Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture


(Record Group 16)
1839-1981

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 16.1 Administrative History
  • 16.2 Records of the Agricultural Division 1839-60
  • 16.3 General Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture 1879-1981
    • 16.3.1 Records of the Commissioner and Secretary of Agriculture
    • 16.3.2 Records of the Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary
    • 16.3.3 Records concerning scientific work
  • 16.4 Records of the War Food Administration 1941-45
  • 16.5 Records of the Office of the Solicitor and its Successor, the Office of the General Counsel 1880-1972
    • 16.5.1 General records
    • 16.5.2 Case files
    • 16.5.3 Records of regional offices
    • 16.5.4 Records of the Legal Division, Agricultural Adjustment Administration
    • 16.5.5 Records relating to the Resettlement Administration
    • 16.5.6 Records of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA)
  • 16.6 Records of the Office of the Inspector General 1962-72
    • 16.6.1 Central office records
    • 16.6.2 Records of the Western Regional Office
  • 16.7 Records of the Office of Information 1840-1981
    • 16.7.1 General records
    • 16.7.2 Records of the Motion Picture Division
    • 16.7.3 Records of the Radio-Television Center
  • 16.8 Records Relating to Fiscal, Property, and Personnel Matters 1862-1942
    • 16.8.1 Records of the Division of Accounts and Disbursements
    • 16.8.2 Records of the Office of Budget and Finance
    • 16.8.3 Records of the Office of the Chief Clerk
    • 16.8.4 Records of the Division of Purchase, Sales, and Traffic
    • 16.8.5 Records of the Office of Plant and Operations
    • 16.8.6 Records of the Office of Personnel
    • 16.8.7 Records of the Library
  • 16.9 Records Relating to World War I Activities 1917-18
  • 16.10 Records Relating to World War II and Postwar Activities 1933-53
    • 16.10.1 Records of the Office for Agricultural War Relations and its predecessors
    • 16.10.2 Records of wartime activities
    • 16.10.3 Records of postwar activities
  • 16.11 Records of the Office of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Activities 1933-43
  • 16.12 Records of the Office of Management Appraisal and Systems Development 1961-64
  • 16.13 Records of the Statistical Reporting Service 1964
  • 16.14 Records of the National Agricultural Library 1962-63
  • 16.15 Records of Other Activities 1914-42
  • 16.16 Cartographic Records (General) 1889-1942
  • 16.17 Motion Pictures (General)
  • 16.18 Video Recordings (General)
  • 16.19 Sound Recordings (General)
  • 16.20 Still Pictures (General)

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16.1 Administrative History

Established: To head the Department of Agriculture by an act of February 9, 1889 (25 Stat. 659). Department of Agriculture established by an act of May 15, 1862 (12 Stat. 387).

Predecessor Agencies:

In the Department of Agriculture:

  • Agricultural Division, Patent Office, Department of State (1839- 49) Agricultural Division, Patent Office, Department of the Interior (1849-62)

In the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture:

  • Commissioner of Agriculture (1862-89)
Functions: Administers the Department of Agriculture. Directs federal agricultural programs in areas of research, conservation, production, marketing, extension, rural development, and regulation.

Finding Aids: Helen Finneran Ulibarri, comp., Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture, PI 191 (1979).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Department of Agriculture in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
Records of the U.S. Grain Corporation, RG 5.
Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Engineering, RG 8.
Records of the Bureau of Animal Industry, RG 17.
Records of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, RG 22.
Records of the Weather Bureau, RG 27.
Records of the Bureau of Public Roads, RG 30.
Records of the Extension Service, RG 33.
Records of the Civilian Conservation Corps, RG 35.
Records of the Bureau of Plant Industry, Soils, and Agricultural Engineering, RG 54.
Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, RG 83.
Records of the Food and Drug Administration, RG 88.
Records of the Forest Service, RG 95.
Records of the Farmers Home Administration, RG 96.
Records of the Farm Credit Administration, RG 103.
Records of the Soil Conservation Service, RG 114.
Records of the Surplus Marketing Administration, RG 124.
Records of the Agricultural Marketing Service, RG 136.
Records of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, RG 145.
Records of the Commodity Credit Corporation, RG 161.
Records of the Cooperative State Research Service, RG 164.
Records of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, RG 180.
Records of the Rural Electrification Administration, RG 221.
Records of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, RG 258.
Records of the Agricultural Research Service, RG 310.
Records of the Agricultural Cooperative Service, RG 314.

