Scope and Content
Title: Los Angeles city water rights collection
Dates: bulk 1966-1967
Collection Call Number: mssLos Angeles water rights collection
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San Marino, California 91108
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Abstract: Research material used by historians in the water rights case of the City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando as well
as copies of legal documents from the court case.
Language of Material: The records are in English, although there are several items in Spanish.
Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
please go to following
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material,
nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and
obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
[Identification of item], Los Angeles city water rights collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
The collection was a gift of Andrew F. Rolle, April 1985.
The city of Los Angeles brought a case against San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale and 30 other defendants over use of underground
water in September 1955 (the trial took place in 1966-1967). Historians Andrew Rolle, Iris Higbie Wilson Engstrand, John W.
Caughey, other others, did research, presented evidence, and testified in the court case on behalf of the defendants.
Scope and Content
The collection includes the research material used by Andrew F. Rolle and others to create the evidence used in the water
rights case City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando, et al, including copies of original land deeds, journal articles,
maps, and original manuscripts by Rolle (including A History of Hispanic-American Rights and Usage with Respect to Land and
Water in California). It also includes copies of several of the legal documents from the case including the decision by Judge
Edmund M. Moor, the defendants' combined trial brief, the reporters' daily transcripts, as well as the manuscript prepared
by Rolle and Engstrand entitled: A Study of Laws and Customs Pertaining to the Use of Water in California and Spain Mexico
(3 volumes). There are a few letters between Rolle and the lawyers involved in the case. Many of the items have Andrew F.
Rolle's handwritten comments and edits. Subjects in the collection include: history of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County,
San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale; water rights and sources in the area; the Indians of the area; the missions in California;
original land tenure and ranchos.
The original order was kept by the cataloger. The collection is housed in six boxes.
Caughey, John Walton, 1902-1995
Engstrand, Iris Wilson
Rolle, Andrew F.
California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County)
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.) -- History
Indians of North America -- California -- Los Angeles County -- History
Land tenure -- California, Southern
Missions -- California -- History
Ranches -- California, Southern -- History
Water rights -- California -- Los Angeles
Water rights -- California -- San Fernando
Water rights -- Cases
Water-supply -- California -- Los Angeles
Burbank (Los Angeles County, Calif.) -- History
California, Southern -- History
Glendale (Calif.) -- History
Los Angeles (Calif) -- History -- 18th century
Los Angeles (Calif) -- History -- 19th century
San Fernando (Calif.) -- History
Legal documents -- California -- 20th century
Research (document genres) -- California -- 20th century