FG 306 (Commission on American Shipbuilding) (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 Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

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  • Linear measurement of materials:   1 in.
  • Number of pages:   88
Organizational Note

The Commission on American Shipbuilding was established by the Merchant Marine Act of 1970 (84 Stat. 1018). The Commission reviewed the status of the American shipbuilding industry (including its problems and its progress towards increased productivity and reduced production costs) and recommended federal government actions to improve its competitiveness on the world market. The Commission consisted of seven members (appointed by the President) who were knowledgeable in the shipbuilding industry. After submitting a final report, the Commission terminated on December 18, 1973.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, report summaries, personnel actions, and press releases. Primary correspondents include the President, Harry Flemming, Peter Flanigan, John Dean, Robert Finch, Dwight Chapin, and Terrence O'Donnell. Topics include funding for the Commission, its facilities and operations, ship-building contracts, progress in the shipbuilding industry, the industry's economic status, and appointments to the Commission. Corresponding oversized attachments have been processed and integrated into the files.

The terms Executive and General are used before the code FG 306 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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