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National Recovery Administration (NRA) and the New Deal: A Resource Guide

NRA History of Codes / Codes of Fair Competition

This set includes research studies about individual industries, statistics, etc. Each code history outlines, in detail, how and why that code was approved. The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital versions are provided when available.

NRA History of Codes

NRA Codes of Fair Competition

The Codes of Fair Competition set guidelines covering such matters as minimum wages, working conditions and production restrictions, These are simply a list of what industries can be found in what volumes. These are the final, approved codes, and include their supplements and amendments.

The Government Printing Office's GovInfo have some of the Codes done in partnership with research institutions. They are treated as individual titles to you will need to search for them. For example Code of fair competition for the industry engaged in the smelting and refining of secondary metals into brass and bronze alloys in ingot form: as approved on December 21, 1933 by President Roosevelt.

The NRA allowed industries to get together and write "codes of fair competition." The codes intended both to reduce "destructive competition" and help workers to set minimum wages and maximum weekly hours, as well as minimum prices at which products could be sold. The Excel and PDF documents below provide full-text of the index of these codes. PDF and Excel files have been created for the inventories and are listed numerically.