Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Bureau of Economic Analysis


(Record Group 375)
1944-89

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 375.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 375.2 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF BUSINESS ECONOMICS 1944-58 3 lin. ft.
  • 375.3 RECORDS OF THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC MEASUREMENT DIVISION, BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS 1965-78
  • 375.4 MACHINE-READABLE RECORDS (GENERAL)

375.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: In the Social and Economic Statistics Administration (SESA), Department of Commerce, by order of the Secretary of Commerce, January 1, 1972.

Predecessor Agencies:

In the Department of the Treasury:

  • Division of Commerce and Navigation, Office of the Register (1820-66)
  • Bureau of Statistics (1866-1903)
In the Department of State:
  • Statistical Office (1856-74)
  • Bureau of Statistics (1874-97)
  • Bureau of Foreign Commerce (1897-1903)
In the Department of Commerce and Labor:
  • Bureau of Statistics (1903-12)
  • Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce (BFDC, 1912-13)
In the Department of Commerce:
  • BFDC (1913-45)
  • Office of Business Economics, BFDC (1945-53)
  • Office of Business Economics (1953-72)
Transfers: To autonomous bureau status in the Department of Commerce by Department of Commerce Organization Order 35-1A, effective August 4, 1975, upon abolishment of SESA by Department of Commerce Organization Order 10-2, effective August 4, 1975.

Functions: Prepares, develops, and interprets the economic accounts of the United States.

Finding Aids: Preliminary Inventory in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Bureau of Economic Analysis in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. General Records of the Department of Commerce, RG 40. Records of the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, RG 151.

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375.2 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF BUSINESS ECONOMICS
1944-58

History: Division of Commerce and Navigation established in Office of the Register of the Treasury, pursuant to an act of February 10, 1820 (3 Stat. 541), directing Secretary of the Treasury to compile and publish annual statistics on U.S. foreign commerce. Responsibility expanded to include domestic commerce, by a joint resolution of June 15, 1844 (5 Stat. 719). Division abolished by an act of July 28, 1866 (14 Stat. 330), with functions to newly established Bureau of Statistics. Bureau responsibility expanded, by an act of April 29, 1902 (32 Stat. 172), to include commerce between continental United States and U.S. territories.

Statistical Office established in Department of State pursuant to an act of August 18, 1856 (11 Stat. 60), directing Secretary of State to compile and publish foreign commercial statistics of significance to United States. Redesignated Bureau of Statistics, July 1, 1874, pursuant to an act of June 20, 1874 (18 Stat. 90). Further redesignated Bureau of Foreign Commerce, July 1, 1897, pursuant to the diplomatic and consular service appropriations act for FY 1898 (29 Stat. 590), February 20, 1897.

Bureau of Statistics (Treasury) and Bureau of Foreign Commerce (State) transferred to newly established Department of Commerce and Labor, and consolidated as the Bureau of Statistics, by the Department of Commerce Act (32 Stat. 825), February 14, 1903.

Bureau of Statistics consolidated with Bureau of Manufactures, which had responsibility of promoting domestic manufactures, to form Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce, effective July 1, 1912, by the general appropriation act for FY 1913 (37 Stat. 407), August 23, 1912. BFDC transferred to the newly established Department of Commerce by the Department of Commerce Act (37 Stat. 736), March 4, 1913. Office of Business Economics, with responsibility for statistical compilation and analysis, established in BFDC as an autonomous unit by Departmental Order 10, December 18, 1945. Designated a primary Department of Commerce organization by Departmental Order 15 (Amended), December 1, 1953, section 6 of which declared BFDC abolished. Office of Business Economics redesignated Bureau of Economic Analysis and assigned to newly established Social and Economic Statistics Administration, 1972. SEE 375.1.

Textual Records: Foreign Transactions of the United States Government and related publications, 1944-58.

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375.3 RECORDS OF THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC MEASUREMENT DIVISION,
BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
1965-78

History: Regional Economics Division established in Office of Business Economics, 1964. Responsible for measuring and analyzing regional economic activity. Abolished, October 10, 1973, with functions divided between Regional Economic Measurement Division and Regional Economic Analysis Division.

Machine-Readable Records: Regional Economic Information System personal income estimates (1929-69), 1978 (3 data sets), with supporting documentation; personal income and employment estimates (1929-88), 1989 (29 data sets), with supporting documentation; and gross state product master file, 1963-86 (11 data sets), with supporting documentation. SEE ALSO 375.5.

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375.4 RECORDS OF THE NATIONAL INCOME AND WEALTH DIVISION, BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
1925-1988


Textual Records: Records relating to capital stock statistical estimates, 1925-61. Records relating to Gross National Product statistical estimates, 1971-75.

Machine-Readable Records: National income and wealth account, October 1988 data (1 data set), with supporting documentation; gross private domestic investment, October 1988 data (1 data set), with supporting documentation; wealth data tape, October 1988 data (1 data set), with supporting documentation; Gross National Product by industry, October 1988 data (1 data set), with supporting documentation; detailed investment by industry, October 1988 data (1 data set), with supporting documentation; and personal consumption expenditure, October 1988 data (1 data set), with supporting documentation. SEE ALSO 375.5.

375.5 MACHINE-READABLE RECORDS (GENERAL)

SEE UNDER 375.3 and 375.4.


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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