About the Collection
The Stanford University Libraries and the Crown Law Library hold a preponderantly complete printed set from 1850 onward of the Journals of the Assembly and Senate Sessions of the California Legislature from the First Session convened on December 15, 1849 to the present. In addition, the Journals, roughly analogous to the Congressional Record, have been digitized by the California State Legislature for the years 1849 - 1995.
During the same period of publication of the Journals, the Legislature also published appendices to the Journals. These appendices contain annual and special reports from various Executive departments, commissions and special panels as well as Senate and Assembly committee reports and documents. As with the analogy of the Journals to the Congressional Record, the Appendices to the Journals are analogous to the United States Serial Set. In terms of value for historical research on California, these materials are highly valuable at multiple levels as well as for teaching and learning. The range of topics addressed by the reports and documents cover, inter alia, land use and development, natural resource exploitation and conservation, including water resources, transportation, railroads and highways, public health, the emergence of and various dimensions of the welfare state as well as the expansion of the public sector in this area, and matters of budget and taxation.