Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Petroleum Administration for War [PAW]


(Record Group 253)
1935-48 (bulk 1941-46)

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 253.1 Administrative History
  • 253.2 Records of the Office of the Petroleum Administrator 1941-46
    • 253.2.1 General records
    • 253.2.2 Records of the Deputy Administrator
    • 253.2.3 Records of Assistant Deputy Administrators
    • 253.2.4 Records of Special Assistants
    • 253.2.5 Records of the Executive Secretary
    • 253.2.6 Records of the Labor-Manpower Counselor
  • 253.3 Records of Staff Divisions 1941-46
    • 253.3.1 Records of the Program Division
    • 253.3.2 Records of the Research Division
    • 253.3.3 Records of the Administrative Division
    • 253.3.4 Records of the Public Relations Division
    • 253.3.5 Records of the Legal Division
  • 253.4 Records of Support Divisions 1941-46
    • 253.4.1 Records of the Facility Security Division
    • 253.4.2 Records of the Materials Division
    • 253.4.3 Records of the Construction Division
  • 253.5 Records of Foreign Operations Divisions 1935-46
    • 253.5.1 Records of the Foreign Production Division
    • 253.5.2 Records of the Foreign Refining Division
    • 253.5.3 Records of the Foreign Supply and Distribution Division
  • 253.6 Records of Domestic Operations Divisions 1939-46
    • 253.6.1 Records of the Production Division
    • 253.6.2 Records of the Natural Gas and Gasoline Division
    • 253.6.3 Records of the Refining Division
    • 253.6.4 Records of the Supply and Transportation Division
    • 253.6.5 Records of the Distribution and Marketing Division
  • 253.7 Records of PAW Districts 1940-45
    • 253.7.1 Records of District 1, New York, NY (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL)
    • 253.7.2 Records of District 2, Chicago, IL (ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, KY, TN)
    • 253.7.3 Records of District 3, Houston, TX (AL, MS, LA, AR, TX, NM)
    • 253.7.4 Records of District 4, Denver, CO (MT, ID, WY, UT, CO)
    • 253.7.5 Records of District 5, Los Angeles, CA (WA, OR, NV, CA, AZ, AK, HI)
  • 253.8 Records of the District 5 Petroleum Industry Committee (PIC) 1941-48 (bulk 1941-46)
  • 253.9 Still Pictures (General)

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253.1 Administrative History

Established: As an independent agency by EO 9276, December 2, 1942.

Predecessor Agencies:
  • Office of the Petroleum Coordinator for National Defense (1941-42)
  • Office of the Petroleum Coordinator for War (1942)

Functions: Exercised oversight responsibility for the activities of the wartime petroleum industry, including conservation, research and development, resource allocation, and shipment.

Abolished: Effective May 8, 1946, by EO 9718, May 3, 1946.

Successor Agencies: Oil and Gas Division, Department of the Interior.

Finding Aids: James R. Fuchs and Albert Whimpey, comps., "Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Petroleum Administration for War," PI 31 (1951).

Related Records: Records of the Solid Fuels Administration for War, RG 245.

Subject Access Terms: World War II agency.

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253.2 Records of the Office of the Petroleum Administrator
1941-46

History: Office of the Petroleum Coordinator for National Defense established as an independent agency by Presidential letter, May 28, 1941, with Secretary of the Interior Harold C. Ickes designated as Petroleum Coordinator. Name changed to Petroleum Coordinator for War pursuant to Presidential letter, April 20, 1942. Superseded by the PAW, 1942. See 253.1.

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253.2.1 General records

Textual Records: PAW central file, 1941-46 (183 ft.), with indexes, 1941-45 (160 ft.).

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253.2.2 Records of the Deputy Administrator

