This collection consists of groups of officially recorded documents maintained by the County Clerk and the County Recorder.
These include real property records, licenses, certifications, registrations, notary public records, business records, court
records, maps, bonds, cemetery records, wills, articles of incorporation, fictitious business names, assessments, military
records, and other miscellaneous records.
The office of County Recorder and County Clerk were established in 1850. The County Recorder maintained records relating to
ownership of real property, vital statistics, and other matters. From 1850 until 1893, the recorder also served as county
auditor. The recorder was elected until 1951 when the new county charter made the position appointive.
6735 bound volumes
168 archival boxes
The Archives can claim physical ownership only for some collections. Users are responsible for securing permission of the
copyright holder for publication or quotation.
Clerk-Recorder records can no longer be viewed at the Archives. All property records can be accessed at the County Clerk-Recorder's
70 W. Hedding St.
1st Floor, East Wing
San Jose, CA 95110