The State Emergency Relief Administration was created in 1933, and succeeded by the State Relief Administration in 1935.
Both agencies were developed to alleviate certain conditions caused by the Great Depression. The records from both agencies
include reports, statistics, surveys, operating procedures, budgets and bulletins. There is no correspondence included in
The State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA) was created in 1933 as a provision of the Unemployment Bond Relief Act. In
1935, SERA was succeeded by the State Relief Administration (SRA). Both agencies were created to help alleviate certain conditions
caused by the Great Depression, and their responsibilities included the distribution of state and federal funds for unemployment
The activities of the State Relief Administration frequently overlapped activities of other local, federal and even state
agencies created for similar purposes. Consequently, the organization of the SRA was constantly changing and it is difficult
to decisively state the the number or names of the agency's divisions at any given date. See Elsey Hurt, California State Government - an Outline of Its Administrative Organization, vol. 2, 1939, for more details.
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