Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


(Record Group 138)
1917-88

OVERVIEW OF RECORDS LOCATIONS

Table of Contents

  • 138.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 138.2 RECORDS OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION 1917-77
  • 138.2.1 Headquarters records
  • 138.2.2 Records of the Fort Worth, TX, Regional Office
  • 138.2.3 Records of the San Francisco, CA, Regional Office
  • 138.3 RECORDS OF THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION 1935-88
  • 138.3.1 General records
  • 138.3.2 Records of the Documents Branch
  • 138.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL) 1924-54

138.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: In the Department of Energy, effective October 1, 1977, by the Department of Energy Organization Act (91 Stat. 578), August 4, 1977.

Predecessor Agencies:

Federal Power Commission (1920-77)

Functions: Regulates the rates and charges for interstate transportation and sale of natural gas, transmission and sale of electricity, and transportation and sale of oil through pipelines. Sets the value of pipelines. Licenses hydroelectric power projects.

Finding Aids: Herbert J. Horwitz and Charlotte M. Ashby, comps., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Federal Power Commission," NC 127 (Sept. 1965).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its predecessor in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

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138.2 RECORDS OF THE FEDERAL POWER COMMISSION
1917-77

History: Established as an independent agency by the Federal Power Act (41 Stat. 1063), June 10, 1920, to regulate interstate aspects of electric power and natural gas industries. Terminated and functions transferred to the Department of Energy, 1977. SEE 138.1.

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138.2.1 Headquarters records

Textual Records: Records relating to the legislative history of the Federal Power Act, 1917-20. Minutes of commission meetings, 1920-86. Orders, 1920-38. Opinions, 1931-60. Reports, 1921-75. Reports relating to the protection of electric power and water power, 1918-21. Applications and related correspondence concerning interlocking directorates, 1920-41. Records relating to the Wheeler-Rayburn public utilities holding company bill, May 17-27, 1935. General records of the National Defense Power Staff, 1940-44. Annual reports, 1967-69, 1971-73, 1975.

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138.2.2 Records of the Fort Worth, TX, Regional Office

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Subject files, 1930-71. Records relating to the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Interagency Committee, 1950-69. Reports on special studies or projects, 1954-69.

Finding Aids: Supplemental inventory describing the records held by the National Archives--Southwest Region (Fort Worth) in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

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138.2.3 Records of the San Francisco, CA, Regional Office

Textual Records (in San Francisco): River basin studies, 1924-67.

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138.3 RECORDS OF THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
1935-88

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138.3.1 General records

Textual Records: Records relating to meetings, 1942-74. Records relating to rulemaking, 1946-76. Minutes of commission meetings, 1977-86.

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138.3.2 Records of the Documents Branch

Textual Records: Docket sheets and related records, 1935-88.

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138.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)
1924-54

Published and manuscript maps of the United States and of its regions, states, and municipalities, as well as maps of foreign countries, showing electrical facilities, 1940-54 (117 items). Published maps showing natural gas pipelines in Appalachia, 1942 (1 item), and information about gas usage in the United States, 1943 (1 item). Published maps from studies made by the Northeast Superpower Committee, 1924 (5 items). Topographical map of Flathead Lake, MT, 1932 (1 item). River basin survey maps, 1928- 52 (950 items).


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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