Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board [FHLBB]


(Record Group 195)
1933-74

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 195.1 Administrative History
  • 195.2 Records of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) and its Predecessors 1933-74
    • 195.2.1 General records
    • 195.2.2 Records of the Office of Economic Research
    • 195.2.3 Records of the Data Management Division
  • 195.3 Records of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC) 1933-51
  • 195.4 Records of the Federal Home Building Service Section,Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLBS) 1935-42
  • 195.5 Records of the Federal Savings and Loan Advisory Council (FSLAC) 1934-64
  • 195.6 Cartographic Records (General)
  • 195.7 Sound Recordings (General)
  • 195.8 Machine-Readable Records (General)

195.1 Administrative History

Established: As an independent agency by the Housing Amendments of 1955 (69 Stat. 640), August 11, 1955.

Predecessor Agencies:

  • Federal Home Loan Bank Board (1932-39)
  • FHLBB, Federal Loan Agency (1939-42)
  • Federal Home Loan Bank Administration, National Housing Agency (1942-47)
  • Home Loan Bank Board (HLBB), Housing and Home Finance Agency (1947-55)
Functions: Provided reserve credit for member institutions engaged in home mortgage lending. Governed the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which consists of 12 regional Federal Home Loan banks and other member institutions. Supervised the operations of Federal Savings and Loan Associations, which collectively constituted the Federal Savings and Loan System. Served as the Board of Trustees for the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC).

Abolished: Effective October 8, 1989, by the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (103 Stat. 354), August 9, 1989. FSLIC abolished, effective immediately, by same authority.

Successor Agencies: Office of Thrift Supervision, Department of the Treasury (FHLBB regulatory and oversight functions); Resolution Trust Corporation (FSLIC failed savings and loan association liquidation functions); Resolution Trust Corporation Oversight Board.

Finding Aids: Forrest R. Holdcamper, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Federal Home Loan Bank System," NC 94 (March 1965); supplement in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

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195.2 Records of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) and its
Predecessors 1933-74

History: Established as an independent agency by the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (47 Stat. 725), July 22, 1932. FHLBB and its components (Federal Home Loan Bank System, Federal Savings and Loan System, Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation, and Home Owners' Loan Corporation) made part of newly established Federal Loan Agency by Reorganization Plan No. I of 1939, effective July 1, 1939. FHLBB abolished and its functions and components assigned to Federal Home Loan Bank Administration (FHLBA) in newly established National Housing Agency, by EO 9070, February 24, 1942. FHLBA abolished and its functions and components assigned to Home Loan Bank Board (HLBB) in newly created Housing and Home Finance Agency, by Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1947, effective July 27, 1947. HLBB made an independent agency and redesignated FHLBB, 1955. See 195.1.

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195.2.1 General records

Textual Records: Records of FHLBB chairmen, 1943-73 (98 ft.). Correspondence of Chairmen John H. Fahey, 1940-47; William K. Divers, 1947-52; Walter W. McAllister, 1952-56; Albert J. Robertson, 1955-61; Joseph McMurray, 1961-65; John Horne, 1965- 68; Preston Martin, 1969-72; and Carl O. Kamp, 1972-73. Minutes, correspondence, and reports relating to HLBB representation on the Central Housing Committee, 1935-39. Correspondence on financing local banks, 1933-35. Reports of the chief accountant and comptroller, 1933-47. Reports of local economic and financial conditions made by member banks, 1942-45. Records relating to the seizure of the Los Angeles Federal Home Loan Bank and the Long Beach Federal Savings and Loan Association, 1946-60. Speeches and press releases, 1933-72.

Maps: U.S. defense housing communities, 1941 (1 item). See also 195.6.

Sound Recordings: "Federal Home Loan Exhibit," produced by Gardner Displays, Philadelphia, PA, for the Texas Centennial, 1936 (1 item). See also 195.7.

