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Robert H. Willey Legal Collection MSS.2013.04.30
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Organizational/Biographical History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Robert H. Willey Legal Colletion
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2013.04.30
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 0.416 Linear feet 1 Hollinger box
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1860-1880
    Date (inclusive): 1831-1911
    Abstract: The collection of Robert H. Willey contains records pertaining to Willey’s law practice in Monterey County from 1879-1916. The first series consists of records documenting various Willey family legal transactions. Series two consists of a variety of legal records that include: deeds, legal agreements, mining documents, financial statements, patent correspondence, court documents and other legal records. Series three consists of a single petition and includes a typescript. The petitioner requests Colonel R. B. Mason, the Governor of Upper California (1847-1849) for enforcement of protection of rancheros' located in San Diego, San Luis, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino from continued robbery of cattle, horses, and mules by Native American's and others. Applications for armed protection were made to the Military Commandant without result. The petitioner requests assistance from the Governor by providing a detachment of U.S. military officers to enforce the rule of law in the region.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    creator: Willey, Robert H., 1852-1916

    Access

    The collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the SJSU Special Collections & Archives as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader. Copyright restrictions also apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    Robert H. Willey Legal Collection, San José State University Library Special Collections & Archives.

    Processing Information

    Collection arranged and processed by Danielle Lopez, 2013, edited and reviewed by Danelle Moon.

    Organizational/Biographical History

    Robert H. Willey (1852-1916) was born in 1852 in New York, New York, while his father was a temporary worker in New York and following the end of his assignment, he and his family returned to their home in Yorkshire, England. At the age of seventeen Robert Willey traveled to San Francisco with his father and from this experience he moved to Napa Valley to study law. While in Napa Valley, Willey met and married Susie Clark. In 1879, the couple relocated to Monterey where Willey established his law practice. Some years later Willey became Monterey’s City Attorney while continuing his private law practice. Willey died November 30th, 1916 leaving behind a widow and three children.
    Bibliography:
    Ingersoll, Luther A. Memorial and Biographical History of the Coast Counties of Central California. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1893), 418-419.
    "San Diego-Port and City,” in An Illustrated History of Southern California Embracing the Counties of San Diego, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange, and the Peninsula of Lower California, from the Earliest Period of Occupancy to the Present Time: Together with Glimpses of Their Prospects: Also, Full-page Portraits of Some of Their Pioneers and of Prominent Citizens of To-day. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1890), pp. 174-176.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection of Robert H. Willey contains records pertaining to Willey’s law practice in Monterey County from 1879-1916. The first series consists of records documenting various Willey family legal transactions. Series two consists of a variety of legal records that include: deeds, legal agreements, mining documents, financial statements, patent correspondence, court documents and other legal records. Series three consists of a single petition and includes a typescript. The petitioner requests Colonel R. B. Mason, the Governor of Upper California (1847-1849) for enforcement of protection of rancheros' located in San Diego, San Luis, Santa Ana, and San Bernardino from continued robbery of cattle, horses, and mules by Native American's and others. Applications for armed protection were made to the Military Commandant without result. The petitioner requests assistance from the Governor by providing a detachment of U.S. military officers to enforce the rule of law in the region.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into three series: Series I, Wiggin's Family Records, 1842-1890; Series II, Robert Willey Legal Records, 1831-1911; Series III, Petition to Colonel M.B. Mason, Governor Upper California (cira 1847-1849)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Law--California--Monterey County
    Mining--California
    Monterey County--History
    Wiggins, William
    Willey, R.H.