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Public Documents

1851 city charter

1851 City Charter, 1980/044

CSH's public documents date from 1849 and provide users with the most complete set of local public documents of any archives in California. By City and County of Sacramento statute, the Center is the official repository for public documents of enduring value created by city and county government. These collections of records include the full range of media – from paper and ledger books, to digital databases and computer discs. These official records document more than eighty various city and county departments, divisions, and offices. The documents are transferred to the Center on an ongoing basis under city and county records retention schedules.

City of Sacramento documents held at CSH begin in 1849 and include the various city charters, City Council minutes, ordinances and resolutions, City Clerk records including staff reports, agenda packets, agreements, bids and contracts, and the papers of former mayors and council members. Additionally, the Center has the records of other city departments, such as planning and building, parks and recreation, housing and redevelopment, police and fire, and utilities and public works. The records of the City of North Sacramento before its annexation are also housed at the Center.

Sacramento County documents held at CSH begin in 1850 and include the Board of Supervisors minutes, ordinances and resolutions, Clerk/Recorder filings for property transactions such as deeds, homesteads, and mortgages, and the papers of former supervisors. Additionally, the Center has the records of other county departments such as the assessor, coroner, grand jury, registrar of voters, planning and building, parks and recreation, sheriff, and utilities and public works.

CSH has a nearly complete set of both civil and criminal court filings ranging from the earliest “Court of First Sessions" to the modern Superior Court system. Other court records include naturalization certificates, articles of incorporation, and probate case files.

For brief overview of the public document holdings at the Center, please see For the Record: A Catalog of the Public Records, City of Sacramento 1849-1982 & Sacramento County, 1848-1982 listed below in the Finding Aids section.

The following list, while not exhaustive, represents a sampling of the public documents held at CSH. Please contact the Government Records Archivist if you have additional questions.

Finding Aids

For the Record
Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency
Downtown Development, Delta King (pdf)
Downtown Development, Hyatt Regency Hotel (pdf)
Downtown Development, Performing Arts Center (pdf)
Downtown Development, Sacramento Festival of Cinema (pdf)
Gold Fever Exhibition
Waters, Robbie (pdf)
 

Indices & Guides

City of Sacramento
Clerks Office records database, 1921-present
Clerks Office Microfilm Index, 1921-2001 (pdf)
Sacramento City Cemetery, 1849-2000 (pdf)
Sacramento County
County Court Civil Case Files, 1850-1879 (pdf)
Court Records for Sacramento County, 1849-1968 (pdf)
Justice Court Records, 1850-1877 (pdf)
Separate Property of Married Women and Sole Traders, 1850-1930 (pdf)

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