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Guide to the Surveyor Records
2006-014, 2006-015, 2007-002, and 2007-012  
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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: Surveyor records
    Dates: 1880-1969
    Collection number: 2006-014, 2006-015, 2007-002, and 2007-012
    Creator: Santa Clara County (Calif.). County Surveyor's Office
    Collection Size: 8 archives boxes and 16 oversize boxes.
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: This collection includes sets of aerial photographs used by the County Surveyor to create topographic maps and for other purposes and a collection related to the lawsuit Miller v. Thomas..
    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

    Surveyor records, 2006-014, 2006-015, 2007-002, and 2007-012, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    These records were transferred to the Archives by the County Surveyor in 2006 and 2007.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed in part under NHPRC grant NAR07-10047-07. The photographs were removed from acidic envelopes and/or boxes and placed in acid-free folders and boxes. Where two sets of prints existed, both were saved and interfiled. Photographs of individual streets were placed in alphabetical order. The Miller v. Thomas collection was unorganized when received. Items were organized into series, put in chronological or alphabetical order when appropriate, and foldered. Maps and drawings were flattened.

    Administrative History

    The office of County surveyor has existed since the nineteenth century. In the late nineteenth century, the Surveyor surveyed roads, established grades, and oversaw the construction of bridges and other public structures. Previously an elected official, the Surveyor now is part of the Office of Planning. The Surveyor's mission is to "help to ensure professional surveying and mapping services" in the county. For much of the office's history the Surveyor was permitted to maintain a private surveying business as well as hold the County post.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    For the scope and content of this collection, see the entries for the major subdivisions.


    For the arrangement of this collection, see the entries for the major subdivisions.

    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.). County Surveyor's Office
    California Aerial photographs
    Miller, Henry, 1827-1916
    Las Animas Rancho, Santa Clara County, Calif.