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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
National Archives and Records Service
Washington, DC 20408
March 26, 1974
Honorable Frank Church and
Honorable Charles McC. Mathias, Jr.
Special Committee on the Termination
United States Senate
Washington, D. C. 20510
Dear Senator Church and Senator Mathias:
Thank you for your letter of March 6, 1974, and particularly for your kind words concerning Ms. Pontius. It is always nice to hear when the efforts of staff members to be of assistance are both successful and appreciated. I apologize for the delay in replying to your letter but, as you know from the work of your Committee, research in this area is difficult and time consuming. We have attempted to comply with your request that we supply a list of all Executive orders and proclamations now in force issued pursuant to the four now existing states of national emergency. The attached listings represent the most complete information we have been able to assemble. Each list is based on the information contained in our card file. A definitive answer as to the applicability of any particular Executive order as of this time would, of course, have to come from the Attorney General.
The enclosed listings include:
--List 1, which contains proclamations and Executive orders that we have been able to identify as being issued under or related to Proclamation 2039 of March 6, 1933, and Public Law 1, 73rd Congress, 1st Session, March 9, 1933 (48 Stat. 1), and which appear to be still in effect.
--List 2, which contains a comparable listing with respect to Proclamation 2914 of December 12, 1959.
We have found no additional information relating to Proclamation 3972 of March 23, 1970.
The only information we can find relating to Proclamation 4074 of August 15, 1971, was that it was modified by Proclamation 4098 of December 20, 1971.
Also enclosed as Attachment A is a description of finding aids that may be useful to the Committee staff in further researching this area.
I hope this information is useful to you. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
List of proclamations and Executive orders related to or issued pursuant to Proclamation 2039, March 6, 1933, and Public Law 1, 73rd Congress, 1st Session, March 9, 1933 (48 Stat. 1), which appear to be still in effect according to our card file:
List of Executive orders issued pursuant to Proclamation 2914 of December 12, 1950, which appear to be still in effect according to our card file:
June 7, 1951 (Amended by 10416, December 2, 1952)
August 29, 1951 (Amended by 10416, December 2, 1952)
April 7, 1953
10616 June 21, 1955
10617 June 28, 1955
February 11, 1960 10896 November 29, 1960
(Amended by 11051, September 27, 1962; 11382, November 28, 1967; 11610, July 22, 1971)
Prior to 1936, the only way to be absolutely sure that you have all the Executive orders and proclamations related to existing national emergencies would be to read the texts of every one from 1933 to 1936. The texts of these Executive orders and proclamations can be found either at the Office of the Federal Register or the Library of Congress.
After 1936, Table 5 in Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations lists the statutes cited as authority for Presidential documents. If the United States Code or Statutes at Large citation is known, proclamations or Executive orders issued under the authority of a particular law can be located. This would be a substantial research project.
Several additional sources which could be used as starting places for adding to the partial list we have provided are:
(1) There were various publications done during the war years which list emergency statutes, proclamations, and Executive orders on limited subject areas. Some of these publications that might be helpful to you are mentioned in Government Publications and Their Use on pages 235 to 238 under the heading "War Legislation. "' (Attached).
(2) Table 4 of the Code of Federal Regulations Cummulative Supplement, Titles 1-3, Book 1, lists Executive orders issued pursuant to the First and Second War Powers Acts for the period December, 1941 to March, 1943. (Attached).
(3) The U. S. Government Manual--1945, Second Edition, which was published by the Division of Public Inquiries, Government Information Service, Bureau of the Budget, lists the emergency war agencies and the authority for their establishment. In many cases they were set up by Executive orders. Our office has a copy of the 1945 Manual if your Committee should need one.
(4) The records for many of these emergency agencies during the depression and war years are kept in the Industrial and Social Branch, Civil Archives Division, National Archives and Records Service. Mr. Joseph Howerton would be able to answer your questions on these records. His telephone number is 962-1047 or 962-8041.