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Finding aid of the Superior Court Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Superior Court records
    Dates: 1880-1975
    Bulk Dates: 1893-1908
    Collection number: Consult repository
    Creator: California. Superior Court (Santa Clara County)
    Collection Size: 74 archival boxes 19 bound volumes
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: This collection consists of series of records from Santa Clara County Superior Court.
    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

    Superior Court records, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    These records were transferred by the Historical Heritage Commission and by the County Clerk-Recorder.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Michael Griffith and Trista Raezer working under NHPRC grant RA-10047-07, the Santa Clara County Archives Project. A fuller account of the grant project is available at the Archives website.
    For each of the major subdivisions, original order of the records was maintained. The records were placed in folders as necessary and reboxed when appropriate.

    Administrative History

    The California superior courts were established in 1880, one for each county. The courts conduct matters previously handled by the district, county, and probate courts. The courts typically hear civil, criminal, probate, and juvenile cases separately and maintain separate series of records for each.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of series of records created by the Santa Clara County Superior Court and local municiple courts. For the scope and content of the collection, see the descriptions of the major subdivisions.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Probate courts
    Probate records
    Stanford, Jane Lathrop, 1828-1905
    Magee, Ruchell
    Criminal courts
    Hollister, William W.
    Court dockets
    Grand jury--Santa Clara County (Calif.)