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Guide to the County Architectural Drawings Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: County architectural drawings collection
    Dates: 1920-1997
    Bulk Dates: 1931-1996
    Collection number: 2006-008
    Creator: Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    Collection Size: 1,700 architectural drawings
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: This collection consists of approximately 1,700 architectural drawings, plans and maps. The collection includes various county buildings, parks, roadways and waterways.
    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

    County architectural drawings collection, 2006-008, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    These architectural drawings were transferred to the archives by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in 2006.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Kevin Fleming working under NHPRC grant RA-10047, the Santa Clara County Archives Project. A fuller account of the grant project is available at the Archives website.
    The architectural drawings arrived unorganized and rolled. Thus, basic conservation measures were taken by flatting the drawings. Then they were cataloged into a database and arranged by record number.

    Administrative History

    In 1951, the county charter created a separate Clerk of the Board. The Office of the Clerk of the Board is the state-mandated custodian of records for the Board of Supervisors, and maintains the current and historical records of all Board of Supervisors actions.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This County Architectural Drawings Collection consists of approximately 1,700 architectural drawings, plans and maps. These architectural drawings illustrate the county's growth and development between 1920 and 1997. They include drawings of the County Hospital, Municipal and Superior Courts, County Fairgrounds, road construction and improvements, as well as drawings related to the Department of Parks and Recreation, Transportation Agency, Flood Control and Water Conservation District, and County Sanitation District.
    The collection was cataloged into a database, in which each record contains the following information: record number, contract number, date of project, title of drawing, street location, city, and name of architect or engineer. The database is searchable by any of the aforementioned categories.


    The collection is arranged by record number.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)
    Architectural drawings
    Flood control