Inventory of the Department of Finance, Director's Office Photographs

Processed by Genevieve Troka
California State Archives
1020 "O" Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 653-2246
Fax: (916) 653-7363
Email: archivesweb@sos.ca.gov
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© 2008
California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Department of Finance, Director's Office Photographs

Collection number: R157

California State Archives

Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Genevieve Troka
Date Completed:
June 2008
Encoded by:
Genevieve Troka
© 2008 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Department of Finance, Director's Office Photographs
Dates: ca. 1917-1950
Collection number: R157
Creator: Department of Finance, Director's Office
Collection Size: 3,585 items
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Abstract: The Department of Finance was created in 1921 and was responsible for budgets, accounts, claims, purchases, printing, motor vehicles, and libraies. In 1927, the Legislature charged the Department with visiting state institutions to ascertain their condition and monitoring public buildings under construction. These photographs were created to document state-owned buildings and equipment, as well as the activities of state personnel from various agencies.
Physical location: California State Archives
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Department of Finance, Director's Office Photographs, R157, F3254:[item number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

Acquisition and Custodial History

The California State Archives acquired the Department of Finance, Director's Office Photographs according to state law.

Administrative History

The State Legislature created five new state agencies in 1921 - one of which was the Dept. of Finance (Stats. 1921, c. 603). The new agency absorbed a number of existing responsibilities from other agencies including budgets and accounts, claims and disbursements, purchases, printing, motor vehicles and libraries. The State Board of Control was to serve as the governing body for the department.
In 1927, the Legislature expanded and further defined the role of the Dept. of Finance as supervising all financial and business policies of state government and giving it the authority to conduct investigations in the interest of the state (Stats. 1927, c. 251). The State Board of Control was removed as the agency's governing body and replaced by the director of the Department. The 1927 legislation charged the Department - among other things - with visiting state institutions to ascertain their condition and monitoring public buildings under construction. The Department was also given the authority to audit the financial records of state agencies and institutions as well as to review and approve all state contracts and purchases.
The Dept. of Finance continued to expand in subsequent years to encompass management of the State Agricultural Society (California State Fair) and district agricultural associations (county fairs), acquisition and maintenance of state-owned and rented office buildings, and management of state-owned public lands. The State Legislature transferred many of the Department's responsibilities (buildings and grounds, printing, purchasing) to a new state agency - the Dept. of General Services - in 1963 (Stats. 1963, c. 1786).

Scope and Content

In 1955, the State Archives received a collection of photographs documenting state-owned buildings. The collection was transferred by the Dept. of Public Works, Division of Architecture, but according to Fred W. Links of the Dept. of Finance, it originated with his agency. Mr. Links, a longtime agency employee who spent many years as the Chief, Division of Budget and Accounts and eventually rose to the level of Assistant Director, said he conceived of a project to photograph all state-owned buildings for use by the Dept. of Finance with the work being carried out from about 1927-1930. The project was eventually cancelled due to lack of funds.
An allocation for $1,500.00 appears within the Dept. of Finance's budget during the 1927/1928 fiscal year for "photographing various institutions". The 1927 legislation which broadened the agency's responsibilities (Stats 1927, c. 251) also required that staff visit every public institution to assess its condition and needs, and that any public building undergoing construction be visited to determine if construction contracts were being "faithfully executed". The bulk of the photographs were likely the result of this activity. There were, however, a substantial number dating from about 1917, which would indicate that the documentation of state-owned buildings was begun earlier by an agency other than the Dept. of Finance.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
California. Dept. of Finance
Links, Fred
Public buildings--California


Series Description

F3254:1-307, Box 1/1 - Box 7/36

Series 1 Historical Record Photographs circa 1917-1950

Physical Description: 3,585 items

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by name of state agency.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs document state-owned buildings, equipment, structures and activities of state personnel from various agencies. The largest portion of the collection includes images of such facilities as San Quentin and Folsom State Prisons, state parks, Exposition Park (Los Angeles), State Fairgrounds (Sacramento), Exposition Building (San Diego), state hospitals, state colleges, the University of California, special schools, armories, State Capitol and Capitol Park, and the Governor's Mansion. Of special interest is a large group of images documenting the San Francisco Harbor (circa 1917-1930) including the Ferry Building, State Belt Railroad, state dredgers and tugboats, piers, warehouses, wood ships, and activities on the waterfront (F3254:59). Approximately half the images are in albums which include detailed information about the construction of the buildings shown (dates, dimensions, materials, additions, etc.).
A smaller portion of the collection - labeled "action" photographs - is comprised of photos illustrating state agency activities which were collected by the Dept. of Finance for use in legislative budget hearings in 1938. This group includes the Dept. of Agriculture's Grain Lab field work and inspection activities; cadets in training at the California Maritime Academy; students and teachers at state colleges; anti-aircraft, tank and artillery training of the California National Guard; registering vehicles at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles; the drafting room at the Div. of Architecture; and, many other state agency activities.
Formats included are photograph albums, photographic prints, negatives, aerial photographs, and oversized photographic prints.
See box/folder list below for an overview of collection contents. Detailed item-level information is available in the California State Archives online catalog MINERVA http://minerva.sos.ca.gov/

