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Finding aid for the Controller-Treasurer Records
2006-013, 2009-170, 2011-022, 2012-002, 2012-007  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Controller-Treasurer records
    Dates: 1858-1990
    Collection number: 2006-013, 2009-170, 2011-022, 2012-002, 2012-007
    Creator: Santa Clara County Controller-Treasurer
    Collection Size: 3 folders, 2 portraits, 2 framed bonds, 2 framed drawings, 1 framed print, 15 bound volumes
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: This collection consists of bonds, tax rates and tax information pamphlets, County Auditor's Office records, Tax Collector's receipts, portraits, receipt books, and a scrap book.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Archives staff.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    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

    Controller-Treasurer records, 2006-013, 2009-170, 2011-022, 2012-002, 2012-007, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    The tax pamphlets and Sunol receipts were transferred from the Planning and Development department to the Santa Clara County Archives in 2006. The Tax Collector Records were donated in 2009. The school district warrants were originally part of a donation to the Gilroy History Museum and transferred with the donor's consent to the Santa Clara County Archives in 2011. The bonds, portraits, receipt books, and scrap book were transferred from the Controller-Treasurer's Office in 2012.

    Administrative History

    The county treasurer was established as an elective office at the County's creation in 1850. The treasurer's duties were to collect money due the County and to appropriately disperse funds. The treasurer also served as tax collector in 1850, after which time the sheriff collected state and county taxes. The office of tax collector was officially created as an elected office in 1861. From 1876 to 1893, the treasurer served as ex-officio tax collector. The county recorder served as county auditor until 1893, although the auditor was officially a separate office after 1860. The auditor's duties were to examine the accounts maintained by the county treasurer. In 1951, the new county charter established the treasurer, as well as the tax collector and auditor, as appointed positions. In 1958, the office of controller was created to assume the responsibilities of the auditor. In 1967, the controller/treasurer office was created to consolidate the functions of the treasurer, tax collector, and auditor. Currently, the controller/treasurer is part of the County's Department of Finance.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of bonds, tax rates and tax information pamphlets, County Auditor's Office records, Tax Collector's receipts, portraits, receipt books, and a scrap book.


    This collection is organized into seven series: Bonds, Tax Rates and Tax Information Pamphlets, County Auditor's Office Records, Tax Collector's Receipts, Portraits, Receipt Books, and Scrap Book. All series are arranged in chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Bailey, D. C.
    Krumb, J.G.
    Leavenworth, M.
    McComas, Rush
    de Saissett, M.
    San Jose (Calif.)
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    Santa Clara County (Calif.) County Auditor
    Santa Clara County (Calif.) County Treasurer
    Sunol, Dolores
    Sunol, J.
    Taxation--California--Santa Clara County.
    Taxes, Collection of
    Thompson, Austin M.


    Laffey, G.A., & Detlefs, R.G. (1995). County Leadership: Santa Clara County Government History. San Jose, CA: The County of Santa Clara Historical Heritage Commission.