Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Defense Electric Power Administration [DEPA]


(Record Group 327)
1950-53

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 327.1 Administrative History
  • 327.2 General Records of the Defense Power Administration and the Defense Electric Power Administration 1950-53
  • 327.3 Records of DPA/DEPA Divisions 1950-53
    • 327.3.1 Records of the Power Supply Division
    • 327.3.2 Records of the Materials and Equipment Division

327.1 Administrative History

Established: In the Department of the Interior by Defense Power Administration Delegation No. 1, January 24, 1951, as corrected February 5, 1951.

Predecessor Agencies:Defense Power Administration (DPA), Department of the Interior (1950-51)

Functions: Mobilized electric utility companies for defense production. Allocated critical materials to electric utility companies. Exercised defense control and expansion functions over the power industry.

Abolished: By Secretary's Order 2721, May 7, 1953, effective June 30, 1953.

Successor Agencies: Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Power.

Finding Aids: Evans Walker, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Defense Electric Power Administration," NC 24 (Apr. 1963).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Defense Electric Power Administration in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

Subject Access Terms: Korean War agency.

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327.2 General Records of the Defense Power Administration and the
Defense Electric Power Administration
1950-53

History: Defense Power Administration established in the Department of the Interior by Secretary's Order 2605, December 4, 1950, under the Defense Production Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 798), September 8, 1950. Renamed DEPA, 1951. See 327.1.

Textual Records: General and subject files of the Office of the Administrator, 1950-53. Reading file, 1950-53. Issuances, 1950- 53. DEPA official history, 1953, including a history of the Northwest Electricity Conservation Program (1952-53). Press releases, 1950-53. Speeches, 1950-53. Subject file of the Office of the General Counsel, 1950-53.

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327.3 Records of DPA/DEPA Divisions
1950-53

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327.3.1 Records of the Power Supply Division

Textual Records: General records, 1950-53. Office files of the Division Chief, 1950-53. Records of the Power Requirements Branch relating to the preparation of a report on power requirements, 1950-53. Records of the Power Coordination and Planning Branch relating to power plants, 1950-53. Office files of the Chief of the Utilization Conservation Branch, 1951-52; and branch correspondence with utility companies in the northwest region, 1952-53.

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327.3.2 Records of the Materials and Equipment Division

Textual Records: General files of the Construction Expediting Branch, 1950-53. General records of the Major Equipment Scheduling Branch, 1951-53.


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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