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Dear Mr. Weir,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Central Correspondence Files, 1936-1950 in the Records of the U.S. Maritime Commission (Record Group 178) that contains the file 204-15: Clocks which may include some relevant information. The Central Correspondence Files also includes 66 files of purchase orders and 82 files related to equipment and supplies. The series Purchase Order Records, 1943 in Record Group 178 might contain some useful background information. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com for access to and information about these records.
Next, we located the series General Correspondence, 1943-1952 in the Records of the U.S. Naval Observatory (Record Group 78) contains a file titled Chelsea Clock Co. These records have not been digitized. For assistance with these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, we located the series World War II Ship Construction Program Records, 1942-1946 in Record Group 178 that includes purchase orders for equipment and machinery material lists. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at San Francisco (RW-SB) at email@example.com for more information about these records.
Plus, we located the series Manpower Utilization Surveys and Case Histories, 1943-1945 in the Records of the War Manpower Commission (Record Group 211) includes the file Chelsea Clock Co., Chelsea, MA. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at Boston (RE-BO) at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with these records.
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