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Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States

Records of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany [USHCG]
(Record Group 466)
1944-55
2,425 cu. ft.

  • Table of Contents

  • 466.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 466.2 GENERAL RECORDS OF USHCG 1945-55 173 lin. ft.
  • 466.2.1 Records of the U.S. High Commissioner
  • 466.2.2 Records of the Office of the Executive Director
  • 466.2.3 Records of the Office of the General Counsel
  • 466.3 RECORDS OF THE LAND COMMISSIONERS 1945-52 117 lin. ft.
  • 466.3.1 Records of the Land Commissioner for Bremen
  • 466.3.2 Records of the Land Commissioner for Bavaria
  • 466.3.3 Records of the Land Commissioner for Wuerttemberg-Baden
  • 466.3.4 Records of the Land Commissioner for Hesse
  • 466.4 RECORDS OF THE BERLIN ELEMENT 1948-55 36 lin. ft.
  • 466.5 RECORDS OF THE U.S. ELEMENT OF THE MILITARY SECURITY BOARD 1947-55 80 lin. ft.
  • 466.6 RECORDS OF THE U.S. ELEMENT OF THE EXTRADITION BOARD 1945-55 95 lin. ft.
  • 466.7 RECORDS OF U.S. COURTS OF THE ALLIED HIGH COMMISSION FOR GERMANY 1944-55 1,919 lin. ft.
  • 466.8 RECORDS OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS 1950-55 5 lin. ft.

Top 466.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: Position of USHCG (commonly referred to as "HICOG"), in the Department of State, by EO 10062, June 6, 1949, following the Presidential appointment of John J. McCloy as USHCG, announced May 18, 1949. Office of USHCG established in the State Department, September 21, 1949.

Predecessor Agencies:

U.S. Group Control Council, Germany (USGCC, Aug. 1944-Oct. 1945)

Office of Military Government for Germany (U.S.) [OMGUS] (Oct. 1945-Sept. 1949)

Functions: Represented the U.S. Government in Germany, including on the Allied High Commission for Germany, and with respect to economic matters of concern to the Economic Cooperation Administration and the Mutual Security Agency.

Abolished: May 5, 1955, by proclamation of the Allied High Commission for Germany.

Successor Agencies: Department of State (U.S. Embassy, Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany).

Security-Classified Records: This record group may include material that is security-classified.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. USGCC and OMGUS records in RG 260, Records of U.S. Occupation Headquarters, World War II.

RECORDS
RECORD TYPES RECORD LOCATIONS QUANTITIES
Textual Records Washington Area 2,425 cu. ft.

Top 466.2 GENERAL RECORDS OF USHCG
1945-55
173 lin. ft.

History: For administrative histories of predecessors, USGCC and OMGUS, SEE 260.2 and 260.3.

Top 466.2.1 Records of the U.S. High Commissioner

Textual Records: Top secret and other security-classified records of U.S. High Commissioner John J. McCloy, 1949-52. Historical analyses of the McCloy administration, 1949-52. Extracts from staff conferences, 1949-52.

Top 466.2.2 Records of the Office of the Executive Director

Textual Records: Security-classified and unclassified general records, 1949-55. Outgoing dispatches, 1952-53.

Top 466.2.3 Records of the Office of the General Counsel

Textual Records: Subject files, 1947-54, and case files, 1947-53, of the Administration of Justice Division. Records of the Decartelization and Deconcentration Division, consisting of general subject files, 1948-55; cartel subject files, 1947-55; and records concerning the motion picture industry, 1945-55.

Top 466.3 RECORDS OF THE LAND COMMISSIONERS
1945-52
117 lin. ft.

Top 466.3.1 Records of the Land Commissioner for Bremen

Textual Records: General and administrative records of the Land Commissioner, the Deputy Land Commissioner, and the Administrative Officer, 1945-52. Records and reports of the Statistics Branch and the Operating Facilities Branch, 1950-52. General records, letters, reports, and lists of the Political Affairs Division, 1949-52. General records, letters, and case files of the Legal Affairs Division, 1946-52. Records of the Economic Affairs Division, including records pertaining to the Bremerhaven Port of Embarkation, 1949-50; and general records, 1951-52. Records of the Military Security Division, 1948-52. General and related records of the U.S. Resident Officer of the Field Operations Division, 1947-52.

Top 466.3.2 Records of the Land Commissioner for Bavaria

Textual Records: General records of the Land Commissioner, 1948- 52. Records and reports of the Intelligence Division, 1949-51. Civil and criminal case files, general records, and reports of the Legal Affairs Division, 1947-51. Records of the Displaced Population Branch of the Political Affairs Division, 1946-52, consisting of case files and of correspondence relating to children. Monthly reports of the Public Affairs Division, 1950- 51. Records and reports of the Field Operations Division, 1947- 52.

Top 466.3.3 Records of the Land Commissioner for Wuerttemberg-Baden

Textual Records: General and miscellaneous records, 1949-52. General records of the Intelligence Division, 1948-52.

Top 466.3.4 Records of the Land Commissioner for Hesse

Textual Records: General records, 1949-51.

Top 466.4 RECORDS OF THE BERLIN ELEMENT
1948-55
36 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Security-classified general records of the Administrative Division, 1949-55. General and other records of the Allied Kommandatura, 1948-51. Subject files and general records of the Eastern Affairs, Labor Affairs, Legal Affairs, Economic Affairs, Political Affairs, Public Safety, and Public Affairs Divisions, 1948-53.

Top 466.5 RECORDS OF THE U.S. ELEMENT OF THE MILITARY SECURITY BOARD
1947-55
80 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Records of the U.S. Commissioner and the Deputy U.S. Commissioner, 1947-55, including minutes of meetings, subject files, papers, policy books, and intelligence analyses. Reports, letters, and notices of the U.S. Secretariat, 1949-55. Minutes of meetings, memorandums, issuances, subject files, and statistical papers of the Industry Division, 1949-55. Issuances, general records, reports, and statistical papers of the Military Division, 1949-55. Minutes of meetings, general records, and subject files of the Scientific Research Division, 1948-55; and subject files of its Patent Branch, 1948-55.

Top 466.6 RECORDS OF THE U.S. ELEMENT OF THE EXTRADITION BOARD
1945-55
95 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Minutes of meetings, general correspondence, war crimes correspondence, and general and country subject files, 1945-54. War crimes extradition case files, 1945-54. Extradition case files, for crimes other than war crimes, of the Judicial Subcommittee of the Law Committee, Allied High Commissioner for Germany, 1953-55. Registers of war crime extraditions, 1945-51.

Top 466.7 RECORDS OF U.S. COURTS OF THE ALLIED HIGH COMMISSION FOR
GERMANY
1944-55
1,919 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Criminal case files, 1945-55 (1,720 ft.). Court of Appeals criminal case files, 1948-55 (122 ft.). Court case registers and indexes, 1944-54. Cross reference sheets, 1945-55.

Top 466.8 RECORDS OF OTHER ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS
1950-55
5 lin. ft.

Textual Records: General records of the U.S. Observer for Land Baden (at Freiburg), 1950-52. Reports and records of the Peripheral Reporting Unit relating to interrogations, 1953-55.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.



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