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Finding aid of the Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office Records
2008-013  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Administrative History
  • Reference:
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Medical Examiner-Coroner's office records
    Inclusive Dates: 1891-1963
    Collection number: 2008-013
    Creator: Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office
    Collection Size: 15 cubic feet
    Repository: Santa Clara County Archives.
    San Jose, CA 95112-2527
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult Archives staff.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The Archives can claim physical ownership only for some collections. Users are responsible for securing permission of the copyright holder for publication or quotation.

    Preferred Citation

    Medical Examiner-Coroner's office records, 2008-013, Santa Clara County Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    These records were transferred by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office in 2008.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Trista Raezer working under NHPRC grant NAR07-10047-07, the Santa Clara County Archives Project. For more information about the project, please see the Archives website.

    Administrative History

    "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."

    Reference:

    Laffee, Glory Anne and Detlefs, Robert G. "County Leadership: Santa Clara County Government History." The County of Santa Clara Historical Heritage Commission: San Jose, 1995. Page 140.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    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 cells and tissue samples taken from the deceased.
    The inquest records range from 1948 to 1958. These records contain testimony and evidence for investigation of suspicious deaths or suicides.
    The coroner's official registers and records of coroner investigations document investigations into cause of death. These records contain the name of the deceased, birth and death date, place of birth, names of parents, occupation, place of death, and cause of death. The hospital death records record the names of those who died in hospital with no extra information about the deceased.
    The lantern slides were most likely used for teaching purposes, and contain photographs of cells and tissue samples relating to pathology. Some of these samples came from deceased Santa Clara County residents, while others were manufactured slides for lectures and teaching purposes. These slides range from the 1930s to the 1950s.

    Arrangement

    These records are arranged into three series: Coroner's Inquests and Testimony, Coroner's Record Books, and Lantern Slides.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Coroners and medical examiners
    Death records
    Deaths
    Inquests, Coroner's
    Lantern slides--1920-1940
    Pathology--Slides (Photography)
    Santa Clara County (Calif.)