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California. State Council of Defense. California War History Committee. Records of Californians who served in World War I, 1918-1922.
Manuscript Boxes 2038-2055
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Records of Californians who served in World War I, 1918-1922


California, State Council of Defense., California War History Committee., creator


California Historical Survey Commission, War History Dept.


1918 (issued)


World War, 1914-1918 -- California -- Sources
World War, 1914-1918 -- Women -- California
World War, 1914-1918 -- California -- Medals
United States -- Armed Forces -- California -- History -- Sources
Soldiers -- California -- Registers
Registers of births, etc -- California
California -- Genealogy
Military decorations -- California
Women in war -- California


The collection consists of newspaper clippings taken from local newspapers and clipping agencies between 1918 and 1922. The clippings record deaths and awards for the men and women serving during the War.
Not restricted. Please credit California State Library.
Also available on microfilm in California Section, California State Library.
In 1918, the California State Council of Defense (first created in 1916) formed the War History Committee for the purpose of asembling 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.
State Council of Defense was closed out in 1919 and work centralized in office of Adjutant General. Official records of State Council and its branches taken into Adjutant General's office (Ferry Bldg., S.F.). From there, transferred to Sacramento, California Historical Survey Commission; from there to State Historical Commission (State Board of Education). Director, Owen C. Coy secured permission of State Board to transfer part of material to California State Library.
Gift; California State Historical Association, 1950?
Manuscript collection summary sheet.
Report of the War History Department of the California Historical Survey Commission. Berkeley, Calif. Jan. 15, 1921 (H425 K4)
California in the War : plan for gathering and preserving records and historical materials dealing with California's part in the great conflict. Sacramento : California War History Committee of the State Council of Defense, 1918 (D300 H6)

Physical Description:

18 manuscript boxes (2866 envelopes) ; 10 x 17 cm.




Manuscript Boxes 2038-2055



Copyright Note:

Not restricted. Please credit California State Library.