Records of the Office of the Bituminous Coal Consumers' Counsel
(Record Group 223)
Table of Contents
- 223.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
- 223.2 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE BITUMINOUS COAL CONSUMERS'
COUNSEL AND ITS PREDECESSORS
- 223.3 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL)
Established: As an independent agency by the act of April 11, 1941 (55 Stat. 134), renewing the Bituminous Coal Act (50 Stat. 72), April 26, 1937.
- Consumers' Counsel, (First) National Bituminous Coal Commission (1935-37)
- Consumers' Counsel, (Second) National Bituminous Coal Commission (1937-39)
- Consumers' Counsel Division, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior (1939-41)
Functions: Represented the coal-consuming public in proceedings before the National Bituminous Coal Commissions. Initiated and prosecuted complaints on behalf of coal producers, distributors, and consumers before the Interstate Commerce Commission. Initiated independent investigations to protect the interests of coal consumers.
Abolished: August 24, 1943, by expiration of the final extension, approved May 21, 1943 (57 Stat. 82), of the Bituminous Coal Act of 1937.
Finding Aids: Herbert J. Horwitz, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Office of the Bituminous Coal Consumers' Counsel," NC 74 (Oct. 1964).
History: Independent Consumers' Counsel, National Bituminous Coal Commission, established by the Bituminous Coal Conservation Act (49 Stat. 993), August 30, 1935. Absorbed into second National Bituminous Coal Commission, established by the Bituminous Coal Act (50 Stat. 72), April 26, 1937, after U.S. Supreme Court declared certain provisions of the Bituminous Coal Conservation Act of 1935 unconstitutional, May 18, 1936. By Reorganization Plan No. II of 1939, effective July 1, 1939, the office of Consumers' Counsel was abolished, and its functions were transferred to the Consumers' Counsel Division, Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior. Consumers' Council Division abolished and functions transferred to independent Office of Bituminous Coal Consumers' Counsel, 1941. SEE 223.1.
Textual Records: Correspondence, 1935-43. General files of the Consumer Relation and Education Section, 1936-43. Orders of the National Bituminous Coal Commissions and the Bituminous Coal Division, Department of the Interior, 1936-43. Records of cases before the Interstate Commerce Commission, 1940-43. Records of price and cost hearings, 1938-41. Price schedules, price studies, cost summaries, and related records, 1938-42. Copies of marketing rules and regulations and related records, 1937-42. Docket file of hearings, 1940-42 (109 ft.). General subject file, 1936-43. General files of technical advisers O.C. Bell and H.D. Sweeney, 1935-43. Miscellaneous Indexes, 1935-43.
Coal for Victory (1 reel) and Know Your Coal (1 reel).
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.
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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.