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Inventory of the Records of the Dept. of Public Health
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Description
Created by law, Chapter 228 of Statutes 1869-1870, California's first public health agency, the State Board of Health and Vital Statistics, began operation on March 18, 1870. This board became the second state public health agency in the nation. Two years later, in 1872, the name of the board changed to the State Board of Health, becoming an advisory and informational body. The Department of Public Health was created in 1927 (Chapter 276, Statutes 1927) and succeeded all of the powers and duties of the old State Board of Health. The Department of Public Health's new administration continued to be an advisory and informational body promoting health services for the State of California. The records of the Department of Public Health consist of 55 cubic feet, 41 bound volumes, 48 blueprints, and 41 audiocassettes of records covering both the State Board of Health and subsequent Department of Public Health from 1876 through 1974. The bulk of the records fall within the years 1935 to 1973, relating specifically to the duties and activities of the Department of Public Health.
Background
Chapter 228 of Statutes 1869-1870 created California's first public health agency, the State Board of Health and Vital Statistics. The board, which began operation on March 18, 1870, consisted of seven physicians who were appointed by the governor. This board was the second state public health agency in the nation. In 1872 the name was changed to the State Board of Health and became an advisory and informational body.
Extent
55 cubic feet, 41 bound volumes, 48 blueprints, and 41 audiocassette tapes
Restrictions
For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the California State Archives. Permission for reproduction or publication is given on behalf of the California State Archives as the owner of the physical items. The researcher assumes all responsibility for possible infringement which may arise from reproduction or publication of materials from the California State Archives collections.
Availability
Some the records within this collection are restricted due to the confidential nature of the medical information provided about individuals. These specific series have been described and noted as restricted within the finding aid and the folders have been marked "Restricted" as well. Government Code 6254 (c) and 6254 (f).