The Department of Finance was created in 1921 and was responsible for budgets, accounts, claims, purchases, printing, motor
vehicles, and libraies. In 1927, the Legislature charged the Department with visiting state institutions to ascertain their
condition and monitoring public buildings under construction. These photographs were created to document state-owned buildings
and equipment, as well as the activities of state personnel from various agencies.
The State Legislature created five new state agencies in 1921 - one of which was the Dept. of Finance (Stats. 1921, c. 603).
The new agency absorbed a number of existing responsibilities from other agencies including budgets and accounts, claims and
disbursements, purchases, printing, motor vehicles and libraries. The State Board of Control was to serve as the governing
body for the department.
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