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Guide to the Board of Supervisors Records
2006-008, 2006-014, 2012-003, 2012-008, and 2012-009  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Board of Supervisors records
    Dates: 1857-1993
    Collection number: 2006-008, 2006-014, 2012-003, 2012-008, and 2012-009
    Creator: Santa Clara County (Calif.). Board of Supervisors
    Collection Size: 194 bound volumes and two boxes
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: The Board of Supervisors Records consist of financial records, Board of Supervisor meeting minutes, County ordinances, record of boundaries of school districts, records of franchises, road registers, adminstration files, and ephemera.
    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

    Board of Supervisors records, 2012-003, 2012-008, 2006-008 and 2006-014, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Most of these records were transferred by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in 2006 and 2012. The minutes ranging from 1857 to 1930 and one road register were transferred by the County Surveyor in 2006.

    Administrative History

    The Board of Supervisors was first authorized as the chief governing body of California counties by the State Constitution of 1849. In Santa Clara County, the first board took office in 1852. The size and powers of the board have varied over the years. Among board powers are general policy and administrative control over county affairs, management of elections, and the assessing and collecting of taxes. In 1951 Santa Clara County adopted a charter which authorized appointment of a county executive to oversee administration and which changed the role of the board to setting policy only.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    For the scope and content of the collection, see the descriptions of each series.


    This collection is arranged into eight series: Financial Records, Minutes, Ordinances, Record of Boundaries of School Districts, Record of Franchises, Road Registers, Administrative Files, and Ephemera. Each series is arranged into chronological order, except for the Administrative Files, which are arranged by subject.

    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.). Board of Supervisors
    Roads California
    Schools California Santa Clara County