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About this collection

In 1996 the Los Angeles Superior Court placed several series of historical cases for the period 1850-1879 on long-term deposit at the Huntington Library.  The series are open to the general public during regular Huntington business hours on the same basis as when they were kept at the Los Angeles County Archival Center, namely one case file at a time.  Scholars approved for manuscript privileges according to normal Huntington screening procedures have access to one box at a time.  A finding aid is available here.

 

Photocopies are available at rates equal to or less than current comparable rates at the Los Angeles County Archival Center.  In some cases, the fragile condition of individual items may necessitate reproduction by photography rather than by photocopying.  Several series of volumes of indices, registers, judgment books, etc., far from complete but all that survive, are also available to all.

 

Additional material was subsequently transferred to the Huntington, notably in May and September 2002.  The transferred volumes have been integrated into this listing.  The case files are usually listed at the end of the entry for each court jurisdiction.  Further material that appears to belong to these court series has been located in the Huntington’s Richard Courtney Collection.  It is usually indicated below with italics.

 

Beginning in 2008, the Court began making a major addition to the collection by placing on long-term deposit the surviving case files and supporting materials of the Superior Court itself for the period 1880-1890, including the Civil series (1880-1907), Probate: Second Series, and the Probate: Current from its inception in 1893 to 1900.

 

Please note that there are an additional 8 archival boxes of Criminal and Probate series material at the Seaver Center, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, in its collection no. 1164, Alcalde/ Los Angeles County Court Records (1830-1860).

 

Please note that this is a work in progress, with materials continually received.

 
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