Papers of Wells, Van Dyke, & Lee law firm, 1884-1887.


Wells, Van Dyke, & Lee. Papers of Wells, Van Dyke, & Lee law firm, 1884-1887.

Papers of Wells, Van Dyke, & Lee law firm, 1884-1887.

The collection primarily consists of incoming correspondence to the Wells, Van Dyke, and Lee law firm from their various clients and legal colleagues. The content of the cases represented is mainly civil, most heavily focused on divorces, estate settlements, and patents, as well as some correspondence on Mission Indian land cases, suits against railroads, water rights, and mining disputes. There are also a variety of advertisements from publishers, typewriter merchants, and other business connections, as well as a very few outgoing letters from Wells, Van Dyke, and Lee and limited personal correspondence. In addition to facts regarding specific cases, the letters provide an overview of general social issues, law fees and practices, property laws, patent laws, the status of women, child custody laws, divorce laws, and prevailing views of divorce in 1880s California. Some notable correspondents include Lucky Baldwin, theologian John Alonzo Fisher, American Bar Association co-founder Henry Hitchcock, California governor Henry Harrison Markham, US Secretary of State James Davis Porter, Coca-Cola Bottling Company founder B.F. Thomas, and Lucky Baldwin's ranch manager Hiram Unruh. The collection also includes a the Superior Court Registry of Actions, Vol.3 (1886-1888).

1,568 pieces.21 boxes.

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Wells, Van Dyke, & Lee. (corporateBody)

The Los Angeles-based law firm of Wells, Van Dyke, & Lee existed as such from 1885 to 1889, and consisted of Guilford Wiley Wells, Walter Van Dyke, and Bradner Wells Lee. It was preceded by Brunson, Wells, & Lee (1883-1885) and succeeded by Wells, Guthrie, & Lee (1889-1890). From the description of Papers of Wells, Van Dyke, & Lee law firm, 1884-1887. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 705060020 ...

Hitchcock, Henry, 1829-1902 (person)

Coney, A. K. (Alejandro K.), 1847- (person)

Van Dyke, Walter, 1823-1905 (person)

Soon after Judge Walter Van Dyke's admittance to the Bar in Cleveland he joined a company to head out west in search of gold. They left Cleveland in May of 1849 by steamer for Chicago where they organized an outfit for the journey across the plains. They reached California around the end of 1849. From the description of Autobiography and Reminiscence of Judge Walter Van Dyke, Los Angeles, 1901. (The Society of California Pioneers). WorldCat record id: 55979351 From the descr...

Southern Pacific railroad company (corporateBody)

The Southern Pacific Railroad was founded in 1865 and was purchased in 1869 by Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins, better known as the Big Four. It was the first railroad to connect Los Angeles to the rest of California and its lines extended as far as New Orleans. In 1901, the Union Pacific Railroad bought 38% of Southern Pacific stock and took control of the company, but the Union Pacific was ultimately forced to divest these shares in 1912 by the U.S. Supreme...

Porter, James D. (James Davis), 1828-1912 (person)

James D. Porter (1828-1912) received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Nashville and earned a law degree from Cumberland University in 1884. He was a trustee of the Peabody Education Fund in 1883, President of the Tennessee Historical Society, and an author. From the description of James D. Porter Papers, 1902. (Vanderbilt University Library). WorldCat record id: 262478713 ...

Baldwin, Elias Jackson, 1828-1909 (person)

California businessman, investor and racehorse owner/breeder. From the description of Dictation from Elias Jackson Baldwin, 1891. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 26623949 ...

Lee, Bradner, 1850-1925. (person)

Wells, G. Wiley (Guilford Wiley), 1840-1909 (person)