Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Finding aid of the J. G. McMillan and Percy W. McMillan Surveyor Records
2007-003  
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (163.87 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
 
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: J. G. McMillan and Percy W. McMillan surveyor records
    Dates: 1870-1965
    Bulk Dates: (bulk 1920-1960)
    Collection number: 2007-003
    Creator: McMillan, John G.
    Creator: McMillan, Percy W.
    Collection Size: 18 archival boxes
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: The McMillan Surveyor Records consist of land surveys created by County Surveyor John G. McMillan and his son Percy W. McMillan for their business McMillan & McMillan, Civil Engineers and Surveyors. John G. McMillan served as County Surveyor from 1890-1914. The Records also include notes, maps, and letters. These records were created for businesses and private citizens.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Archives staff.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    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

    J. G. McMillan and Percy W. McMillan surveyor records, 2007-003, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    These records were transferred from the County Survor in 2007.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by 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.

    Biography

    John G. McMillan served as the Santa Clara County Surveyor from 1890 to 1914. Born in 1851 in Rhode Island, he served as Surveyor of Sutter County in California from 1877 to 1881. He next worked as a railroad surveyor for the Southern Pacific Company and as chief engineer of surveys for Stanford University. He also owned his own private business called McMillan & McMillan, Civil Engineers and Surveyors, which he ran with his son Percy W. McMillan.
    While serving as the Santa Clara County Surveyor McMillan surveyed new roads, established grades, and superintended the building of bridges and public structures. He also designed most of the county's bridges, including one of the oldest concrete bridges in California, the Saratoga Creek Bridge. This bridge spans 136 feet and was the longest concrete bridge built before 1905.
    Percy W. McMillan took over his father's surveyor business after John's retirement. Percy retired in the 1970s. The bulk of the McMillan Records were created by Percy.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The McMillan Surveyor Records consist of land surveys created by County Surveyor John G. McMillan and his son Percy W. McMillan for their business McMillan & McMillan, Civil Engineers and Surveyors. John G. McMillan served as County Surveyor from 1890-1914. The Records also include notes, maps, and letters. These records were created for businesses and private citizens.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in alphabetical order by location and is arranged into one series: Surveyor Records.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Geological surveys
    Land use surveys
    McMillan, John G.
    McMillan, Percy W.
    Real property surveys
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    Surveyors