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FG 231 (United States Tariff Commission)

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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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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 feet of materials:   .6
  • Number of pages:   1,800

Scope and Content Note

The United States Tariff Commission was created in 1916 by an act of Congress (39 Stat. 795).

Its purpose is to serve the Congress and President as an advisory, fact finding committee on tariffs, commercial policy, and trade matters.

The Commission consists of 6 members who are appointed by the President. After confirmation by the Senate, they serve for terms of 6 years, with a term expiring each year. Not more than 3 commissioners may belong to the same political party.

Memoranda, letters, press releases, and publications make up most of this collection. Principal correspondents include President Nixon, Peter Flanigan, Maurice Stans, Bill Timmons, Commissioners Glen Sutton and Catherine Bedell.

The terms executive and general precede each file designation. The executive file category contains correspondence from the White House, and tariff commission members. The general file category consists mostly of correspondence from members of Congress and the general public. The files subdivided by (/A) indicate materials related to career appointments.

Major topics include nominations and appointments to the commission, the Antidumping Law of 1921, import quotas for nonrubber footwear, dairy imports, and adjustment assistance.

Related materials may be found in WHSF:SMOF Peter Flanigan. WHSF:WHCF (CF) FG 231 contains a limited number of documents. Other related materials include:

White House Central Files: Subject Categories

CM Commodities
FG 6-10 Office of the Special Trade Representative
FG 21 Department of Commerce
TA Trade

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