Container List

Box-Folder 7/8

F3254:234(1) folder - Agricultural Prorate Commission 1938

Box-Folder 1/2

F3254:14(1) folder - Agriculture - Oakland Serum Plant 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/3

F3254:15(1-8) folder - Agriculture - Delhi Colony 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/4

F3254:16(1-2) folder, F3254:11(55-56) album - Agriculture - Durham Land Colony 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/9

F3254:235(1-2) folder, F3254:236(1)-F3254:239(3) oversized - Agriculture - "Action" Photographs 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:1(1-82) album, F3254:240(1-4) oversized - Corrections - Folsom Prison 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 7/10

F3254:241(5-14) folder, F3254:1(83-185) album, F3254:241(1-4) oversized - Corrections - Folsom Prison 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:242(1-5) oversized - Corrections - San Quentin Prison, Female Department 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:2(113-129) album - Education - Special Schools - California School for the Adult Blind 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/11

F3254:243(1-7) folder, F3254:2(62-112) album, F3254:244(1)-F3254:243(3) oversized - Education - Special Schools - California School for the Blind and School for the Deaf 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 1/5

F3254:17(1-10) folder - Education - State Colleges - Affiliated Colleges 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/32-33

F3254:303(1), F3254:304(1-2) folders - Education - State Colleges - Affiliated Colleges 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:246(1-5), F3254:247(1-12) oversized - Education - State Colleges - California Maritime Academy 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:2(1-63) album, F3254:248(1-3) oversized - Education - State Colleges - California Polytechnic College 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 7/13

F3254:249(1-6) folder, F3254:3(1-40) album, F3254:250(1-3) oversized - Education - State Colleges - Chico State College 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 7/6-7

F3254:18(1-3), F3254:19(1-20) folders, F3254:3(41-70) album, F3254:251(1-3) oversized - Education - State Colleges - Fresno State College 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 7/14

F3254:252(1-5) folder, F3254:3(71-89) album, F3254:253(1-3) oversized - Education - State Colleges - Humboldt State College 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 7/8-9

F3254:20(1), F3254:21(1-15) folders, F3254:3(90) album - Education - State Colleges - Los Angeles State Teachers College 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/15

F3254:254(1-4) folder, F3254:3(91-111) album, F3254:255(1-7) oversized - Education - State Colleges - San Diego State College 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:3(112-127) album, F3254:256(1-3) oversized - Education - State Colleges - San Francisco State College 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:3(128-154) album, F3254:257(1-3) oversized - Education - State Colleges - San Jose State College 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 7/16

F3254:258(1-3) folder, F3254:3(155-173) album, F3254:258(1-3) oversized - Education - State Colleges - Santa Barbara State College 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 1/11

F3254:21A(1-8) folder, F3254:260(1-4) oversized - Education - Vocational Education 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:261(1-5) oversized - Education - Vocational Rehabilitation 1938

Box-Folder 7/17

F3254:262(1-3) folder - Employment - "Action" Photographs 1938

Box-Folder 1/10

F3254:22(1-19) folder, F3254:263(1-3) oversized - Finance - Capitol and Other State Buildings circa 1925-1935 1938

Box-Folder 1/12

F3254:23(1-2) folder - Finance - Governor's Mansion 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/13

F3254:24(1-3) folder - Finance - Horticultural Buildings, Capitol Grounds 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/14

F3254:25(1-3) folder, F3254:264(1-3) oversized - Finance - Los Angeles State Building 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 1/15

F3254:26(1-3) folder, F3254:26(3) oversized - Finance - State Printing Office 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/16

F3254:27(1) folder, F3254:11(104) album - Finance - San Francisco State Building 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/17

F3254:28(1-25) folder, F3254:11(1-19) album, F3254:265(1-3) oversized - Fairs and Expositions - Los Exposition Park 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 1/18-20

