Records of the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement [OSM]
(Record Group 471)
Table of Contents
- 471.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
- 471.2 RECORDS OF THE OFFICE OF THE SURFACE MINING (OSM) 1979
- 471.3 STILL PICTURES (GENERAL) 1957-72
Established: In the Department of the Interior by the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (PL 95-87), August 3, 1977. Functions: Assists states in operating a nationwide program that protects society and the environment from the adverse effects of coal mining operations while ensuring that surface coal mining can be done without permanent damage to land and water resources.
Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior, RG 48.
Records of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, RG 70.
Records of the Mine Safety and Health Adminstration, RG 433.
General Records of the Department of Energy, RG 434.
History: OSM established by the Secretary of the Interior, August 3, 1977, with headquarters, 5 regional offices, 14 district offices, and 28 field offices planned. Reorganized to reflect role change from direct regulation to oversight, May 21, 1981.
Textual Records: Program correspondence files, 1979.
Photographs: Mine reclamation projects in central Pennsylvania and activities in Alaska, Arizona, and Wyoming showing mine fires, erosion, land reclamation, and water pollution due to toxic runoff, 1957-72 (G).
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.
This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.