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Finding Aid to the Maps of Private Land Grant Cases of California, [ca. 1840-ca. 1892]
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  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Maps of private land grant cases of California
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1840-ca. 1892]
    Collection Number: LAND CASE MAP
    Creator: United States. District Court (California)
    Extent: ca. 1,450 ms. maps : some hand col. 1396 digital objects (1862 images)
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
    Phone: (510) 642-6481
    Fax: (510) 642-7589
    Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu/
    URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu
    Abstract: Placed on permanent deposit in The Bancroft Library by the U.S. District Court, San Francisco. Maps show land grants (ranchos) in California presented in evidence to the District Court. Dockets from which these maps were removed are in The Bancroft Library Manuscript Division.
    Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English, Spanish
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Information for Researchers


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000. See: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/reference/permissions.html .

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Maps of private land grant cases of California, LAND CASE MAP, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

    Alternate Forms Available

    Digital reproductions of items are available.

    Related Collections

    Documents pertaining to the adjudication of private land claims in California, BANC MSS Land Case Files
    Bowman, J.N. Index of the Spanish-Mexican private land grant records and cases of California, I, 292, BANC MSS C-R 17

    Separated Material

    Land Case files have been transferred to the manuscript collection of The Bancroft Library.

    Published material that may be useful to researchers

    Becker, Robert H. Designs on the land : diseños of California ranchos and their makers. San Francisco, Book Club of California, 1969.
    Becker, Robert H. Diseños of California ranchos : maps of thirty-seven land grants, 1822-1846, from the records of the United States District Court, San Francisco . San Francisco, Book Club of California, 1964.
    Cowan, Robert G. Ranchos of California. Fresno, Calif., Academy Library Guild, 1956.
    Perez, Cris. Land grants in Alta California. San Francisco: League of Women Voters of California, 1924- 1949

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog
    Land grants-California--Maps, Manuscript.
    Women--California--Societies and clubs.

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Maps of Private Land Grant Cases of California were placed on permanent deposit in The Bancroft Library by the U.S. District Court, San Francisco.


    Additional material is not expected.

    Processing History

    The Land Case Maps were cataloged by the University of California during the California Maps Project from 1990 through 1993. The project was funded by theDepartment of Education and the University of California, Berkeley. The bulk of the cataloging was done by Randal Brandt.
    The entire Land Case Maps collection was processed for digitization by Jeffrey Hookom. The digitization was carried out by the Digital Imaging Lab at UC Berkeley. The Land Case Maps Digital Archive project was managed by Mary W. Elings.

    Administrative History

    The maps, or diseños, that comprise the Land Case Maps collection originally formed part of the private land claims ajudicated by the U.S. District Courts of California (Northern and Southern Districts) and the U.S Circuit Court (9th Circuit) from ca. 1850 to 1860. The records of the private land claim cases, along with the maps, were held by the U.S. District Court, San Francisco until 1951 when they were transferred to The Bancroft Library.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Land Case maps collection comprises maps found in private land claim cases in the U.S. Northern and Southern District Courts. The maps were created to establish ownership of the land represented. The maps show property boundaries, any buildings,and natural features. The maps cover a period from approximately 1850 to approximately 1890.