Guide to Federal Records

General Records of the Economic Stabilization Agency [ESA]


(Record Group 296)
1949-53

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Table of Contents

  • 296.1 Administrative History
  • 296.2 Records of the Office of the Administrator 1951-53
  • 296.3 Records of the Office of the General Counsel 1951-53
  • 296.4 Records of the Operations Office 1950-53
  • 296.5 Records of the Office of Rent Stabilization 1949-53
  • 296.6 Sound Recordings (General) 1951-53
    39 items

296.1 Administrative History

Established: As an independent agency by EO 10161, September 9, 1950, under authority of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 798), September 8, 1950.

Functions: Administered price ceiling and salary stabilization programs. Supervised the following constituent agencies: Office of Price Stabilization, Wage Stabilization Board, Salary Stabilization Board, Office of Rent Stabilization, Railroad and Airline Wage Board, and National Enforcement Commission.

Abolished: Effective April 30, 1953, by EO 10434, February 6, 1953, following the expiration of price control provisions of the Defense Production Act. Liquidation completed October 31, 1953, pursuant to EO 10480, August 14, 1953.

Successor Agencies: Attorney General (functions of the National Enforcement Commission and other enforcement and investigative functions under price control provisions of the Defense Production Act, by EO 10494, October 14, 1953); Director of the Office of Defense Mobilization (ongoing administrative proceedings, effective November 1, 1953); Secretary of the Treasury (fiscal liquidation responsibilities, effective November 1, 1953).

Finding Aids: Charles Zaid, comp., Preliminary Inventory of the General Records of the Economic Stabilization Agency, PI 129 (1960).

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Economic Stabilization Agency in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.
Records of the Office of Price Administration, RG 188.
Records of the National War Labor Board (World War II), RG 202.
Records of the Office of War Mobilization and Reconversion, RG 250.
Records of the Wage and Salary Stabilization Boards of the Economic Stabilization Agency, RG 293.
Records of the Office of Price Stabilization, RG 295.
Records of the Economic Stabilization Programs, 1971-1974, RG 432.

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296.2 Records of the Office of the Administrator
1951-53

Textual Records: Formerly security-classified and unclassified central subject file, 1951-53. Letters sent, 1951-53 (used as an index to the central subject file). Abstracts of significant letters and memorandums sent and received by Administrator Eric A. Johnston, 1951. Subject files of Administrators Roger L. Putnam, 1951-52, and Michael V. DiSalle, 1953. Correspondence of Assistant to the Administrator Kenneth Clark, 1951.

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296.3 Records of the Office of the General Counsel
1951-53

Textual Records: Records of General Counsels James M. Henderson and Raymond W. Karst, 1951-53. Subject files of Associate General Counsels Sidney L. Feiler and Stephen J. McMahon, Jr., 1951-53, including material relating to the 1952 steel strike and subsequent federal seizure of steel plants; decontrol of wages and prices in 1952; and legislative plans for 1953. Memorandums and reports of the consultant, 1951. Records of the Committee on Compliance Policy, 1951-53. Procedures manual of the Litigation Branch, Office of Rent Stabilization, 1952.

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296.4 Records of the Operations Office
1950-53

Textual Records: Subject file of Assistant Administrator (Operations) Ross Shearer, 1951-53. General and administrative orders maintained by Deputy Assistant Administrator George C. Vietheer, 1951-52. Records of the budget adviser, 1950-53, including reports relating to financial requirements of the ESA and its constituent agencies for fiscal years 1951-54. Reports compiled by the Reports and Secretariat Section, 1950-53. Histories of the ESA under Administrators Alan Valentine and Eric A. Johnston, and related correspondence, 1951-53. ESA forms, 1951-53.

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296.5 Records of the Office of Rent Stabilization
1949-53

Textual Records (in New York): Correspondence and resolutions concerning the control and de-control of rents in NJ, NY, and PR, 1949-53.

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296.6 Sound Recordings (General)
1951-53
39 items

Speech by Michael V. DiSalle, April 11, 1951 (3 items). Reconstruction Finance Corporation conference, February 24, 1952 (1 item). Administrative hearings concerning personnel matters of the ESA, March 1953 (35 items).


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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