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Inventory of the California Arts Commission Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Agency History
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Arts Commission Records
    Inventory: F3719
    Dates: 1963-1975
    Creator: California Arts Commission
    Collection Size: 15.5 Cubic Feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    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.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    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], California Arts Commission Records, F3719, California State Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    The California State Archives acquired the records of the California Arts Commission through an agency transfer.

    Agency History

    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 year

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Art commissions - California