Guide to Federal Records

Records of the War Shipping Administration [WSA]


(Record Group 248)
1941-50
280 cu. ft.

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Table of Contents

  • 248.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 248.2 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR 1941-47 60 lin. ft.
  • 248.3 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR FOR VESSEL UTILIZATION, PLANNING, AND POLICIES 1941-46 233 lin. ft.
  • 248.3.1 General records
  • 248.3.2 Records of the Office of the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Ship Control
  • 248.3.3 Records of the Office of the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Ship Operations
  • 248.3.4 Records of the Office for the Russian Shipping Area
  • 248.4 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR FOR LABOR RELATIONS, MANNING, TRAINING, AND RECRUITMENT 1941-50 2 lin. ft.
  • 248.5 RECORDS OF THE MARITIME WAR EMERGENCY BOARD 1942-50 2 lin. ft.

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248.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: In the Office for Emergency Management by EO 9054, February 7, 1942, under authority of the First War Powers Act (55 Stat. 838), December 18, 1941.

Predecessor Agencies:

  • Division of Emergency Shipping, Office of the General Director of
  • Shipping, U.S. Maritime Administration (Feb. 1941-Feb. 1942)
Functions: Acquired and operated U.S. ocean vessels except those of the armed services and the Office of Defense Transportation; trained merchant crews; and coordinated utilization of U.S. shipping.

Abolished: September 1, 1946, by the Naval Appropriations Act (60 Stat. 501), July 8, 1946.

Successor Agencies: U.S. Maritime Administration.

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

Subject Access Terms: World War II; World War II agency.

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248.2 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR
1941-47
60 lin. ft.

Textual Records: "Actions" of the Administrator, 1942-46, with indexes and summaries. General orders of the WSA, 1942-47. Records of the Coordinator of Ship Defense Installations, Vice Adm. A.P. Fairfield, relating to the arming of merchant vessels; the Merchant Marine Medal Awards Committee; and the development of antisubmarine, antitorpedo, antimine, and antiaircraft devices, 1941-47.

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248.3 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR FOR
VESSEL UTILIZATION, PLANNING, AND POLICIES
1941-46
233 lin. ft.

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248.3.1 General records

Textual Records: Records of Deputy Administrators Lewis W. Douglas, 1942-44; and Granville Conway, 1944-46. Records of special or executive assistants to the Deputy Administrator, including Fred Searls, 1942-43; George Talmage, Jr., 1942-43; Maxwell Brandwen, 1942-44; Frank J. Mahoney, 1944-45; and Julius J. Rosenberg, 1945-46. "Documents" of the Combined Shipping Adjustment Board, consisting of statistical and informational studies prepared for the board by the WSA and the British Ministry of War Transport, 1942-43.

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248.3.2 Records of the Office of the Assistant Deputy
Administrator for Ship Control

Textual Records: Records of the Division of Allocations and Assignments relating to coordination of vessel movements, port facilities, and cargo requirements, 1941-46. Monthly shipping summaries of the Division of Statistics and Research, 1944-46. Correspondence of the Division of Ship Requirements, with minutes of board and committee meetings and Office of Naval Intelligence reports about ship and cargo requirements, 1942-45. Records of the Division of Cargo Requirements, consisting of correspondence of Director C.C. Abbott and reports and statistical studies of commodity requirements used as a basis for vessel assignments, 1942-43.

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248.3.3 Records of the Office of the Assistant Deputy
Administrator for Ship Operations

Textual Records: Files of the Division of Traffic relating to the Persian Gulf shipping area, 1941-46. Records of the Division of Foreign Charters and Ship Warrants relating to issuance of ship warrants and administration of the Ship Warrants Act, 1941-46. Files of Director John W. Mann relating to the Rates Appeals Committee and the Ship Warrants Subcommittee of the United Maritime Authority Planning Committee, 1941-46.

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248.3.4 Records of the Office for the Russian Shipping Area

Textual Records: Records relating to the development of Soviet and East European shipping programs, 1941-46.

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248.4 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR FOR LABOR
RELATIONS, MANNING, TRAINING, AND RECRUITMENT
1941-50
2 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Decisions and memorandums of the Maritime War Emergency Board on maritime labor disputes concerning hazardous duty, 1941-50. Minutes of the Executive Committee of the United Seamen's Service, Inc., created by the WSA to provide merchant marine personnel with recreational, medical, educational, religious, and personal services, 1942-44.

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248.5 RECORDS OF THE MARITIME WAR EMERGENCY BOARD
1942-50
2 lin. ft.

History: Appointed, December 19, 1941, under the chairmanship of the WSA Deputy Administrator for Labor Relations, Manning, Training, and Recruitment, and composed of representatives of the U.S. Conciliation Service and the National War Labor Board, to regulate maritime war risk insurance, hazardous duty bonuses, wages and bonuses when vessels were lost, and reimbursements for lost personal effects. Formally abolished, September 1, 1950.

Textual Records: Volume entitled "Maritime War Emergency Board Decisions, Clarifications, and Amendments," containing copies of board determinations, 1942-50; a copy of Questions and Answers on the Second Seamen's War Risk Policy As Amended, n.d.; and a copy of Crew War Risk Insurance (World War II and After), 1957. Volume entitled "Maritime War Emergency Board Weekly Bulletins 1-50," 1942-45.


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.

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