F3254:29(1-77) folders, F3254:11(62-103) album, F3254:267(1-3) oversized - Fairs and Expositions - California State Fair 1927-1930 1936 1938

Box-Folder 7/18

F3254:266(1-3) folder - Fairs and Expositions - California State Fair 1938

Box-Folder 7/35

F3254:306(1-43) folder - Fairs and Expositions - California State Fair circa 1928-1950

Box-Folder 1/21

F3254:30(1-8) folder, F3254:11(105-112) album - Fish and Game - California State Game Farm, Yountville 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/22

F3254:31(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Bear Lake Hatchery and North Creek Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/36

F3254:307(1) folder - Fish and Game - Bear Lake Hatchery and North Creek Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/23

F3254:32(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Mt. Whitney Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/24

F3254:33(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Wawona Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/25

F3254:34(1-5) folder - Fish and Game - Yosemite Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/26

F3254:35(1) folder - Fish and Game - Ukiah Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/27

F3254:36(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Snow Mountain Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/28

F3254:37(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Cold Creek Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/29

F3254:38(1-6) folder - Fish and Game - Ft. Seward Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/30

F3254:39(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Hornbrook Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/31

F3254:40(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Klamathon Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 1/32

F3254:41(1) folder - Fish and Game - Camp Creek Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/1

F3254:42(1-5) folder - Fish and Game - Fall Creek Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/2

F3254:43(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Beaver Creek Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/3

F3254:44(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Shackelford Creek Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/4

F3254:45(1-19) folder, F3254:11(36-54) album - Fish and Game - Mt. Shasta Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/5

F3254:46(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Burney Creek Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/6

F3254:47(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Feather River Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/7

F3254:48(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Clear Creek Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/8

F3254:49(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Domingo Springs Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/9

F3254:50(1-4) folder - Fish and Game - Tahoe Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/10

F3254:51(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Blackwood Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/11

F3254:52(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Lab, San Pedro 1930

Box-Folder 2/12

F3254:53(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Fern Creek Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/13

F3254:54(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Bogus Creek Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/15

F3254:56(1-2) folder - Fish and Game - Warner Creek Egg Taking Station 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/16

F3254:57(1-6) folder - Fish and Game - Chino State Game Farm 1927-1930

Box-Folder 2/17

F3254:58(1-3) folder - Fish and Game - Tallac Hatchery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/19

F3254:268(1-8) folder, F3254:269(1-5-F3254:270(1) oversized - Fish and Game - "Action" Photographs 1938

Box-Folder 2/18-22

F3254:59(1-150) folders - Harbor Commissioners - San Francisco Harbor circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/20

F3254:271(1-2) folder, F3254:272(1-3) oversized - Harbor Commissioners - "Action" Photographs 1938

Box-Folder 7/21

F3254:273(1-9) folder - Horse Racing Board - "Action" Photographs 1937-1938

Box-Folder 7/22

F3254:274(1-6) folder, F3254:275(1-8) oversized - Industrial Relations - "Action" Photographs 1938

Box-Folder 7/24

F3254:276(1-2) folder - Investment - "Action" Photographs 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:277(1-7) oversized - Justice - "Action" Photographs 1938

Box-Folder 2/23-24, 3/1-2

F3254:60(1-103) folders, F3254:278(1-2) oversized - Mental Hygiene - Agnews State Hospital 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:279(1) oversized - Mental Hygiene - Camarillo State Hospital circa 1933

Box-Folder *

F3254:5(1-73) album - Mental Hygiene - Mendocino State Hospital 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:5(74-194) album - Mental Hygiene - Napa State Hospital 1927-1930

Box-Folder 3/3

F3254:61(1-38) folder, F3254:11(113-122) album - Mental Hygiene - Napa State Farm 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:6(1-73) album - Mental Hygiene - Norwalk State Hospital 1927-1930

Box-Folder 3/4-5

F3254:62(1-42) folders, F3254:7(170-194) album, F3254:280(1) oversized - Mental Hygiene - Pacific State Hospital 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:6(74-221) album - Mental Hygiene - Patton State Hospital circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder 3/6-10

F3254:63(1-145) folders, F3254:7(103-169) album, F3254:281(1) oversized - Mental Hygiene - Sonoma State Hospital 1927-1930

Box-Folder 3/11

F3254:64(1-17) folder, F3254:7(89-102) album, F3254:282(1) oversized - Mental Hygiene - State Narcotic Hospital 1927-1930