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16.2 Records of the Agricultural Division
1839-60

History: Established in the Patent Office, Department of State, by an act of March 3, 1839 (5 Stat. 354). Compiled agricultural statistics. Collected and distributed seeds. Reported on regional crops, and on the use of chemicals in agriculture. Transferred, with the Patent Office, to the Department of the Interior by the act creating the department (9 Stat. 325), March 3, 1849. Division functions transferred to the newly established Department of Agriculture in 1862. See 16.1.

Textual Records: Records relating to annual reports, 1839-60, including letters received concerning crop prospects and agricultural practices, questionnaires, and articles and essays. Records relating to the collection and distribution of seed plants, 1839-60, including reports from consular officials, foreign seed firms, and missionaries; requests from agricultural societies and farmers; and reports about cultivating seeds and plants.

Related Records: Letters sent by the Agricultural Division of the Patent Office, 1849-62, in RG 48, Records of the Office of the Secretary of the Interior.

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16.3 General Records of the Office of the Secretary of
Agriculture
1879-1981

History: Department of Agriculture established by an act of May 15, 1862 (12 Stat. 387). Headed by a commissioner without Cabinet rank, 1862-89. Became a Cabinet department under a Secretary of Agriculture by an act of February 9, 1889 (25 Stat. 659).

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16.3.1 Records of the Commissioner and Secretary of Agriculture

Textual Records: Letters sent by the Commissioners of Agriculture, 1879-85. Letters sent ("General"), 1882-97. Letters received, 1893-1906, with indexes, 1903-06. Letters sent, 1893- 1941 (300 ft.), with name and subject indexes, 1906-29. General correspondence ("Subject File"), 1906-75, and indexes. Transcripts of press conferences, 1933-42. Speeches, 1953-60, with microfilm copies (8 rolls). Directives, 1897-1941. Appointment books, 1917-32. Annual reports, 1921-30. Special orders, 1909-35. Records of the Support Staff, consisting of records of economic advisor Mordecai Ezekial relating to his work as liaison to the International Wheat Advisory Committee, 1933- 39; records of technical advisor Marshall S. Wright relating to his work on the Federal Board of Surveys and Maps and the Advisory Committee on Photogrammetry, 1935-40; and records of special technical assistant Francis J. Sette, consisting of office files, 1937-40, and records relating to the Technical Advisory Board, 1936-40. Records of the Office of Management Services, 1964-67. Records of the Research Planning and Coordination Staff, 1972-76. Records of the Office of the Land Use Coordinator, consisting of general correspondence, 1937; general subject files, 1938-47; subject file on the flood control coordination program, 1937-41; general records of the Department of Agriculture Drainage Basin Committee, 1939-47; and land acquisition projects case files, 1935-41. Records of the Coordinator's Office, Commission for Land Use and Coordination, Southern Great Plains Region, 1935-45 (in Fort Worth).

Microfilm Publications: M440.

Finding Aids: Harold T. Pinkett, Charles E. Neal, and Monroe A. Bethea, comps., "Subject-Numeric Headings of Correspondence Files of the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1906-56," NC 14 (1962).

Subject Access Terms: Benson, Ezra Taft; Brannan Plan; lend- lease; reclamation; rural credit; Wallace, Henry A.; Wickard, Claude.

