Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 2696

Governor's Office. Emergency Relief Administration State Advisory Committee on Public Welfare and Emergency Relief minutes

Dates: 1933-1935.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

These minutes document all meetings of the State Advisory Committee on Public Welfare and Emergency Relief. Governor H. H. Blood appointed this committee to assist the Utah Emergency Relief Administration (UERA) in obtaining and disbursing federal emergency relief grants to Utah's county relief agencies between June 1933 and March 1935. This committee continued the functions of the Governor's Executive Committee on Emergency Relief for Utah only in accordance with the provisions required by President Franklin Roosevelt's newly created Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA). The minutes record the committee's collaboration with county and municipal governments, and state and federal departments in the planning and administration of public works and unemployment relief programs, including the review of all relief applications and surveys; allocation of funds; determination of policy; review of administrative appointments; report of state relief receipts and expenditures; and review and approval of all work relief and public works programs. Members of the State Advisory Committee served jointly as federal administrators for the Civil Works Administration (CWA) in Utah between November 19, 1933 and March 31, 1934. Consequently, a large portion of the minutes are devoted to CWA activities. These minutes provide a first-hand account of the social and economic conditions in Utah during the Great Depression and state and local governments' response to those conditions.

Arrangement

This series is arranged alphabetically by document type, thereunder reverse-chronological order by date of meetings. For example, the State Advisory Committee minutes begin June 5, 1933 with the last document in folder 5, box 2 and proceed in reverse chronological order through the first document in folder 6, box 1 dated May 6, 1935. This arrangement preserves the original filing order of the creating agency and, more importantly, corresponds with agency created indexes for these records.

Related Records

Correspondence from the Governor Blood, Series 186, contains Governor's correspondence relating to relief activities during between 1933-1940

Relief programs from the Governor Blood, Series 191, contains reports, correspondence, project descriptions, and various other records from Governor Blood's office pertaining to federal and state relief programs.

Minutes from the Public Welfare Commission, Series 2562, this board continued the activities of the State Advisory Committee on Public Welfare and Emergency Relief under a different name. These records document public welfare and relief activities after March 1935.

State agency correspondence from the Governor Blood, Series 14207, contains records documenting how different state agencies dealt with each other and the needs of Utah's citizens during the Depression.

Reports from the Governor's Office. Emergency Relief Administration, Series 17943, contains various reports explaining the fiscal obligations and relief activities of the Utah Emergency Relief Administration (UERA), its several divisions, and programs.

Governor's Central Committee on Emergency Relief for Utah minutes and miscellaneous records from the Governor's Committee on Emergency Relief, Series 24305, The State Advisory Committee on Public Welfare and Emergency Relief continued the activities of the Governor's Central Committee on Emergency Relief

State relief files from Box Elder County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 81733, contain correspondence from county and state relief agencies (State Advisory Committee on Public Welfare and Emergency Relief and the Governor's Central Committee on Emergency Relief for Utah), budget reports, and lists of dependents.

Civil Works Administration projects files from Box Elder County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 81736, include applications for and diagrams of all Civil Works Administration projects begun in Box Elder County.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

The small size and low expected reference use of this series make microfilming unnecessary. The records will be retained in their original format. Michael A. Church processed this series in 2002. As received in State Archives, this series was originally part of Emergency Relief Plan minutes 1932-1938, which included the minutes and other documents of the State Department of Public Welfare and its predecessor agencies. I divided these records into separate series according to their original creator and function to make the evolution of Utah's state emergency relief program and its various interactions with federal and local relief agencies easier to comprehend. The records in this series were originally divided by document type in successive time periods and collected into five individual spring binders. I removed and foldered the records for better preservation while preserving their original arrangement.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Four separate subject indexes exist for this series. The indexes correspond with the original grouping of the records into separate binders. Box 1 contains indexes in folders 1, 7, and 13; box 2 contains an index in folder 1, covering from 1933 thru 1935.

Indexing Terms

  • United States. Federal Emergency Relief Administration.
  • United States. Civil Works Administration.
  • Economic development projects—Utah.
  • Public welfare—Utah.
  • Depressions—1929—Utah.
  • Utah—Disaster relief.

Container List

BOX FOLDER DESCRIPTION
1 1 Minutes, Civil Works Administration; 1934, April [includes index for folders 1-6]
1 2 Minutes, Civil Works Administration; 1934, March
1 3 Minutes, Civil Works Administration; 1934, Feb
1 4 Minutes, Civil Works Administration; 1934, Jan
1 5 Minutes, Civil Works Administration; 1933, Dec
1 6 Minutes, Civil Works Administration; 1933, Nov
1 7 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1935, May [includes index for folders 7-12]
1 8 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1935, April
1 9 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1935, March
1 10 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1935, Feb
1 11 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1935, Jan
1 12 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, Dec
1 13 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, Nov [includes index for folders 13-17]
1 14 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, Oct
1 15 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, Sept
1 16 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, Aug
1 17 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, June-July
2 1 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, May [includes index for folders 1-7]
2 2 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, March-April
2 3 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1934, Jan-Feb
2 4 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1933, Sept-Dec
2 5 Minutes, State Advisory Committee; 1933, June-August
2 6 Projects Approved and Rejected; 1935, March-May
2 7 Projects Approved and Rejected; 1934, Dec-1935, Feb
2 8 Projects Approved and Rejected; 1934, Oct-Nov
2 9 Projects Approved and Rejected; 1934, Sept
2 10 Projects Approved and Rejected; 1934, August
2 11 Projects Approved and Rejected; 1934, July
2 12 Projects Approved and Rejected; 1934, May-June
2 13 Projects Approved and Rejected; 1933, Dec-1934, April