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Series 2
Defense housing, 1940-1942
Boxes 74-92; OP 2

Scope and Content Note

The files labeled Defense Housing contain correspondence, administrative records, reports, and private diaries outlining Palmer's scope of activities as Defense Housing Coordinator for the United States Government from 1940 to 1942. This section also includes material pertaining to his trip to England in 1942 - the Special Housing Mission to Great Britain - to investigate British methods and plans for post-war reconstruction. Boxes 84 and 85 contain miscellaneous correspondence relating to the routine activities of the Division of Defense Housing Coordination. The folders are arranged chronologically by weeks, except for the first one that covers a month (20 July - August 1940).

Box Folder Content
74 1 Defense Agencies: A 1941 administrative manual for the Office for Emergency Management.
74 2 Defense Housing (1 of 2): Assorted materials collected between 1940 and 1942, mostly dealing with the administrative aspects of defense housing.
74 3 Defense Housing (2 of 2)
74 4 Defense Housing-Disposition: Material collected during the 1940s discussing the geographical distribution of war-time housing.
74 5 Defense Housing-Finance (1 of 3): A 1941 address on "Defense Housing and Finance," delivered by Palmer.
74 6 Defense Housing-Finance (2 of 3): An approypriation request and lists of projects funded through defense housing grants, 1940-1942.
74 7 Defense Housing-Finance (3 of 3)
74 8 Defense Housing-Government Agencies: Miscellaneous material relating to the function and organization of Defense Housing agencies, 1940-1942.
75 1 Defense Housing-History: A brief summary of defense housing achievements between 1940 and 1942.
75 2 Defense Housing-History-Cohen's History of the Administration of War Housing: A history of defense housing during World War II, completed in 1945; and correspondence from 1945 to 1960 with the report's author, Dr. Hymen Cohen.
75 3 Defense Housing-History-Executive Orders 40 and 42: Correspondence, program outlines, copies of executive orders, and random notes revealing the scope of activities falling under the jurisdiction of Defense Housing Coordinator, 1940-1942.
75 4 Defense Housing-History-National Defense of Advisory Commission-December, 19, 1940: Bulk of the material includes copies of a memorandum sent by Palmer to members of the National Defense Advisory Commission, outlining the methods to be used in certifying projects for Defense Housing funds.
75 5 Defense Housing-History-U.S.-Final-Weekly Reports to the President: Copies of weekly reports sent to President Roosevelt between 1941 and 1942, showing the number of units under construction by the Division of Defense Housing Coordination.
75 6 Defense Housing-History-U.S.-Presidential Papers-DDHC Reports: Requests for funding and the certification of individual projects sponsored by the Division of Defense Housing Coordination, 1940-1942.
75 7 Defense Housing-Insurance: Transcripts of congressional hearings and copies of legislation during 1941 on the allocation of insurance for defense housing.
76 1 Defense Housing-Investigation-Laws and Legislation, 1941: Press statements and memoranda pertaining to a congressional investigation of Defense Housing projects in 1941.
76 2 Defense Housing-Laws and Legislation-Appropriations: Transcripts of congressional hearings and copies of legislation concerning appropriations during 1941 for the Division of Defense Housing Coordination.
76 3 Defense Housing-Laws and Legislation-Great Britain: Undated notebook containing information filed under the following categories: British Wartime Housing Laws; Control of Housing Industry; Evacuation and Rehousing; Population Movement Control; Post-War Planning; War Damage Compensation; War Damage Repair; and Wartime Relief.
76 4 Defense Housing-Laws and Legislation-U.S, 1940-1941: Transcripts of congressional hearings and copies of legislative bills relating to the administration and funding of the Division of Defense Housing Coordination.
76 5 Defense Housing-Laws and Legislation-Proposed-United States (1 of 2): Transcripts of congressional bearings on proposed defense housing legislation during 1941.
76 6 Defense Housing-Laws and Legislation-Proposed-United States (2 of 2)
77 1 Defense Housing-Laws and Legislation-Proposed-U.S.: Transcripts of congressional hearings on proposed appropriations for the Division of Defense Housing Coordination in 1942.
