Foreign Affairs

Records of the Philippine War Damage Commission (RG 268)

Congress created this commission as an independent agency by the Philippine Rehabilitation Act in 1946 to receive, adjudicate, and pay private and public claims for World War II property damage in the Philippine Islands. It was abolished in March 1951, when its work was completed.

There are records of the following elements of the commission: the Secretary, the Office of Information, the Bureau of Private Property Claims, and the Bureau of Law and Appeals.  The records consist largely of the administrative files of the commission.  These include minutes, agendas, and other records relating to meetings and conferences; correspondence files; press releases, speeches, and semiannual reports; and photographs.  THE INDIVIDUAL CLAIMS CASE FILES ARE NOT PRESERVED.

You can search the National Archives Catalog for entries from RG 268 or see a description in the Guide to Federal Records.