the destruction of a ballot box
  10. Charles E. Huse documents, 1917. Correspondence to Jackson informing him of Huse’s death.
  11. Covarrubius documents, undated. “Photographic reproductions of documents found in the mansion of Don [Jose] María Covarrubius”.

Box 2

Scope and contents

Box 2

  1. “Execution of Colonel Crabb and Associates, message from the Presidency of the United States.” February 16, 1858 (photocopy). Preservation note, need a flat box or portfolio to fit item properly, approx 10” x 12”.
  2. Scrapbooks of California History include obituaries of California pioneers who died in the early 1920’s