Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding Aid for the Rancho San Pedro : documents, [1854?]
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (57.51 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rancho San Pedro : documents
    Date (inclusive): [1854?]
    Collection number: 170/041
    Creator: Rancho San Pedro
    Extent: 220 leaves : paper ; 28 x 22 cm
    Abstract: Typescript abstract of title for the Rancho San Pedro, consisting of copies of documents related to the property, dated 1805 to 1854.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Rancho San Pedro : documents (Collection 170/41). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4230403 

    Processing Note

    Cataloged by Citlali Sosa-Riddell, with assistance from Laurel McPhee, in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).


    The Rancho San Pedro, also known as the Dominguez Ranch, consisted of 75,000 acres gifted to Juan Jose Dominguez, a Spanish soldier, in 1784. In 1826, Dominguez's nephew, Manuel Dominguez, built an adobe home on the property for his family. Manuel Dominguez and his wife, Maria Engracia Cota, had ten children; six daughters survived, and were all raised in the adobe. The Rancho San Pedro was strategically located during the Mexican War and was the site of major skirmishes; it was also an important stagecoach stop for travelers, conveniently situated between the Pueblo of Los Angeles and the port of San Pedro.
    Don Manuel Dominguez held public office under both the Mexican and U.S. governments in California. Before 1857, he was elected three times as Acalde (Mayor) and Judge of Los Angeles; he later served as a Supervisor for Los Angeles County. He was also selected as a delegate to the convention in Monterey which drew up the first State Constitution.

    Scope and Content

    Typescript copies of legal documents relating to Rancho San Pedro, including wills, complaints, orders from Governor Arrillaga, boundary reports, letters concerning territory, deeds, agreements, petitions, and decrees from the Board of Land Commissioners. The abstract was compiled by the firm of Grove and Wilkinson, probably for the purpose of proving ownership by Juan Jose Dominguez, and later, his nephew, Manuel Dominguez, to the Board of Land Commissioners. Includes index.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Genres and Forms of Material


    Related Material

    Bound Manuscripts Collection (Collection 170)  . Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.