77 2 Defense Housing-Needs: Brief reports prepared during 1941 and 1942, proposing a tentative budget for the Division of Defense Housing Coordination.
77 3 Defense Housing-Plans: A 1940 British bard-bound report on "Industrial Housing in Wartime."
77 4 Defense Housing-Plumbing: A 1942 report on plumbing standards for defense housing.
77 5 Defense Housing-Priorities: Undated transcript of a press conference with Palmer concerning defense housing programs.
77 6 Defense Housing-Projects (1 of 2): Two booklets, both prepared in 1941, providing a data profile of selected defense housing projects. The information was used to brief a congressional delegation that investigated the sites during the same year.
77 7 Defense Housing-Projects (2 of 2): Undated notebook summarizing the projects undertaken by the Division of Defense Housing Coordination.
77 8 Defense Housing-Speeches: Addresses delivered by various individuals in 1941 and 1942 on the subject of housing.
77 9 Defense Housing-Speeches-Palmer-1940: Addresses delivered by Palmer on defense housing.
78 1 Defense Housing-Speeches-Palmer-January.-June, 1941: Addresses delivered by Palmer on defense housing.
78 2 Defense Housing-Speeches-Palmer-July-December 1941: Addresses delivered by Palmer on defense housing.
78 3 Defense Housing-Standards: A 1941 summary of building standards for defense housing.
78 4 Defense Housing-Types of Housing-Trailers: Correspondence and pamphlets dating from the early 1940s about trailers and their use for emergency war housing.
78 5 Defense Housing-Great Britain: Undated report on the "English Experience in Overcoming Housing Shortage in Defense Areas."
78 6 Defense Housing-U.S-Michigan: Correspondence and reports between 1940 and 1942 regarding the construction of defense housing in Michigan.
78 7 Defense Housing-U.S.-Exhibits for Report: Exhibits selected to accompany final report on the performance of the Division of Defense Housing Coordination, prepared by Palmer's staff in 1942.
79 1 Defense Housing-U.S.-Photos of Trailers and Report on Temporary Defense Housing: Undated report and photographs showing the costs, locations, and type of trailers used for temporary defense housing.
79 2 Defense Housing-U.S.: Miscellaneous reports, 1941-1942, on defense housing in the United States.
79 3 Defense Housing-U.S.-Statement by Palmer for the Truman Committee, November 29, 1941: Additional statements presented to the Truman Committee for its investigation of the National Defense Program.
79 4 Defense Housing-U.S.-Correspondence of Special Assistant to the President about "Fireside Chat": Correspondence, 1943, with Hollywood producer Walter Wanger about a proposed "Fireside Chat" with President Roosevelt
79 5 Defense Housing-Laws and Legislation-Executive Orders (1 of 2): A notebook containing references to and explanations of defense housing law. [This folder and the following three contain portions of the U.S. Homes Registration Division Report for 1942.]
79 6 Defense Housing-Laws and Legislation-Executive Orders (2 of 2)
79 7 Summary Presentation of the Homes Registration Division (1 of 2): A report on the performance of the Homes Registration Division.
80 1 Summary Presentation of the Homes Registration Division (2 of 2): A report on the performance of the Homes Registration Division.
80 2 Appendix X-Reconditioning Program: A 1942 report on the "Reconditioning Program for Homes Registration Offices."
80 3 Appendix VI-Policy and Procedure Releases, March 1942: Report titled as above.
80 4 Defense Housing Digest: A digest of laws and regulations pertaining to defense housing, prepared in 1940 by the National Association of Housing Officials.
80 5 Defense Housing-Appropriations and Expenditures-Laws and Legislation-U.S.: Reports, proposed legislative bills, and congressional hearings about defense housing in 1941.
80 6 Richard Allen Homes-Philadelphia: Correspondence and memoranda during 1942 concerning tenant selection for the Richard Allen homes.
80 7 Glenn L. Martin File: Correspondence in 1941 and 1942 concerning the amortization of housing units built by the Glenn L. Martin Company of Middle River, Maryland.
