Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation [FDIC]


(Record Group 34)
1920-88

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 34.1 Administrative History
  • 34.2 General Records 1933-67
    • 34.2.1 Records of the Office of the Chairman
    • 34.2.2 Records of the Office of the Executive Secretary
    • 34.2.3 Miscellaneous records
  • 34.3 Records of Operating Divisions 1920-88
    • 34.3.1 Records of the Legal Division
    • 34.3.2 Records of the Division of Research and Strategic Planning
    • 34.3.3 Records of the Division of Accounting and Corporate Services
    • 34.3.4 Records of the Division of Bank Supervision (1971- ) and its predecessor, the Division of Examination (1934-71)

34.1 Administrative History

Established: As an independent agency by the Federal Reserve Act (48 Stat. 162), June 16, 1933.

Functions: Insures bank deposits, pays depositors of insolvent banks, and acts as receiver. Regulates banking industry.

Finding Aids: Preliminary inventory in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

Related Records:
Record copies of publications of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
Records of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, RG 101.

Subject Access Terms: Temporary Federal Deposit Insurance Fund.

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34.2 General Records
1933-67

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34.2.1 Records of the Office of the Chairman

Textual Records: Letters and memorandums of Leo T. Crowley, Chairman of the Board of Directors, 1934-45.

Subject Access Terms: Reconstruction Finance Corporation; Standard Gas and Electric Company.

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34.2.2 Records of the Office of the Executive Secretary

Textual Records: Minutes of the meetings of the Board of Directors, September 11, 1933-December 22, 1964. Minutes of meetings of the Committee on Administrative Procedures, Regulations, and Forms; Committee on Bank Assessments; Credit Union Committee; Liquidation Committee; Board of Review; and special committees, 1936-66. Comment letters concerning proposed changes to regulations, 1975-80.

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34.2.3 Miscellaneous records

Textual Records: Lists of national banks, 1941. Records relating to changes among operating banks and FDIC actions on bank cases, 1936-67. Records relating to the construction of the FDIC building, 1939-62.

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34.3 Records of Operating Divisions
1920-88

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34.3.1 Records of the Legal Division

Textual Records: Case files of banks brought before the Board of Directors pursuant to Section 8 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act of 1950 ("Section Eight Files"), 1937-55. General records concerning federal legislation, 1925-76. Records relating to federal legislation on absorption of exchange, 1943-49.

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34.3.2 Records of the Division of Research and Strategic Planning

Textual Records: Lists of banks by amount of deposits, 1920-58. Records of the Banking and Business Section, 1934-65, including reference materials of Clark Warburton, a division economist and later chief of the section, and historical studies and reports. Records relating to banking legislation, 1937-76. Records pertaining to the structural analysis of deteriorating banks, 1943-64. Records concerning assets and liabilities of all operating banks and trust companies, 1947-65. Office files of Carter Golembe, a division financial economist, 1951-62. Bank management simulation game and related materials, 1969-76.

Subject Access Terms: State banking laws; suspended banks; bank failures; guaranty funds; receiverships; banking practices; assets and liabilities of operating banks; Financial Institutions Act of 1951.

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34.3.3 Records of the Division of Accounting and Corporate
Services

Textual Records: Bank structure cards, 1933-88.

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34.3.4 Records of the Division of Bank Supervision (1971- ) and
its predecessor, the Division of Examination (1934-71)

Textual Records: Memorandums to review section chiefs and review examiners, 1934-55; supervising examiners, 1934-69; examiners and assistant examiners, 1934-66; and regional directors, 1966-75. Failing bank and assistance transactions case files, 1969-71.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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