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Inventory of the California State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission Records
R337 and F3444  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Agency History
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Collections at the California State Archives
  • Oral Histories
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission Records
    Dates: 1934-1948
    Collection number: R337 and F3444
    Creator: State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission
    Collection Size: 29 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: The State Redevelopment and Reemployment Records consist of 29 cubic feet of material reflecting the activity of the Commission in the areas of research and fact finding, providing assistance to local leaders, and solving problems dealing with various social, economic, and planning issues. The records cover the years 1934-1948.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    For permission to reproduce or publish, please consult California State Archives staff. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement that may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission Records, R337:[series number], [Box number]/[Folder number], California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition History

    The California State Archives acquired the State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission Records according to state law.

    Agency History

    The State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission was established in August, 1943 by the California Legislature (Statutes, 1943, Chapter 631, p. 2250) to prevent postwar problems of reconversion as had occurred following the end of WWI. At the same time the State Planning Board (Statutes, 1935, Chapter 331, p. 1153) was abolished and its facilities passed to the State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission. The California Legislature directed the State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission to study California's natural and economic resources for the purpose of creating and implementing plans allowing for a smooth readjustment of workers, industry, and commerce at the conclusion of WWII. While the State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission was clearly responsible for planning functions as the successor to the State Planning Board, the State Legislature wanted the Commission to diligently focus on the employment problems which could have become severe as the war effort came to an end. In September, 1947, the State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission was replaced by the Office of Planning and Research (Statutes, 1947, Chapter 1408, p. 2967), which in turn was to expire ninety-one days after the adjournment of the 1949 Regular Session of the Legislature. The State Redevelopment Agency (Statutes, 1947, Chapter 1515, p. 3141) was established to aid in community planning and development, and like the Office of Planning and Research, grew out of the State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission to become a separate agency. In many cases major officers were the same in the later agencies.

    Scope and Content

    The State Redevelopment and Reemployment Records consist of 29 cubic feet of material reflecting the activity of the Commission in the areas of research and fact finding, providing assistance to local leaders, and solving problems dealing with various social, economic, and planning issues. The records cover the years 1934-1948.
    Note: because the facilities were passed from successor to successor, many of the files are overlapping, thereby preventing a distinct separation of the several agencies.

    Related Collections at the California State Archives

    Earl Warren Papers, Reconstruction and Reemployment Series
    Governor's Office of Planning and Research

    Oral Histories

    Percy C. Heckendorf
    William T. Sweigert

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California. State Reconstruction and Reemployment Commission
    California. Office of the Director of Planning and Research
    California. State Planning Board