Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Prison Industries Reorganization Administration


(Record Group 209)
1934-40
45 cu. ft.

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  • 209.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 209.2 RECORDS OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIES REORGANIZATION ADMINISTRATION 1934-40 54 lin. ft.

209.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: As an independent agency by EO 7194, September 26, 1935, pursuant to the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935 (49 Stat. 115), April 8, 1935. Functions: Studied industrial operations of and markets for products of state and District of Columbia penal and correctional institutions. Developed a program to reduce competition between private and prison industry through prison reorganization.

Abolished: By failure of appropriations, June 30, 1938.

Successor Agencies: Public Works Administration (unfinished business only, 1938-40).

Finding Aids: William R. Lescure and Kathleen E. Riley, comps., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Prison Industries Reorganization Administration," NC 139 (1966).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Prison Industries Reorganization Administration in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. Additional records relating to open-market competition for prison-made products in the Public Agencies Division files in RG 9, Records of the National Recovery Administration. Records relating to the control of industrial operations in federal penal and correctional institutions by the superintendent of prisons before 1930, by the Bureau of Prisons, 1930-34, and by the Federal Prison Industries, Inc., 1934-43, in RG 129, Records of the Bureau of Prisons.

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209.2 RECORDS OF THE PRISON INDUSTRIES REORGANIZATION
ADMINISTRATION
1934-40
54 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Records of advisory board member Gustav Peck, 1935-38. Records of the assistant executive director, 1934-38; the chief clerk, 1935-40; and a statistician, 1935-40. Records of the Legal Section, 1935-40. General correspondence, 1935-40. Statistical reports from state institutions on consumption of food, clothing, and other supplies, 1935-37. Library Division reference materials, 1935-40. Draft reports relating to farm, forestry, industrial, and road construction work for prisoners, 1937-38. Records of a survey of District of Columbia penal institutions, including case histories of 676 prisoners, 1937-38.


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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