Bound, handwritten registers for formal applications filed with the California Railroad Commission between 1926-1947 and
with its successor, the Public Utilities Commission, from 1955-1962.
The California Railroad Commission was created in 1870 under Section 22 of Article XII of the new California State Constitution
to regulate public utilities, including railroads. Rate changes, unfair charges and practices were under its jurisdiction.
In 1917, trucks came under its jurisdiction and in 1935, all highway and city carriers were added. In 1946, the name of the
CRC was changed to the Public Utiltities Commission.
Formal applications, which are a request for some right by a utility or a person or corporation wanting to become a utility,
were made to the CRC and PUC. Registers for formal applications were kept to keep a summary of these applications and their
outcomes. Formal complaints are brought to the Commission by a person or by the Commission's own motion on behalf of the
people of California or by a third party. Complaint registers summarize these complaints and their outcomes.
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manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the CSRM Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the CSRM
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
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