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Title: Early Los Angeles Court Transcript Collection, 1885-1904Save to your list.

ID: SC/LACT

Extent: 17.48 Linear Feet

Subjects: Crime - California - Los Angeles - Cases - Sources, Criminals - California - Los Angeles - Cases - Sources, Los Angeles (Calif.) - History

Forms of Material: Paper records

Languages: English

Abstract

The Early Los Angeles Court Transcript Collection (1885-1904) consists of transcripts of court cases in Los Angeles, California from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection contains some transcripts of trials, but the majority of documents are transcripts of the testimony for preliminary examinations. The court cases in the collection deal with a broad range of topics including fraud, burglary, grand larceny, rape, incest, murder, assault with a deadly weapon, embezzlement, perjury, bribery, and libel. The various crimes and court proceedings take place throughout the Los Angeles area including Redondo, Covina, San Dimas, Compton, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Pomona.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Early Los Angeles Court Transcript Collection (1885-1904) consists of transcripts of court cases in Los Angeles, California from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection contains some transcripts of trials, but the majority of documents are transcripts of the testimony for preliminary examinations. The court cases in the collection deal with a broad range of topics including fraud, burglary, grand larceny, rape, incest, murder, assault with a deadly weapon, embezzlement, perjury, bribery, and libel. The various crimes and court proceedings take place throughout the Los Angeles area including Redondo, Covina, San Dimas, Compton, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Pomona.

Featuring the recorded testimonies of many former local residents, this collection offers a glimpse into life in Los Angeles at the turn of the last century. Many of the burglary charges are for the theft of horses, cows, and bicycles, with one man accused of assault with a deadly weapon after a dispute over a card game in a saloon. There are also several instances of now archaic charges including several "infamous crime[s] against nature," cases dealing with homosexuality, and one case of a man, George Kirsch, being charged with "furnishing liquor to Indians" in May of 1895. The collection includes testimony from a particularly notorious case in its time: The People of the State of California vs. Hattie Woolsteen. Woolsteen was accused of murdering her lover Charles Harlan in a barn, and setting the barn on fire in order to conceal her crime.

Also documented in the collection is the jurisdiction of different courts within the various townships in Los Angeles County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These include the Justice's Court of Compton Township, the Justice's Court of Santa Monica Township, the Justice's Court of Los Angeles Township, and the Justice's Court of San Jose Township which represented an area containing Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne. This collection is arranged chronologically.

Subject/Index Terms

Crime - California - Los Angeles - Cases - Sources
Criminals - California - Los Angeles - Cases - Sources
Los Angeles (Calif.) - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) 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 owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.


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Box 26Save to your list.
Folder 1: People of the State of California vs. Alexander Adams, 1896 June 2Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Defending Attorney(s): Arthur, W. E.
Judge: Rossiter, J. G.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Holton, G. M.
Folder 2: People of the State of California vs. George Abbott and Rudolph Leon, No. 731, 1896 April 18Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Defending Attorney(s): Fitzgerald, W.; Appel, H.
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James
Folder 3: People of the State of California vs. John F. Barthelman, 1896 November 9Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Kemp, J. W.; Oliver. B. L.
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.; Davis; Rush
Folder 4: People of the State of California vs. James Bass, 1896 January 22Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit murder
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 5: People of the State of California vs. Jesus Belardes, No. 789, 1896 October 10Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Defending Attorney(s): Ladd; Hughes
Judge: Owens, M. T.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Austin, H. C.
Folder 6: People of the State of California vs. Joe Belisle, 1896 September 25Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 7: People of the State of California vs. Joe Belisle, 1896 September 26Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 8: People of the State of California vs. Elisha L. Bennett, 1896 March 17Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending attorney(s): Davis; Rush
Judge: Rossiter, J. G.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.; Appel, H. H.
Folder 9: People of the State of California vs. Elisha L. Bennett, 1896 August 13Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Shinn; Oliver
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas
Folder 10: People of the State of California vs. Elisha L. Bennett, 1896 March 17Save to your list.
Crime: Murder
Defending Attorney(s): Davis; Rush
Judge: Rossiter, J. G.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.; Appel, H. H.
Folder 11: People of the State of California vs. Mary Bentley, 1896 April 20Save to your list.
Crime: Threatening to kill another person
Defending Attorney(s): Appel, H. H.
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Williams, W. T.
Folder 12: People of the State of California vs. Henry Bloom, 1896 April 4Save to your list.
Crime: Passing fictitious check
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 13: People of the State of California vs. Henry Bloom, 1896 April 4Save to your list.
Crime: Passing fictitious check
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 14: People of the State of California vs. Henry Bloom, 1896 April 4Save to your list.
Crime: Passing fictitious check
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.; Willis, F. R.
Folder 15: People of the State of California vs. G. G. Boyden, 1896 January 23Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 16: People of the State of California vs. Louis Brennman, 1896 February 14Save to your list.
Crime: Embezzlement
Defending Attorney(s): Blocki, W. G.
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas, C. C.
Folder 17: People of the State of California vs. John H. Bridges, 1896 September 21Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit murder
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 18: People of the State of California vs. John Brown, 1896 January 6Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 19: People of the State of California vs. Kinney Brown, 1896 January 14Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Defending Attorney(s): Lawson, S. S.; Allen, D. R.
Judge: Morrison, D. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): James, W. P.
Folder 20: People of the State of California vs. E. I. Bryant, 1896 February 10Save to your list.
Crime: Perjury
Defending Attorney(s): McCutchen, A. B.; Goodrich, B.
Judge: Young, W.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Conkling, M. W.

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