80 8 Institutional Investors Plan: Undated proposal to fund the construction of housing units with the aid of private investors and FHA financing.
80 9 CIO-Camden Plan Files: Correspondence during 1941 about a plan to build defense housing for middle-income laborers, who would be allowed to purchase the structures at a later date.
80 10 Colean Report: A carbon copy of "Housing an Industrial Army," a special report prepared by the Twentieth Century Fund under the direction of Miles Colean. Also included is a lengthy criticism of the study by Coleman Woodbury, then Director of the National Association on Housing Officials.
80 11 Transportation Facilities: Miscellaneous material regarding subsidized transportation for defense workers.
81 1 April 30th Meeting of Consultants and Advisors: Assorted documents pertaining to a meeting of the advisors for the Division of Defense Housing Coordination in 1941.
81 2 Reconditioning: Correspondence during 1941 concerning the reconditioning of the dwelling units for defense housing.
81 3 Management and Occupancy Reports: Correspondence and regional reports on the management and occupancy rates of defense housing projects during 1941 and 1942.
81 4 Homes Registration Office: Correspondence and reports during 1941 and 1942 on the number of individuals applying for and receiving defense housing.
81 5 Air Raid Shelters: Mostly information compiled by the British government during the late 1930s and early 1940s on the care of the civilian population during wartime.
81 6 Lagging Projects: Reports on construction progress for individual defense housing projects, 1941.
81 7 British Data-M.W.B.: Correspondence during 1941 requesting information from the British Ministry of Works and Buildings on housing conditions in England.
81 8 Official Cooperation of Ministry of Works and Buildings and DDHC: Correspondence during 1941 regarding possible cooperation between the British Ministry of Works and Buildings and the U.S. Division of Defense Housing Coordination.
81 9 Palmer Expenses-Transportation Books-Travel Memos: Palmer's travel vouchers and authorizations while Defense Housing Coordinator, 1940-1942.
82 1 Peaslee Committee: Correspondence in 1941 and 1942 concerning the formation of the Peaslee Committee, which conducted an investigation of the construction methods, policies, and accomplishments of selected defense housing projects.
82 2 Private Programs: Correspondence during 1941 and 1942 concerning the number of dwellings being built by private contractors.
82 3 South Americans to Puerto Rico: Correspondence in 1941 and 1942 regarding a tour of U.S. defense housing projects by a delegation of South Americans.
82 4 Executive Order 2-24-42 and Transition-Final Report: Correspondence in 1942 with President Roosevelt and a copy of the Executive Order establishing the National Housing Agency. which assumed the work of the Division of Defense Housing Coordination. Also included in the letters are Roosevelt's instructions to Palmer concerning the Housing Mission to Great Britain in 1942.
82 5 Navy Housing-F.D.R.: Correspondence in 1941 regarding the construction of dwelling units for Navy personnel.
82 6 Temporary Shelter: Correspondence, 1941-1942, about the supply of temporary housing units for defense workers.
82 7 Division of Defense Housing Coordination-Reorganization-Labor Standards: Correspondence from 1940 to 1941 on the organization of the DDHC and about the labor standards to be enforced on the individual projects.
82 8 Ross Corbett: Personal correspondence, 1941.
82 9 Conference of Advisory Committee on Maternal and Child Health Services and the Advisory Committee on Community: A report on the proceedings of the above conference held in 1940.
82 10 Budget-1942: Budget estimates for the Division of Defense Housing Coordination, 1941 and 1942.
82 11 District of Columbia: Reports and correspondence between 1941 and 1942 concerning the availability of defense housing in the District of Columbia.
82 12 Howard Acton: Correspondence in 1941 concerning the appointment of Howard Acton as Special Assistant to the Defense Housing Coordinator.
82 13 Harry F. Stiles: Correspondence between 1941 and 1942.
82 14 Morton Bodfish: Correspondence during 1941 with the Vice-President of the United States Savings and Loan League; the folder also includes confidential bulletins prepared by Bodfish in 1940 and 1941 on national financial conditions.
