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Finding aid of the Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office Records
2008-013  
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Description
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office Records consist of coroner inquests and testimonies, coroner's official registers, records of coroner investigations, hospital death records, and lantern slides of human cells and tissue samples taken from the deceased. These records range from 1891 to 1963.
Background
"The elective office of coroner was established in 1850. In 1876, the coroner was made the exofficio public administrator. The coroner's duties include holding inquests over deaths of unknown cause. Under county charter, the coroner was appointed by the county executive. In 1963, the coroner was separated from the pubic administrator, and each coroner thereafter was required to have a medical degree."
Extent
15 cubic feet
Restrictions
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Availability
Collection is open for research.