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RG 156 - Office of Chief of Ordnance, Subject Files - Holston Ordnance Works

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Subject Files, 1943-1950

National Archives Identifier 6997128
This series consists of formerly classified subject files from the Holston Ordnance Works in Kingsport, Tennessee. The files contain manuals, memoranda, orders, reports, meeting minutes, and correspondence. Records in this series concern subjects related to health hazards and research, reclassification of weapons and ordnance, personnel and administrative actions, conferences, redeployment movements, and security investigations. Included in the series is a report from September 1944 by the National Defense Research Committee titled “Hazards to the Health of Individuals Working with RDX(B).” The report includes photos of test animals and humans.


Box 1

Folder 1: Army Service Forces Manual M904

Folder 2: Civilian Memoranda, 1943-1945


Folder 3: Programs and Policies, 1950


Folder 4: Declassification Letters, 1946


- Certain ammunition and correspondence about ammunitions

- Ordnance automotive equipment

- Technical reports


Folder 5: Hazards to the Health of Individuals working with RDX (B)


- Skin lesions from exposure to fumes

- Systemic toxicity from fuze

- Tested using men and women who had not been exposed to the fumes

- Also tested animals for an extended period of time

- Method developed for estimation of RDX in biological materials

- Recommendation for workers


Folder 6: General Orders, 1945 and 1949-1950


Folder 7: Memoranda, 1949-1950


Folder 8: Nebraska Defense Corporation Meetings on Composition B Melting and Loading, 1943

Folder 9: Redeployment Movements


- “Revise and supplement existing procedures and establish new procedures for the movement of troops, impedimenta, and supplies as will be required for redeployment of troops during the readjustment period after the defeat of Germany”

Folder 10: Report of Trip to Washington for Conference



Folder 11: Security Policy

Folder 12: Summary of Incidents and Personnel Investigations, 1943-1944

Folder 13: Correspondence pertaining to Information on Personnel of Holston Ordnance Works


Folder 14: Special Orders, 1949-1950

Folder 15: Technical Manual “Winter Task Force” 1947


    • Identification Roster of Classified Material to Control Release of Military Information (August 7, 1944)
      • Pictures of classified materials
  • Civilian Training Policy
  • US Compensation Law
  • Organization of Holston Ordnance Works
  • Withdrawal Notice
  • Declassification and Reclassification of:
  • National Defense Research Committee Report
  • Assumption of Command
  • Holston Ordnance Works Regulations published
  • General and Special Orders for Firefighters and Guards
  • New Wage Rate Schedule
  • Duty Officers
  • Personal Policy for Civilian Employees
  • Holiday Leave
  • Various Ordnance Policies for Employees- pay, recreation, hours, living inspections etc.
  • Hearing of Complaints
  • Utilities Utilization—conservation
  • Present Military Assignments
  • Area Clearance Slips
  • Minutes of Meeting—exchange of information from Holston Ordnance Works production of Composition B
  • Report of Equipment Committee on Composition B Loading
  • Redeployment Movements Annex B (First Revision), 1945
  • January 1943—discussion about all aspects of ordnance including safety, equipment, inspection, contracts, ammunition
  • Classification of RDX
  • Reports to facilitate screening of Officer Personnel
  • War Information Film
  • Discharge of Subversive Civil Service Personnel
  • Loyalty Investigation of Military Personnel
  • Instructions for German Espionage Agents in US and Great Britain
  • All information on accidents and safety incidents at Holston Ordnance Works
  • All information on investigations of employees or potential employees
  • Photograph of Burning Ground incident
  • Security investigations of personnel
  • Intelligence Jurisdiction at Holston Ordnance Works
  • Security Audit
  • Leave granted
  • Assignments of Duty
  • Assignment Termination
  • Appointments to positions
  • Investigations
  • Selections for Councils
  • Trends in Development—Army Ground Forces