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Assessor's Office Records
2006-008 and 2007-003  
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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: Assessor's Office records
    Dates: 1912-1945
    Collection number: 2006-008 and 2007-003
    Creator: Santa Clara County (Calif.) Assessor's Office
    Collection Size: 4 volumes and 4 oversize map books
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: This collection contains assessment records created by the County Assessor's Office.
    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

    Assessor's Office records, 2006-008 and 2007-003, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    These records were among collections transferred by the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in 2006 and by the County Surveyor in 2007.

    Processing Information

    The material in this collection was identified and separated from the larger accessions of which it was a part. The assessment records were placed in chronological order. An index was created for the map books.

    Administrative History

    The Asessor's Office was established as an elected position in 1850 and remains so today. The principal duty of the assessor is to fix the value of all real and business personal property in the county as a basis for tax calculations. The assessor also grants exemptions to qualifying properties. During the nineteenth century, the assessor on occasion carried out additional tasks, including serving as superintendent of schools in the early 1850s.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    For the scope and content of the collection, see the descriptions of the major subdivisions.


    The collection is divided into two major subdivisions, assessment records and school district assessment map books.

    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.) Assessor's Office
    Real property maps