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Los Angeles Land Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Subjects
  • Geographic Areas
  • Genre

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Los Angeles Land Papers
    Dates: 1850-1889
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Collector: Kenneth S. Greenburg
    Extent: 237 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: These papers document the transfer of land during the first few decades of American ownership of Los Angeles, California. This collection consists of the original documents certifying the sale, purchase, pre-emption, or surveying of land by sheriffs, clerks, notary publics, and surveyors of Los Angeles County between 1850 and 1889.
    Language of Material: The records are in English and Spanish.

    Administration Information

    Access

    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Los Angeles Land Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was given to the Huntington Library by Kenneth S. Greenburg from May 1968 to July 1970.

    Scope and Content

    These papers document the transfer of land during the first few decades of American ownership of Los Angeles, California. This collection consists of the original documents certifying the sale, purchase, pre-emption, or surveying of land by sheriffs, clerks, notary publics, and surveyors of Los Angeles County between 1850 and 1889. Some of these legal proceedings partially document the transfer of land ownership from Californio to American hands. Many of these documents are “pre-emption” claims to land made mostly by new American immigrants to California under the Possessory Act of April 20, 1852 which gave individuals the right to claim 160 acres of public lands for the purposes of mining or agriculture. The “inventories of women’s separate property” were a result of the California State law enacted on April 17, 1850 entitled “Act defining the rights of Husband and Wife.”

    Arrangement

    This collection includes 237 items organized into nine folders which include: mortgage agreements and releases; inheritances and wills; certificates of sale due to taxes owed, law suits, and foreclosure; claims of preemption; land documents of individuals significant to Los Angeles history including: Abel Stearns, Pío Pico, Ignacio del Valle, and Francis P.F. Temple; lease agreements; and additional miscellaneous legal documents relating to land transfer.

    Indexing Terms

    Del Valle, Ignacio.
    Pico, Pío, 1801-1894.
    Stearns, Abel, 1798-1871.
    Temple, Francis Pliny F., 1821-1880.

    Subjects

    Mexicans -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Real property -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Women -- California.

    Geographic Areas

    California -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

    Genre

    Agreements California 19th century.
    Bills of sale California 19th century.
    Claims California 19th century.
    Deeds California 19th century.
    Land deeds California 19th century.
    Leases California 19th century.
    Maps California 19th century.
    Mortgages California 19th century.
    Wills California 19th century.