FG 134 (Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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

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  • Number of pages:   171
Organizational Note

Created as an independent agency by Reorganization Plan 1 of 1954 (68 Stat. 1279), effective July 1, 1954. The Commission's duties and authority are defined in the International Claims Settlement Act of 1949, as amended (64 Stat. 12; 22 U.S.C. 1621-1642) and the War Claims ACt of 1948 (62 Stat. 1240; 50 U.S.C. 2001-2016).

The three members of the Commission are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate to serve for a three-year term of office as provided by the Act of October 22, 1962 (76 Stat. 1107; 50 U.S.C. 2001). The President designates the Chairman, who is responsible for the internal management of the Commission's affairs.

The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission has jurisdiction to determine claims of the United States nationals against foreign governments for losses or injuries sustained and pursuant programs which may be authorized under its organic legislation. Available funds have their sources in international settlements or liquidation of foreign assets in this country by the Department of Justice or Treasury and from public funds when provided by the Congress.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence and memoranda, press releases and information on appointments. Principal correspondents include the President and White House Staffers Peter M. Flanigan, Jonathan Rose, Fred Malek, William Timmons, John Ehrlichman and Daniel T. Kingsley, as well as Leonard B. Sutton of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States.

The terms "Executive" [Ex] and "General" [Gen] are used before the code FG 134 to identify the source of the materials within a specific file. The files designated [Ex] are communications between national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress and other prominent people. Files designated [Gen] are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions and other private interests.

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