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Inventory of the California State Board of Education Records
F3752, F3844, F3696  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Agency History
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State Board of Education Records
    Dates: 1866-2004
    Collection number: F3752, F3844, F3696
    Creator: State Board of Education
    Collection size: 110 cubic feet, 358 volumes and 530 audiotapes
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The records of the California State Board of Education consist of 110 cubic feet, 358 bound volumes, and audiocassettes of records covering the period 1866 through 2004. The official Board meeting minutes make up the bulk of this record group and range from 1866-2004.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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 collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], California State Board of Education Records, F[number]:[folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    Selected audiotapes from this collection were digitized as part of the "California Light and Sound" collection through the California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP). To learn more about how this material was digitized, please visit the CAVPP website .

    Acquisition History

    The California State Archives acquired the State Board of Education Records according to state law.

    Agency History

    The State Board of Education is the governing and policy-making body of the Department of Education. First created in 1852 ( Stats. 1852, ch. 52) the Board initially consisted of the Governor, the Surveyor General, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction who also served as its secretary and executive officer. In 1866, the Board was enlarged ( Stats. 1865-66, ch. 342) to include the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Principal of the State Normal School, the Superintendents of Common Schools of San Francisco, Sacramento, Santa Clara, and San Joaquin Counties, and two professional teachers nominated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Superintendents of Common Schools of Alameda and Sonoma Counties were added in 1870. A constitutional amendment in 1884 set up a new Board consisting of the Governor, the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and the Principals of the State Normal Schools ( Const. 1879, Art. IX, sec. 7, amended 1884). The President of the University of California and a professor of pedagogy were added to the Board in 1894.
    The Constitution was again amended in 1912 to provide that the Legislature should decide on the appointment or election of the Board ( Const. 1879, Art. IX, sec. 7, amended 1912). Under this constitutional amendment, the Legislature, in 1913, created a State Board of Education with seven members who were appointed by the Governor for four year terms ( Stats. 1913, ch. 328). When the Department of Education was created in 1921, the Board continued in force as the governing body of the Department with the Superintendent as its ex-officio secretary. In 1927 the Board completely reorganized with the passage of a law changing the membership from seven to ten members to be appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Senate ( Stats. 1927, ch. 453).
    The Board as organized in 1975 determined all questions of policy within its powers and adopted rules and regulations not inconsistent with the laws of the state to govern itself, its appointees and employees, elementary and secondary schools of California, and other schools receiving financial support from the state.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.