Finding Aid for the Halleck, Peachy & Billings Correspondence and Papers, ca. 1852-1867

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Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Halleck, Peachy & Billings Correspondence and Papers
Date (inclusive): ca. 1852-1867
Collection number: 102
Creator: Halleck, Peachy & Billings (Firm)
Extent: 2 oversize boxes.
Abstract: Correspondence and papers relating to land and land litigation (including original documents and diseños, and transcripts) and to various legal cases, some concerning Chinese immigration, ships, and the funding bill in San Francisco; accounts; and tax records. Also included: correspondence and papers relating to the military career of Henry Wager Halleck, 1847-1856, and manuscript drafts and notes for Halleck's History of California.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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, Department of 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, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Collection is restricted from copying.
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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], Halleck, Peachy & Billings Correspondence and Papers (Collection 102). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233108 


Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the leading San Francisco law firms in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants; Frederick Billings arrived in San Francisco in 1849; he immediately established a law practice, and soon formed a partnership with Archibald C. Peachy; Peachy later became a member of the CA State Assembly in 1852, and of the State Senate in 1860 and 1862; Henry Wager Halleck graduated in engineering from West Point, participated in the Mexican War, and later prepared a report on CA land titles; became an active member of the CA Constitutional Convention; he resigned from the army and joined the law firm in 1854, compiling his books: The mining laws of Spain and Mexico, and International law; returned to the US Army in 1860, later becoming a general during the Civil War; the firm was dissolved in 1861.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of 10 reels of 35mm positive microfilm of papers located in the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley ( Collection C-B 421  ).

Organization and Arrangement

The original papers and correspondence are arranged in the following series:
  1. Correspondence (Box 1).
  2. Papers relating to land and land litigation (Boxes 2-5).
  3. Legal papers, not primarily land (Boxes 6-7).
  4. Henry Wager Halleck correspondence and papers relating to his military career (Box 8).
  5. Drafts and notes of Halleck's History of California (Box 9).

Indexing Terms

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


Halleck, Peachy & Billings (Firm)--Archives.
Law firms--California--San Francisco--Archival resources.

Genres and Forms of Material


Related Material

Original papers and correspondence ( Collection C-B 421  ) are located in The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Halleck, Peachy & Billings Records (Collection 2030)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.

Microfilm (positive)

Box 1, Reel 1

folders 1-143

Box 1, Reel 2

folders 143-239

Box 1, Reel 3

folders 240-232; oversize #21-30

Box 1, Reel 4

folders 333-456; oversize #31-34

Box 1, Reel 5

folders 457-513; oversize #35-47

Box 1, Reel 6

folders 514-586; oversize #48-52

Box 2, Reel 7

folders 587-679; oversize #53-55

Box 2, Reel 8

folders 698-711

Box 2, Reels 9-10

Halleck's History of California.

Physical Description: MSS drafts abd bites