Collection MF422-MF426; MF548-MF552; MF438-MF440 - US NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL: minutes of meetings, first supplement

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Reference code

MF422-MF426; MF548-MF552; MF438-MF440


US NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL: minutes of meetings, first supplement


  • 1988 (Creation)
  • 1947-1956 (Creation)

Level of description



11 reels

Scope and content

Minutes of the Meetings of the National Security Council: First Supplement are microfilmed copies of minutes of meetings, official meeting files and supporting documentation, and detailed records relating to meeting of the National Security Council, 1947-1956. Document material relates to policies and procedures governing the National Security Council, 1947; initial directives to the Central Intelligence Agency, 1947; the US political position concerning Italy, Greece, China, and Palestine, 1947; US policy with respect to the Republic of Korea, 1948-53; conversations with the British in regard to the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, 1948; US position with respect to perceptions of Soviet-directed world communism, 1948-55; the dispatch of US B-29 bombers to Great Britain, 1948; US policy on atomic and nuclear warfare, 1948-55; possible Soviet interruptions to the Berlin air-lift, 1948; organisation under the Atlantic Pact and the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), 1949; the re- armament of the Federal Republic of West Germany, 1950; the position of the US with respect to Indochina, 1951-55; the death of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, President of the Soviet Council of Ministers and General Secretary, Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1953; the Mutual Security Program, 1953; US objectives with respect to Indonesia, 1953; US objectives in the event of a general war with the Soviet bloc, 1954; overseas reaction to the Atomic Energy Commission, 1955; US policy towards the People's Republic of China, Formosa and the government of the Republic of China, 1955

System of arrangement

Material in the collection is arranged into the following sections: 'Minutes of Meetings' contains the official records used for referencing NSC meetings; 'Documents' are the official meeting files of the NSC and consists of minutes of meetings and associated documentation, the latter of which includes agenda, memoranda, and briefing reports; 'Summaries of Discussions' are detailed records of NSC meetings under the Eisenhower administration, written by the Deputy Secretary of the NSC, S Everett Gleason. The summaries were for Eisenhower's personal use and are not part of the official documentation kept by the NSC. Each section is arranged chronologically therein

General Information

Custodial history

University Publications of America, Inc., Bethesda, MD, with published fully indexed guides edited by Paul Kesaris

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies may be printed off the microfilm/microfiche for research purposes and are charged at cost.

Enquiries concerning the copyright of the original material should be addressed to University Publications of America Inc.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description. The following published guide is available in the Reading Room: Paul Kesaris (ed.), Minutes of the Meetings of the National Security Council: First Supplement (University Publications of America,Inc, Bethesda, MD, 1988).

Existence and location of originals

The National Security Council Files, Record Group 273, deposited at the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, USA; and Papers of Dwight D Eisenhower: Papers as President of the United States (Ann Whitman File), 1953-1961, NSC Series, deposited at the Dwight D Eisenhower Library, Abilene, Kansas, USA

Related descriptions


Compiled Jul 1999

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Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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