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16.3.2 Records of the Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary

Textual Records: Letters sent, 1889-1929. Letters sent by special assistants, 1917-19. Office files of Assistant and Under Secretary Milburn L. Wilson, 1934-40; and Assistant and Under Secretary Grover B. Hill, 1941-45. Records of Under Secretary John A. Schnittker, 1961-69, consisting primarily of reading and subject files, but including also a report entitled "The Department of Agriculture During the Administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, November 1963- January 1969," prepared by the History Branch, Economic Research Service. Office files of special assistants Frederick P. Bartlett, 1932-36; John F. Carter, 1933- 35; and Donald C. Blaisdell, 1938-40. Office files of scientific consultant Earl N. Bressman, 1933-38. Records of the Office of Environmental Quality, consisting of subject files of the director, 1975-81; subject files of the Office of Pest Management and Toxic Substances, 1970-79; and working group files of the Assistant Director for Air and Solid Waste, 1972-81.

Microfilm Publications: M122.

Subject Access Terms: Food production, World War I; Puerto Rico, agricultural rehabilitation of; Tugwell, Rexford G.; Upper Monongahela Valley, Committee on.

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16.3.3 Records concerning scientific work

Textual Records: Letters sent by the Office of Irrigation Inquiry, 1890-95. Letters sent by the Director of Scientific Work, 1920-29. Manuscript copy of a survey entitled "The Utilization of Farm Products in Industry," 1928.

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16.4 Records of the War Food Administration
1941-45

History: By EO 9280, December 5, 1942, the Agricultural Adjustment Agency, Farm Credit Administration, Farm Security Administration, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Soil Conservation Service, and food production activities of the War Production Board, Office for Agricultural War Relations, and Division of Farm Management and Costs of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics were consolidated to form the Food Production Administration (FPA). By the same Executive order, the Agricultural Marketing Administration, Sugar Agency, distribution functions of the Office for Agricultural War Relations, regulatory units of the Bureau of Animal Industry, and food units of the War Production Board were grouped to form the Food Distribution Administration (FDA). FPA and FDA were consolidated with the Commodity Credit Corporation and the Extension Service by EO 9322, March 26, 1943, to form the Administration of Food Production and Distribution, renamed War Food Administration (WFA) by EO 9334, April 19, 1943. WFA administered programs to meet wartime food requirements of the armed services and civilian population. Terminated by EO 9577, June 29, 1945, with functions reverting to Secretary of Agriculture. Transfer of functions made permanent by Reorganization Plan No. III of 1946, effective July 16, 1946.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1943-45, with index. Precedent file, 1943-45. Office files of Wilson Cowen, Assistant Administrator, WFA, and Chairman, National War Board, 1943-45. Correspondence relating to Regional Agricultural Credit Corporation loans, 1943-45. Records of the War Boards, 1941-44.

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16.5 Records of the Office of the Solicitor and its Successor,
the Office of the General Counsel
1880-1972

History: Established within the Office of the Secretary, July 1, 1905. By authority of an appropriation act of May 26, 1910 (36 Stat. 416), became responsible for all legal work of the department. Redesignated the Office of the General Counsel by Secretary's Memorandum 1374, March 17, 1955.

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16.5.1 General records

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1904-11, with index. General correspondence, 1910-42 (216 ft.). Letters sent, 1912-42 (253 ft.). General subject files, 1931-69. Budget records, 1905-72. Records relating to legal advice and action, 1916-51. Appellate litigation case files, 1935-50. Records concerning 1869 claim of indebtedness by E. B. Olmstead ("Olmstead Grant"), 1880-1926. Contracts and leases, 1912-37. Records relating to water rights, water conservation, and warehousing of agricultural products, 1931-49. Records relating to codes of fair competition, 1933-37. Records of the Florida Everglades investigation, 1906- 13. Correspondence and other records concerning the Bureau of Public Roads, 1928-39; Weather Bureau, 1928-41; Bureau of Biological Survey, 1930-39; and Federal Surplus Commodities Corporation, 1935-42.

Subject Access Terms: Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act; Clay County, NC; food stamp program; Graham County, NC; lend-lease; Mount Vernon Memorial Parkway; National Industrial Recovery Act; Percheron Society of America; school milk program.

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16.5.2 Case files

Textual Records: Case files arising from violations of agricultural laws, 1891-1959, including insecticide and fungicide cases, 1910-43; meat inspection cases, 1912-41; packers and stockyards cases, 1922-45; Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act cases, 1931-39; and Twenty-Eight Hour Law cases, 1907-42. Case files concerning alleged violations of federal law, 1907-44. Patent case records, 1909-44. National forest law closed cases, 1910-36. Records of land acquisition cases, 1918-42. Case files relating to acquisition of forest land, 1911-42 (433 ft.). Records relating to rural rehabilitation cases, 1937-43.

