In 1961, the state geologist created The California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names within the Resources Agency. The
committee began its work in July 1963, providing the federal government with advice in naming geographic features through
researching local naming practices. Committee members contacted local area residents to learn what the residents called a
geologic feature, and the committee advised the federal agency on what name to officially publish. The California Advisory
Committee on Geographic Names Records consists of two and one-quarter cubic feet of textual material covering the years 1961
to 2004 with the bulk of the records covering 1961-1980.
In 1961, the assistant director of the United States Geological Survey discussed with the California State Geologist Ian Campbell
the likelihood of establishing a state committee to aid the United States Board on Geographic Names in deciding on geographic
names in California. As a result, the state geologist created the California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names within
the Resources Agency. This committee was intended to continue the work of the state Board of Geographic Names, which lasted
from 1928 until the mid-1940s. Campbell hoped to garner the State Legislature's approval for the Advisory Committee on Geographic
Names through Senate Bill 774 (Farr, 1963) but the bill died in the Senate. Since then, the advisory committee has operated
without a legislative mandate.
2.25 cubic feet of textual records
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Collection is open for research.