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County Supervisors Archive Project

Published on: 3/28/2014 2:07 PM

The County of Santa Clara has a great legacy, from being home to California's first capital city, through the Valley of Heart's Delight, and now the valley of innovation. A significant part of that legacy comes from the past leadership of the Board of Supervisors. To properly document the history of the County and the Board, Supervisor Dave Cortese created the County Archives Taskforce comprised of former County Supervisors and with the help of the County Executive, Jeff Smith, and the former County Archivist, Trista Raezer.

This website contains a list of the retired County Supervisors and the years that they served and showcases the interviews that were videotaped with the help of CreaTV San Jose. These videos provide an insight into the work of the former Supervisors, detailing such stories as how the County park system began; the development of the Valley Transportation Authority; the creation of the Children's Health Initiative and the time that the entire Board of Supervisors received jail sentences. The website also includes historical documents from each of the Supervisors' tenures and more documents are being added. Click here to search historical documents provided by each Supervisor. You can also click on any of the links below to be taken to the page dedicated to that former County Supervisor. If you would like more information on this project, please contact Dusty Christopherson, Records Manager, Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Office at 408-299-5001 or

The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors is the custodian of records for the Board of Supervisors official documents. However, many of the Board of Supervisors historical records are housed at the County Archives for inspection by the public. To inspect these historical records please contact the County Archives directly at 408-755-7895. If you have any questions regarding the historical records please contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Records Unit at 408-299-5001. ​​​