Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Small Business Administration [SBA]


(Record Group 309)
1951-91

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 309.1 Administrative History
  • 309.2 Records of the Small Defense Plants Administration 1951-53
  • 309.3 General Records of the Small Business Administration 1954-68
  • 309.4 Records OF SBA Field Offices 1955-82
    • 309.4.1 Records of SBA Region I, Boston, MA (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
    • 309.4.2 Records of SBA Region V, Chicago, IL (IL, IN, OH, MI, MN, WI)
    • 309.4.3 Records of SBA Region VI, Dallas, TX (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)
    • 309.4.4 Records of SBA Region X, Seattle, WA (AK, ID, OR, WA)
  • 309.5 Motion Pictures (General) 1953-87
  • 309.6 Video Recordings (General) ca. 1969, ca. 1975, 1980-89
  • 309.7 Sound Recordings (General) 1980
  • 309.8 Machine-Readable Records (General) 1968-91 6 data sets

309.1 Administrative History

Established: As an independent agency by the Small Business Act (67 Stat. 232), July 30, 1953.

Predecessor Agencies:

  • Small Defense Plants Administration (1951-53)

Functions: Provides financial assistance to small businesses and investment companies and to state and local development companies. Licenses and regulates small business investment companies.

Finding Aids: Forrest R. Holdcamper, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Small Business Administration," NC 71 (Sept. 1964).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Small Business Administration and its predecessor in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

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309.2 Records of the Small Defense Plants Administration
1951-53

History: Established by the Defense Production Act Amendments of 1951 (65 Stat. 131), July 31, 1951, to encourage small businesses to contribute to defense production. Abolished, effective July 31, 1953, by the Defense Production Act Amendments of 1953 (67 Stat. 131), June 30, 1953. Liquidation activities and prime contract administration transferred to the SBA by the Small Business Act of 1953, and EO 10504, December 1, 1953.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1951-53. Sample case files relating to tax amortization, materials and equipment, contract procurement, certificates of competency, loans, and joint determination, 1951-53. General subject files, 1951-53. Records of Director of Contract Procurement Charles H. Swisher, relating primarily to the ammunition program, 1951-53.

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309.3 General Records of the Small Business Administration
1954-68

Textual Records: Administrative subjects files, 1953-72 (372 ft.). Administrative and correspondence files of the Administrator, 1982-83. Personal subject files of Administrator James C. Sanders, 1983-84. National directives, 1965-75 (300 fiche). Sample case files relating to applications for business loans that were declined, canceled, or withdrawn, 1954- 55. Minutes of meetings, and conference proceedings, of the National Advisory Council and of regional and state advisory groups, 1954-68. Advisory Council files, 1969-70. Minutes of the Loan Review Board, 1953-56. Research reports from SBA sponsored studies, 1961-62.

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309.4 Records OF SBA Field Offices
1955-82

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309.4.1 Records of SBA Region I, Boston, MA (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

Textual Records (in Boston): Advisory Council records maintained by the Concord, NH, District Office, 1971-74.

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309.4.2 Records of SBA Region V, Chicago, IL (IL, IN, OH, MI, MN, WI)

Textual Records (in Chicago): Advisory Council records maintained by the Chicago District Office, 1974-77.

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309.4.3 Records of SBA Region VI, Dallas, TX (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX)

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Advisory Council records maintained by the Dallas, TX, Regional Office, 1972-82. General correspondence of district and community advisory councils, 1967- 70. Records relating to Disaster Field Offices, 1955-69.

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309.4.4 Records of SBA Region X, Seattle, WA (AK, ID, OR, WA)

Textual Records (in Seattle): Advisory Council records maintained by the Boise, ID, District Office, 1966-72.

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309.5 Motion Pictures (General)
1953-87
74 reels

Informational and instructional films for prospective small business owners, covering such areas as advertising, marketing, employee relations, women in business, customer service, financial analysis, cash flow forecasting, recordkeeping, and theft prevention (75 reels).

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309.6 Video Recordings (General)
ca. 1969, ca. 1975, 1980-89

"Pension," made for information and training, ca. 1969 (1 item). "Your Business Resource," explaining SBA mission and functions, ca. 1975 (1 item). Office of Advocacy productions, 1980-89 (25 items).

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309.7 Sound Recordings (General)
1980

"Structuring a State's Small Business Program," 1980 (3items).

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309.8 Machine-Readable Records (General)
1968-91
6 data sets

Loan Accounting Cash Collection System (LACCS) data files for the period 1968-88 and for fiscal years 1989 and 1990, consisting of public domain files and unsuppressed ("archives") files, with supporting documentation.


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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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.


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