Textual Records: Administrative files, 1941-46, with index. "Personal file" of the Deputy Administrator, 1941-46. Reading files of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator, 1941-46. Transcripts of conferences and hearings, 1941-43. Weekly activity reports of PAW administrative personnel, 1941-46. Office issuances, 1941-46. Daily record of meetings held, 1941-44. Minutes and membership lists of the Petroleum Industry War Council (PIWC) and its national and special committees, Petroleum Industry Joint District subcommittees, and Petroleum Industry District Committees and subcommittees, 1941-46. Minutes of the Lloyd Mission and the U.S. Supply and Distribution Board, January-February 1943. Minutes of the Foreign Division Operating Committee and the Foreign Operating Committee, 1943-45; the Interagency 100-Octane Committee, 1944-45; and the Domestic Operating Committee, 1945. Records relating to the foreign oil situation, 1941-46. Mexican Technical Mission reports, October- November 1942. Synthetic rubber reports, 1942. Records relating to oil stocks and civilian demand in the Hawaiian Islands, 1942- 44. Statistical records relating to petroleum stocks and U.S. supply and demand, 1942-43. Reports on tanker status, tonnage, deliveries, and losses, 1941-45. Statistics (1930-45) on foreign oil and petroleum, 1944-45. World production forecasts through 1948, 1943-44. PAW history project records, 1941-45. Organizational records, including a policy and jurisdiction file, a file of PAW legal authorities and responsibilities, and an organization manual, 1941-46. PAW orders and regulations, and War Production Board orders and regulations implemented by PAW, 1941- 45. Press releases, 1941-45. Statistical charts showing petroleum stocks and U.S. supply and demand, 1942-43; tanker status, 1941- 45; PAW organization, 1943-45; and petroleum stocks and deliveries, 1943-45.

Maps (10 items, in Washington Area): World oil fields, gas transmission systems in PAW District 3, and East Coast emergency petroleum distribution system, 1943-44.

Engineering Plans (3 items, in Washington Area): Cylindrical oil barge proposed by Erle P. Halliburton, 1941.

Subject Access Terms: British Petroleum Mission; Jackson, Fred G.; Lokke, Carl L.

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253.2.3 Records of Assistant Deputy Administrators

Textual Records: Correspondence, reports, and other records of Robert E. Allen, 1941-44; Bruce K. Brown, 1941-45; and E.L. DeGoyler, 1941-43.

Subject Access Terms: Oil pools.

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253.2.4 Records of Special Assistants

Textual Records: Correspondence, reports, and other records of Max W. Ball, 1942-46; Elmer E. Batzell, 1941-46; John W. Frey, 1941-46; Jacque C. Morrell, 1942-45; and J. Elmer Thomas, 1941- 43. Consolidated files of Adolph H. Levy and G.M. Fuller, 1941- 46.

Subject Access Terms: O'Mahoney Committee; tax amortization.

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253.2.5 Records of the Executive Secretary

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1942-45. Records of the Domestic Operating Committee and the Reconversion Subcommittee, 1944-45. Subject index of the Domestic Operating Committee, 1943- 45. Records of the Foreign Petroleum Materials Committee and the Foreign Petroleum Requirements Committee, 1942-45. Records of the Petroleum Industry War Council, 1942-45. Records relating to various PAW, district, and interagency committees, 1942-45. List of committees concerned with petroleum, 1941-45.

Maps and Charts (250 items, in Washington Area): Prepared by the Graphics Section, 1943-45, with index.

Subject Access Terms: Chinese Petroleum Committee; Civilian Requirements Policy Committee; Combined Production and Resources Board; Committee on Modification of Materials Control; European Petroleum Committee; Executive Committee (PAW); Foreign Crude Coordinating Committee; Foreign Petroleum Committee; General Staff Council (PAW); Industry Committees; Liberated Areas Petroleum Products Requirements Committee; National Conference of Petroleum Regulatory Authorities; Petroleum Board; Petroleum Requirements Committee.

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253.2.6 Records of the Labor-Manpower Counselor

Textual Records: Records regarding labor and manpower in the petroleum industry, 1943-45; and manpower problems, wage disputes, and furloughs in specific companies, 1943-45.

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253.3 Records of Staff Divisions
1941-46

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253.3.1 Records of the Program Division

History: Established June 17, 1943. Terminated November 8, 1945.

Textual Records: Records relating to petroleum programs and supply, 1943-45. Historical files, 1943-45. Correspondence relating to PIWC, PAW, and interagency committees and other bodies, 1943-45. Reports prepared for the Enemy Oil Committee by the Office of Strategic Services, January 1944. Reading file, 1943-45. Records relating to Congressional petroleum hearings, 1943-45.

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253.3.2 Records of the Research Division

History: Established August 1, 1941. Terminated May 8, 1946.

Textual Records: Reading file of the director, 1943-45. General correspondence of the assistant director, 1942-45. Division reports, 1941-45. Records on general security regulations affecting PAW, 1942-45. Records of the Statistical and Water Transport Sections, 1941-45.

Subject Access Terms: Domestic Supply Committee.

