Guide to Federal Records

Records of the United States Coal Commision


(RECORD GROUP 68)
1896-1927 (Bulk 1922-23)
164 cu. ft.

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Table of Contents

  • 68.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 68.2 GENERAL RECORDS OF THE COMMISSION 1896-1927 (bulk 1922-23) 24 lin. ft.
  • 68.2.1 Records of Commissioner George Otis Smith
  • 68.2.2 Records of the Office of the Executive Secretary
  • 68.3 RECORDS OF DIVISIONS 1920-23 189 lin. ft.
  • 68.3.1 Records of the Division of Investigation of Labor Facts
  • 68.3.2 Records of the Division of Investigation of Economic Facts
  • 68.3.3 Records of the Division of Investigation of Engineering Facts
  • 68.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)

68.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: As a legislative agency by an act of September 22, 1922 (42 Stat. 1023).

Functions: Investigated the coal industry and its problems. Assisted Congress in framing legislation.

Abolished: By expiration of legislative mandate, September 22, 1923.

Successor Agencies: Geological Survey as liquidator, by EO 3901, September 13, 1923.

Finding Aids: Robert R. Nicolosi, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the United States Coal Commission," NC 130 (1965).

Related Records: Records of the U.S. Fuel Administration, RG 67.
Records of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, RG 70.
Records of the National Bituminous Coal Commission, 1935-36, RG 150. Records of the Bituminous Coal Division, RG 222.
Records of the Office of the Bituminous Coal Consumers' Counsel, RG 223.

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68.2 GENERAL RECORDS OF THE COMMISSION
1896-1927 (bulk 1922-23)
24 lin. ft.

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68.2.1 Records of Commissioner George Otis Smith

Textual Records: Minutes, reports, issuances, and other records, 1922-26. Historical and background files, 1914-22. Correspondence and published reports of the Geological Survey, 1920-21. Correspondence relating to Smith's speeches, and index to his articles and speeches, 1896-1925.

Maps (9 items): Mining towns in the United States, 1904-20. SEE ALSO 68.4.

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68.2.2 Records of the Office of the Executive Secretary

Textual Records: General files, 1922-23, with index. Reports and related documents, 1923. Calendar and bulletins, 1922-23. Records of the statistical adviser, 1913-23. General records of the chief clerk and disbursing officer, 1922-23. Records relating to fiscal operations, 1922-27, and to personnel, 1922-23.

Maps (19 items): Blueprints of mining communities, 1923. SEE ALSO 68.4

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68.3 RECORDS OF DIVISIONS
1920-23
189 lin. ft.

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68.3.1 Records of the Division of Investigation of Labor Facts

Textual Records: Records of the Living Conditions Section, including general records, records relating to mining towns and companies, and field investigation notes and reports, 1920-23. Records of the Cost of Living and Retail Price Section, 1922-23. Records of the Earnings Section, consisting of general records and records relating to earnings of anthracite and bituminous coal miners, 1922-23. Records of the Wage Rate Section, including records relating to coal industry wage rates and wage agreements, and briefs and abstracts of meetings between miners and operators, 1922-23. Records of the Labor Relations Section, 1922- 23, including records relating to a study (1914-23) of the causes of strikes, 1923.

Maps: (32 items): Living Conditions Section blueprints of mining communities, 1923. SEE ALSO 68.4

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68.3.2 Records of the Division of Investigation of Economic Facts

Textual Records: Records relating to a report of the Engineers' Advisory Valuation Committee, 1923. Records of the Cost of Production, Investment and Profits Section, consisting of general records; records relating to production, cost, investment; and a general financial history of anthracite and bituminous coal producers, 1922-23. Records of the Cost of Wholesaling and Retailing Section, 1922-23.

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68.3.3 Records of the Division of Investigation of Engineering
Facts

Textual Records: General records, 1922-23. Records relating to anthracite coal distribution, 1922-23; to an unpublished coal marketing report, 1923; and to a report on the purchase of coal by contract, 1923. Records of the Cost of Production, Transportation, and Distribution Section, 1922-23.

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68.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)

SEE Maps UNDER 68.2.1, 68.2.2, and 68.3.1.


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.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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