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Guide to the Lewis Riley Papers MS 92
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  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical / Historical Notes

  • Title: Lewis Riley Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 92
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
    Date (inclusive): 1899-1922
    Abstract: The collection contains business papers of the lawyer Lewis Riley while practicing in Colorado and San Diego, California.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and Spanish.
    creator: Riley, Lewis S.


    Items in the collection are arranged by subject.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Lauren Rasmussen on March 22, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Lewis Riley Papers, MS 92, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Scope and Content

    The collection pertains to Riley’s business endeavors between 1899 and 1922, though the bulk of the collection covers 1918 to 1922. The business correspondence covers topics related to Riley’s cases, including general real estate matters, divorce cases, client claims, and estate administration. Some miscellaneous business correspondence is also present, in which Riley consults with his clients on more minor topics. Financial paperwork includes correspondence from First National Bank, accounting notes, and records of client payment. Of particular interest is a set of more personal letters between Riley and Joyce’s employer, W.J. Finkbohner of Republic Motor Sales Co. The letters discuss both Joyce’s acrimonious divorce and financial trouble, and a matter of $150 that Joyce owed to Finkbohner.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Lewis S. Riley practiced law in Antonito, Colorado and San Diego, California in the late 1800s and early 1900s, respectively. He married Louise J. (maiden name unknown) and had a son, Joyce. In the late 1800s, Riley was the County Attorney in Antonito, Colorado, a small town in Conejos County. The first listing for Lewis Riley in the San Diego City Directory appears in 1905. Riley’s occupation is listed as an attorney, working in firms including Holcomb, Shaw & Riley; Holcomb, Riley, & Hubbell; Riley & Hubbell; and Riley & Heskett. His practice of law included estates, divorce, and property damage. In 1922, the Laurel Building Company was formed by George Gans and his wife, Amalia, along with their attorney, Riley. The Company is noted for constructing homes in North Park during the 1920s. It appears that Riley suffered from poor health in the early 1920s, as mentioned in correspondence to his clients and his niece, Cora Elam, but it is not known when he died. The last listing of Lewis S. Riley occurs in the 1923 San Diego City Directory.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Braiden, John C.
    Braly, Robert L.
    Carlisle, Amelia
    Elam, Cora
    Finkbohner, W. J.
    Finley, J. E.
    First National Bank of San Diego.
    Griffith, C. O.
    Lobato, Jesus M.
    Lobato, Manuelita
    Macomber, Carrie R.
    Richardson, Mary E.
    Riley & Heskett.
    Riley, Joyce
    Riley, Lewis S.
    Riley, Louise J.
    Antonito (Colo.)
    Conejos County (Colo.)
    Estate planning
    Estates (Law)
    Lemon Grove (Calif.)
    Practice of law
    Real property
    San Diego (Calif.)
    Stockton (Calif.)
    Ventura (Calif.)