83 1 Norton and Harold Pomeroy: Correspondence during 1941 concerning the forced resignation of Harold Pomeroy as Director of the Division of Homes Registration.
83 2 Reconstruction Finance Corporation (RFC): Correspondence during 1940 concerning the funding of defense housing projects through programs established by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation.
83 3 Detlef E. Mackelmann: Correspondence during 1941 about the security clearance of Detlef Mackelmann, a German immigrant working for the federal government.
83 4 Defense Housing Corporation: Miscellaneous correspondence between 1941 and 1942 regarding the operation and performance of the Defense Homes Corporation.
83 5 Information Division: Correspondence and publicity releases for the Division of Defense Housing during 1941.
83 6 Installment Credit-Federal Reserve: Assorted documents collected during 1941 on the Federal Reserve System.
83 7 Daily Record: Miscellaneous notes, correspondence, and agendas for meetings pertaining to routine daily activities at the Division of Defense Housing Coordination, 1941.
83 8 Report to Coy and later sent to the President-December 27, 1941: Carbon copies of a five-page report entitled "Uncle Sam's Coordinated War Housing Program."
83 9 Letters of Appreciation to the Advisors and the Consultants of DDHC : Copies of letters sent out in 1942, following the reorganization of the Division of Defense Housing Coordination under the National Housing Agency.
83 10 Coordinator's Authority: Correspondence and policy statements issued during 1940 concerning the creation and functions of the position of Defense Housing Coordinator.
83 11 December 17, 1941, Report to Budget: Correspondence and a report on defense housing activities.
83 12 Prefabrication and Demountable Houses: Correspondence during 1941 and 1942 concerning the use of demountable houses, including a report about their utilization by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
83 13 Central Purchasing: Correspondence during 1941 regarding the purchase of equipment and materials to be used in defense housing construction.
83 14 FHA-Presidential: Lists compiled in 1941 of areas in the United States discovered to be needing defense housing.
83 15 September 2, 1941 Report of Defense Housing Coordinator: Correspondence, congressional testimony, and a special report to the President, all dating from 1941, concerning policy disagreements between the Defense Housing Coordinator and the Federal Works Administrator.
84 1 Division of Defense Housing Coordination, Correspondence: 1940 July 20 - August 24 [This folder and those following relate to the routine activities of the Division of Defense Housing Coordination.]
84 2 Correspondence: 1940 August 26 - 31
84 3 Correspondence: 1940 September 2 - 7
84 4 Correspondence: 1940 September 9 -14
84 5 Correspondence: 1940 September 16 - 21
84 6 Correspondence: 1940 September 23 - 28
84 7 Correspondence: 1940 September 30 - October 5
84 8 Correspondence: 1940 October 7 - 12
84 9 Correspondence: 1940 October 14 - 19
84 10 Correspondence: 1940 October 21 - 26
84 11 Correspondence: 1940 October 28 - November 2
84 12 Correspondence: 1940 November 4 - 9
84 13 Correspondence: 1940 November 11 - 16
84 14 Correspondence: 1940 November 18 - 23
84 15 Correspondence: 1940 November 25 - 30
84 16 Correspondence: 1940 December 2 - 7
84 17 Correspondence: 1940 December 9 - 14
84 18 Correspondence: 1940 December 16 - 21
84 19 Correspondence: 1940 December 23 - 28
84 20 Correspondence: 1940 December 30 - 1941 January 4
84 21 Correspondence: 1941 January 6 - 11
84 22 Correspondence: 1941 January 13 - 18
84 23 Correspondence: 1941 January 20 - 25
84 24 Correspondence: 1941 January 27 - February 1