Box-Folder 3/12, 4/1-2

F3254:65(1-99) folders, F3254:7(1-88) album, F3254:283(1-2) oversized - Mental Hygiene - Stockton State Hospital 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/3-5

F3254:66(1-2), F3254:67(1-2), F3254:68(1-2) folders, F3254:8(1-9) album - Military - California National Guard - Armories circa 1917 1928

Box-Folder 4/6-7

F3254:69(1-33), F3254:70(1-15) folders, F3254:8(10-11) album, F3254:284(1-5) oversized - Military - California National Guard - Training Camp 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 4/8-10

F3254:71(1), F3254:72(1), F3254:73(1) folders, F3254:285(1-4) oversized - Motor Vehicles 1927-1930 1938

Box-Folder 4/11

F3254:74(1-2) folder - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Sonoma Mission 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/12

F3254:75(1-4) folder, F3254:11(123) album - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Sutter's Fort 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/13

F3254:76(1) folder - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Marshall's Monument 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/14-15

F3254:77(1-2), F3254:78(1) folders - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Monterey 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/16

F3254:79(1-27) folder, F3254:11(22-35) album - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Big Basin Redwoods State Park 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/17

F3254:80(1-9) folder, F3254:11(61) album - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Pio Pico Mansion 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/18

F3254:81(1-3) folder - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Fort Ross 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/19

F3254:82(1-10) folder - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Richardson Grove 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/20

F3254:83(1) folder - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Stephens Grove 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/21

F3254:84(1-5) folder - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - State Redwood Park Headquarters 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/22

F3254:85(1) folder - Natural Resources - Beaches and Parks - Serra Monument circa 1930

Box-Folder 4/23

F3254:86(1-9) folder - Natural Resources - Forestry - Davis Nursery 1927-1930

Box-Folder 4/24

F3254:87(1-2) folder, F3254:11(20-21) album - Natural Resources - Forestry - Mt. Bielawski Lookout 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/23

F3254:286(1-5) folder, F3254:287(1-4) oversized - Natural Resources - Forestry "Action" Photos 1938

Box-Folder 7/25

F3254:288(1-5) folder - Natural Resources - Mines "Action" Photos 1938

Box-Folder 4/25, 7/26

F3254:88(1), F3254:289(1) folders - Natural Resources - Oil and Gas circa 1928 1938

Box-Folder 4/26

F3254:89(1-6) folder, F3254:11(57-60) album - Panama-California Exposition circa 1917

Box-Folder 7/27

F3254:290(1) folder, F3254:291(1-3), F3254:292(1-5) oversized - Public Works - Architecture - "Action" Photos 1933 1938

Box-Folder 2/14, 4/27-30, 5/1-73, 6/1-45, 7/34

F3254:55(1-3), F3254:90(1) - F3254:219(1) folders, F3254:9(1-22) album - Public Works - Highways 1927-1930

Box-Folder 6/46-50

F3254:220(1) - F3254:224(2) folders - Reclamation Board 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:4(1-50) album - University of California - Citrus Experiment Station circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:4(51-157) album - University of California - Branch of the College of Agriculture 1927-1930

Box-Folder 6/51-53

F3254:226(1-128) folders - University of California, Berkeley circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/1

F3254:227(1-29) folder - University of California, Southern Branch circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/2

F3254:228(1-4) folder - University of California - Meloland 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/3

F3254:229(1-3) folder - University of California - San Jose 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/4

F3254:230(1-13) folder - University of California - Kearney Farm circa 1920

Box-Folder 7/5

F3254:231(1-26) folder - University of California - Lick Observatory circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/6, 7/31

F3254:232(1-15) F3254:302(1-2) folders - University of California - Scripps Institute 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/28

F3254:294(1) folder - University of California, Berkeley 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:295(1), F3254:296(1-2), F3254:297(1-4) oversized - University of California 1938

Box-Folder *

F3254:8(12-118) album - Veterans Affairs - Veterans Home 1927-1930

Box-Folder 7/29

F3254:298(1-8) folder, F3254:299(1-3) oversized - Veterans Affairs - Veterans Home 1938

Box-Folder 7/7, 7/30

F3254:233(1-3), F3254:300(1-3) folders, F3254:8(119-130) album, F3254:301(1-3) oversized - Veterans Affairs - Woman's Relief Corps Home circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:10(1-66) album - Youth Authority - Preston School of Industry circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:10(67-97) album - Youth Authority - Ventura School for Girls circa 1917 1927-1930

Box-Folder *

F3254:10(98-150) album - Youth Authority - Whittier State School circa 1917 1927-1930