Los Angeles city water rights collection

Finding aid prepared by Brooke M. Black
Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
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San Marino, California 91108
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Los Angeles city water rights collection
Dates: 1775-1974
Dates: bulk 1966-1967
Collection Call Number: mssLos Angeles water rights collection
Extent: 133 items
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
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.

Administration Information

Access

Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

Publication Rights

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.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Los Angeles city water rights collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

The collection was a gift of Andrew F. Rolle, April 1985.

History

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.

Arrangement

The original order was kept by the cataloger. The collection is housed in six boxes.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Caughey, John Walton, 1902-1995
Engstrand, Iris Wilson
Rolle, Andrew F.

Corporate Names

California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County)
San Fernando, Rey de España (Mission : San Fernando, Calif.) -- History

Subjects

Subjects

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

Geographic Areas

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

Genre

Legal documents -- California -- 20th century
Research (document genres) -- California -- 20th century


CONTAINER LIST

Box 1

Copies of Land Deeds and Legal Documents

Folder  1

Antonio María Lugo land deeds and legal documents (copies) (1874)

1 item
Folder  2

Report of the Secretary of the Interior…to examine the subject of land titles in California (facsimile) (1851)

1 item
Folder  3

Final findings and judgment in City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando et al (1968)

3 items. Includes letter by Wallace R. Peck to Andrew F. Rolle, 1968, Mar. 15.
Box 2

Research Material

Folder  1

Miscellaneous letters, documents and research material (1860-1966)

19 items
Folder  2

Mission San Fernando - translation of deed of grant (1846-1852)

1 item
Folder  3

Rancho Grants (facsimiles) (1775-1830)

2 items
Folder  4

Rancho San Rafael - translation of deed of grant 1797-1852

1 item
Folder  5

Cahuenga (1843-1856)

4 items
Folder  6

La Canada (1843-1862)

3 items
Folder  7

Providencia (1843-1870)

3 items
Folder  8

Los Feliz (1846-1858)

2 items
Folder  9

California Indians [approximately 1966]

4 items
Folder  10

Secularization (1840-1965)

5 items
Folder  11

Santa Ana (1964)

3 items
Folder  12

The Water Rights of the Pueblo Los Angeles: written testimony of William B. Stern [1966]

1 item. Incomplete.
Folder  13

States (1916-1957)

4 items
Folder  14

Some Account of the Pious Fund of California and the Litigation to Recover It by John T. Doyle (1880)

1 item
Box 3

Research Material

Folder  1

Rolle Miscellaneous; Live Exhibits (1795-1966)

28 items
Folder  2

Unsused Photostats (1795-1966)

16 items
Folder  3

Mission San Fernando (1852-1974)

5 items
Folder  4

Excerpts from Transcripts of the Proceedings of the Board of Land Commissioners in the San Rafael and La Canada Cases (1829-1855)

1 item
Folder  5

Petitions, Grants and Other Documents as filed on Proceedings before the Board of Land Commissioners (1842-1852)

1 item
Folder  6

Miscellaneous Notes and Manuscripts re: Los Angeles 1966

7 items
Folder  7

Decision in City of San Francisco vs. The United States, No. 280 (1856, Feb. 5)

1 item
Folder  8

A History of Hispanic-American Rights and Usage with Respect to Land and Water in California: first draft [1966]

1 item
Folder  9

A History of Hispanic-American Rights and Usage with Respect to Land and Water in California: second draft [1966]

1 item
Folder  10

A History of Hispanic-American Rights and Usage with Respect to Land and Water in California: next to last draft [1966]

1 item. Comments by Andrew F. Rolle in red.
Box 4

Memorandum Decision by Judge Edmund M. Moor and Study of Laws and Customs Pertaining to the Use of Water in California under Spain and Mexico

Folder  1

Memorandum Decision by Judge Edmund M. Moor in City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando et al (1967, Oct. 30)

1 item
Folder  2

Addenda to Memorandum Decision by Judge Edmund M. Moor in City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando et al [1967, Oct. 30]

1 item
Folder  3

A Study of Laws and Customs pertaining to the Use of Water in California under Spain and Mexico Volume I prepared by Andrew F. Rolle and Iris Wilson Engstrand (1966, May 27)

1 item
Folder  4

A Study of Laws and Customs pertaining to the Use of Water in California under Spain and Mexico Volume II prepared by Andrew F. Rolle and Iris Wilson Engstrand [1966, May 27]

1 item
Folder  5

A Study of Laws and Customs pertaining to the Use of Water in California under Spain and Mexico Volume III prepared by Andrew F. Rolle and Iris Wilson Engstrand [1966, May 27]

1 item
Box 5

Defendants' Combined Trial Brief

Folder  1

Defendants' Combined Trial Brief in City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando et al Volume I (1967, July 10)

1 item
Folder  2

Defendants' Combined Trial Brief in City of Los Angeles vs. City of San Fernando et al Volume II (1967, July 10)

1 item
Box 6

Reporters' Daily Transcripts

Folder  1

Reporters' Daily Transcript: copy (1966, June 22)

1 item
Folder  2

Reporters' Daily Transcript: copy (1966, June 23)

1 item
Folder  3

Reporters' Daily Transcript: copy (1966, July 12)

1 item
Folder  4

Reporters' Daily Transcript: copy (1966, July 13)

1 item
Folder  5

Reporters' Daily Transcript: copy (1966, July 14)

1 item
Folder  6

Reporters' Daily Transcript: copy (1966, July 18)

1 item