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253.3.3 Records of the Administrative Division

History: Established August 1, 1941. Terminated May 20, 1946.

Textual Records: Records of the Office of the Executive Director, 1942-45. Records of the Organization and Planning Staff, 1942-45. Records of the Office of Records Administration, 1941-45. Records of the Publications Unit, consisting of press releases, orders and regulations, and copies of speeches and radio broadcasts by PAW officials, 1941-46.

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253.3.4 Records of the Public Relations Division

History: Division of Information operational by July 29, 1941. Redesignated Public Relations Division, August 1, 1942. Terminated March 30, 1946.

Textual Records: Reference file, 1941-45. Press releases, 1941- 46, with indexes. Records relating to petroleum news, 1943-45. Correspondence and other records relating to, and copies of, the PAW publication 100-Octane Times, 1944. Division reports, 1941- 45. Speeches, articles, and statements by PAW officials, 1941-46. PAW administrative issuances, 1941-46. Records of pipeline operating schedules, 1943-45; and products schedules, 1944-45.

Photographic Negatives (1,164 images, in Washington Area): Petroleum operations and product use in the Pacific Theaters, n.d.

Subject Access Terms: Miller, Gerald; "Oil Trade Press."

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253.3.5 Records of the Legal Division

History: Established July 1, 1941. Terminated May 8, 1946.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1941-46. Correspondence of the Chief Counsel, 1942-46. Records relating to the Elk Hills Naval Petroleum Reserve, 1942-44. Compliance cases, 1942-45. Issuances, 1941-46. Tank-car utilization schedules, 1942-44. Licensing agreements with the Universal Oil Products Co., 1944- 46. Minutes of the National Oil Policy Committee, 1945. Reports, 1942-46.

Subject Access Terms: Bussler, Louis T.; Hardwicke, R.E.; Levy, Adolph H.

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253.4 Records of Support Divisions
1941-46

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253.4.1 Records of the Facility Security Division

History: Established April 22, 1942. Terminated October 31, 1945.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1942-45. Records relating to joint U.S. Army-PAW inspections of petroleum facilities, 1942-45.

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253.4.2 Records of the Materials Division

History: Established January 8, 1942. Terminated November 15, 1945.

Textual Records: Records of the Offices of the Director, Assistant Director, and Procedure Specialist relating primarily to the controlled materials plan, 1942-45. Records of the Project Review and Control Sections, 1942-45; Salvage and Redistribution Section, 1942-45; Accounting and Statistical Section, 1942-46; Petroleum Equipment Manufacturers Section, 1941-45; Scheduling and Expediting Section, 1943-45; Foreign Section, 1943-46; and Production and Transportation Section, 1943-45.

Subject Access Terms: District Materials subcommittees; Foreign Materials Program; PAW Facilities Review Committee; Sucker-Rod Program; WPB Urgency Rating Committee.

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253.4.3 Records of the Construction Division

History: Established August 13, 1943, from the Construction Section, Refining Division. Abolished December 6, 1944, and functions divided between Refining Division and Materials Division.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1941-45. Records relating to construction of 100-octane gasoline plants and other refineries, 1941-45. Records of the Office of the Director, 1941- 45. Records of the assistant director, 1942-45. Records of the Priorities Section, 1942-45; Special Ratings Section, 1943-45; Requirements and Control Section, 1941-45; Redistribution Section, 1942-44; Valves and Fittings Section, 1943-45; Power Section, 1942-45; Heat Exchanger and Pressure Vessel Section, 1943-45; and Miscellaneous Materials Section, 1941-42.

Photographs (1,500 images, in Washington Area): Progress on construction of refineries, 1943-44.

Subject Access Terms: Fitzgerald, M. Brookes; PAW Materials Coordinating Committee; sulfuric acid; WPB Power Division Requirements Committee.

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253.5 Records of Foreign Operations Divisions
1935-46

History: Foreign Division established August 1, 1941. Divided into Foreign Production Division, Foreign Refining Division, and Foreign Supply and Distribution Division, October 20, 1943.

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253.5.1 Records of the Foreign Production Division

History: Terminated May 8, 1946.

Textual Records: Central files, 1941-46. General correspondence and reference file, 1944. Records regarding foreign petroleum legislation, 1943. Records regarding world oil reserves, production, refining, supply and transportation, and consumption, 1942-45. Records of the Development Section, 1943-45; and Statistical Section, 1942-46.