84 25 Correspondence: 1941 February 3 - 8
84 26 Correspondence: 1941 February 10 - 15
84 27 Correspondence: 1941 February 17 - 22
84 28 Correspondence: 1941 February 24 - March 1
84 29 Correspondence: 1941 March 3 - 8
84 30 Correspondence: 1941 March 10 - 15
84 31 Correspondence: 1941 March 17 - 22
84 32 Correspondence: 1941 March 24 - 29
84 33 Correspondence: 1941 March 31 - April 5
84 34 Correspondence: 1941 April 7 - 12
84 35 Correspondence: 1941 April 14 - 19
85 1 Correspondence 1941 April 21 - 25
85 2 Correspondence: 1941 April 28 - May 3
85 3 Correspondence: 1941 May 5 - 10
85 4 Correspondence: 1941 May 12 - 17
85 5 Correspondence: 1941 May 19 - 24
85 6 Correspondence: 1941 May 26 - 31
85 7 Correspondence: 1941 June 2 - 7
85 8 Correspondence: 1941 June 9 - 13
85 9 Correspondence: 1941 June 16 - 21
85 10 Correspondence: 1941 June 23 - 28
85 11 Correspondence: 1941 June 30 - July 5
85 12 Correspondence: 1941 July 7 - 12
85 13 Correspondence: 1941 July 21 - 25
85 14 Correspondence: 1941 July 28 - August 2
85 15 Correspondence: 1941 August 4 - 9
85 16 Correspondence: 1941 August 11 - 16
85 17 Correspondence: 1941 August 18 - 26
85 18 Correspondence: 1941 August 25 - 30
85 19 Correspondence: 1941 September 1 - 6
85 20 Correspondence: 1941 September 8 - 13
85 21 Correspondence: 1941 September 14 - 19
85 22 Correspondence: 1941 September 15 - 20
85 23 Correspondence: 1941 September 22 - 27
85 24 Correspondence: 1941 September 29 - October 4
85 25 Correspondence: 1941 October 6 - 11
85 26 Correspondence: 1941 October 13 - 18
85 27 Correspondence: 1941 October 20 - 25
85 28 Correspondence: 1941 October 27 - November 1
85 29 Correspondence: 1941 November 3 - 8
85 30 Correspondence: 1941 November 10 - 15
85 31 Correspondence: 1941 November 17 - 22
85 32 Correspondence: 1941 November 24 - 29
85 33 Correspondence: 1941 December 1 - 6
85 34 Correspondence: 1941 December 8 - 13
85 35 Correspondence: 1941 December 15 - 20
85 36 Correspondence: 1941 December 22 - 27
85 37 Correspondence: 1941 December 29 - 1942 January 3
85 38 Correspondence: 1942 January 5 - 10
85 39 Correspondence: 1942 January 12 - 17
85 40 Correspondence: 1942 January 19 - 24
85 41 Correspondence: 1942 January 26 - 31
85 42 Correspondence: 1942 February 2 - 7
85 43 Correspondence: 1942 February 9 - 14
85 44 Correspondence: 1942 February 16 - 21
85 45 Correspondence: 1942 February 23 - 28
85 46 Correspondence: 1942 March 2 - 7
85 47 Correspondence: 1942 March 9 - 14
86 1 Defense Housing Coordinator-Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers: Material from 1940-1942.
86 2 Defense Housing Coordinator-Correspondence with Samuel Rosenman, 1941-1942: Correspondence with Justice Rosenman concerning his study of defense housing for President Roosevelt.
86 3 Defense Housing Coordinator-Correspondence with Mrs. Rosenman as Chairman of National Committee on Housing Emergency, 1941-1943
86 4 Defense Housing Coordinator-Colton's Memoranda Discussing Legislative Problems: General correspondence, 1940-1942.
86 5 Defense Housing Coordinator-Verbatim Transcript of Press Conference, Charles Forrest Palmer, October 10, 1941
86 6 Memoranda on Defense Housing by Carl Major Wright: Reports and correspondence, mostly during 1941, assessing the Defense Housing Program.
86 7 Defense Housing Coordinator-Report to the President, September 2, 1941
86 8 Defense Housing Coordinator-Report to the President, July 21, 1940 to February 24, 1942 (1 of 2): In addition to the report, the folder contains miscellaneous correspondence with various government officials.
86 9 Defense Housing Coordinator-Report to the President (2 of 2)
87 1 Division of Defense Housing Coordination-Organization Handbook: The handbook is not dated.
