This collection comprises 3 bound,
handwritten title abstracts, prepared by the Abstract and Title Insurance Company of Los
Angeles, containing transcriptions of documents, dating back as early as 1868. The
transcriptions are from original documents such as deeds, leases, tax assessments, and court
cases with accompanying hand-drawn maps for properties that were part of Rancho Boca de la
Playa and Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana presently part of Orange County, California. The
fourth document is an unbound typescript copy of an 1887 title abstract for a property
formerly known as the Colima Tract on the Rancho Santa Gertrudis, and was prepared by the
firm of Pendleton and Williams.
The Abstract and Title Insurance Company of Los Angeles, founded in 1886, was the first
corporation in the City of Los Angeles to issue certificates of titles and abstracts. The
Company filled a need for a reliable institution that would provide titles and abstracts for
the new landowners attracted to California by the economic boom. In 1893, prompted by a
temporary collapse of the real-estate market the company merged with its only local
competitor, the Los Angeles Abstract Company (founded in 1887), to create the Title
Insurance and Trust Company which was incorporated the same year.
0.4 Linear Feet
(1 box) and 1 digitized object
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish,
please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Collection open for research.