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FG 296 (Commission on Railroad Retirement)

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These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   2 in.
  • Number of pages:   800

Organization Information

The Commission on Railroad Retirement was established by an amendment (84 Stat. 791) to the Railroad Retirement Act of 1937.  The mandate of the Commission was to study the railroad retirement system and recommend changes in order to provide levels of benefits on an actuarially sound basis.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, reports, and personnel actions. Primary correspondents include the President, Peter Flanigan, Noble Melencamp, and John Campbell. Topics include appointments to the Commission, the relationship between railroad retirement benefits and social security, the economic and social ramifications of the retirement system, and financing the retirement system.   Corresponding oversized attachments have been processed and integrated into the files.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 296 generally to determine the source of the materials. Items designated Executive are communications among national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, Members of Congress, and other prominent people. Items designated General are communications between Government officials and private citizens, institutions, and other private interests. 

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