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New York State War Council Office of Civilian Protection Director's Defense Preparedness Coordination Correspondence

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series documents the Director of the Office of Civilian Protection's work in coordinating defense preparations. Contained in the series are correspondence, pamphlets, and posters sent between the director and local, state, and federal organizations involved in civil defense. Topics covered by the records include: air raids; blackouts; evacuation plans and procedures; insignia for volunteers; and medical contingencies.
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Quantity:
2.95 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1941-1945
Series Number:
A4305

Arrangement

Alphabetical by subject.

Scope and Content Note

This series contains correspondence, pamphlets, and posters sent between the Office of Civilian Protection's director and local, state, and federal organizations involved in civil defense and documents the director's work in coordinating defense preparations.

Topics covered by the records include: air raids (regulations, warning systems); blackouts; evacuation (plans, procedures); insignia for volunteers; and medical contingencies.

Individual report sheets from each community detail actions during practice air raids including: responsiveness; personnel present; traffic movement; telephone service; accidents; and first aid status.

Also found are drafts of a civil defense manual for New York State discussing: the role of local war councils, police, and fire fighters; water and power supplies; emergency food and shelter; and air raids.

Periodic reports from local civil defense operations of the OCP usually detail: local defense director's name; address of operations center; projects undertaken; volunteers registered; problems encountered; assistance required; and training sessions conducted.

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Processing Information

This series was originally accessioned as boxes 373-375 of old collection #77, accession -71.

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