Finding Aid for the Rancho San Pedro : documents, [1854?]

Cataloged by Citlali Sosa-Riddell, with assistance from Laurel McPhee; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
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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.

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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.

Container List


Contents (from index):


ff. 1-17: Statement of Stephen C. Foster


ff. 18-50: Statement by C.C. Grove in the abstract, early records, and archives, also a complaint made in 1805 concerning the cattle of Rancho San Pedro, Juan Jose Dominguez, and Manuel Nieto


ff. 51-58: Affidavit of Manuel Dominguez, May 25, 1854 concerning the origin of the complaint


ff. 59-63: Will of Juan Jose Dominguez, January 21, 1809


ff. 64-65: Order of Governor Arrillaga, Oct. 31, 1811; Complaint of Cristobal Dominguez, Dec. 2, 1822


ff. 66-69: Pablo Vicente de Sola document, Dec. 31, 1822


ff. 70-74: Will of Cristobal Dominguez, Jan. 5, 1825


ff. 75-79: Complaint of Manuel Dominguez, May 16, 1826


ff. 80-97: Transcript of Case No. 446 relating to Palos Verdes


ff. 98-100: Report of Jose Antonio Carillo in boundary dispute concerning Rancho San Pedro and Rancho Santa Gertrudis, June 26, 1828


ff. 101-102: Letter of Jose Antonio Carillo, June 26, 1828


ff. 103-104: Document dated July 7, 1828 addressed to the alcalde of Los Angeles relating to the border dispute


ff. 105-108: Report by Jose Antonio Carillo, July 10, 1828


ff. 109-110: Document addressed to the alcalde of Los Angeles, Aug. 1, 1828


ff. 111-115: Papers concerning suit in 1930[sic] by Manuel Dominguez against Antonio Ygnacio Avilla [sic] and Manuel Gutierrez


ff. 116-120: 1833, San Pedro Ranch documents


ff. 121-124: Deed and agreement between Manuel Dominguez and Nasario Dominguez, Sept. 25, 1833


ff. 125-130: Will of Marie de los Reyes Ybanes


ff. 131-145: Transcript of arbitrations settlement between Manuel Dominguez and Nicholas Gutierrez, 1834-1835


ff. 146-148: Agreement between Manuel Dominguez and Nasario Dominguez, June 30, 1835, Petition of N.M. Pryor


ff. 149-153: Report of special committee concerning Rancho San Pedro and Rancho of Suanga


ff. 154-155: Certification of the Pryor documents


ff. 156-158: Claims of Miguel Pryor to Suanga


ff. 159-160: Document concerning Manuel Dominguez and Rancho San Pedro


ff. 161-167: Transcript of 1840-1841 concerning the transfer of land from Rancho San Pedro to Rancho Los Palos Verdes


ff. 168-170: A document signed by Ygnacio Maria Alvarado, April 26, 1841


ff. 171-175: Agreement between Pedro Dominguez and Juan Temple, March 6, 1849


ff. 176-180: Deed from Pedro Dominguez to Juan Temple, March 26, 1849


ff. 181-186: Deed from Pedro Dominguez to Jose Antonio Aguirre, Feb. 9, 1850


ff. 187-189: Deed from Maria Victoria Dominguez to Manuel Dominguez, July 1, 1850


ff. 190-193: Deed from Manuel Rocha to Manuel Dominguez, June 12, 1852


ff. 194-196: Papers of transactions between Manuel Rocha and Manuel Dominguez


ff. 197-201: Petition of Manuel Dominguez for land claims in California, Oct. 25, 1852


ff. 202-206: Petition of Manuel Dominguez for confirmation of San Pedro Ranch, Oct. 25, 1852


ff. 207-217: Opinion of Board of Land Commissioners


ff. 218-220: Decree of confirmation.