Finding Aid for the Rancho San Pedro : documents, [1854?]

Cataloged by Citlali Sosa-Riddell, with assistance from Laurel McPhee; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Rancho San Pedro : documents
Date (inclusive): [1854?]
Collection number: 170/041
Creator: Rancho San Pedro
Extent: 220 leaves : paper ; 28 x 22 cm
Abstract: Typescript abstract of title for the Rancho San Pedro, consisting of copies of documents related to the property, dated 1805 to 1854.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
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

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rancho San Pedro : documents (Collection Number 170/41). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Processing Note

Cataloged by Citlali Sosa-Riddell, with assistance from Laurel McPhee, in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).

Biography/History

The Rancho San Pedro, also known as the Dominguez Ranch, consisted of 75,000 acres gifted to Juan Jose Dominguez, a Spanish soldier, in 1784. In 1826, Dominguez's nephew, Manuel Dominguez, built an adobe home on the property for his family. Manuel Dominguez and his wife, Maria Engracia Cota, had ten children; six daughters survived, and were all raised in the adobe. The Rancho San Pedro was strategically located during the Mexican War and was the site of major skirmishes; it was also an important stagecoach stop for travelers, conveniently situated between the Pueblo of Los Angeles and the port of San Pedro.
Don Manuel Dominguez held public office under both the Mexican and U.S. governments in California. Before 1857, he was elected three times as Acalde (Mayor) and Judge of Los Angeles; he later served as a Supervisor for Los Angeles County. He was also selected as a delegate to the convention in Monterey which drew up the first State Constitution.

Scope and Content

Typescript copies of legal documents relating to Rancho San Pedro, including wills, complaints, orders from Governor Arrillaga, boundary reports, letters concerning territory, deeds, agreements, petitions, and decrees from the Board of Land Commissioners. The abstract was compiled by the firm of Grove and Wilkinson, probably for the purpose of proving ownership by Juan Jose Dominguez, and later, his nephew, Manuel Dominguez, to the Board of Land Commissioners. Includes index.

Indexing Terms

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

Genres and Forms of Material

Manuscripts.

Related Material

Bound Manuscripts Collection (Collection 170)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Container List

 

Contents (from index):

 

ff. 1-17: Statement of Stephen C. Foster

 

ff. 18-50: Statement by C.C. Grove in the abstract, early records, and archives, also a complaint made in 1805 concerning the cattle of Rancho San Pedro, Juan Jose Dominguez, and Manuel Nieto

 

ff. 51-58: Affidavit of Manuel Dominguez, May 25, 1854 concerning the origin of the complaint

 

ff. 59-63: Will of Juan Jose Dominguez, January 21, 1809

 

ff. 64-65: Order of Governor Arrillaga, Oct. 31, 1811; Complaint of Cristobal Dominguez, Dec. 2, 1822

 

ff. 66-69: Pablo Vicente de Sola document, Dec. 31, 1822

 

ff. 70-74: Will of Cristobal Dominguez, Jan. 5, 1825

 

ff. 75-79: Complaint of Manuel Dominguez, May 16, 1826

 

ff. 80-97: Transcript of Case No. 446 relating to Palos Verdes

 

ff. 98-100: Report of Jose Antonio Carillo in boundary dispute concerning Rancho San Pedro and Rancho Santa Gertrudis, June 26, 1828

 

ff. 101-102: Letter of Jose Antonio Carillo, June 26, 1828

 

ff. 103-104: Document dated July 7, 1828 addressed to the alcalde of Los Angeles relating to the border dispute

 

ff. 105-108: Report by Jose Antonio Carillo, July 10, 1828

 

ff. 109-110: Document addressed to the alcalde of Los Angeles, Aug. 1, 1828

 

ff. 111-115: Papers concerning suit in 1930[sic] by Manuel Dominguez against Antonio Ygnacio Avilla [sic] and Manuel Gutierrez

 

ff. 116-120: 1833, San Pedro Ranch documents

 

ff. 121-124: Deed and agreement between Manuel Dominguez and Nasario Dominguez, Sept. 25, 1833

 

ff. 125-130: Will of Marie de los Reyes Ybanes

 

ff. 131-145: Transcript of arbitrations settlement between Manuel Dominguez and Nicholas Gutierrez, 1834-1835

 

ff. 146-148: Agreement between Manuel Dominguez and Nasario Dominguez, June 30, 1835, Petition of N.M. Pryor

 

ff. 149-153: Report of special committee concerning Rancho San Pedro and Rancho of Suanga

 

ff. 154-155: Certification of the Pryor documents

 

ff. 156-158: Claims of Miguel Pryor to Suanga

 

ff. 159-160: Document concerning Manuel Dominguez and Rancho San Pedro

 

ff. 161-167: Transcript of 1840-1841 concerning the transfer of land from Rancho San Pedro to Rancho Los Palos Verdes

 

ff. 168-170: A document signed by Ygnacio Maria Alvarado, April 26, 1841

 

ff. 171-175: Agreement between Pedro Dominguez and Juan Temple, March 6, 1849

 

ff. 176-180: Deed from Pedro Dominguez to Juan Temple, March 26, 1849

 

ff. 181-186: Deed from Pedro Dominguez to Jose Antonio Aguirre, Feb. 9, 1850

 

ff. 187-189: Deed from Maria Victoria Dominguez to Manuel Dominguez, July 1, 1850

 

ff. 190-193: Deed from Manuel Rocha to Manuel Dominguez, June 12, 1852

 

ff. 194-196: Papers of transactions between Manuel Rocha and Manuel Dominguez

 

ff. 197-201: Petition of Manuel Dominguez for land claims in California, Oct. 25, 1852

 

ff. 202-206: Petition of Manuel Dominguez for confirmation of San Pedro Ranch, Oct. 25, 1852

 

ff. 207-217: Opinion of Board of Land Commissioners

 

ff. 218-220: Decree of confirmation.