Maps (1,135 items): Technical Information Section world and regional maps of existing and potential petroleum production areas, and oil pipeline and other transportation capacities; and structural subsurface maps, well log cross sections, and statistical tables relating to active and potential oil fields, 1935-46.

Subject Access Terms: Lend-lease.

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253.5.2 Records of the Foreign Refining Division

History: Terminated January 24, 1946.

Textual Records: Central files, 1941-46. Index to correspondence, reports, and other records received, 1944-45. Reading file, 1941- 46. Teletypes, 1943-45. Cables, 1942-45. Instructions, 1943-45. Statistical records, 1942-44. Records of the Office of the Director, 1941-46. Records of assistant directors, 1942-45. Records of the Materials Section of the Foreign Division, 1941- 44; Facilities Section, 1943-46; Technical Section, 1943-45; Russian Section, 1942-45; and Executive Section, 1943-45.

Subject Access Terms: Bahrain; Detwiler, J.G.; Foreign Operating Committee; Foreign Petroleum Materials Committee; Foreign Petroleum Requirements Committee; Gavin, M.J.; Technical Industrial Disarmament Committee; Technical Industrial Intelligence Committee; Technical Oil Mission; Walden, G.S.

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253.5.3 Records of the Foreign Supply and Distribution Division

History: Terminated November 8, 1945.

Textual Records: General correspondence and reference file, 1941- 44. Teletype messages, 1942-45, with register. Reading files, 1942-44. Records of the chief of the Lend-Lease Section of the Foreign Division, 1942-43. Records regarding foreign petroleum supply and distribution operations, 1941-43; the Essential Requirements Committee, 1942-45; and the Petroleum Facilities Coordinating Committee, September-November 1945. Records of the Office of the Director, 1939-45; and assistant directors, 1942- 46. Records of the Materials Section, 1943-45; Latin America Section, 1941-45; Near East-Far East-West African Section, 1943- 46; and Europe-North African Section, 1943-45.

Maps (2 items, in Washington Area): Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey maps showing 1938 exports of petroleum and petroleum products, 1942.

Subject Access Terms: Crampton, W.D.; Davies, Ralph K.; Frysinger, W.C.; Jackson, Fred G.

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253.6 Records of Domestic Operations Divisions
1939-46

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253.6.1 Records of the Production Division

History: Established June 18, 1941. Acquired part of abolished Construction Division (established August 1, 1941), with remaining part transferred to newly established Reserves Division, July 9, 1942. Acquired Reserves Division (renamed Reserves Section), December 1, 1943. Terminated December 17, 1945.

Textual Records: General correspondence, 1941-45. Reports, 1941- 45. Records relating to oil fields and pools ("Field and Pool File"), 1941-45. Records relating to organizations concerned with petroleum, 1941-45. Records of the Office of the Assistant Director, 1942-45. Records of the Office of the California Representative relating to oil production, reservoirs, heavy oil, and "deeper zone" production in District 5, 1942-45. Records of the Production Operations Section, 1940-45; Equipment Section, 1942-45; Secondary Recovery Section, 1941-45; Exploration Section, 1941-45; Development Section, 1941-45; Cost and Price Section, 1941-45; and Manpower Section, 1943-45. Records of the Reserves Division, 1941-44; and Reserves Section, 1941-45.

Maps (75 items, in Washington Area): Exploration Section state maps showing newly exploited oil wells, n.d.

Subject Access Terms: Dumbros, N.G.; Knowlton, D.R.; Neptune, M.K.; Storms, L.W.; "Stripper-well subsidy."

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253.6.2 Records of the Natural Gas and Gasoline Division

History: Established as section of Production Division. Became a division June 1, 1942. Terminated September 30, 1945.

Textual Records: General correspondence of the director, 1942-45. Project files of the assistant director, 1941-45. Records of the Natural Gasoline Section, 1941-45; Natural Gas Section, 1941-45; and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Section, 1942-45.

Maps (50 items, in Washington Area): Natural Gas Section maps of gas pipeline systems, 1941-43.

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253.6.3 Records of the Refining Division

History: Established August 1, 1941. Terminated February 28, 1946.

