Scope and Content of Collection
Title: County Photographers' collection
Collection number: 2006-013
Santa Clara County (Calif.) County Photographers
Santa Clara County Archives.
Abstract: This collection consists of black and white and color photographs - approximately 50,000 negatives, 2,500 slides, and 4,500
prints created by the County Photographers to document the activities and development of the county's government.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Archives staff.
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
The Archives can claim physical ownership only for some collections. Users are responsible for securing permission of the
copyright holder for publication or quotation.
County Photographers' collection, 2006-013, Santa Clara County Archives.
These records were among collections transferred by the Planning Department in 2006.
The photographic material in this collection was identified and separated from the larger accession of which it was a part.
The material was cataloged into a database, re-housed into appropriate archival sleeves and storage containers, and arranged
sequentially by photograph order number.
The County Photography Department was utilized for many decades to document the activities and development of the county's
government. Charles A. Taddo was the Director of the County Photography Department during much of the time span of this collection.
Scope and Content of Collection
The County Photographers' Collection consists of black and white and color photographs - approximately 50,000 negatives, 2,500
slides, and 4,500 prints. These photographs depict a wide array of the county's activities and development between 1950 and
1993. They include aerial photographs of rural and urban parts of the county; portraits, award ceremonies, and retirement
functions of county officials and employees; interior and exterior construction progress of various county buildings, such
as the county government center, county service center, juvenile center, public and mental health centers, county jails and
hospitals; as well as a variety of photographs that include the airports, schools, courts, and parks throughout the county.
The collection was cataloged into a database, in which each record contains the following information: order number, date
of photograph, subject, black and white or color, quantity of photographs, film format or size, and the county department
that ordered the photographs. The database is searchable by subject keyword, date, format, or county department.
The photographic film formats found in the collection include 35mm, 126, 127, 828, 120, 620, 4x5, as well as prints ranging
in size from 2x3 to 11x14.
The collection is arranged sequentially by photograph order number.
Search the collection holdings for pictures of individuals or specific subjects using our
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Aerial photographs
Agriculture--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Building construction--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Government facilities--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Government officials--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Health care facilities--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Historic sites--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Justice facilities--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Parks--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Schools--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs
Transportation--Santa Clara County (Calif.)--Photographs