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16.5.3 Records of regional offices

Textual Records: Correspondence, contracts, agreements, instructions, and other records of the Lincoln, NE, regional office, 1928-55 (in Kansas City). Records of the Philadelphia, PA, regional office, 1935-54 (in Philadelphia). Records of the Regional Attorney (Portland, OR), 1935-53 (in Seattle). Records of the Temple, TX, regional office relating to the case of Billie Sol and Bobby Frank Estes, 1959-66 (in Fort Worth).

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16.5.4 Records of the Legal Division, Agricultural Adjustment
Administration

History: Office of the Solicitor became responsible for legal work of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration in 1935.

Textual Records: Correspondence, 1933-37, with index. Records concerning marketing agreements and licenses, 1933-40. License investigations, 1933-34. Docket files relating to food and commodity marketing agreements and licenses, with index, 1933-39. Records concerning the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act, 1936-37.

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16.5.5 Records relating to the Resettlement Administration

History: Office of the Solicitor became responsible for the legal work of the Resettlement Administration in 1937.

Textual Records: Case files, 1935-37. Newspaper clippings, 1935- 36. Petitions concerning land condemnations, 1936-38. Records of the Resettlement Administration office, Portland, OR, 1935-43 (in Seattle).

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16.5.6 Records of the Rural Electrification Administration (REA)

History: Office of the Solicitor became responsible for the legal work of the REA in 1941.

Textual Records: Minutes of meetings of local electric cooperatives, 1941-44.

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16.6 Records of the Office of the Inspector General
1962-72

History: Established December 21, 1962, with responsibility for internal audits and investigations. Split into Audit Branch and Investigations Branch, 1976. Reconsolidated, 1977.

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16.6.1 Central office records

Textual Records: Transcripts of the Anthony DeAngelis case, 1962- 67.

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16.6.2 Records of the Western Regional Office

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Case files of significant cases, 1964-72, including an investigation of price support irregularities in Kern County, CA, 1971-72.

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16.7 Records of the Office of Information
1840-1981

History: Division of Publications established to distribute technical publications, 1895. Separate Office of Information established as a departmental press service, 1913. Two units consolidated as Office of Information, 1925. Office initiated Motion Picture and Exhibit Service, 1942. Television service began, 1953.

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16.7.1 General records

Textual Records: Records relating to exhibitions and expositions, 1889-1949. General correspondence, 1913-61. Press releases, 1913-63. Radio releases, 1926-54. Indexes to press and radio releases, 1913-63. Daily record of press releases, 1913-44. Daily Digest, 1921-42. The Official Record, 1922-33. Weekly News Letter, 1913-21. World War II food campaign files, 1941-48. Farm paper reports, 1942-44. Reports to radio and magazine food editors, 1945-54. Issuances, 1955-68. Statements and speeches of the Secretary of Agriculture, 1959-68.

Maps:Geography of the World's Agriculture, 1917 (206 items). Atlas of American Agriculture--Physical Basis, 1936, with separate advance sections relating to natural vegetation, forest, growing season, and rural population distribution, 1918- 28 (460 items). Graphic summaries of U.S. agriculture using dot maps and graphs to show land utilization, crops, farm tenure, and farm taxation, 1920-50 (945 items). Decennial county outline maps of the United States used for plotting agricultural data, 1840- 1940 (32 items). The Distribution of Important Forest Trees of the United States, 1938 (170 items). Manuscript and published maps of the world used for 1941 Yearbook of American Agriculture (10 items). Outline map of CT, 1914 (1 item). Publication, Slotted Templet Method for Controlling Maps from Aerial Photographs, 1940 (1 item). See Also 16.16.