Textual Records: Central files, 1941-45 (379 ft.), with index. General correspondence, 1941-42. Records regarding refinery operations, 1941-44. Weekly reports, 1941-42. Records of the Offices of the Director, 1941-43; Assistant Director, 1941-43; and Administrative Assistant, 1941-45. Records of the Aviation Section, 1942-45; Economics Section, 1939-45; Equipment Procurement and Construction Sections, 1942-43; Operations Section, 1941-45; New Facilities Section, 1940-45; Process Section, 1942-45; and Technological Section, 1942-45. Records of the Aviation Gasoline Advisory Committee, 1942-45.

Architectural and Engineering Plans (250 items, in Washington Area): Blueprints and specifications of Lummus Co. refinery construction projects, 1942-43. Plans and specifications of Cities Services refinery at Lake Charles, LA, 1943.

Subject Access Terms: Aviation Petroleum Products Allocations Committee; Barber Asphalt Corporation; butadiene and synthetic rubber; Curacao Cumene Plant; Gary, W.W.; isopentane; Technical Advisory Committee; tetraethyl lead; toluene; White, W.W.; Wilson, D.W.

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253.6.4 Records of the Supply and Transportation Division

History: Established February 10, 1944, consolidating the Transportation Division (established August 1, 1941) and the Supply Division (established March 10, 1942). Terminated May 8, 1946.

Textual Records: Records of the Offices of the Director, 1941-46; Assistant Directors, 1941-45; and Administrative Assistant, 1941- 45. Records of the assistant directors, 1942-45; and special assistant to the director, 1941-46. Records of the Pipeline Engineering and Materials Section, 1941-46; Pipeline Operations Section, 1942-46; Rail Transportation Section, 1941-45; Motor Transport Section, 1942-45; Tanker Section, 1939-45; Inland Waterways Section, 1941-45; Scheduling Section, 1942-45; and Military Supply Section, 1941-45.

Maps (250 items, in Washington Area): Pipeline Engineering and Materials Section maps of pipeline operations, 1941-45.

Architectural and Engineering Plans (68 items, in Washington Area): Pipeline Engineering Section blueprints of the Southeast Emergency Pipeline, 1943; War Emergency Pipelines, Inc., 1943; and miscellaneous construction projects, 1942-45.

Subject Access Terms: "Big Inch"; Cowles, L.R.; Hodges, D.B.; Kinsolving, W.C.; Lange, W.R.; Mather, H.T.; Minkler, R.L.; Page, H.W.; PAW Domestic Operating Committee; PAW Domestic Supply Committee; Russell, R.P.; Sauer, R.C.; Southwest Emergency Pipeline; Wager, C.H.

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253.6.5 Records of the Distribution and Marketing Division

History: Marketing Division established August 1, 1941. Acquired distribution functions from Supply Division and renamed Distribution and Marketing Division, February 2, 1944. Terminated August 31, 1945.

Textual Records: Records of the Offices of the Director, 1941-45; Assistant Director, 1943-45; and Administrative Assistant, 1942- 45. Records of the Fuel Oil Section, 1942-45; Motor Fuels and Equipment Section, 1942-45; Lubricants and Containers Section, 1942-45; Economics and Analysis Section, 1941-45; Manpower Section, 1943-45; and Asphalt Section, 1942-44.

Subject Access Terms: District Supply and Distribution subcommittees; National and District Distribution and Marketing committees and subcommittees; Review and Appeals Committee.

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253.7 Records of PAW Districts
1940-45

History: For administrative purposes, Petroleum Coordinator for National Defense divided United States into five districts, effective 1941. District structure retained by successor agencies. Each district's organization paralleled that of the Washington, DC, office. District offices abolished effective April 30, 1946, by order of Deputy Petroleum Administrator Ralph K. Davies.

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253.7.1 Records of District 1, New York, NY (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT,
RI, NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, WV, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL)

History: Headquarters for Production Division and Division of Natural Gas and Natural Gasoline were in Pittsburgh, PA. A special representative of the foreign divisions of PAW was headquartered in New York and informally designated the Foreign Division.

Textual Records: Records (in New York) of district-level organizations headquartered in New York, NY, consisting of central files, 1941-45; delegations of authority, maintained by the Legal Division, 1943-44; correspondence, reports, and rate schedules of the Supply and Transportation Division, 1941-45; correspondence of the Distribution and Marketing Division, 1943- 45; and correspondence, reports, daily news summaries, and other records of the Foreign Division, 1942-45. Records (in Philadelphia) of district-level organizations headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, consisting of correspondence, statistical records, and other records of the Production Division, 1940-45; and correspondence, a reading file, and daily memorandums of phone calls and visits of the Natural Gas and Natural Gasoline Division, 1942-45. Records of field offices of the Distribution and Marketing Division, consisting of correspondence of the Zone 1 office, Boston, MA, 1941-45 (in Boston); correspondence of the Zone 4 office, Charlotte, NC, 1943-45 (in Atlanta); a reading file of the Zones 4 and 5 office, Atlanta, GA, February 1943- December 1944 (in Atlanta); and a reading file and weekly marketing reports of the Zone 6 office, Pittsburgh, PA, 1943-45 (in Philadelphia).

