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Saturday, October 1, 2016

FDR’s Alphabet Soup

Records from the Great Depression
Cath Madden Trindle


FDIC-Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

1933 – present NARA RG 34   
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation   was established in 1933 as an independent agency by the Federal Reserve / Glass Stagall Act (48 Stat. 162) to insure the deposits of approved banks against loss in the event of bank failure.  In return for banks meeting stringent regulations, depositor’s funds were insured up to $5000 each.  Banks can apply for inclusion.  The FDIC acts as receiver for all national banks and some state banks placed in receivership.
§  There are over 400 listings for FDIC in OPC
§  San Francisco NARA has 33 cubic feet of records

SEC-Security and Exchange Commission

 1934-present   NARA RG 266

The Security and Exchange Commission was established by Congress as an independent, nonpartisan regulatory agency, designed to restore the stability of the stock market after the crash of October 1929 and to prevent corporate abuses  relating to the offering and sale of securities.

FDIC-Federal Communications Commission

 1934-present  NARA RG 173

The Federal Communications Commission was established by the Communications Act of 1934 (48 Stat. 1064) to regulate interstate and foreign communications by telephone, telegraph, cable and radio. It  replaced the Federal Radio Commission. From the Interstate Commerce Commission the FCC assumed regulation of telephone, telegraph, and cable companies; from the Department of State it assumed licensing of submarine cable operators.  As new communication technologies are created they are absorbed into the responsibilities of the FCC.The Federal Communications Commission   was established as an independent agency by the Comm

§  There are nearly 500 listings in OPA. (National Archives Online Public Access)
§  Pacific Region – San Francisco has 1 cubic foot of records from the 1950s

CSB-Central Statistical Board 

1933-1939. NARA RG 51.7

The Central Statistical Board was established by EO 6225, July 27, 1933, under authority of the National Industrial Recovery Act (48 Stat. 195), June 16, 1933to coordinate federal and other statistical services.  It was absorbed into Division of Statistical Standards, Budget Bureau in 1939  Records include reports from CWA and other programs. 

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