Scope and Content
Title: California Arts Commission Records
California Arts Commission
15.5 Cubic Feet
California State Archives
Abstract: The California Arts Commission was created in 1963 (Stats. 1963, sh. 1742) "to join with private patrons and with institutions
and professional organizations concerned with the arts, to encourage and assist the freedom of artistic expression of the
arts." The Commission was dissolved in 1975 and the California Arts Council was established the following year. The California
Arts Commission Records (1963-1965) consist of ten series documenting the administrative history of the Commission as well
as its activities, programs, and exhibits.
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.
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
[Identification of item], California Arts Commission Records, F3719, California State Archives.
The California State Archives acquired the records of the California Arts Commission through an agency transfer.
The California Arts Commission was created (Stats. 1963, ch. 1742) to join with private patrons and with institutions and
professional organizations concerned with the arts, and to encourage and assist the freedom of artistic expression of the
arts. The original Commission was not empowered to administer funds or to promote cultural and artistic programs until 1973
(ch. 1143). The revised responsibilities of the Commission provided for funding, including the acceptance of federal and private
funds, for promotion, support and development of needed arts programs. The Commission, in order to amplify the state's existing
cultural resources - thus making many art institutions and organizations serve the audience in community-wide programs - promoted
and sponsored cultural state-wide touring exhibitions such as Horizon, Music for Youth, and Perception, an exhibition for
the sighted and blind. The Commission was dissolved in 1975 and the California Arts Council was established the following
Scope and Content
The California Arts Commission records consist of Minutes (1964-1975), Reports (1966), Chairman of the Board Files (1972-1975),
Executive Director Files (1972-1975), Program and Development Administrator Files (1973), Personnel Files (1963-1974), Central
Office Files (1967-1974), Grant Application Files (197301975), Press Clipping Files (196601975), and Records Relating to the
California Arts Commission Projects and Touring Exhibitions (19651975).
The Minutes provide information about the development of the California Arts Commission policies, procedures, and organizational
structure. Chairman of the Board Files include information about events and entertainment functions, public relations and
funding and budgeting matters. Executive Director Files encompass correspondence and records of state-wide arts and entertainment
programs, and day-to-day administrative work of the Director. Program and Development Administrator Files includes correspondence
pertaining to the administration of the seventeen state-wide programs in the arts and other project development work. Personnel
Files include miscellaneous data, such as biographies of chairman, individual members and advisory panel members. The records
also include Grant Applications Files in the categories of visual arts, community and environment, arts and service organizations,
theater, dance and music, and a series of press clipping scrapbooks.
A final series of Records Relating to the California Arts Commission Projects and Touring Exhibitions is broken into further
sub-series documenting individual projects and programs.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Art commissions - California