Subject Access Terms: Aiken Subcommittee; Harigan, W.M.; Wylie, J.R., Jr.

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253.7.2 Records of District 2, Chicago, IL (ND, SD, NE, KS, OK,
MO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN, MI, OH, KY, TN)

Textual Records (in Chicago): Records of the Office of the Director-in-Charge,1941-45. Records of the Materials Division, 1941-45; Administrative Division, 1942-45; Manpower Division, 1943-45; Legal Division, 1942-45; Production Division, 1941-45; Exploration and Geological Section, 1941-45; Reserves and Reservoirs Section, 1941-45; Natural Gas and Natural Gasoline Division, 1942-45; Refining Division, 1943-45; Supply and Transportation Division, 1941-45; and Distribution and Marketing Division, 1943-45.

Photographs (267 images, in Chicago): Administrative Division publicity photographs, 1945.

Subject Access Terms: Kingwood Oil Co.; Lion Oil Refining Co.

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253.7.3 Records of District 3, Houston, TX (AL, MS, LA, AR, TX,
NM)

Textual Records (in Fort Worth): Records of the Office of Director-in-Charge, 1942-44. Records of the Facility Security Division, 1942-45; Materials Division, 1944-45; Construction Division, 1943-44; Administrative Division, 1941-45; Manpower Division, 1942-45; Legal Division, 1943-45; Production Division, 1942-45; Natural Gas and Natural Gasoline Division, 1942-45; Refining Division, 1942-45; Supply and Transportation Division, 1942-45; and Distribution and Marketing Division, 1942-45. Graphs showing production curves and records on well development and production for fields in District 3, 1944-45.

Subject Access Terms: Granger, G.T.; Mayfield, M.L.; Sturges, D.P.; Thompson, Glenn P.

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253.7.4 Records of District 4, Denver, CO (MT, ID, WY, UT, CO)

Textual Records (in Denver): Central files, 1941-45.

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253.7.5 Records of District 5, Los Angeles, CA (WA, OR, NV, CA,
AZ, AK, HI)

Textual Records (in San Francisco): Records of the Office of the Director-in-Charge, 1943-45. Records of the Facility Security Division, 1942-45; Materials Division, 1942-45; Construction Division, 1943-44; Public Relations Division, 1943-45; Legal Division, 1941-45; Production Division, 1941-45; Natural Gas and Natural Gasoline Division, 1942-45; Refining Division, 1941-45; Supply and Transportation Division, 1941-45; Statistical Section, 1942-45; Reserves and Exploration Section, 1941-45; Military Supply Section, 1943-45; and Distribution and Marketing Division, 1941- 45. Records of the Labor-Manpower Counselor, 1943-45.

Subject Access Terms: Allocation Committee; butadiene; Conservation Committee of California Oil Producers; liquefied petroleum gas; Production Committee; Scarborough, H.L.

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253.8 Records of the District 5 Petroleum Industry Committee
(PIC)
1941-48 (bulk 1941-46)

History: Advisory Petroleum Industry Committees were established in each district pursuant to directive of Petroleum Coordinator, August 8, 1941 (later codified as PAW Recommendation 7). Consisted of functional committees reflecting operating branches of petroleum industry under supervision of a General Committee. There are no surviving separately maintained PIC records for Districts 1-4.

Textual Records (in Los Angeles): Records of the General Committee and its subcommittees, 1941-48. Records of the Production Committee, 1941-46. Records of the Refining Committee, 1941-46. Records of the Supply and Transportation Committee and its subcommittees, 1941-47. Records of the Distribution and Marketing Committee, 1941-45. Records of the Natural Gas and Natural Gasoline Committee and its subcommittee, 1942-46.

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253.9 Still Pictures (General)

Posters: Entitled "We're On Our Way! The Navy Moves In On A Sea Of Oil," promoting the importance of oil production for the navy's war efforts, 1944.


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.
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