Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Office of Price Stabilization [OPS]


(Record Group 295)
1947-55

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 295.1 Administrative History
  • 295.2 Headquarters Records 1950-55
    • 295.2.1 Records of the Office of the Director
    • 295.2.2 Records of the Office of Price Operations
    • 295.2.3 Records of the Office of Enforcement
    • 295.2.4 Records of the Office of the Boards of Review
    • 295.2.5 Records of the Office of Management
    • 295.2.6 Records of the Office of the Chief Counsel
    • 295.2.7 Records of other offices
    • 295.2.8 Other records
  • 295.3 Field Office Records 1950-53
  • 295.4 Sound Recordings (General) 1947-53
    47 items

295.1 Administrative History

Established: In the Economic Stabilization Agency, by General Order No. 2, Economic Stabilization Administrator, January 24, 1951. Director of Price Stabilization appointed November 30, 1950, under provisions of EO 10161, September 9, 1950, pursuant to the Defense Production Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 798), September 8, 1950.

Functions: Obtained voluntary compliance with measures to stabilize prices. Established and administered price regulations. Operated through 14 regional and about 90 district offices in principal cities of the United States and its territories and possessions, assisted by industry advisory committees.

Abolished: April 30, 1953, pursuant to EO 10434, February 6, 1953, following the decontrol of all prices and the expiration of price control provisions of the Defense Production Act. Liquidation activities terminated, June 30, 1953, and residual functions reverted to the Economic Stabilization Agency.

Successor Agencies: Economic Stabilization Agency.

Specific Restrictions: As specified by the Defense Production Act Amendments of 1953 (67 Stat. 131), June 30, 1953, personal and industrial information obtained in confidence under provisions of section 705 of the Defense Production Act of 1950, as amended, and not made public before April 30, 1953, may not be published or disclosed to the public or to another federal agency, except the Congress or any duly authorized committee, the Department of Justice in performance of its official duties, and the successors of the Economic Stabilization Agency, unless the President determines that withholding the information is contrary to the interest of the national defense.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Office of Price Stabilization in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
General Records of the Economic Stabilization Agency, RG 296.

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295.2 Headquarters Records
1950-55

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295.2.1 Records of the Office of the Director

Textual Records: Correspondence, 1950-53. Minutes of policy meetings, 1950-53. General subject file, 1950-53, with index. Letters, telegrams, and circulars sent to regional and field offices, 1951-53. Miscellaneous records, 1950-53. Subject files of the Inter-agency liaison, 1951-53.

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295.2.2 Records of the Office of Price Operations

Textual Records: Subject files of the director, 1951-53. Executive officer files, 1951-53. Reports relating chiefly to activities of regional and district offices, 1951-53. Records relating to the termination of ceiling prices, 1952-53. Subject files of the Coordinator for Government Purchases and Sales, 1951-52.

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295.2.3 Records of the Office of Enforcement

Textual Records: Subject files, 1951-53, with index. District office enforcement case files, 1951-53. Selected national office and regional office enforcement case files, 1951-53. Reports on enforcement activities, 1951, and inspection of district offices, 1951-52. Correspondence and other records relating to district offices, 1951-53.

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295.2.4 Records of the Boards of Review

Textual Records: Docketed protest case files, 1951-53. Minutes and correspondence of the policy committees, 1951-53.

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295.2.5 Records of the Office of Management

Textual Records: Administrative and organizational files, 1951-53. Records of the Budget and Finance Division including files relating to the preparation of the OPS budget, 1950-53; and selected compromise settlement case files, 1951-53.

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295.2.6 Records of the Office of the Chief Counsel

Textual Records: Subject files, 1951-2. Interpretations files of the Office of the Associate Chief Counsel for Legal Review, 1951-53. Case files of the Validity Proceedings and Court Review Division, 1952-55. Records of the Coordination of Interpretations Division relating to the interpretation of regulations, 1951-53.

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295.2.7 Records of other offices

Textual Records: Central files of the Office of Small Business Affairs, 1951-53. Records of the Office for Advisory Committees including central and subject files of the Industry Advisory Committee, 1951-53; and subject files of the Consumer Advisory Committee, 1951-53. General files of the Office of Economic Policy, 1951-53.

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295.2.8 Other records

Textual Records: Narrative reports relating to the history of the OPS, 1953. OPS publications and issuances, 1950-53.

Microfilm Publications: T460.

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295.3 Field Office Records
1950-53

Textual Records: Records relating to prices and pricing operations, OPS Region V (AL, FL, GA, MS, SC, TN) and local offices in Birmingham, AL; Montgomery, AL; Jacksonville, FL; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Savannah, GA; Jackson, MS; Columbia, SC; Memphis, TN; and Nashville, TN, 1950-53 (in Atlanta). Records relating to prices and pricing operations, OPS Region VIII (MN, MT, ND, SD), 1950-53 (in Kansas City). Records relating to prices and pricing operations, OPS Region IX (IA, KS, MO, NE), 1950-53 (in Kansas City). Records relating to prices and pricing operations, OPS Region X (TX, LA, OK, AR), 1950-53 (in Fort Worth). Records relating to prices and pricing operations, OPS Region XI (CO, NM, UT, WY) and local office in Cheyenne, WY, 1950-53 (in Denver). Records relating to prices and pricing operations, OPS Region XII (AZ, CA, NV, HI) and local offices in Phoenix, AZ; Sacramento, CA; San Diego, CA; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Honolulu, HI; and Reno, NV, 1950-53 (in San Francisco).

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295.4 Sound Recordings (General)
1947-53
47 items

Radio talks, interviews, dramas, spot announcements, and music featuring Tighe Woods, Eric Johnston, Michael V. DiSalle, Roger Putnam, and several prominent entertainers, 1947-53.


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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