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Branch of Connally Act Compliance, Conservation Division

In an effort to halt the wasteful overproduction of oil, Congress approved an Act of February 22, 1935 (49 Stat. 30)—known as the Connally Hot Oil Act—to prohibit the transportation of oil produced in excess of the amount permitted by state regulations. An executive order of March 1, 1935, established Federal Tender Board No. 1 at Kilgore, Texas. The Board processed requests by companies for permission to ship oil (tenders) and cooperated closely with the Texas Railroad Commission and other state agencies to inspect oil well operations and identify companies violating production regulations. Federal district courts generally prosecuted any violators.

On May 26, 1941, the Board's area of responsibility extended beyond East Texas, and soon established sub-offices in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Midland, Corpus Christi, and Houston, Texas. An executive order of October 27, 1942, re-designated the Federal Tender Board as the Federal Petroleum Board. Executive Order 9732 placed the Board under the supervision of the Oil and Gas Division of the Department of Interior. The Board concentrated on enforcing the Connally Act in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Alabama, and Michigan.

On February 21, 1958, the Board transferred to the Conservation Division of the U.S. Geological Survey by Executive Order 2828. The Board was replaced on July 1, 1963, by the Branch of Connally Act Compliance of the Conservation Division, U.S. Geological Survey. The Branch, headquartered in Kilgore, had district offices in Lafayette, Louisiana, and Midland and Victoria, Texas.

For related records, see Record Group 232, Records of the Petroleum Administrative Board. 

Records of the Kilgore, Texas, Office

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Partial Index to Correspondence, 1953 - 1964 2363736 57-NRF-01
Central Files, 1936 - 1966 2364733 57-NRF-02
Selected Case Files on Investigations Under Section 9(C) of the National Industrial Recovery Act, 1936 - 1936 2364975 57-NRF-03
Selected Investigative Case Files, 1934 - 1966 2365170 57-NRF-04
Office Files of Investigator-in-Charge James H. Hale, 1936 - 1966 2365391 57-NRF-05
Index to Oil Fields, 1947 - 1947 2365603 57-NRF-06
Index to Operators in East Texas Fields, 1962 - 1965 2365604 57-NRF-07
Index to Investigations, 1950 - 1965 2365605 57-NRF-08
Reference Maps on Oil Production and Transportation, 1936 - 1961 2365606 57-NRF-09
Pipeline Maps of East Texas Fields, 1930 - 1950 2365608 57-NRF-10
Shell Oil Company Well Maps, 1943 - 1943 2365609 57-NRF-11


Records of the Houston, Texas, Office

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Office Files of Senior Examiner J. R. Lewis, 1941 - 1941 2365610 57-NRF-12


Records of the Oil and Gas Supervisor at New Orleans

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Agreements on Leases of Tideland Areas, 1956 - 1957 2365613 57-NRF-13


Records of the District Mining Engineer at McAlester, Oklahoma

Series Title NARA ID Local Identifier
Case Files on Mining in Segregated Choctaw-Chickasaw Land, 1941 - 1944 2365614 57NRF-14


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