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Guide to the Public Health Department Records
2007-001, 2007-004, and 2007-009  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Public Health Department records
    Dates: 1940-2006
    Collection number: 2007-001, 2007-004, and 2007-009
    Creator: Santa Clara County (Calif.) Public Health Dept.
    Collection Size: 22 archives boxes and 3 unboxed plaques
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: This collection contains records and documents created by the Public Health Department from 1940 to 2006. The majority of the collection is statistical reports.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Archives staff.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The Archives can claim physical ownership only for some collections. Users are responsible for securing permission of the copyright holder for publication or quotation.

    Preferred Citation

    Public Health Department records, 2007-001, 2007-004, and 2007-009, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was transferred to the Archives by the Public Health Department in 2007.

    Processing Information

    This collection was in no particular order when accessioned. Most of the statistical reports were already housed in binders and needed only to be put in chronological order and boxed. The older reports from the 1940s were foldered for protection. However, the random administrative files had to be arranged loosely by function and chronology. Some folders needed replacing, but the originals were kept when possible. The plaques are unboxed.

    Administrative History

    Counties were first mandated to care for the county welfare by the state legislature in 1850. The Public Health Department, which has existed as a separate administrative unit from at least 1940, is responsible for assessing community health status, preventing diseas, injury, and premature death, promoting health practices, and collecting vital statistics. In 1993 the department was merged with the County hospital system to become part of the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (SCVHHS.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The bulk of this collection consists of statistical data collected by the Public Health Department, including birth reports, death reports, morbidity reports, and published survey results, arranged first by type of report and then chronologically. Also included are general administrative files that illuminate some of the processes through which these reports are generated, as well as three plaques.


    The collection is arranged by type of report and then chronologically. There are separate series for publications and administrative files.

    Indexing Terms

    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.)
    Public Health Statistics