1930s Depression Data (California) Collection

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2021


Descriptive Summary

Title: 1930s Depression Data (California) Collection
Dates: 1933-1939
Collection Number: MS.005
Creator/Collector:
Extent: 6 li in, 13 cm.
Repository: San Diego Public Library
San Diego, California 92101
Abstract: The impact of the "Great Depression" of the 1930s on the people in the state of California is presented by excerpted information from the main state agency created to assist county efforts to furnish aid through food distribution, monetary payments, and jobs. Data on counties and departmental activities starts from 1933, the creation of the State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA), through the transfer of most of its function to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939.
Language of Material: English

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1930s Depression Data (California) Collection. San Diego Public Library

Scope and Content of Collection

The impact of the "Great Depression" of the 1930s on the people in the state of California is presented by excerpted information from the main state agency created to assist county efforts to furnish aid through food distribution, monetary payments, and jobs. Data on counties and departmental activities starts from 1933, the creation of the State Emergency Relief Administration (SERA), through the transfer of most of its function to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939. The collection includes weekly bulletins, semi-annual reports and tables with statistical information in tabular form on distribution to California counties based upon a variety of activities, demographics, relief cases loads for residents, transients, and aliens. Maps included district offices and distribution centers. Suggested menus for single men and single women who cooked for themselves or did little cooking became part of the information distributed by SERA. The amount of food produced by food type and statistics on commodity distribution by county became part of the records of the agency. A final report summarized the major activities of the agency with photographs illustrating some of those activities.

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