Title: California State War Council Records,
Date (inclusive): 1940-1945
California State War Council
California State Archives
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The California State Council of Defense was created in 1941, just at the beginning of World War II. Its function was to plan
for the mobilization of agricultural, industrial, communication, and transportation facilities, for the protection of individual
rights and consumer interests and for the suppression of sabotage and subversive activities.....(
Stats., 1941, Ch. 561, p. 1940).
A significant similar agency, the Council of Defense, was operative during World War I. For information on the Council of
Defense see the bibliographic note at the end of the finding aid.
This Council of Defense of 1941 was subsequently abolished in 1943 and its duties and powers were transferred to a newly created
organization, California State War Council (
Stats. 1943, Ch. 294, p. 1277). This new body was composed of: the Governor, the Lieutenant-Governor, State Director of Civilian
Defense, State Director of Civilian War Services, and two representatives from city and county governments each, who were
to be appointed by and served at the pleasure of the Governor. The War Council was reorganized in 1944. Its membership was
to include: the Governor, the Lieutentant Governor, Director of the War Council, Attorney-General, four members of the legislature,
and two representatives of city and county governments each (
Stats. 1944, Ch. 55, p. 214). Finally, the duties and powers of the State War Council were transferred to the jurisdiction of the
California State Disaster Council, in the Governor's office (
Stats. 1945, Ch. 1024, p. 1973). (26 f, 3/4 c.f.)
This group is classified into two major divisions: (1) general records of the California State War Council including minutes
and correspondence and (2) advisory committee records which consist of advisory committee minutes and correspondence to and
from the Council and the Governor's Office.