FDR’s Alphabet Soup: Records from the Great Depression

 Miscellaneous Agencies

Cath Madden Trindle

 fdic FDIC 1933 – present NARA RG 34   

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation   was established in 1933 as an independent agency by the Federal Reserve / Glass Stagall Act (48 Stat. 162) to insure the deposits of approved banks against loss in the event of bank failure.  In return for banks meeting stringent regulations, depositor’s funds were insured up to $5000 each.  Banks can apply for inclusion.  The FDIC acts as receiver for all national banks and some state banks placed in receivership.

secSEC  1934-present   NARA RG 266

The Security and Exchange Commission was established by Congress as an independent, nonpartisan regulatory agency, designed to restore the stability of the stock market after the crash of October 1929 and to prevent corporate abuses  relating to the offering and sale of securities.


FCC  1934-present  NARA RG 173

The Federal Communications Commission was established by the Communications Act of 1934 (48 Stat. 1064) to regulate interstate and foreign communications by telephone, telegraph, cable and radio. It  replaced the Federal Radio Commission. From the Interstate Commerce Commission the FCC assumed regulation of telephone, telegraph, and cable companies; from the Department of State it assumed licensing of submarine cable operators.  As new communication technologies are created they are absorbed into the responsibilities of the FCC.The Federal Communications Commission   was established as an independent agency by the Comm


CSB 1933-1939. NARA RG 51.7

The Central Statistical Board was established by EO 6225, July 27, 1933, under authority of the National Industrial Recovery Act (48 Stat. 195), June 16, 1933to coordinate federal and other statistical services.  It was absorbed into Division of Statistical Standards, Budget Bureau in 1939  Records include reports from CWA and other programs.

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