The Robert Burns State Parks Commission Papers consists of: correspondence and memos from
the Director of the Division of Beaches & Parks, the public and various legislators; the
agendas and minutes of Park Commission meetings (1953-1958); reports or proposals
regarding various lands being considered for state park status or for expansion;
summaries and texts of enabling legislation creating the diverse parks (1953-58); and a
miscellany of related printed materials, maps, and photographs.
The California State Parks Commission was established in 1927. It was a body of five
persons appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the Governor. The Commissioners were
laymen who were paid their expenses while on duty. They oversaw the Division of Beaches
and Parks, appointed the Chief of the Division, approved budgets and policies, and
reviewed land acquisitions and park improvements.
Collection is open for research.