Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Bonneville Power Administration [BPA]


(Record Group 305)
1936-71

Overview of Records Locations

Table of Contents

  • 305.1 Administrative History
  • 305.2 Records of the Bonneville Power Administration 1936-1971
  • 305.3 Motion Pictures (General) 1940, 1949
  • 305.4 Sound Recordings (General) 1941

305.1 Administrative History

Established: In the Department of the Interior by the Bonneville Project Act (50 Stat. 731), August 20, 1937.

Transfers: To Department of Energy, effective October 1, 1977, by the Department of Energy Organization Act (91 Stat. 569), August 4, 1977.

Functions: Distributes and sells hydroelectricity generated by Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dams along the Columbia River and its tributaries. Administers energy conservation, renewable resource development, and fish and wildlife enhancement provisions of the Pacific Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980. Implements the Columbia River Treaty, in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers.

Related Records:
Records of the Office of the Chief of Engineers, RG 77.
Records of the Bureau of Reclamation, RG 115.
Records of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, RG 138.
Records of the Rural Electrification Administration, RG 221.

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305.2 Records of the Bonneville Power Administration
1936-1971

Textual Records (in Seattle): Central subject-classified files, 1937-56. Program subject files, 1936-66 (172 ft.). Program correspondence relating to operation of substations and transmission lines, 1937-50. Reading files of the BPA administrator, 1955-65. Financial and operating summaries of BPA customers, 1951-54. BPA utility statements, 1957-66. Management studies, 1971. Power system statements to the Federal Power Commission, 1955-64. Annual reports of public and private utilities in ID, MT, OR, and WA to the Federal Power Commission, 1937-63. Organizational charts and related records, 1938-47. Working papers compiled for a history of BPA, ca. 1947. Press releases, 1949-59. Personnel file of Woodrow G. (Woody) Guthrie, May-June 1941. BPA publications, 1942-65.

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305.3 Motion Pictures (General)
1940, 1949

Hydro, describing the benefits of hydroelectric power, 1940 (1 reel). The Columbia, illustrating federal programs for the development of the Columbia River and its tributaries, 1949 (1 reel).

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305.4 Sound Recordings (General)
1941

Twelve original songs by folksinger Woody Guthrie, recorded during his employment by BPA, May-June 1941, for possible use in film The Columbia (1949)(6 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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