Inventory of the Department of Public Works. Office of The Director Records

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Inventory of the Department of Public Works. Office of The Director Records

Inventory: F3810



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Office of the Secretary of State

Sacramento, California

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  • 1020 "O" Street
  • Sacramento, California 95814
  • Phone: (916) 653-2246
  • Fax: (916) 653-7363
  • Email: ArchivesWeb@sos.ca.gov
  • URL: http://www.sos.ca.gov/archives/
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© 2000 California Secretary of State. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Department of Public Works. Office of The Director Records
Inventory: F3810
Creator: Department of Public Works. Office of the Director
Repository: California State Archives
Sacramento, California
Language: English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Department of Public Works. Office of The Director Records, F3810, California State Archives.

Arrangement and Description

Box-folder F3810:1-18 (Box 1)

1. GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE, RE. HIGHWAYS 1958

Physical Description: 18ff.

Scope and Content Note

Organized by Department file code described below and chronologically thereunder.
Reports, memoranda received from and sent to the California Highway Commission and the Division of Highways, and incoming and outgoing correspondence regarding the construction of roads and highways in California.
 

100. ACCOUNTING.

Physical Description: 6ff.

Scope and Content Note

Memorandas, notes on U.S. Congressional Hearings, position papers on Legislation and incoming and outgoing correspondence with the American Association of state highways officials and charts dealing with the following: Gas Tax Revenues (100.10), Tax Fund Revenues (100.10), The Financial Condition of the Division of Highways (100.56), and Federal Aid (100.57).
 

200. CONSTRUCTION.

Physical Description: 2ff.

Scope and Content Note

Highway Engineer Construction Project Reports (200.02), and reports and correspondence dealing with prison road camps (200.17).
 

400. MAINTENANCE.

Physical Description: 4ff.

Scope and Content Note

Memoranda and correspondence regarding the use of lands under freeways (400.21), historical landmarks endangered by freeways (400.223), and roadside beautification (400.23).
 

900. MISCELLANEOUS.

Physical Description: 6ff.

Scope and Content Note

Minutes of Director's Staff Meetings and staff meetings of the Division of Architecture and Highways, Department Progress Report, and memoranda and correspondence dealing with need to construct barriers to divide freeways.
Box-folder F3810:19-36 (Box 1 & 2)

2. FREEWAY HEARING FILE 1953-1956

Physical Description: 1cf.

Scope and Content Note

Organized by highway district, county, route and section and chronologically thereunder.
The Director of Public Works is a member of the California Highway Commission.
Transcripts, press releases, resolutions, and incoming and outgoing correspondence with legislators and the general public regarding public hearing held by the California Highway Commission to receive public opinion on the projected routing of state highways.
 

I D.N. -1-CrC. (Hwy 101)  1956

 

III E,D - 93 B  1956

 

III SAC - 4 - SAC  1956

 

III SAC, Pla -3-, 17 - BA  1956

 

III SAC 11 (Hwy 50)  1956

 

IV ALA - 227-Oak  1955-1956

 

IV ALA - 227-Oak  1952-1954

 

IV ALA - 227-Oak  1952-1954

 

IV CC - 75-107 - Walmut Creek  1956

 

VII Golden State Freeway  1953-1956

 

VII LA - 161, 4-LA  1954

 

VII LA - 4, 159,LA,LA  1954

 

VII 173 - LA - Olympic Freeway  1954

 

VII LA - 173 - LA, SMca  1956

Box-folder F3810:37-68 (Box 2 & 4)

3. NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, RE. HIGHWAYS 1951-1961

Physical Description: 2½cf.

Scope and Content Note

General files placed first arranged chronologically, thereafter files relating to the Los Angeles Freeway controversies organized by route and section number and chronologically thereunder.
Compilation of newspaper articles from publications throughout the state dealing with public reaction to proposed routes for state highways. Includes files containing clippings from Los Angeles papers expressing opinions on the constructions of the Golden State, Harbor Parkway, Pomona and Hollywood Freeways.
Box-folder F3810:69-73 (Box 5)

4. CONTRACTS AND RIGHT OF WAY-FRANK B. DURKEE MEMORANDUM FILE. 1940-1941, 1944-1945, 1947-1948

Physical Description: 5ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Copies of outgoing memoranda of Frank Durkee to the State Highway Engineer, the Right of Way and Bridge Departments of the Division of Highways, and the Toll Bridge Authority. Memoranda comprise reviews of legal documents such as deeds and contracts; legal opinions on questions of taxation, insurance, the leasing of property, disposal of excess property, the responsibility for accidents, the lowering of bridge tolls; and statements of the probable impact of proposed legislation.
Box-folder F3810:74-107 (Box 5 & 6)

5. CONTRACTS AND RIGHT OF WAY-LEGISLATIVE FILE. 1961-1962

Physical Description: 29ff.

