Department of State Research Topics
World War II and Aftermath Agencies
Office of Inter–American Affairs (RG 229)
This agency was established to promote increased hemispheric solidarity and inter-American cooperation, especially in commercial and economic areas. The agency operated under several different names: Office for Coordination of Commercial and Cultural Relations Between the American Republics (August 1940 - July 1941), Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (July 1941 - March 1945), and Office of Inter-American Affairs (March 1945 - May 1946). When the agency was abolished, its remaining functions were transferred to the Department of State.
In addition to a number of series of general records, including the "Central Files," there are records from the following major organizational elements:
- Immediate Office of the Coordinator
- Department of Transportation
- Department of Information
- Department of Press and Publications
- Division of Agriculture
- Department of Basic Economy
- Department of Special Services
National Archives Inventory 7: Records of the Office of Inter-American Affairs (29.6 MB), prepared in 1973, describes the records in more detail.
You can search the National Archives Catalog for entries from RG 229 or see a description in the Guide to Federal Records.