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Inventory of the Records of the Air Resources Board
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Agency History
  • Scope and Content
  • Accruals
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Collections at the California State Archives

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Records of the Air Resources Board
    Dates: 1953-1982
    Collection number: F3935
    Creator: Air Resources Board
    Collection Size: 23 cubic feet
    Repository: California State Archives
    Sacramento, California
    Abstract: Beginning in 1954 the state air pollution control program was centered in the State Department of Public Health, Bureau of Air Sanitation, and later shared with the Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Board, created in 1959. In 1967, state air pollution control programs were combined to form a new agency, the Air Resources Board. The Records of the Air Resources Board (1953-1982) deal with subjects including land use and transportation planning; water resources; motor vehicle and power plant emission control standards, testing procedures, and devices; air quality and pollution; and related federal and state legislation.
    Physical location: California State Archives
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Administrative Information

    Access

    While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.

    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], Air Resources Board Records, F3935, California State Archives, Office of the Secretary of State, Sacramento, California.

    Acquisition History

    The California State Archives acquired the Air Resources Board Records according to state law.

    Agency History

    Beginning in 1954 the state air pollution control program was centered in the State Department of Public Health, Bureau of Air Sanitation, and later shared with the Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Board, created in 1959 (Assembly Bill 17, Cameron Bill). Related directly to the federal Air Quality Act of 1967, the Mulford-Carrell Act, passed in 1967 by California's legislature, combined the state air pollution control programs and formed a new agency, the Air Resources Board (ARB).
    The ARB is responsible for the control of motor vehicle emissions (Pure Air Act) and also coordinates state and local programs to control nonvehicluar emissions. The goal of the ARB is to control air pollution from all sources to meet the air quality standards in all parts of California.
    The board is involved in various activities relating to air pollution. It sets air quality standards, maintains a statewide network of air quality surveillance and inventory of air pollution sources, adopts standards and test procedures for emissions from motor vehicles, approves motor vehicle emissions control systems, maintains surveillance over the effectiveness of motor vehicle emission control systems, coordinates control of air pollution within the fourteen air basins in California, reviews the rules and regulations of local and regional air pollution control agencies, provides technical assistance to local air pollution control agencies, and may enforce control of nonvehicular sources if local agencies fail to do so.
    The administrative staff and technical staff are located in Sacramento. The ARB laboratory is in El Monte.

    Scope and Content

    The Records of the Air Resources Board (ARB) consists of 23 cubic feet of materials dating from 1953 to 1982. The records are organized into 9 series: (1) Meeting Files, (2) Motor Vehicle Emission Control Board Files, (3) Subject Files, (4) George Taylor Files, (5) Administrative Files, (6) Evaluation and Planning Division Subject Files, (7) Local Government Planning Files, (8) Land Use Files, and (9) Legal Files. The records deal with subjects including land use and transportation planning; water resources; motor vehicle and power plant emission control standards, testing procedures, and devices; air quality and pollution; and related federal and state legislation. The records reflect the relationship of the ARB with private citizens; state, local, and federal agencies; industry; and regional pollution control districts. Types of records include budgets, contracts, correspondence, grant applications, minutes, proposals, reports, resolutions, and studies.

    Accruals

    Further accruals are expected.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    California. Air Resources Board
    Air--Pollution--Standards--California
    Automobiles--Motors--Exhaust gas--California
    Automobiles--Pollution control devices--California

    Related Collections at the California State Archives

    Assembly Natural Resources Committee Records
    Assembly Natural Resources and Conservation Committee Records
    Assembly Transportation Committee Records
    Senate Natural Resources Committee Records
    Senate Transportation Committee Records
    Dept. of Agriculture--Division of Plant Industry Records
    Dept. of Natural Resources Records
    Dept. of Public Health Records
    Environmental Affairs Agency Records
    Resources Agency Records
    Gordon W. Duffy Papers