Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Trade [SAFT]


(Record Group 20)
1933-36
57 cu. ft.

Table of Contents

  • 20.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 20.2 GENERAL RECORDS 1933-36 22 lin. ft.
  • 20.2.1 Records of the Administrative Office
  • 20.2.2 Records maintained by the Secretary of Records
  • 20.2.3 Records of the Public Relations Office
  • 20.3 RECORDS OF STAFF OFFICES AND DIVISIONS 1933-35 57 lin. ft.
  • 20.3.1 Records of the Division of Research and Statistics
  • 20.3.2 Records of the Office of the Comptroller of International Accounts
  • 20.3.3 Records of the SAFT Representative on the Committee for Reciprocity Information (CRI)
  • 20.3.4 Records of the SAFT Trade Agreements Committee

20.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: By EO 6651, March, 23, 1934, under authority of the National Industrial Recovery Act (48 Stat. 195), June 16, 1933.

Functions: Coordinated information concerning the foreign trade of the United States, negotiated specific trade transactions with individuals or groups desiring federal financial or bartering assistance, and studied trade resources of foreign countries and the amount of blocked U.S. funds abroad.

Abolished: By expiration of legislative mandate, June 15, 1935; appropriations lapsed, June 30, 1935; Special Adviser George N. Peek resigned, November 26, 1935; records closed, 1936.

Finding Aids: Robert R. Nicolosi, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Trade," NC 146 (June 1966).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Foreign Trade in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. Records of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, RG 275.
Records of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, RG 364.

Subject Access Terms: New Deal agency.

RECORDS
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Textual Records Washington Area 57 cu. ft.

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20.2 GENERAL RECORDS
1933-36
22 lin. ft.

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20.2.1 Records of the Administrative Office

Textual Records: Correspondence, issuances, memorandums, and financial and accounting records, 1934-36.

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20.2.2 Records maintained by the Secretary of Records

Textual Records: "Business confidential" information collected by SAFT relating to private companies, 1933-35, including a general correspondence file ("SAFT-C"); geographical ("country") and commodity files; and copies of consular reports and cablegrams acquired from the Department of State, with indexes and record cards.

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20.2.3 Records of the Public Relations Office

Textual Records: General correspondence, principally concerned with the Export-Import Banks, under the supervision of George N. Peek, 1933-36. Copies of statements and speeches by George N. Peek, including some predating and postdating his SAFT service, 1933-35.

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20.3 RECORDS OF STAFF OFFICES AND DIVISIONS
1933-35
57 lin. ft.

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20.3.1 Records of the Division of Research and Statistics

Textual Records: General records, 1933-35. Country studies and reports, 1934-35. Analyses of U.S. foreign trade acquired from the U.S. Tariff Commission, 1933-34. Trade charts, 1935. Records relating to the preparation of country studies, 1934-35, including reports and publications relating to international commodities and trade obtained from the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (Department of Agriculture) and the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce (Commerce Department).

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20.3.2 Records of the Office of the Comptroller of International
Accounts

Textual Records: General file relating to foreign trade, economic conditions abroad, commodities, and treaty policy, 1934-35. Records relating to the preparation of country studies, 1934-35. Returned questionnaires and other records obtained by the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce (Department of Commerce) and the Second Export-Import Bank in the process of determining for SAFT the amount of foreign currency owned by Americans and kept abroad as a result of exchange controls and other devices, 1934-35.

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20.3.3 Records of the SAFT Representative on the Committee for
Reciprocity Information (CRI)

History: CRI established by EO 6750, June 27, 1934, under provisions of the Tariff Act of 1930 Amendments (48 Stat. 945), June 12, 1934, to ascertain the views of U.S. firms regarding tariffs, concessions, and related matters under consideration in trade negotiations.

Textual Records: General office file, 1934-35. Country file, 1934-35. Records relating to reciprocal trade information, 1934- 35, with commodity index.

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20.3.4 Records of the SAFT Trade Agreements Committee

Textual Records: Office file, 1934-35. Trade agreements program file, 1934-35, including reports and other records received from the CRI. Records relating to the U.S.-Canadian trade agreement, January-June 1935.


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.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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