Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA]

(Record Group 100)
1910-81

OVERVIEW OF RECORDS LOCATIONS

Table of Contents

  • 100.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 100.2 RECORDS OF THE BUREAU OF LABOR STANDARDS 1910-73
  • 100.2.1 Records of the Office of the Director
  • 100.2.2 Records of the Office for the Registration of Labor Organizations
  • 100.2.3 Records of the Division of State Services
  • 100.2.4 Records relating to the development of standards
  • 100.2.5 Records of other units
  • 100.3 GENERAL RECORDS OF OSHA 1971-81
  • 100.3.1 Records of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
  • 100.3.2 Records of the Directorate of Administrative Programs
  • 100.3.3 Records of the Associate Secretary for National Programs, Office of Standards Development
  • 100.3.4 Records of the National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health
  • 100.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)
  • 100.5 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL)

100.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: In the Department of Labor, effective April 28, 1971, by the Occupational Safety and Health Act (84 Stat. 1590), December 29, 1970, absorbing the Bureau of Labor Standards, May 1, 1971.

Predecessor Agencies:

In the Department of Labor:

  • Division of Labor Standards (1934-48)
  • Bureau of Labor Standards (1948-71)

Functions: Develops and issues occupational safety and health standards and regulations. Conducts inspections and investigations. Issues citations and proposes penalties for noncompliance with safety and health standards and regulations.

Finding Aids: William J. Lescure, comp., “Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Bureau of Labor Standards,” NC 107 (1965); supplement in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and its predecessors in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. General Records of the Department of Labor, RG 174.

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100.2 RECORDS OF THE BUREAU OF LABOR STANDARDS
1910-73

History: Division of Labor Standards established in the Department of Labor by departmental order, November 1934. Industrial Division, Children's Bureau transferred to the Division of Labor Standards in the Reorganization Plan No. II of 1946, effective July 16, 1946. Renamed Bureau of Labor Standards by Secretary of Labor General Order 39, February 17, 1948. Promoted industrial safety and health; developed national standards for labor legislation and labor law administration; coordinated enforcement of labor, wage, and occupational safety and health laws; and advised on child labor and youth employment. Absorbed by OSHA, May 1, 1971. SEE 100.1.

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100.2.1 Records of the Office of the Director

Textual Records: Central subject file, 1934-49, with card index. General information file, 1936-58. Central subject file, 1959-63. Records of Deputy Director George T. Brown, 1961-63.

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100.2.2 Records of the Office for the Registration of Labor Organizations

Texual Records: Case files of labor organization registrations under the Taft-Hartley Labor Management Relations Act, 1946-57, with microfilm copy of card index, 1946- 48 (6 rolls).

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100.2.3 Records of the Division of State Services

Textual Records: Subject file, 1959-63. Office files, 1962-69. Records relating to state legislative actions, 1935-40, including forms summarizing state actions and data concerning bills. Data prepared by Commerce Clearing House, Inc., relating to state legislative actions, 1936-73. Records relating to defense mobilization, 1950-59. Reference files on industrial homework and state child labor rulings, 1910-63.

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100.2.4 Records relating to the development of standards

Textual Records: Occupational and public safety codes and related records, 1927-65. Records relating to the development of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards, 1956-68.

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100.2.5 Records of other units

Textual Records: General records of the Industrial Division, Children's Bureau, 1941-44. Records relating to the International Labor Organization (ILO), 1934-70. Records of the President's Conference on Occupational Safety, 1958-60. Records of the Child Labor Branch, 1921-63. Records of the Office of Information and Consumer Affairs, 1949-58. Records of the International Division on international training and labor law administration in developing countries, 1955-63. Records of the Administrative and Legislative Standards Branch; draft proposals of model labor legislation, 1934-70.

Maps (18 items): Published maps of the United States depicting the extent of occupational disease insurance coverage, 1935-58.

Motion Pictures (1 reel): Stop Silicosis, 1938.

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100.3 GENERAL RECORDS OF OSHA
1971-81

100.3.1 Records of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health

Textual Records: Correspondence and subject files, 1973-75, 1981. Letters and memorandums sent, 1974-75. Correspondence with regions, 1974-75. Records concerning state occupational safety and health plans, 1974-75. Drafts of speeches of Assistant Secretary John H. Stender, 1973-75. Reading file, 1980-81.

Motion Pictures (1 videotape): Safety Expo 1973.

Related Records: Records of Assistant Secretary Morton Korn, 1975-77, in RG 174, General Records of the Department of Labor.

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100.3.2 Records of the Directorate of Administrative Programs

Textual Records: General records relating to the organization, mission, and functions of OSHA, 1971-81.

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100.3.3 Records of the Associate Secretary for National Programs, Office of Standards Development

Textual Records: Program correspondence files, 1973-81.

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100.3.4 Records of the National Advisory Committee on
Occupational Safety and Health

History: Established under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 to advise and make recommendations to the Secretaries of Labor and of Health, Education, and Welfare relating to the administration of the act. Composed of representatives of management, labor, occupational safety and health professions, and the public.

Textual Records: Records relating to the committee's meetings, including transcripts, correspondence, and biographical information on committee members, 1973-74.

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100.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)

SEE Maps UNDER 100.2.5.

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100.5 MOTION PICTURES (GENERAL)

SEE UNDER 100.2.5 and 100.3.1.


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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