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195.2.2 Records of the Office of Economic Research

Textual Records: Microfilm copy of statistical tabulations regarding savings and loan associations, 1960-71 (7 rolls). Microfilm copy of monthly aggregates of balance sheets, flows of savings, and mortgage lending activities of federally insured savings and loan associations, 1960-73 (34 rolls). Microfilm copy of aggregates from the semiannual reports of savings and loan associations, 1967-74 (24 rolls).

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195.2.3 Records of the Data Management Division

Machine-Readable Records: Selected financial data on loans for new construction and mortgages submitted by federally insured savings and loans ("Monthly Final History"), 1966-70 (60 data sets), with supporting documentation. Semiannual reports, 1965-71 (12 data sets), with supporting documentation. Monthly mortgage lending reports, 1969-71 (17 data sets), with supporting documentation.

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195.3 Records of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation (HOLC)
1933-51

History: Established as an emergency agency under FHLBB supervision by the Home Owners' Loan Act of 1933 (48 Stat. 128), June 13, 1933. Provided low interest long-term mortgage loans to homeowners unable to procure financing through normal channels. Transferred with FHLBB and its components to Federal Loan Agency by Reorganization Plan No. I of 1939, effective July 1, 1939. Assigned with other components of abolished FHLBB to Federal Home Loan Bank Administration (FHLBA), National Housing Agency, by EO 9070, February 24, 1942. Board of Directors abolished by Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1947, effective July 27, 1947, and HOLC assigned, for purposes of liquidation, to Home Loan Bank Board, Housing and Home Finance Agency. Terminated by order of Home Loan Bank Board Secretary, effective February 3, 1954, pursuant to an act of June 30, 1953 (67 Stat. 121).

Textual Records: HOLC minutes, 1933-42; and related correspondence, 1933-49. Microfilm copy of general administrative correspondence, chiefly with regional and local offices, 1933-36 (482 rolls). Subject files, 1937-51. Congressional correspondence, 1934-45. Sample general loan correspondence of central and field offices filed under the letter "C," 1933-36. Reports, maps, questionnaires, transcripts of interviews, and working papers from a survey made to determine current and future values of real estate ("HOLC City Survey File"), 1935-40. Property management files, 1941-44. HOLC bulletins, 1942-47. FHLBA orders, 1942-47. FHLBB resolutions, 1935-47. Seneca Nation litigation file, U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 1939-43.

Maps: City maps showing sought-after versus declining neighborhoods, and locations of black population, 1933-39 (13 items). See also 195.6.

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195.4 Records of the Federal Home Building Service Section,
Federal Home Loan Bank System (FHLBS)
1935-42

History: Federal Home Building Service Plan initiated by FHLBB, September 25, 1936, to promote construction of inexpensive small homes. Administered originally by FHLBB, subsequently by regional banks of FHLBS through the Federal Home Building Service Section (FHBSS) in the Office of Governor, FHLBS. FHBSS abolished, August 16, 1939. Program terminated, February 23, 1942.

Textual Records: Program subject files, 1935-42. Housing brochures, 1935-40. Miscellaneous advertising, trade association participation, and other records, 1935-40.

Architectural and Engineering Plans: Portfolios of standard home designs, 1938-41 (1,200 items). See also 195.6.

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195.5 Records of the Federal Savings and Loan Advisory Council
(FSLAC)
1934-64

History: Established as an independent advisory body to the FHLBB by the Federal Home Bank Act Amendments of 1935 (49 Stat. 293), May 28, 1935. Abolished by sec. 718 of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (103 Stat. 422), August 9, 1989.

Textual Records: Correspondence relating to council members, 1934-62 (170 ft.). Records relating to council meetings, 1934-64.

Sound Recordings: FSLAC meetings, 1961-62 (8 items). See also 195.7.

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195.6 Cartographic Records (General)

See Maps under 195.2.1 and 195.3.

See Architectural and Engineering Plans under 195.4.

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195.7 Sound Recordings (General) See under 195.2.1 and 195.5.

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195.8 Machine-Readable Records (General)

See under 195.2.3.


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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