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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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Folder 1: People of the State of California vs. R. Figueroa, 1899 February 7Save to your list.
Crime: Robbery
Judge: Guidinger, A. M.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 2: People of the State of California vs. Jim Wong Fook, No. 11723, 1899 June 10Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit rape
Defending Attorney(s): Thompson, F. H.
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Fredericks, F. J.
Folder 3: People of the State of California vs. Jose Galbas and Felix Valdes, 1899 December 28Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 4: People of the State of California vs. John Gallagher, No. 11747, 1899 November 10Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 5: People of the State of California vs. Henry Gardiner, 1899 June 15Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): McComas
Folder 6: People of the State of California vs. Peter Giovinoe, No. 11705, 1899 April 25Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 7: People of the State of California vs. James Gray, No. 11743, 1899 November 8Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit the infamous crime
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 8: People of the State of California vs. L. F. Griffin, No. 11760, 1899 December 19Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Defending Attorney(s): Foley, J. M.
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 9: People of the State of California vs. Albert Grill, 1899 July 12Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: White, U. E.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Jones, J.
Folder 10: People of the State of California vs. Henry Laub and Henry Tisdale, No. 13, 1899 April 3Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Defending Attorney(s): Whitney, L. C.; Mattingly, C. H.
Judge: Rosecrans, E.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Fredericks, J. D.
Folder 11: People of the State of California vs. Charles Mack, 1899 December 13Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 12: People of the State of California vs. Doloros Madrid, 1899 May 18Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Defending Attorney(s): Hyatt, W. P.
Judge: Barclay, J. H.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Jones, G. J.
Folder 13: People of the State of California vs. Henry Malby, 1899 June 3Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 14: People of the State of California vs. Albert Malvy, No. 11716, 1899 May 17Save to your list.
Crime: Petit larceny after a prior conviction
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J.
Folder 15: People of the State of California vs. L. A. Marsh, No. 11759, 1899 December 13Save to your list.
Crime: Forgery
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 16: People of the State of California vs. Ypolito Martinez, 1899 July 24Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: James, W. P.
Folder 17: People of the State of California vs. Charley Miller, 1899 November 16Save to your list.
Crime: Petit larceny after a prior conviction
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney: Chambers, J. F.
Folder 18: People of the State of California vs. F. Miller, 1899 October 24Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Judge: Phillips, L. P.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Willis, F. R.
Folder 19: People of the State of California vs. Harry Miller, 1899 April 10Save to your list.
Crime: Infamous crime against nature
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 20: People of the State of California vs. George Moore, 1899 July 7Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 21: People of the State of California vs. Frank Moran, Jose Rodriguez, and Frank Roach, No. 11699, 1899 April 12Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 22: People of the State of California vs. William Morgan, 1899 May 24Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Defending Attorney(s): Morgan, J. C.
Judge: Wells, T. H.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Tanner, R. R.
Folder 23: People of the State of California vs. Hardey Moulton, No. 11735, 1899 August 10Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 24: People of the State of California vs. Henry Nash, 1899 November 15Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Morgan, C. M.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 25: People of the State of California vs. Thomas Neimans, 1899 July 5Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: U. E. White
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Fredericks, J. D.
Folder 26: People of the State of California vs. John Nelson and Tobias Thompson, 1899 November 1Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Defending Attorney(s): Morgan, J. C.
Judge: Guidinger, A. M.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Jones, J.
Folder 27: People of the State of California vs. Adolph Neuman, 1899 September 11Save to your list.
Crime: Arson
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 28: People of the State of California vs. Francisco Olgin and Alexander Olgin, 1899 May 10Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with intent to commit murder
Defending Attorney(s): Hyatt, W. P.
Judge: Barclay, J. H.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Jones, G. J.
Folder 29: People of the State of California vs. Antonio Ortega, No. 32, 1899 April 26Save to your list.
Crime: Rape
Judge: James, W. P.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Jones, J.; Fredericks, J. D.
Folder 30: People of the State of California vs. Charles Owen and A. Atwater, 1899 April 8Save to your list.
Crime: Burglary
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 31: People of the State of California vs. James Owens, 1899 February 10Save to your list.
Crime: Infamous crime against nature
Judge: White, U. E.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Fredericks, J. D.
Folder 32: People of the State of California vs. Frank Pffirman and John Eichstadt, 1899 April 22Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 33: People of the State of California vs. A. Pico, No. 11680, 1899 January 26Save to your list.
Crime: Grand larceny
Defending Attorney(s): Carrier, E. B.
Judge: Austin, H. C.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers, J. F.
Folder 34: People of the State of California vs. A. Pico, 1899 January 26Save to your list.
Crime: Embezzlement
Defending Attorney(s): Mott ; Carrier
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers
Folder 35: People of the State of California vs. A. Pico, 1899 January 26Save to your list.
Folder 36: People of the State of California vs. Concepcion Ramirez, 1899 August 7Save to your list.
Crime: Assault with a deadly weapon
Judge: Morgan, C. O.
Prosecuting Attorney(s): Chambers

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