Scope and Contents
Through the course of their research, the Rowalnds created over nine thousand index cards that capture their notes on the
history prominent figures and locales of Santa Cruz County.
This set of 9,327 index cards has been transcribed and indexed. See the Rowland Card Database for transcriptions of the cards.
See the Index to Rowland Cards for a comprehensive index to any person or subject referred to in the cards.
The cards are arranged in alphabetical order, divided according to surnames of people and subjects. See Card Categories for
a complete list of the categories.
Boxes A-1 through A-5 contain 3x5 inch index cards with descriptions of people. Box A-6 contains larger cards that also describe
people, mostly late in the alphabet from M through Z. Many of the entries on these cards have been crossed out in pencil;
presumably, as the information was transferred at a later time to smaller cards in the red boxes. [The transcribers have included
the crossed-out information.] Rowland used a standard set of abbreviations on his cards. See Rowland Abbreviations for a list
of abbreviations used in his cards.
The cards in boxes B-1, B2, and B-3 describe selected subjects, in categories ranging from Banks through Taxes, including
such diverse categories as Land Grants, County Roads, Railroads, and Padrónes (a census of people or animals).
Box C includes transcripts of the Pre-Statehood Documents in Spanish. Some have been translated from the Spanish by Leon Rowland,
but many of the cards in Box C have not been translated. [Researchers may wish to compare Rowland's translations with California
pre-statehood documents relating to Santa Cruz County, 1790-1850; English translation of Spanish documents by Starr Pait Gurcke.
Spec Coll MS105]. See Spanish Terms for definitions of many Spanish terms on the cards. Box C also contains a set of cards
illustrating California cattle brands. See Cattle Brand Images for a list of these brand illustrations.