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Finding Aid of the Halleck, Peachy & Billings Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms
  • Partial Index to Correspondents in Collection
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Halleck, Peachy & Billings Records,
    Date (inclusive): 1842-1862
    Collection number: 2030
    Creator: Halleck, Peachy & Billings (Firm)
    Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.) 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the leading San Francisco law firms in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants. The firm was dissolved in 1861. The collection contains correspondence, mainly relating to land litigation of Halleck, Peachy & Billings, with documents and diseños (originals, copies, and translations) used in the settlement of the claims. Also contains papers in various legal cases, some concerning ships, Chinese immigration and the San Francisco funding bill, as well as a few accounts and some tax records.
    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.
    Language: English.

    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.
    Originals restricted. Use microfilm copy only.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Halleck, Peachy & Billings Records (Collection 2030). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    • John Howell Books, purchase, 1948.
    • Collection previously in the libraries of Robert Ernest Cowan and T.W. Norris.

    Biography

    Halleck, Peachy & Billings was one of the leading San Francisco law firms in the settlement of titles to Mexican land grants; Frederick Billings arrived in San Francisco in 1849; he immediately established a law practice, and soon formed a partnership with Archibald C. Peachy; Peachy later became a member of the California State Assembly in 1852, and of the State Senate in 1860 and 1862; Henry Wager Halleck graduated in engineering from West point, participated in the Mexican War, and later prepared a report on California land titles; became an active member of the California Constitutional Convention; he resigned from the army and joined the law firm in 1854, compiling his books: The mining laws of Spain and Mexico, and International law; returned to the U.S. Army in 1860, later becoming a general during the Civil War; the firm was dissolved in 1861.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains correspondence, mainly relating to land litigation of Halleck, Peachy & Billings, with documents and diseños (originals, copies, and translations) used in the settlement of the claims. Also contains papers in various legal cases, some concerning ships, Chinese immigration and the San Francisco funding bill, as well as a few accounts and some tax records. Includes files on the settlement of the William Alexander Leidesdorff and Joseph L. Folsom estates. Contains a small group of correspondence and papers relating to Henry Wager Halleck's military career, 1847-56, and manuscript drafts and notes for his History of California.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Halleck, H.W. (Henry Wager), 1815-1872--Archives.
    Halleck, Peachy & Billings (Firm)--Archives.
    Law firms--California--San Francisco--Archival resources.