Photographs: Historical file of images from the collections of component agencies and bureaus of the Department of Agriculture, depicting department officials, buildings, and research activities in areas of pest control, soil conservation, and experimental farms; agricultural pursuits; and farm families, machinery, and buildings, 1900-59 (G, 23,000 images). Soil Conservation Service photographs of agricultural and conservation activities, 1900-76 (S, 5,670 images). Photographic copies of oil paintings (1794-1933) of department officials and American agriculturalists, n.d. (P, 18 images). Scientists, agency buildings, experimental farms, personnel, and conferences, collected by plant pathologist Erwin F. Smith, 1886- 1937 (ES, 500 images). Washington, DC, and Presidents Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge, by scientist Joseph Abel, 1899-1932 (AD, 172 images). Louisiana Purchase (1904), Rio de Janeiro (1922), Panama-Pacific (1915), and other expositions; and botanical gardens, landscapes, and plant varieties, by Frank Lamson- Scribner, 1901-34 (FLS, 3,300 images). Expositions, Washington, DC, markets, and the activities of Secretary Henry A. Wallace, many by E.C. Purdy and F.S. Knoblack, 1901-43 (PSA, PSB, PSC, and PSD; 2,850 images). Photographic prints of USDA exhibits and other exhibits, 1900-55 (EX, EXA, EXC; 2,208 images). Mounted views of various agricultural scenes, 1943-67 (TN, 782 images). Historical color photograph file of the Department of Agriculture, 1942-80 (GK, 17,000 images). Photographs of charts, maps, and miscellaneous subjects, 1920-66 (DN, 1,700 images). Photographs of activities of the Bureau of Animal Industry, ca. 1930 - ca. 1951 (A, 2,240 images). Photographs of insects, 1940-42 (B, 800 images). Color transparencies relating to agricultural subjects compiled by the USDA, 1947-71 (VS, 618 images). Central Photographic Office Collections depicting agency officials, conferences, gardening, crop cultivation, animal husbandry, research, pest control, German prisoners of war picking peaches, and President Harry S. Truman signing the School Lunch Bill, 1939-75 (N, 62,000 images); and depicting agency officials, conferences, gardening, crop cultivation, animal husbandry, research, pest control, food inspection, home economics, and market regulation, 1965-69 (ST, 110,000 images). Photographs used in "After A Hundred years - The Yearbook of Agriculture 1962" (CY, 370 images). Photographs of "Changing Faces of Our Land," a USDA centennial exhibit, 1962 (CEN, 156 images). Photographs of USDA personnel and activities, 1944-80 (BN,CN,NF; 119,440 images). Photographs of agricultural subjects, 1973-80 (KS, 1,080 images). Photographs of President Jimmy Carter, 1977-78 (JC, 41 images). Photographs of the farmers' marches on Washington, DC 1978-79 (FM, 267 images). See Also 16.20.

Photographic Prints(3,925 images): Historical file, as described above, 1961-75 (GA). See Also 16.20.

Lantern Slides(148 images): Exhibits at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, CA, 1915, by Joseph Abel (SFX, 123 images). Cultivation, harvesting, and processing of hemp by the War Hemp Industries, Inc., 1942-46 (WH, 25 images). See Also 16.20.

Finding Aids: Shelflist (SLA) to photographic series N; shelflist (STX) to photographic series ST.

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16.7.2 Records of the Motion Picture Division

Textual Records: Production files for public information and training films, 1929-76. Index to motion picture productions, 1928-76.

Motion Pictures (1,384 reels):Public information and training films produced or acquired by the Motion Picture Service to document agriculture and forestry programs and 20th century farm life, 1928-76 (1,377 reels), including Forest and Health, 1928; Green Pastures, 1930; Negro Farmer, 1936; Salt of the Earth, 1937; Henry Brown Farmer, 1942; Smokey Bear, 1962; Mulligan Stew, 1971; and Child Nutrition, 1972. Power and the Land, directed by Joris Ivens for the Rural Electrification Administration, 1940 (4 reels). Contra La Fiebre Aftosa, Mexican government film on the control of aphthosa (foot and mouth disease), ca. 1947 (3 reels).