Scope and Content Note

Organized in the following order: Digests; Department Program Summary; records relating to Senate Bills, Senate Resolutions; Assembly Bills; and Assembly Resolutions. Bills and resolutions arranged by number in ascending order.
Digests and summaries of bills; statement of Department of Public Works legislative program; Department position papers on specific legislation; memoranda from divisions of the Department discussing the advisability of proposed legislation; reports prepared by the Department in fulfillment of the requirements of resolutions; and letters received from interested parties expressing opinions on current bills and copies of replies by the Department.
Box-folder F3810:105-137 (Box 6 & 7)

6. CONTRACTS AND RIGHT OF WAY (LEGAL)-CHIEF DEPUTY COUNSEL OFFICE FILE RE. LEGAL AFFAIRS OF THE DIVISION OF HIGHWAYS. 1956-1970

Physical Description: 1½cf.

Scope and Content Note

Organized alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereafter.
Annual and monthly activity reports; reports on the results of court actions; memoranda dealing with changes in procedures, cases in litigation, and problems faced in obtaining clear title to rights of way; legal opinions, provided to the Division of Highways on particular points of law; legal briefs; Bureau of Public Road Bulletins regarding the obtaining of property for roads; and incoming and outgoing correspondence with insurance companies involving automobile accidents (see Traffic Signals).
Subjects dealt with include, Drainage Problems, Excess Lands, Condemnations, House Sales, The California Law Revision Commission; The Division Task Force on Environmental Law and Litigation, and Utility Relocation.
Box-folder F3810:138-154 (Box 7,8)

7. CONTRACTS AND RIGHT OF WAY-INVESTIGATIVE COMMITTEES FILE. 1954-1963

Physical Description: 1cf.

Scope and Content Note

Organized in the following order: Governor's Advisory Committees, Senate Committees, Assembly Committees, and Interim Committees. Thereunder arranged alphabetically by title of committee.
Copies of background reports prepared by Department of Public Works personnel for use by Legislative and Advisory Committees, largely dealing with highways and transportation planning problems. Also contains legislative resolutions, portions of transcripts, notes on committee meetings, agendas, notices, and related correspondence.
Following Committees included:
 

Governor's Advisory Committee on Peacetime use of Radiological Materials. (1956-1960)

 

Senate Interim Committee on Administrative Regulations and Adjudications. (1953-1958)

 

Senate Bay Area Problems (1958) Discussion of Transportation Facilities.

 

Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Business and Commerce (1960-1962)

 

Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. (1958)

 

Senate Interim Committee on Indian Affairs (1957)

 

Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Judiciary (1956-1963)

 

Senate Interim Committee on Recreation State Beaches and Parks (1954-1955)

 

Senate Interim Committee on Transportation Problems (1958)

 

Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Transportation and Public Utility (1960-1962), L.A. Transit Development.

 

Assembly Sub-Committee on the Impact of Enemy Attack on the Economy and Constitutional Government of California (1957-1958)

 

Assembly-Public Utilities and Corporations (1960)

 

Assembly Interim Committee on Public Utilities and Corporations, Re. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority, (1960-1961)

 

Assembly Transportation and Commerce (1959-1960)

 

Joint Interim Committee on Highway Problems (1957-1959, 1960)

 

Advisory Committee on Motor Vehicle Legislation (1962)

 

Joint Interim Committee on Transportation Problems (Collier Comm. Task Force) (1955-1957)

Box-folder F3810:155-187 (Box 8, 9, 10)

8. CONTRACTS AND RIGHT OF WAY-PROPERTY CONDEMNATION FILE. 1941-1963

Physical Description: 2½cf.

Scope and Content Note

Organized alphabetically by name of defendant; thereunder legal documents placed first, then correspondence, followed by appraisals.
Legal documents; memoranda; correspondence with the Right of Way Department of the Division of Highways; condemnation authorizations; appraisals; data on market values; and project maps relating to condemnation proceedings to obtain property for highway rights of way.
Box-folder F3810:188-189 (Box 10)

9. CONTRACTS AND RIGHT OF WAY (LEGAL)-POTENTIAL CLAIM FILE. 1946-1949, 1955

Physical Description: 2ff.

Scope and Content Note

Arranged chronologically.
Records collected on incidents which could potentially lead to legal actions against the Division of Highways, including accidents caused by Division personnel, injuries or accidents caused by the condition of roads, and damage to property caused by construction.
Contains memoranda between Legal Division Staff Members discussing the legal ramifications of accidents; reports prepared by district engineers (frequently including maps, diagrams, and photographs); and copies of accident reports by the Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies.
For photographs relating to this series, see F3810:201 -1ff. (Filed with Highways Photos. Box #8)
Box-folder F3810:190-200 (Box 10)

10. LEGAL (DIVISION OF CONTRACTS AND RIGHT OF WAY)-CLAIMS AGAINST THE HIGHWAY DIVISION. 1952-1958

Physical Description: 11ff.

Scope and Content Note

Organized alphabetically by name of claimant.
Records relating to 90 day claims against the Division of Highways for alleged damage done to property caused by highway construction, or for damaged incurred in accidents claimed to have been caused by the condition of state maintained roadways.
Contains legal briefs; memoranda summarizing cases; police accident reports; and frequently maps, diagrams, and photographs of damage.
For photographs of damage or accidents relating to this series see F3810:202 1ff. (Filed with Highways Photos Box # 8)