Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Federal Property Resources Service [FPRS]


(Record Group 291)
1944-73

OVERVIEW OF RECORDS LOCATIONS

Table of Contents

  • 291.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 291.2 GENERAL RECORDS OF THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL SERVICE 1949-73
  • 291.3 RECORDS OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL SERVICE REGIONAL OFFICES 1944-73
  • 291.3.1 Records of the Boston Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region I (CT, ME, MA, NH, VT, RI)
  • 291.3.2 Records of the Atlanta Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
  • 291.3.3 Records of the Chicago Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region V (IL, KY, MI, OH, WI)
  • 291.3.4 Records of the Kansas City, MO, Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region VI (IA, KS, MO, NE)
  • 291.3.5 Records of the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region VII (AR, OK, LA, NM, TX)
  • 291.3.6 Records of the Denver Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
  • 291.3.7 Records of the San Francisco Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region IX (AZ, CA, HI, NV)
  • 291.3.8 Records of the Seattle Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region X (AK, ID, OR, WA)
  • 291.4 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL) 1957
    1 reel
  • 291.4291.5 TEXTUAL RECORDS (GENERAL)
    1949-65

291.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: In the General Services Administration (GSA) by Administrator's Order ADM 5440.123, July 18, 1978.

Predecessor Agencies:

Defense Materials Procurement Agency (DMPA, 1951-53, to Emergency Procurement Service, 1953)

In the General Services Administration:

Real and personal property disposal functions:

  • Public Buildings Service (PBS, real property, 1949-61)
  • Federal Supply Service (FSS, personal property, 1949-61)
  • Utilization and Disposal Service (UDS, real and personal property, 1961-66)

Critical stockpile disposal functions:

  • Federal Supply Service (1949-50)
  • Emergency Procurement Service (EPS, 1950-56)
  • Defense Materials Service (DMS, 1956-66)

Real property, personal property, and critical stockpile disposal functions:

  • Property Management and Disposal Service (PMDS, 1966-73)

Real and personal property disposal functions:

  • Public Buildings Service (real property, 1973-78)
  • Federal Supply Service (personal property, 1973-78)

Critical stockpile disposal functions:

  • Office of Stockpile Disposal (OSD, 1973-76)
  • Federal Preparedness Agency (FPA, 1976-78)

Functions: Administers utilization and disposal of surplus federal real property. Administered personal property disposal, 1978-82 (to FSS, July 1982). Administered critical stockpile disposal, 1978-88 (to Defense Logistics Agency, July 1988).

Finding Aids: J. Eric Maddox, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Defense Materials Service," NC 119 (June 1965).

Security-Classified Records: This record group may include material that is security-classified.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Federal Property Resources Service in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
Records of the Public Buildings Service, RG 121.
Records of the Federal Supply Service, RG 137.
Records of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, RG 311.
Records of the Defense Minerals Exploration Administration, RG 320.

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291.2 GENERAL RECORDS OF THE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL SERVICE
1949-73

History: Emergency Procurement Service, established by GSA Administrative Order 48, September 1, 1950, and renamed Defense Materials Service by GSA Administrative Order 197, September 7, 1956, assumed from Federal Supply Service responsibility for maintaining stockpiles of strategic and critical materials and procurement of metals, minerals, rubber, and other raw materials.

Defense Materials Procurement Agency, established as an independent agency by EO 10281, August 28, 1951, to stimulate exploration for and production of critical materials, was abolished by EO 10480, August 14, 1953, and its functions vested in GSA, where by Administrative Order 153, August 28, 1953, they were assigned to EPS.

Utilization and Disposal Service, established by GSA Administrative Order ADM 5450.3, Change 3, July 1, 1961, assumed FSS and Public Buildings Service functions relating to the disposal of surplus real and personal property, including those of PBS's Acquisition and Disposal Division. Rehabilitation of in- use and excess personal property was transferred from FSS to UDS by order of the administrator, April 15, 1962.

Property Management and Disposal Service established by merger of DMS and UDS under GSA Order ADM 5440.8, July 29, 1966. PMDS abolished, effective July 1, 1973, by GSA Order ADM 5440.74A, June 29, 1973, with personal property disposal functions to FSS and real property disposal functions to PBS. Office of Stockpile Disposal, which had responsibility for critical stockpile disposal under PMDS, transferred by same authority to immediate Office of the GSA Administrator. OSD and GSA Office of Preparedness consolidated to form Federal Preparedness Agency, effective June 29, 1975, by GSA Order ADM 5440.95, June 26, 1975. PBS, FSS, and FPA disposal functions consolidated in FPRS, 1978, with residual functions of FPA to Federal Emergency Management Agency, effective July 15, 1979, by EO 12148, July 20, 1979. SEE 291.1.

For administrative histories of functional FPRS predecessor agencies prior to the establishment of GSA, SEE RG 121 and RG 137.

Textual Records: Real property regulations and handbook issuances, 1961-66. Interagency committee grantee audit and surplus property donations statistical data, 1972-73. Budget estimates, 1949-61.

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291.3 RECORDS OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND DISPOSAL SERVICE REGIONAL OFFICES
1944-91

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291.3.1 Records of the Boston Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region I
(CT, ME, MA, NH, VT, RI)

Textual Records (in Boston): Real property disposal case files, 1948-62.

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291.3.2 Records of the Atlanta Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)

Textual Records (in Atlanta): Real property disposal case files, 1967-78.

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291.3.3 Records of the Chicago Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region V (IL, KY, MI, OH, WI)

Textual Records (in Chicago): Real property disposal case files, 1942-67.

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291.3.4 Records of the Kansas City, MO, Regional Office, PMDS,
GSA Region VI (IA, KS, MO, NE)

Textual Records (in Kansas City): Real property disposal case files, 1955-91.

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291.3.5 Records of the Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Office, PMDS,
GSA Region VII (AR, OK, LA, NM, TX)

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Real property disposal case files, 1945-68.

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291.3.6 Records of the Denver Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region
VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)

Textual Records (in Denver): Engineering reports covering mining properties and metallurgical plants and processes, prepared by mining engineers for predecessor units of PMDS in connection with research and analysis of strategic and critical materials stockpiled for national defense, 1951-64. Real property disposal case files, 1944-65.

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291.3.7 Records of the San Francisco Regional Office, PMDS, GSA
Region IX (AZ, CA, HI, NV)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Real property disposal case files, 1961-73, including case files relating to Alcatraz Island, 1963-73.

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291.3.8 Records of the Seattle Regional Office, PMDS, GSA Region
X (AK, ID, OR, WA)

Textual Records (in Seattle): Real property disposal case files, 1956-67.

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291.4 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL)
1957
1 reel

Processing nickel ore at the Defense Materials Service's Nicaro project in Cuba, 1957.

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291.5 TEXTUAL RECORDS (GENERAL)
1949-65

Security-classified, 1949-1965, and unclassified, 1961-65, mixed files of real and excess property records.


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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