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Records of the Temporary National Economic Committee [TNEC]

(Record Group 144)
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  • 144.2 RECORDS OF THE COMMITTEE 1938-41 967 lin. ft.


Established: As a joint Congressional-Executive branch committee, composed of members of both houses of Congress and representatives of several Executive departments and commissions, by joint resolution of Congress, June 16, 1938 (52 Stat. 705). Functions: Studied monopoly and concentration of economic power, and made recommendations for legislation.

Abolished: April 3, 1941, by expiration of extension granted by joint resolution, December 16, 1940 (54 Stat. 1225). Liquidation deadline of December 31, 1941, set by Additional Urgent Deficiency Appropriation Act of 1941, May 24, 1941 (55 Stat. 200).

Finding Aids: William Lescure and Kathleen E. Riley, comps., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Temporary National Economic Committee," NC 140 (Feb. 1966).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Temporary National Economic Committee in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

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967 lin. ft.

Textual Records: General records, 1938-41. Preliminary and final reports, 1938-41. Records relating to committee hearings, 1938- 40. Records relating to special studies and published monographs, 1938-41. Industrial problems information file ("Industry File"), 1938-41. Questionnaires, 1938-39. Personnel and accounting records, 1938-41. Records of investigations and special studies of insurance, investment banking, and corporate practices by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 1938-41. Records of hearings and special studies by the Departments of the Treasury, Justice, and Labor, 1938-41.

Specific Restrictions: As specified by the SEC, no one, except government officials for official purposes, may have access to records created and filed by the SEC on behalf of the TNEC, except for the following: certain records relating to the insurance study, consisting of replies to formal questionnaires (but not including replies to questionnaires sent to state supervisory officials and replies to the questionnaire of February 9, 1940, to life insurance agents); exhibits, including rate books and form insurance policies; and all conventional-form annual statements.

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.
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