Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Bituminous Coal Division [BCD]


(Record Group 222)
1937-43

OVERVIEW OF RECORDS LOCATIONS

Table of Contents

  • 222.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 222.2 RECORDS OF THE NATIONAL BITUMINOUS COAL COMMISSION 1937-39
  • 222.2.1 General records
  • 222.2.2 Records of operating divisions
  • 222.3 RECORDS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SECTION, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION
    1937-43
  • 222.4 RECORDS OF THE COMPLIANCE SECTION AND OF THE COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION 1939-43
  • 222.5 RECORDS OF THE LEGAL DIVISION, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION 1937-43
  • 222.6 RECORDS OF THE MARKETING BRANCH, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION 1937-43
  • 222.7 RECORDS OF THE RECORDS SECTION, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION 1937-43
  • 222.8 RECORDS OF OTHER UNITS 1938-42
  • 222.9 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL) 1937-43

222.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: In the Department of the Interior by Secretary's Order 1394, June 16, 1939, pursuant to Reorganization Plan No. II of 1939, effective July 1, 1939.

Predecessor Agencies:

National Bituminous Coal Commission (NBCC, 1937-39)

Functions: Set prices and enforced fair marketing rules for bituminous coal. Regulated hours and wages in the industry. Conducted research relating to and enforced wartime regulations dealing with bituminous coal.

Abolished: August 24, 1943, by expiration of extension of Bituminous Coal Act of 1937.

Successor Agencies: Solid Fuels Administration for War.

Finding Aids: Norman D. Moore, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Bituminous Coal Division," NC 150 (Dec. 1967).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Bituminous Coal Division in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. Records of the National Bituminous Coal Commission, 1935-1936, RG 150. Records of the Solid Fuels Administration for War, RG 245.

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222.2 RECORDS OF THE NATIONAL BITUMINOUS COAL COMMISSION
1935-39

History: Second NBCC established by the Bituminous Coal Act (50 Stat. 72), April 26, 1937, to replace an earlier commission, which had been abolished after the Supreme Court, on May 18, 1936, declared the Guffey Bituminous Coal Conservation Act of 1935 unconstitutional. Abolished and functions transferred to the BCD, 1939. SEE 222.1.

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222.2.1 General records

Textual Records: Copies of letters sent, July-December 1937. Records of the Chairman and Commissioners, 1937-39. Commission minutes, 1935-39. Calendars of Commission meetings, 1937-39. Budget estimates and justifications, 1937-39.

Related Records: NBCC correspondence, 1937-39, consolidated with that of BCD, UNDER 222.3.

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222.2.2 Records of operating divisions

Textual Records: Records of the Administrative Division, including minutes of commission meetings; general correspondence; records of the executive officer and chief clerk; records relating to applications for minimum price exemptions; transcripts of commission hearings; and issuances, 1937-39. Processed copies of trial examination reports ("Findings of Fact") of the Records Division, 1937-38. Correspondence and oversize reports of the Statistical Division, 1937-39. Memorandums of the Marketing Division, 1937-39. Records of the Legal Division, 1937-38, including sales agency contracts and other documents relating to the authentication of contracts; papers of chief hearing clerk Edgar C. Faris, Jr.; and exhibits entered as evidence in commission hearings.

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222.3 RECORDS OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SECTION, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION
1937-43

Textual Records: General correspondence, including correspondence (1937-39) of the NBCC, 1937-43 (229 ft.). Correspondence with federal, state, and county and municipal agencies, 1937-43. Correspondence with field personnel, district boards, and statistical bureaus of the NBCC and the BCD, 1937-43. Issuances, 1937-43. Financial records, 1937-43. Correspondence relating to compliance with price regulations of the Office of Price Administration (OPA), 1942-43.

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222.4 RECORDS OF THE COMPLIANCE SECTION AND OF THE COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION
1939-43

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1939-43. Records relating to violations of BCD regulations, of the Bituminous Coal Act of 1937, and of the OPA maximum price regulations, 1939-43.

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222.5 RECORDS OF THE LEGAL DIVISION, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION
1937-43

Textual Records: Correspondence, legal papers, and orders of staff attorneys, 1937-43. Papers relating to docket cases, 1937- 43. Sales agency contracts and related records, 1940-43.

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222.6 RECORDS OF THE MARKETING BRANCH, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION
1937-43

Textual Records: Correspondence, 1937-43. Issuances, 1937-43. General records of price examiners (138 ft.), 1937-43. Correspondence, contracts, applications for substitutions, and other records relating to coal distribution (96 ft.), 1937-43. General and other records relating to truck mines, 1937-43.

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222.7 RECORDS OF THE RECORDS SECTION, BITUMINOUS COAL DIVISION
1937-43

Textual Records: Records relating to docket cases (505 ft.), 1937-43. General records, 1937-43. Code membership lists, with indexes, and other records relating to the Bituminous Coal Code, 1937-43.

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222.8 RECORDS OF OTHER UNITS
1938-42

Textual Records: Index to machine tabulations of the Economic Branch, 1938-40. Minutes of meetings of the Committee on Effective Dates of Code Membership, October 1938-April 1942.

Related Records: Indexed tabulations in records of the Economic Branch in RG 245, Records of the Solid Fuels Administration for War.

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222.9 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)
1937-43

Maps: Coal production districts, marketing areas, and coal production and use, United States, 1937-43 (4 items). Coal districts and fields, eastern United States, 1937-43 (2 items). Coal distribution, IA, KS, NE, and SD, 1937-43 (4 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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