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Title: State Relief Administration records,
Date (inclusive): 1933-1944
Collection number: F3448
California. State Relief Administration.
5 cubic feet
California State Archives
Abstract: 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
Physical location: California State Archives
Collection is open for research.
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], State Relief Administration Records, F3448:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of
the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.
These records were sent to the California State Archives after the State Relief Administration was disbanded in 1944.
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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The records of the State Relief Administration (SRA) include reports, statistics, surveys, operating procedures, budgets and
bulletins created or gathered by various divisions of the SRA and its predecessor, the State Emergency Relief Administration.
There is no correspondence included in these records.
The following terms have been associated with these materials in the Archives'
automated public access system (currently in development, December 2004).