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Finding aid for the County Flags and Seals Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: County Flags and Seals collection
    Dates: 1969-2000
    Collection number: 2010-008
    collector: Wyman, Beth
    Collection Size: 2 folders
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: This collection documents the history of the creation of the flags and seals of Santa Clara County, California.
    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

    County Flags and Seals collection, 2010-008, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was transferred by Beth Wyman.

    Administrative History

    The design of the seal of the County of Santa Clara has evolved over the years. In 1852, the Board of Supervisors adopted as its seal the County Superior Court. By 1880, the Board of Supervisors adopted a stone bridge design. It was officially adopted in 1887 and several changes and revisions were made. In 1940, Former Sheriff Doug Hornbuckle designed the Valley of Heart's Delight County Seal. This seal was used extensively on sheriff's vehicles and badges until 1989 when the Department of Corrections was created (Wyman, 1990).
    Reference: Beth Wyman, New Lobby Cases Committee, 1990.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection contains two series. The first series contains information on seals of various cities in California. The other series contains information on the flags flying at the Santa Clara County Government Center.


    This collection is arranged alphabetically.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    County government--California.
    Flag Day.
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)