87 2 Housing-Procedure: Correspondence and -in-house memoranda written during 1941, defining the procedures to be followed for site selection for defense housing projects, racial policy, and the management of the units.
87 3 Notebook-Deputy Defense Housing Committee-Confidential Minutes-October to December, 1940: Agendas and minutes for Defense Housing Committee meetings.
87 4 Notebook 1-Confidential Notes-July 30, 1940 to April 30, 1941 [This notebook and the following three notebooks comprise the private administrative diary kept by Palmer while Defense Housing Coordinator]
87 5 Notebook 2-Confidential Notes-May 1, 1941 to August 29, 1941
88 1 Notebook 3-Diary and Agenda Notes-August 30, 1941 to December 23, 1941
88 2 Notebook 4-Diary and Agenda Notes-January 2 to June 12, 1942
88 3 British War Housing-War Diary No. 1 of C. F. Palmer-March 31 to May 6, 1942: Personal diary kept by Palmer during the first half of his housing mission to Great Britain.
88 4 British War Housing-War Diary (4) of C. F. Palmer-June 29, 1942 to September 14, 1942: This is the "official" diary of Palmer's second trip to England to inspect British housing.
89 1 British War Housing-War Diary of Charles Palmer-June 30, 1942 to September 19, 1942 (two copies): This personal diary records Palmer's private impression of the war damage and reconstruction efforts in England, gathered on the second half of his housing mission to Great Britain.
89 2 1943 Official Diary of Charles Forrest Palmer, Special Assistant to the President- Including Index
89 3 1943 Official Diary of Charles Forrest Palmer, carbon copy
90 1 British War Housing-Confidential Report on British Post-War Housing Construction: Text of the report submitted to the President following Palmer's housing mission to Great Britain in 1942.
90 2 Confidential Report to the President of the United States on the Possible Utilization of War-Time Construction in Post-War Development, 1943
OP1 2 Confidential Report to the President of the United States on the Possible Utilization of War-Time Construction in Post-War Development, Exhibits, 1943
90 3 British War Housing-War Diary (3)-Conference Notes-April 8-May 6, 1942: Typewritten accounts of individual meetings between Palmer and various government and housing officials. Topics of conversation include post-war planning, emergency building needs, and domestic English politics.
90 4 British War Housing-Special Housing Mission to Great Britain-Palmer Correspondence, January-March, 1942: Miscellaneous correspondence pertaining to the organization of Palmer's housing mission to Great Britain.
90 5 British War Housing-Special Housing Mission to Great Britain-Palmer Correspondence, April-August, 1942: Correspondence during the second half of the housing mission.
91 1 British War Housing-Special Housing Mission to Great Britain-Palmer Correspondence, September.-December 1942: Correspondence during the second half of the housing mission.
91 2 British War Housing-Special Housing Mission to Great Britain-Palmer, Correspondence, 1943-1945: Miscellaneous correspondence concerning Palmer's travels in England during 1942 and about the application of British town planning techniques to the United States.
91 3 Palmer, Charles Forrest-Special Mission to Britain-Miscellaneous Notes, 1942: Assorted personal notes and travel expense records pertaining to Palmer's 1942 trip to England.
91 4 British War Housing-Report by the Special Mission to Great Britain-Exhibits, Sec. I-II, J [This folder and the following four folders contain exhibits- maps, illustrations, pamphlets, and others- to Palmer's report on housing conditions in Great Britain, submitted to the President in 1943.]
91 5 British War Housing-Report by the Special Mission to Great Britain-Exhibits, Sec. II, K-U
92 1 British War Housing-Report by the Special Mission to Great Britain-Exhibits, Sec. III
92 2 British War Housing-Report by the Special Mission to Great Britain-Exhibits, Sec. IV-V
92 3 British War Housing-Report by the Special Mission to Great Britain-Exhibits, Sec. VI-IX
92 4 Martin, John-1942 Special Mission to Great Britain: Correspondence mostly between 1936 and 1940 with the Secretary to the British National Housing and Town Planning Council.
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