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Inventory of the State Treasurer Office Records
F3903, R225, F3353, F3872  
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Description
The records of the Office of the State Treasurer consist of 521 volumes and 58 folders of textual records, as well as 95 items. The records reflect the Treasurer's work overseeing the financial operations of different public agencies and districts, maintaining custody over all State cash and securities, paying on Controller's warrants, and redeeming and selling State bonds. The records, dating from 1850 to 1966, are organized into eight record series, [(1) Administrative Records, (2) Accounting Records, (3) Disbursement Records, (4) Bond Records, (5) Bonds Held in Trust Records, (6) State Land Sales Funds Records, (7) Securities on Deposit Records, and (8) Miscellaneous Records] comprised of 61 subseries. Some of the record series document the financial aspects of the Indian Wars, the building of the Central Pacific Railroad, and California's participation during the Civil War.
Background
Article Five of the 1849 California Constitution established the Office of State Treasurer. Like the State Controller and the Attorney General, the State Treasurer is an administrative office in the executive branch of State government. The Constitution provided that Treasurers be elected to office, with terms coinciding with that of Governor. Initially two years, terms increased in 1862 to four years.
Restrictions
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.
Availability
While the majority of the records are open for research, any access restrictions are noted in the record series descriptions.