The California State Geological Survey was created by statute in 1860. The records include the correspondence of the State
Geologist, Josiah D. Whitney, with the Governor and State Legislature. Included are four file folders of correspondence, reports,
and statements of expenditures
The California State Geological Survey was created by statute in 1860. The act, entitled An Act to create the Office of the State Geologist and define the Duties thereof, appointed Josiah D. Whitney as the State Geologist. (Chapter 254, Stats. 1860) He and his assistants were to make a complete
geological survey of the State and from this work publish reports, maps, and diagrams. The State could then sell the volumes
through the Secretary of State. The act also gave the survey an initial $20,000 appropriation for expenses.
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