Guide to Federal Records

Records of Joint Army and Navy Boards and Committees


(Record Group 225)
1903-47
208 cu. ft.

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Table of Contents

  • 225.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 225.2 RECORDS OF THE JOINT BOARD 1903-47 13 lin. ft.
  • 225.3 RECORDS OF THE JOINT ARMY AND NAVY MUNITIONS BOARD 1922-46 122 lin. ft.
  • 225.4 RECORDS OF THE JOINT ADVISORY BOARD ON THE AMERICAN REPUBLICS 1940-46 1 lin. ft.
  • 225.5 RECORDS OF THE JOINT ARMY AND NAVY COMMITTEE ON WELFARE AND RECREATION 1941-46 33 lin. ft.

225.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Finding Aids: Harry W. John, comp., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of Joint Army and Navy Boards and Committees," NM 43 (1965).

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225.2 RECORDS OF THE JOINT BOARD
1903-47
13 lin. ft.

History: Established by joint order of the Secretaries of War and the Navy, July 17, 1903, published as General Order 136, Department of the Navy, July 18, 1903, and General Order 107, War Department, July 20, 1903, to serve as an advisory body for interservice coordination and cooperation. Reorganized by a new joint order, July 24, 1919, published as General Order 491 (Navy), and General Order 94 (War), both July 25, 1919. By military order, July 5, 1939, effective July 1, 1939, placed under the direct control and supervision of the President as commander in chief. Functions and responsibilities largely absorbed during World War II by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Abolished September 1, 1947, pursuant to a joint letter to the President from the Secretaries of War and the Navy, August 18, 1947.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1903-47. Letters sent, 1903-11.

Microfilm Publications: M1421.

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225.3 RECORDS OF THE JOINT ARMY AND NAVY MUNITIONS BOARD
1922-46
122 lin. ft.

History: Established by letter of the Joint Board, June 27, 1922, approved by the Secretaries of War and the Navy, to coordinate army and navy procurement of munitions and supplies. Revised the 1930 Industrial Mobilization Plan, 1939. Coordinated munitions procurement, critical materials stockpiling, foreign purchases, and machine tool allocation during World War II. Placed under the direct control and supervision of the President by military order, July 5, 1939, retroactive to July 1, 1939. Made accountable to Chairman, War Production Board, 1942, and placed under supervision of Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1943. Reconstituted by Presidential order, August 18, 1945. Terminated upon establishment of the Munitions Board by the National Security Act of 1947 (61 Stat. 505), July 26, 1947.

Textual Records: Records of the Executive Committee, consisting of general correspondence, 1922-46 (93 ft.); and correspondence relating to stockpiling of strategic and critical materials, 1939-46. Correspondence of the Clearance Committee, 1942-45; and the Joint Optics Committee, 1942-45. Correspondence, 1925-39; and memorandums and reports, 1932-44, of the Commodities Division. Plant surveys of the Facilities Division, 1942. Records of the Priorities Division, consisting of general correspondence, 1940- 42; and correspondence concerning priority directives, 1941-42.

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225.4 RECORDS OF THE JOINT ADVISORY BOARD ON THE AMERICAN
REPUBLICS
1940-46
1 lin. ft.

History: Established, late 1940, to review munitions requests from Latin American countries. Responsibility for lend-lease equipment requests added after March 1941. Activities expanded, 1944, to include general and postwar military collaboration. Responsibility for allocation of supplies and equipment transferred to new American Republics Allocations Board, September 1945. Abolished by Secretary of Defense, April 1949.

Textual Records: Correspondence, 1940-46.

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225.5 RECORDS OF THE JOINT ARMY AND NAVY COMMITTEE ON WELFARE AND
RECREATION
1941-46
33 lin. ft.

History: Established, February 1941, to plan army and navy welfare and recreation activities and to coordinate them with those of civil agencies. Last meeting held, April 1946.

Textual Records: Minutes of committee meetings, general correspondence, and cross-reference copies of outgoing communications, 1941-46. Records of committee members, 1941-44. Correspondence of the director of information and reports, 1942- 43. Correspondence of the director of the recording project, 1943. Correspondence of the subcommittee on education, 1941-43.


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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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.


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