Guide to Federal Records

Records of Regional Committees, Commissions, and Boards


(Record Group 414)
1956-90

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 414.1 Administrative History
  • 414.2 Records of the U.S. Study Commission-Southeast River Basins 1956-63
  • 414.3 Records of the Lowell Historical Canal District Commission, MA 1972-77
  • 414.4 Records of the New England River Basins Commission 1967-81
  • 414.5 Records of the U.S. Study Commission--Texas 1959-62
  • 414.6 Records of Federal Regional Councils 1971-83
    • 414.6.1 Records of the Federal Regional Council, Region II (New York, NY)
    • 414.6.2 Records of the Federal Regional Council, Region IV (Atlanta, GA)
  • 414.7 Records of the Lower Mississippi Delta Development Commission 1989-90
  • 414.8 Records of Regional Economic Development Commissions 1966-76
  • 414.9 Cartographic Records (General)
  • 414.10 Sound Recordings (General)
  • 414.11 Still Pictures (General)

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414.1 Administrative History

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

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414.2 Records of the U.S. Study Commission-Southeast River Basins
1956-63

History: Established as a joint federal-state commission by an act of August 28, 1958 (72 Stat. 1090), to formulate plans for the conservation, utilization, and development of the land and water resources of specified river basin areas in AL, GA, FL, and SC. Terminated, December 23, 1962.

Textual Records (in Atlanta): General correspondence, 1959-63. Technical reports, 1956-63. Directives relating to studies methodology, 1959-63. Work plans, 1959-63. Supporting data file, 1959-63. Final report, 1963.

Maps (in Atlanta): Prepared or used by the U.S. Study Commission, showing land use and projected waterway improvement, 1959-63 (2,500 items).

Sound Recordings (in Atlanta): Public hearings, 1959 (7 items). Public presentations, 1962 (13 items). Commission meetings, from supporting data file, 1961-63 (23 items). Staff meetings and meetings of the Land, Water, and Economic Group, 1961-62 (18 items).

Photographs (in Atlanta): Waterways, hydroelectric plants, agriculture, universities, cities, and recreational and forest scenes, taken by staff members or donated by state and federal agencies, 1959-63 (3,000 images).

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414.3 Records of the Lowell Historical Canal District Commission,
MA
1972-77

History: Established by an act of January 4, 1975 (88 Stat. 2330), to prepare a plan for the preservation and development of the historic, cultural, and architectural resources of the Lowell Historic Canal District. Terminated, early 1977.

Textual Records (in Boston): Correspondence, 1973-77. Copies of Congressional bills relating to establishment of the commission and a national urban cultural park in Lowell, 1972-75. Park development proposals, 1975. Records relating to meetings and visits, 1972-74. Agendas and minutes of commission meetings, 1975-76. Press clippings ("Public Relations File"), 1972-74. Reports and other publications of "The Lowell Team," 1976. Final report of the commission, 1977. Miscellaneous records, 1972-76.

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414.4 Records of the New England River Basins Commission
1967-81

History: Established by EO 11371, September 6, 1967, under Title II of the Water Resources Planning Act (79 Stat. 244), July 22, 1965, to encourage the coordinated conservation, development, and utilization of water and related land resources by federal, state, and local governments and private enterprise. Terminated, September 9, 1981.

Textual Records (in Boston): Agendas and minutes of meetings, 1967-81. Miscellaneous subject file, 1967-81.

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414.5 Records of the U.S. Study Commission--Texas
1959-62

History: Established as a federal-state commission by an act of August 28, 1958 (72 Stat. 1058), to plan land and water resource development of the Neches, Trinity, Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe, and San Jacinto River Basins. Terminated, August 1962.

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Subject files, 1959-62. Preliminary reports, 1959-62. Correspondence relating to procedures and changes to reports, 1959-62. Final report, 1962.

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414.6 Records of Federal Regional Councils
1971-83

History: Established by EO 11647, February 10, 1972, to develop closer working relationships between major federal grant making agencies and the state and local government and to improve coordination of the categorical grant system. Abolished by EO 12407, February 22, 1983.

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414.6.1 Records of the Federal Regional Council, Region II (New
York, NY)

Textual Records (in New York): Meeting, policy and mission, and publication files; and precedent project case files, 1972-78.

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414.6.2 Records of the Federal Regional Council, Region IV
(Atlanta, GA)

Textual Records (in Atlanta): General correspondence, 1979-83. Council meeting minutes, 1980-83. Project case files, 1971-83.

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414.7 Records of the Lower Mississippi Delta Development
Commission
1989-90

History: Established by an act of October 1, 1988 (102 Stat. 229), to identify economic, environmental, educational, medical, and other social needs of the Lower Mississippi Delta region (comprised of 219 counties and parishes in AR, IL, KY, LA, MS, MO, and TN), and to establish priorities for their fulfillment. Consisted of nine members, of which two were appointed by the President and seven by the respective state governors. Headquartered in Memphis, TN. Issued interim report, Body of the Nation, October 1989, and final report, The Delta Initiatives: Realizing the Dream...Fulfilling the Potential, May 1990. Terminated, September 30, 1990.

Textual Records (in Atlanta): Executive Director's files, 1989- 90. Records relating to commission meetings and hearings, 1989- 90. Transcripts of testimony at hearings, 1989-90. Contract files for research papers and conferences, 1989-90. Publications file, 1989-90. Press releases and news clippings, 1989-90.

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414.8 Records of Regional Economic Development Commissions
1966-76

History: Established by the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (79 Stat. 464), August 26, 1965, which authorized the Secretary of Commerce to designate economic development regions (EDR's), each of which would be headed by a commission comprised of state-appointed representatives, with a Presidential and a state appointee serving as co-chairs. Each regional commission was responsible for encouraging and coordinating economic development of its EDR, with emphasis on factors in which the EDR lagged behind the nation. The regional commissions were given staff support by the Office of Regional Economic Coordination, Department of Commerce. Terminated, September 30, 1981.

Textual Records: A designation certificate and lists of counties comprising the EDR, with related publications, for each of the following regional commissions: New England, 1966-76 (in Boston); Coastal Plains, 1966 (in Atlanta); Upper Great Lakes, 1966 (in Chicago); Ozarks, 1966 (in Kansas City); Old West, 1966 (in Denver); and Pacific Northwest, 1966 (in Seattle).

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414.9 Cartographic Records (General)

See Maps under 414.2.

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414.10 Sound Recordings (General)

See under 414.2.

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414.11 Still Pictures (General)

See Photographs under 414.2.


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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