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16.7.3 Records of the Radio-Television Center

Video Recordings: Public service television programs "A Better Way," concerning consumer awareness topics, ca. 1979 - ca. 1988 (BW, 19 items); and "Down to Earth," concerning agricultural issues, ca. 1977 - ca. 1989 (DE, 25 items). "Satellite TV News Service, " 1989-93 (STNS, 45 items).

Sound Recordings (450 items): Press conferences, speeches, interviews, and public information programs featuring Secretaries of Agriculture Earl Butz and Robert Bergland and other departmental officials, relating to such topics as farm price supports, grain sales to the USSR, the American Agriculture Movement, and the farmers' strike, 1971-81 (240 items). Public information radio programs, 1940-50 (210 items), including such public affairs series as "American Farmer," "Consumer Time," and "National Farm and Home Hour," and recordings documenting participation of American farmers in the World War II defense effort, such as "Food Fight for Freedom" (1943); "Victory Garden Tips" (1944); and "Nuts to Adolph" (1943).

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16.8 Records Relating to Fiscal, Property, and Personnel Matters
1862-1942

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16.8.1 Records of the Division of Accounts and Disbursements

Textual Records: Record of payments, 1867-1921. Letter books, 1870-72. Appropriation journals, 1872-1906. Records of contracts, leases, and agreements, 1890-1902. Salary books, 1892-1904. Expenditure ledgers, 1893- 1900, 1902-04. Liability ledgers, 1899-1904. General appropriation ledgers, 1906-21.

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16.8.2 Records of the Office of Budget and Finance

Textual Records: Project files concerning emergency relief work, 1933-42. Correspondence of the Director of Finance, 1935-37. Circulars and memorandums, 1935-40. Reports, 1935-42. Memorandums issued by the Works Progress Administration, 1938-39.

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16.8.3 Records of the Office of the Chief Clerk

Textual Records: Letters sent, 1893-1929. General correspondence, 1911-21. Memorandums and circular letters, 1913-31.

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16.8.4 Records of the Division of Purchase, Sales, and Traffic

Textual Records: General correspondence and related records, 1933-39. Letters sent, 1923-29. Federal Coordinating Service bulletins, 1921-28. Letters sent, General Supply Committee, 1914- 18.

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16.8.5 Records of the Office of Plant and Operations

Textual Records: Correspondence and other records concerning construction of the Administration Building, 1903-09. Records of the Committee on Buildings, 1904-09. Records of the supervising engineer, 1903-07, and of the inspector, 1905-08. Correspondence relating to operation of the Administration Building, 1926-39; and to department buildings in the District of Columbia, 1905-33. Records of the Federal Real Estate Board Representative, 1921-34, 1939-42. Records concerning the Center Market, 1922-23. Records concerning the Extensible ("South") Building, 1926-39; and the Beltsville, MD, Research Center, 1939-42. Deeds and related records, 1913-41, with index, 1913-39.

Photographs (225 images): Construction of Administration Building and laboratories, 1904-07. See Also 16.20.

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16.8.6 Records of the Office of Personnel

Textual Records: Letters sent by the Office of Inspection, 1914- 25; and by the Office of Personnel and Business Administration, 1925-39. Selected personnel files, 1862-1940. Register of employees, 1907-08. Records relating to reclassification of salaries, 1911-21. Letters sent by the Immediate Relief Association, 1908-29. Organization records of various bureaus, divisions, and services of the Department of Agriculture, 1940-56.

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16.8.7 Records of the Library

Textual Records: Registers of visitors, 1869-79. Registers of letters received, 1869-70. List of exchanges, 1867-84. Records of publications received, 1867-70; and borrowed, 1871-77. Letters sent, 1873-80, 1885-95. Shelf list and catalog of publications, ca. 1876.

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16.9 Records Relating to World War I Activities
1917-18

Textual Records: Correspondence and other records of Beverly T. Galloway, representative on the Interdepartmental Advisory Committee, Council of National Defense, 1917-18.

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16.10 Records Relating to World War II and Postwar Activities
1933-53

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16.10.1 Records of the Office for Agricultural War Relations and
its predecessors

History: Established by Presidential letter of May 5, 1941, as the Office of Agricultural Defense Relations. To it were transferred the functions and records of the Agriculture Division, National Defense Advisory Commission. Name changed to Office for Agricultural War Relations by Presidential letter of April 14, 1942.

