Records of the Railroad Retirement Board
(Record Group 184)
Table of Contents
- 184.1 Administrative History
- 184.2 General Records 1934-87
- 184.3 Records of Operating Units 1938-66
Established: As an independent agency by the Railroad Retirement Act (49 Stat. 967), August 29, 1935.
- Railroad Retirement Board (1934-35)
Functions: Administers comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for railroad workers and their families pursuant to the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (52 Stat. 1094), June 25, 1938, as amended.
Finding Aids: Preliminary inventory in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.
History: First Railroad Retirement Board established under provisions of an act of June 27, 1934 (48 Stat. 1283), creating a railroad retirement pension system. Liquidated subsequent to a decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, May 6, 1935, that the establishing act was unconstitutional. Second board established, 1935, with headquarters in Chicago, IL, and regional offices in Atlanta, GA, Cleveland, OH, Hackensack, NJ, Kansas City, MO, and San Francisco, CA. See 184.1.
Textual Records (in Chicago): Minutes of meetings of the board ("Record of Proceedings"), 1934-75 (29 ft.). Program files, 1951- 85. Board reports, 1939-61. Board exhibits, 1937-78 (54 ft.). Records relating to matters that were not the subject of formal board orders ("Informal Actions"), 1942-78 (49 ft.). Annual reports, 1936-87.
Textual Records (in Chicago): General files, 1942-64. Correspondence file, 1947-72. Administrative orders, 1939-48. Correspondence and other records concerning amendments to the Railroad Retirement Act and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Acts, 1946-59. Administrative manual, 1943-63. Field operating manual, 1947-54.
Textual Records (in Chicago): Administrative records, 1940-59. Statistical reports on data processing ("Key Operating Items"), 1941-52. Records of the Electronic Analysis Group, 1946-47; and the Task Force Study Group, 1956-57.
Textual Records (in Chicago): Subject files, 1942-66.
Textual Records (in Chicago): Business reports, 1939-45.
Textual Records (in Chicago): Records of the Program for the Collection of Prior Service Records, 1938-45.
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.
This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.