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FG 320 (National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws)

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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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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:   < 1 in.
  • Number of pages:   79

Organization Information

The National Commission on State Workmen's Compensation Laws was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (P.L. 91- 596). The Commission conducted a comprehensive study and evaluation of state workmen's compensation laws to determine if those laws provided adequate, prompt, and equitable compensation for workers. It consisted of fifteen members, representing education, state workmen's compensation boards, insurance carriers, management, labor, the medical profession, and the general public. All members were appointed by and served at the pleasure of the President. The Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, and Health, Education, and Welfare served as ex officio members of the commission. It terminated after the submission of its final report in July of 1972.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence , memorandums, press releases, and personnel actions. Primary correspondents include the President, Caspar Weinberger, David N. Parker, John Evans, David Wimer, Roland L. Elliott, Kenneth R. Cole, Jr., Daniel T. Kingsley, Commission chairman John F. Burton, and California governor Ronald Reagan. Topics include  appointments to the Commission, the submission of its report to the President, and the possible creation of a successor commission. Corresponding oversized attachments have been processed and integrated into the files.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 320 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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