Textual Records: General correspondence and other records of the Agriculture Division, National Defense Advisory Commission, 1940- 41. General correspondence and other records of the Office for Agricultural War Relations and its predecessor, 1941-42.

Finding Aids: Harold T. Pinkett, comp., Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Office for Agricultural War Relations, PI 37 (1952).

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16.10.2 Records of wartime activities

Textual Records: Records and related correspondence, Interbureau Committee on Post-Defense Programs, 1941-45. Minutes of meetings, reports, and related records, Combined Food Board, 1941-46. Records of the Foods Requirements Committee, including general correspondence, with index, 1942; "War File," 1939-41; records of the national agricultural achievement "A" awards program, 1933- 44; and records concerning wartime food management, 1942-43.

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16.10.3 Records of postwar activities

Textual Records: General correspondence and other records of the Famine Emergency Relief Program, 1946; Citizen's Food Committee, 1947; Office of Food and Feed Conservation, 1948; and Interagency Food Committee, 1951-53. Abstracts of meetings of the Cabinet Committee on World Food Problems, 1946-48. Records of Gayle E. Armstrong concerning government seizure of meat packing plants and facilities, 1946.

Maps(359 items): Published and photoprocessed maps, with related graphs, tables, and textual descriptions, prepared by local postwar planning committees for the Northeast, Southeast, Appalachian, Northern Great Plains, Southwest Inter-Mountain, Pacific Northwest, and California-Nevada regions, showing soils, climate, crops, population, transportation, and market areas, 1941-45 (343 items). Economic Atlas of the Pacific Northwest, 1941 (16 items). See Also 16.16.

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16.11 Records of the Office of the Civilian Conservation Corps
(CCC) Activities
1933-43

History: Established in July 1938 to administer and coordinate CCC programs carried on by various bureaus of the department.

Textual Records: Correspondence, 1933-42. Statistical compilations, 1933-42. CCC camp directories, 1933-42; and program circulars, 1933-42. Records relating to CCC camp program approvals, 1933-43. Correspondence of the Chief Liaison Office, 1937-42.

Maps(70 items):Location of CCC camps within the states, 1935. See Also 16.16.

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16.12 Records of the Office of Management Appraisal and Systems Development
1961-64

Textual Records: Records relating to the investigation of Billie Sol Estes, 1961-64.

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16.13 Records of the Statistical Reporting Service
1964

Textual Records: Subject files, 1964. Correspondence and memorandums relating to field operations, 1964.

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16.14 Records of the National Agricultural Library
1962-63

Textual Records: Subject files, 1962-63.

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16.15 Records of Other Activities
1914-42

Textual Records: Reports and related records of the Joint Committee on Projects, 1914-15. Minutes and related records of the Federal Board for Vocational Education, 1917, 1920-31. Minutes of the Federal Power Commission, 1923-30. Letters sent by the Director of Regulatory Work, 1923-29. Correspondence and exhibits of the President's Agricultural Conference, 1919-25. Records of the National Drought Relief Committee, including correspondence, 1930-32; reports of the National Emergency Council, 1933-36; records relating to commodity diversion programs, 1936-42; and general correspondence of the coordinator of land use planning, 1937.

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16.16 Cartographic Records (General)
1889-1942

Maps: Album of Agricultural Statistics of the United States, 1889 (16 items). Field activities of the Department of Agriculture, 1912, 1914 (17 items). Land management activities of the bureaus, 1939 (1 item). Extent of aerial photography in the United States, 1939-42 (29 items).

See Maps Under 16.7.1, 16.10.3, and 16.11.

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16.17 Motion Pictures (General)

See Under 16.7.2.

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16.18 Video Recordings (General)

See Under 16.7.3.

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16.19 Sound Recordings (General)

See Under 16.7.3.

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16.20 Still Pictures (General)

See Photographs Under 16.7.1 and 16.8.5.
See Photographic Prints Under 16.7.1.
See Lantern Slides Under 16.7.1.


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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