FG 133 (Federal Trade Commission) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.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 A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item.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.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   8 in.
  • Approximate number of pages:   1,280
Organizational Note

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was organized as an independent administrative agency in 1915, pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914 (38 Stat. 717; 15 U.S.C. 41-51). Related duties were subsequently delegated to the FTC by other legislation. The basic objective of the FTC is the maintenance of free competitive enterprise. Although the duties of the Commission are many and varied under the statutes, the foundation of public policy underlying all these duties is essentially the same: to prevent the free enterprise system from being stifled or fettered by monopoly or corrupted by unfair or deceptive trade practices.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, and reports. Primary correspondents include the President, John D. Ehrlichman, Peter Flanigan, James Loken, Jonathan Rose, William Timmons, Paul Rand Dixon, Casper Weinberger, Miles W. Kirkpatrick, and Lewis A. Engman. Topics include activities of the FTC, possible problems within the FTC, American Bar Association Commission professional appraisal of the FTC, the Bureau of the Budget Management Review of the FTC, consumer protection issues, FTC cases, "The Consumer and the Federal Trade Commission Report" - the Nader Report, 1969, cigarette advertising, and appointments to and resignations from the FTC. The Oversized Attachments numbered 198, 2019, and 9257 have been processed and integrated into the collection.

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