Excerpt from Guide to the County Archives of California
The volume here presented seeks to furnish a guide to the. County archives Of California as well as a handbook dealing with their care. Safety and use. In its preparation four distinct objects have been kept in mind: First, the consideration of the care and safety of the local public records Of the state: second, a general description of the. Records. Giving an account of their content and some idea of their value to the investigator; third. A complete list of all sets of records or documents to be found. In the custody of the more important officers in the county, together with a statement as to dates covered and the number of volumes or documents; and fourth. The history of changes in the territorial jurisdiction of the various counties whose archives are under con sideration.
The larger part of the volume is devoted to the lists of records found in the various counties. The counties are arranged in alphabetical order. This arrangement has also been followed in listing the records, unless some other order was obviously more desirable. The archives examined are those of the clerk, recorder, superintendent of sch-oo1s and the four fiscal Officers - auditor, treasurer, assessor, and tax collector. It is unnecessary to state that the first two Offices are by far the most important. Although the other offices contain a relatively small amount of material it is felt that the results attained justified the Outlay in time and energy. This would not apply, however, to the additional Offices, whose archives were therefore not listed.
This report is the result of some two years of actual labor on the part of the staff of the commission. Because Of the fact that other activities have been carried on at the same time the aggregate time required in its preparation has been longer. Most of the field work was accomplished during the years 1916 and 1917. The date when each courthouse was examined is stated in the introduction aecom panying the report for that particular county. About one-third of the counties were examined by the author personally, the other two thirds being examined by field assistants of the commission.
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