Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 24305

Governor's Committee on Emergency Relief Governor's Central Committee on Emergency Relief for Utah minutes and miscellaneous records

Dates: 1932-1933.

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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 and miscellaneous records document the meetings of the Governor's Central Committee on Emergency Relief for Utah and its Executive Committee. The Emergency Relief and Reconstruction Act of 1932 made emergency federal loans available to states through application by the Governor. These committees existed primarily to assist the Governor in obtaining and distributing these loans to Utah's county relief agencies. The minutes record the creation of Utah's first state emergency relief program; preparation of individual county relief applications for submission to the Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC); determinations of policy for using received funds; activities of county relief committees and state subcommittees; surveys of emergency conditions in individual localities; financial reports; and all other activities pertaining to the early administration of federal emergency relief funds in Utah. Besides the committee minutes, the various documents forming this series include federal reports, bulletins, and notices; local newspaper clippings; correspondence with federal agencies; sample application forms for states, counties, and families; receipt and disbursement of funds statements; and relief need assessments by county. This series provides a detailed account of Utah's early response to the Great Depression and the activities of Governors George H. Dern and Henry H. Blood during that period.

The miscellaneous records include information on federal regulations and policies pertaining to state eligibility for federal funds and the procedures necessary for obtaining them; the creation of state agencies for the administration of federal relief in Utah and other states; the organization and policies of Utah's first state emergency relief program; and the relief needs of and funds allocated to Utah's counties.


Alphabetical by document type, thereunder chronological by date of meetings.

Related Records

Correspondence from the Governor Blood, Series 186, Contains correspondence of Governor's office relating to emergency relief activities administered by the Central Committee

Relief programs from the Governor Blood, Series 191, Document relief programs under Governor Blood for 1933-1940

State Advisory Committee on Public Welfare and Emergency Relief minutes from the Governor's Office. Emergency Relief Administration, Series 2696, Comprise the official record of the reorganized emergency relief program continuing the functions of the Governor's Central Committee on Emergency Relief for Utah.

State agency correspondence from the Governor Blood, Series 14207, Records interagency correspondence on relief activities between 1933-1940

Reports from the Governor's Office. Emergency Relief Administration, Series 17943, Document Utah Emergency Relief Administration activities after March 1933 previously administered by the Governor's Central Committee

State relief files from Box Elder County (Utah). County Clerk, Series 81733, Contain county correspondence relating to relief activities administered by the Governor's Central Committee

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

Michael A. Church processed this series in 2002. 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. Records were divided into separate series according to 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.

Indexing Terms

  • Blood, Henry Hooper, 1872-1942.
  • Dern, George Henry, 1872-1936.
  • Government lending—Utah.
  • Depressions—1929—Utah.
  • Public welfare—Utah.
  • Utah—Disaster relief.

Container List

1 Committee minutes and miscellaneous records