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Finding aid of the Great Registries
2006-017  
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Description
This collection contains the Great Registries from 1877-1928 for Santa Clara County.
Background
In 1866 California established the Great Registry Act which provided "for the registration of the citizens of the State, and for the enrollment in the several election districts of all the legal voters thereof, and for the prevention and punishment of frauds affecting the elective franchise." From this the Great Registry was created. All eligible voters were required to register. Women were able to register in 1911 but do not begin to appear in the registries until 1912.
Extent
27 bound books
Restrictions
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Availability
Collection is open for research.