In 1918, the California State Council of Defense (first created in 1916) formed the War History Committee for the purpose
of assembling the records of the war and preserving all material of historical value relating to California's part in that
War. The actual direction of the work of the Committee was given to the Historical Survey Commission (created in 1915) under
the immediate supervision of Dr. Owen C. Coy. Under this director, a county war history committee was to be created in each
of the 58 counties. Each committee was expected to prepare reports dealing with local war activities and to gather and compile
statistical information on those activities. They were to collect newspaper clippings, war programs, war addresses, photographs,
manuscripts, documents, posters, and other fleeting war history material.