Guide to Federal Records

Records of the War Finance Corporation


(Record Group 154)
1918-39

OVERVIEW OF RECORDS LOCATIONS

Table of Contents

  • 154.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 154.2 HEADQUARTERS RECORDS 1918-39
  • 154.3 FIELD RECORDS 1918-36
  • 154.3.1 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Atlanta, GA
  • 154.3.2 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Boise, ID
  • 154.3.3 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Chicago, IL
  • 154.3.4 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Dallas, TX
  • 154.3.5 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Denver, CO
  • 154.3.6 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Helena, MT
  • 154.3.7 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Minneapolis, MN
  • 154.3.8 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Omaha, NE
  • 154.3.9 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Portland, OR
  • 154.3.10 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Santa Fe, NM
  • 154.3.11 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Spokane, WA

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154.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: As an independent agency by an act of April 5, 1918 (40 Stat. 506). Functions: Provided support to war industries and banks that aided them, and assisted in the transition to peace. Financed government-controlled railroads and made loans to U.S. exporters. Made agricultural loans to financial institutions and cooperative marketing associations. Established agricultural loan agencies and cooperated with livestock loan companies.

Abolished: December 31, 1939, in accordance with Reorganization Plan No. II of 1939, effective July 1, 1939.

Successor Agencies: Secretary of the Treasury, named as liquidator by act of March 1, 1929 (45 Stat. 1442).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the War Finance Corporation in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

Subject Access Terms: World War I agency.

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154.2 HEADQUARTERS RECORDS
1918-39

Textual Records: Minutes of the Board of Directors and of the Liquidation Committee, 1918-34, with indexes. Administrative files, 1918-39, including sample completed loan applications. Correspondence with Federal Reserve Banks and agricultural loan agencies relating to the purchase of Liberty and other bonds, 1918-30. Ledgers and cash accounts, 1918-31.

Related Records: Duplicates of the corporation minutes, 1921-31, in the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

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154.3 FIELD RECORDS
1918-36

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154.3.1 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Atlanta, GA

Textual Records (in Atlanta): Repayment ledger, NC banks, 1922. Record of applications by banks in AL, NC, and TN for loan advances, 1921-24. Record of collateral on advances, GA and SC banks, 1921-25. Record of account balance transactions, NC and SC banks, 1922-24. Record of property acquired by the War Finance Corporation as collateral for advances to GA banks, 1927-29. Daily reports of corporation payments, 1927.

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154.3.2 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Boise, ID

Textual Records (in Seattle): Minutes of meetings, 1921-22. Record of expenses, 1922-26. Ledger of transactions affecting value of collateral, 1921-23. Repayment ledger, 1922-25.

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154.3.3 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Chicago, IL

Textual Records (in Chicago): Record of collateral on loans, 1921-23.

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154.3.4 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Dallas, TX

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Journal of account balance transactions, 1918-24. Register of loans to individuals, 1918-20. Record of collateral on advances, 1922-26.

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154.3.5 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Denver, CO

Textual Records (in Denver): General ledger, 1922-27. Journals, 1922-27. Record of collateral on advances, 1921-26. Daily schedule of advances by the Federal Reserve Banks of Denver, 1921-23. Letters, reports, and accounting records relating to activities of the Denver Federal Reserve Bank's role as the Corporation's fiscal agent in connection with loan advances and repayments, 1922-25. Record of interest credited to the War Finance Corporation, 1922-27.

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154.3.6 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Helena, MT

Textual Records (in Denver): Minutes of meetings, 1925-26. Procedural issuances, 1921-25. Record of applications for advances. 1922-27. Summary of advances to MT wheat elevator owners, 1922-23. Record of moneys due the War Finance Corporation on accounts, n.d. Record of partial payments by banks, 1922-36.

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154.3.7 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Minneapolis, MN

Textual Records (in Chicago): General ledger, 1924-26. Records of expenses, 1922-29. Liability ledger, MN, ND, and SD "Transfer Banks," 1921-26. List of checks out for collection by the Agricultural Loan Association at Minneapolis, 1927. Ledger of repaid loans, ND and SD banks, 1921- 24. Control sheets for liquidation ledger, 1922-28. Control sheets for repayments by banks, 1922-28. Records of liability of active and closed banks, 1922-28. Record of transactions affecting liability of closed banks, 1923-26. Record of wheat deposited as collateral by the Montana and North Dakota Wheat Growers Association, 1922-23. Ledger of repaid loans, 1922-28. Record of property acquired as collateral, 1927-29. Record of real estate and other property held by the War Finance Corporation as collateral, 1927.

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154.3.8 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Omaha, NE

Textual Records (in Kansas City): Minutes of meetings, 1922-24. Record of applications for advances, 1921-27. Records of liability and accounts of borrowing banks, 1921-23. Journal of transactions, 1918-24. Register of loans to individual borrowers, 1918-20. Records of collaterial to banks and companies, 1922-26. Copies of reports on transactions, deposits, and receipts issued by the Federal Reserve Bank of Omaha, 1921-25. Guarantee statements, 1922.

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154.3.9 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Portland, OR

Textual Records (in Seattle): Record of applications for advances, 1922-25.

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154.3.10 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Santa Fe, NM

Textual Records (in Denver): Minutes of meetings, 1921-23, 1927. General ledgers, 1924-28. Ledger of loans to individuals, 1922- 25. Journals, 1923-34. Control sheets for accounts ledger, 1925- 29. Record of applications for advances, 1921-24. Record of accounts, 1922-28; 1928-34. Records of funds released, 1923-25, and collected, 1925-28. Records of expense advances, 1924-28. Record of cattle shipped to and from Mexico, 1923-25. Records of the Livestock and Agricultural Loan Company of New Mexico, n.d. Loan and collateral ledgers, 1921-28. General ledger, 1928-33. Ledger of transferred accounts, 1921-28. Registers of outstanding and repaid loans, 1922-25. Livestock records, 1922-27. Reports of cattle inspections, 1925-26.

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154.3.11 Records of the Agricultural Loan Agency, Spokane, WA

Textual Records (in Seattle): Record of applications for advances, 1921-25.


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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