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World War I History Committee, 1917-1919.
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World War I History Committee, 1917-1919
World War I History Committee


World War I History Committee, creator


List of inductions into service from Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco during World War I supplied by local boards to the California World War I History Committee. Also included are requests for other states' procedures in preserving this type of information.


1917 (issued)


World War I, 1914-1918
Military personnel -- American -- 1910-1920
Military personnel -- California
Soldiers -- United States -- California
Soldiers -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Sailors -- United States


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 World War I 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. Beginning in 1918, the Committee forwarded requests and a preprinted form (California Honor Roll) to the various counties to gather biographical information on soldiers. The State Council of Defense was closed in 1919 and this work centralized in the Office of the Adjutant General. Official records of the State Council and its branches were taken into Adjutant General's Office at the Ferry Building in San Francisco, then transferred to the California History Survey Commission in Sacramento, and from there to the State Historical Commission of the State Board of Education.
World War I History Committee.
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Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.

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1 archival box; 16 x 12 1/2 x 11 1/4 in.






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Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.