Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Council of Economic Advisers [CEA]


(Record Group 459)
1969-77 (bulk 1973-77)
71 cu. ft.

Table of Contents

  • 459.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 459.2 OFFICIAL FILES OF CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN 1974-77 25 lin. ft.
  • 459.3 OFFICIAL FILES OF COUNCIL MEMBERS 1969-77 46 lin. ft.
  • 459.3.1 Official files of Gary Seevers
  • 459.3.2 Official files of William Fellner
  • 459.3.3 Official files of Paul McAvoy
  • 459.3.4 Official files of Burton Malkiel
  • 459.4 OFFICIAL FILES OF STAFF MEMBERS 1973-77 16 lin. ft.

459.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: In the Executive Office of the President, by the Employment Act of 1946 (60 Stat. 24), February 20, 1946, as amended by Reorganization Plan No. 9 of 1953, effective August 1, 1953.

Functions: Recommends economic policies to the President, based on the study of all aspects of the national economy. Assists in preparing the President's economic reports to the Congress.

Finding Aids: Preliminary inventory in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories; preliminary inventory available at Ford Library.

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

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Council of Economic Advisers in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. Papers, 1974-77, of L. William Seidman, Assistant to the President for Economic Affairs and Executive Director of the Economic Policy Board (1974-77); papers, 1969-87, of Arthur F. Burns, Chairman of the Federal Reserve System Board of Governors (1970-78), in Ford Library. Papers of Bureau of the Budget official Gerhard Colm, 1937-47, containing information on establishment of CEA, in Roosevelt Library, with copies of CEA-related material in Truman Library. Papers, 1923-89, and oral history interview of Leon H. Keyserling, chairman (1950-53); papers (originals, and microfilm copies of originals at Cornell University), 1908-63, and oral history interview of Edwin G. Nourse, chairman (1946-49); papers, 1946-52, of John Davidson Clark, council member (1946-52), including an unpublished manuscript on early history of CEA; papers, 1920-72, of Roy Blough, council member (1950-52); papers, 1941-52, of Robert Clemens Turner, council member (1952-53); papers, 1934-52, and oral history interview of Walter S. Salant, staff member (1946-52); oral history interview of Robinson Newcomb, staff member (1947-50), in Truman Library. (SEE ALSO Johnson Library.) General records of the Office of the CEA, 1953-61 (11 lin. ft.); general records of the Office of the Chairman, CEA, 1953-60 (6 lin. ft.); papers, 1928-69, of Arthur F. Burns, chairman (1953- 55); papers, 1938-86, and oral history interview of Raymond J. Saulnier, consultant (1953-55), council member (1955-56), and chairman (1956-61); oral history interview of Karl Brandt, council member (1958-61); electrostatic and microfilm copies of papers, 1952-63, of Neil H. Jacoby, council member (1953-55); papers, 1954-62, of John Stewart Bragdon, staff member (1954-55), in Eisenhower Library. (SEE ALSO Johnson Library.) Papers (some originals and microfilm copies of other originals), 1940-71, and oral history interview of Walter W. Heller, chairman (1961-64); papers, 1937-76, and oral history interview of Kermit Gordon, council member (1961-62); papers, 1955-67, of James Tobin, council member (1961-62); copies of CEA press releases, 1961-63; group oral history interview of former CEA officials (Hugh) Gardner Ackley, Kermit Gordon, Walter W. Heller, Paul Samuelson, Joseph A. Pechman, and James Tobin, in Kennedy Library. (SEE ALSO Johnson Library). Microfilm copies, made at conclusion of Johnson administration, of CEA council and staff member files, 1961-68 (78 reels); oral history interview of Leon H. Keyserling, chairman (1950-53); copy (original at Columbia University) of oral history interview of Raymond J. Saulnier, consultant (1953-55), council member (1955- 56), and chairman (1956-61); microfilm copies (originals at University of Michigan) of papers, 1962-68, and oral history interview of (Hugh) Gardner Ackley, chairman (1964-68); papers, 1948-80, and oral history interview of Arthur M. Okun, chairman (1968-69); oral history interview of Joseph A. Pechman, consultant (1961-68); oral history interview of Charles L. Schultze, staff member (1952-58); oral history interview of Kermit Gordon, council member (1961-62); papers, 1967-68, and oral history interview of Walter W. Heller, chairman (1961-64); papers, 1964-65, of Otto Eckstein, council member (1965-66), in Johnson Library. (SEE ALSO Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy Libraries.)

Note: CEA records created during the administration of President Jimmy Carter were designated Presidential materials, and were donated by him to the Carter Library. They constitute approximately 275 lin. ft. of as yet incompletely processed records, 1977-81.

RECORDS
RECORD TYPES RECORD LOCATIONS QUANTITIES
Textual Records Ford Library 71 cu. ft.

Note: The CEA has usually maintained a decentralized recordkeeping system, with each council and staff member keeping his or her own files. From 1946 to 1976, such files were considered to be the personal property of their creator. Many council and staff members who served during that period donated their files to the appropriate Presidential library. In September 1976, during the Presidential administration of Gerald Ford, the incumbent CEA council and staff members collectively offered their files to the National Archives for accessioning as federal records. The National Archives, in accepting the offer, established this record group and allocated the records to the Ford Library.

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459.2 OFFICIAL FILES OF CHAIRMAN ALAN GREENSPAN
1974-77
25 lin. ft.

History: CEA consists of three members, appointed by the President with Senate approval. One of the members serves as chairman by Presidential appointment. Staff members and temporary consultants assist the three council members.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1974-76. Subject correspondence, 1974-76. Correspondence with the White House, 1974-77; and federal agencies, 1974-76. Internal memorandums and reports, 1974-76. Minutes of the Economic Policy Board, with background material, 1974-76. Copies of the chairman's speeches, statements, and Congressional testimony, 1974-76. Correspondence relating to the chairman's participation in conferences and other professional events, 1974-76.

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459.3 OFFICIAL FILES OF COUNCIL MEMBERS
1969-77
46 lin. ft.

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459.3.1 Official files of Gary Seevers

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1973-75. Subject correspondence, 1971-75. Correspondence with federal agencies, 1969-75. Administrative correspondence, 1969-73. Correspondence and reports relating to Seevers's participation in conferences and other professional events, 1972-75. Information copies of the chairman's memorandums to the President, 1973-74.

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459.3.2 Official files of William Fellner

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1974-75. Subject files, 1972-75. Copies of Fellner's speeches and statements, 1973-75.

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459.3.3 Official files of Paul McAvoy

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1975-76. Subject correspondence, 1970-76. Correspondence with the White House, 1974-76; and federal agencies, 1975-76. Correspondence, memorandums, and reports relating to McAvoy's participation in interagency committees and task forces, 1973-76. Correspondence relating to McAvoy's participation in conferences and other professional events, 1975-76.

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459.3.4 Official files of Burton Malkiel

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1975-77. Subject correspondence, 1975-77. Correspondence relating to Malkiel's participation in conferences and other professional events, 1975- 76.

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459.4 OFFICIAL FILES OF STAFF MEMBERS
1973-77
16 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Memorandums, reports, and other records of individual staff members, documenting their work in such policy areas as energy, food and agriculture, transportation, tax revenues, and international finance, 1973-77.


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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