    Partial Index to Correspondents in Collection

    Alsop & Chauncey letter to: Box 6, folder 15
    Bahneberg, Mr. Box 6, folder 16, 18
    Barnes, James Box 6, folder 20
    Barron, William E. Box 4, folders 1, 2
    Barron, Forbes & Company letter to: Box 4, folder 1
    Billings, Frederick Box 1, folders 2, 3; Box 4, folder 1
    Bradford, A.C. Box 1, folder 4
    Bradley, Mr. letter to: Box 6, folder 20
    Brannan, Samuel Box 6, folder 6
    Burch, John Chilton Box 4, folder 2
    Calverwell, Stephen L. Box 6, folder 20
    Carillo, Anastasio Box 1, folder 6
    Carter, Bernard Box 1, folder 6
    Cross & Company Box 1, folder 6
    Crowell, William H. Box 1, folder 6
    de la Rosa, Luis Box 6, folder 15
    Duncan, Sherman & Company Box 6, folder 18; letter to: Box 6, folder 14
    Dupuy, A. Box 6, folder 15
    Durfee & Myers Box 6, folder 20
    Ender, E. Box 4, folder 2
    Folsom, Joseph Box 6, folder 13, 14; letter to: Box 6, folders 15-18
    Forbes, Alexander Box 4, folder 2
    Forbes, James Alexander Box 4, folder 2; Box 6, folder 6
    Forrest, S.T. Box 6, folder 19
    Fourgeaud, V.J. Box 6, folder 17
    Goodhue & Company letter to: Box 4, folder 1
    Grannis, G.W. memoranda: Box 5, folder 1
    Gray, J.B. Box 4, folder 2
    Grim, A.K. Box 1, folder 6
    Guerrero, Francisco Box 6, folder 2; letter to: Box 6, folder 1
    Gwin, William M. letters to: Box 4, folder 2; Box 6, folder 20
    Halleck, Henry Wager Box 4, folder 1; Box 6, folder 15
    Hansen [governor-general] letter to: Box 6, folder 13
    Hardie, James A. Box 1, folder 6
    Harrison, John Box 6, folder 18
    Hendricks, Thomas Box 1, folder 6; Box 6, folder 20
    Hennen, Duncan Box 6, folder 19
    Hill, Richard letter to: Box 6, folder 15
    Humphreys, Joshua J. Box 1, folder 6
    Huse, Charles E. Box 1, folder 6
    Inge, Samuel William Box 6, folder 19
    Jesup, Thomas Sidney letter to: Box 6, folder 14
    Larkin, Thomas Oliver Box 6, folder 3
    Latham, Milton S. Box 1, folder 1; letter to: Box 4, folder 2
    Latham & Aldrich letter to: Box 6, folder 14
    Leidesdorff, William Alexander Box 6, folder 1; letters to: Box 6, folders 2-6
    Loomis, Charles Box 1, folder 6
    Mackay, J. Box 1, folder 6
    Mackay, W.R. Isaacs Box 1, folder 6
    McMurray, R.O. Box 1, folder 5
    Marcy, William Learned letter to: Box 6, folder 1
    Meredith, I.W.S. Box 6, folder 20
    Miner & Haynes Box 1, folder 6
    Montgomery, John B. Box 6, folder 4
    Morgan, John Box 6, folder 18
    Morrison, James Box 6, folder 20
    Müller, C. Box 6, folder 15
    O'Connor, Cornelius Box 6, folder 20
    Olmstead, Horace Box 6, folder 20
    Naglee, Henry M. Box 1, folder 6
    Pairo, A.W. Box 1, folder 6
    Parrott, Juan Box 6, folder 15
    Peralta, Antonio Maria Box 6, folder 6
    Pickett, Mr. Box 6, folder 17
    Revere, Joseph Warren Box 6, folder 6
    Robinson, J.P. Box 1, folder 6
    Rogers, Mrs. Letter to: Box 6, folder 13
    Rogers, D. Box 6, folder 15-17
    Rogers, S.R. Box 6, folder 16
    Sanders & Brenham Box 6, folder 19
    Scott, Charles L. letter to: Box 4, folder 2
    Sherman, Edwin A. Box 6, folder 20
    Sherwood, John Box 6, folder 18; letter to: Box 6, folder 15
    Smith, James Broom Box 1, folder 6
    Smith, S.A. Box 1, folder 1
    Smith, Stephen Box 6, folder 5
    Snydam, Reed & Company Box 6, folders 15-19; letters to: Box 6, folders 13, 14, 16-17
    Southall, A.G. Box 1, folder 6
    Stimson, Robert J. Box 6, folder 19
    Suter, Lee & Company Box 6, folder 19
    Sutter, John Augustus Box 6, folder 6
    Taliaferro, Alfred W. Box 1, folder 6
    Wakeman, A.C. letter to: Box 6, folder 19
    Watson, J.R. Box 1, folder 6
    Wilson, James B. Box 1, folder 6; Box 6, folder 20
    Wise, Tully R. Box 4, folder 2
    Woodliff, Thomas Box 6, folder 20
    Yale, Gregory Box 4, folder 1; Box 6, folder 20 letters to: Box 4, folders 1-2
    Young, P.R. Box 6, folder 20

    Related Material

    Halleck, Peachy & Billings correspondence and papers (Collection 102)  . Available at Department of Special Collections, UCLA.