Public Records Collection


Descriptive Summary

Title: Public Records Collection
Dates: 1856-
Collection Number: Consult repository
Extent: Volumes, microfilm, microfiche
Online items available
Repository: Nevada County Libraries, Doris Foley Library for Historical Research
Abstract: The collection is a multi-media archive of Nevada County, California, governments, with records dating from the 1850s. Holdings include vital statistics indexes, probate cases, records of naturalizations, courts, deeds and property tax, voter registrations, city and county ordinances.
Language of Material: English


Collections are self-service, open to the public.

Publication Rights

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

Preferred Citation

Public Records Collection. Nevada County Libraries, Doris Foley Library for Historical Research

Acquisition Information

Historical records created by Nevada County and the cities of Grass Valley, Nevada City, have been deposited in the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research for public access.

Biography/Administrative History

Nevada County, formed in 1851, played a large role in California's Gold Rush history and development. The area has been a continuous crossroad for travelers in America's Westward migration, for immigrants, and for visitors such as future notables Mark Twain and Herbert Hoover. Records allow for in-depth research into family history, house history, and the myriad of 19th and 20th century details that reveal the growth of a unique community.

Scope and Content of Collection

Many public records of the governmental entities in the county are housed in the Doris Foley Library for Historical Research. The collection includes volumes and/or microform of deeds and property tax assessments, maps, voter registrations, civil, criminal, and district court proceedings, naturalizations, probate indexes and cases, indexes to births, marriage, and deaths.