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Stockton (Calif.) City Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Corporate History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: City of Stockton, California, Records
    Date (inclusive): 1857-1959
    Collection Number: GovRec2
    Location: Erickson vault
    Extent: 100 linear feet
    Contributing Institution: San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum
    11793 North Micke Grove Road
    Lodi, CA 95240
    Language of Material: Records written in English
    Abstract: This collection includes a variety of local government records, mainly financial in nature: assessment and tax lists; warrants; records of licenses, expenses, deaths, mortgages, and disbursements; budgetary and public works materials; ledgers; cash books; plat books; and records of property transfers.
    Given to the San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum by the City of Stockton in 1997.

    Access Information

    Collection is open for research

    Conditions of Use

    No access or copyright restrictions.
    Preferred citation: [Item name], City of Stockton, California, Records, GovRec2, San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum, Lodi, California

    Corporate History

    Known at various times as Tuleburg, Gas City, Crapton, and Mudville, the City of Stockton was founded in 1849 by Captain Charles Maria Weber, a native of Germany and an admirer of U.S. naval officer Commodore Robert F. Stockton. The city was incorporated in 1850 and soon became the county seat of San Joaquin County.
    From earliest times, Stockton served a major hub of transportation due to its proximity to San Francisco, which stands some seventy five miles to the west, and its central location adjacent to the waterways of the San Joaquin Delta, features that proved crucial for the development of agriculture in California's Central Valley.
    During the century covered by these records, Stockton blossomed into a major manufacturing center, as well, and its increasingly diverse population grew more than twenty-fold, from thirty-seven hundred to eighty-six thousand.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of records produced by city officials that afford insights into the administrative history of Stockton city government between 1857 and 1959.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Society's catalog.


    Stockton (Calif.)--History
    Stockton (Calif.)--Politics and government
    San Joaquin County (Calif.)--History