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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Description of Series

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: El Dorado County Archives
    Date (inclusive): 1850 - 1906
    Creator: El Dorado County, (1850 - 1906)
    Extent: 1,600 pieces Number of bound volumes: 183 Number of upright document boxes: 9 Number of clamshell document boxes: 5 Number of oversize boxes: 1
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.
    Some of the documents are fragile and damaged due to fold lines wear, water and mold. Please handle them with care.

    Preferred Citation

    El Dorado County Archives, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Source of acquisition: James H. Sweeney, September 1945.
    The collection numbers approximately 1,600 pieces.
    Number of bound volumes: 183
    Number of upright document boxes: 9
    Number of clamshell document boxes: 5
    Number of oversize boxes: 1

    Historical Note

    El Dorado County, California, in the Sierra Nevada east of Sacramento in the heart of the gold mining country, was established in 1850 with Placerville as the county seat.

    Scope and Content Note

    Inclusive dates: 1850-1906
    The collection contains ledger books and documents related to El Dorado County government and administration, as seen in court records, land records, school records, treasury records (including tax rolls and assessment rolls), merchandising accounts (principally for mining camps), and mining papers and records. Many of the mining papers and records are from the El Dorado Water and Deep Gravel Mining Company.

    Description of Series

    Although the collection has been sorted, it essentially remains uncataloged. The collection is arranged in the following series:
    1. Bound volumes [183 volumes]


      See attached container list (Q&A database completed in 1991 by PJB)
    2. Civil court case files [9 boxes]


      See attached container list (initial folder list compiled c.1990 by Aldo Perdomo. Revisions and entry in a FileMakerPro database completed in 1999 by JLM)
    3. Miscellaneous documents [5 boxes]
      • Box 1: Grants, 1873-1879
      • Box 2: 3 small bound volumes
      • Box 3: Mining papers
      • Box 4: Miscellaneous
    4. Certificates of sales, 1852-1869 [one oversize box]