Collection MF71-MF81; MF172-MF174; MF286-MF292; MF434-MF437; MF782-MF791 - US NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL: documents, 1947-1985

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Reference code

MF71-MF81; MF172-MF174; MF286-MF292; MF434-MF437; MF782-MF791


US NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL: documents, 1947-1985


  • 1980-1993 (Creation)
  • 1947-1985 (Creation)

Level of description



31 reels and 7 published detailed guides

Scope and content

Documents of the National Security Council, 1947-1985 are microfilmed copies of memoranda, policy papers, directives and records of actions undertaken by the US National Security Council, 1947-1985. Document material relates to US policy with respect to Japan, the Soviet Union, China, 1948-49; military assistance to non-communist nations, 1948-49; US policy on atomic warfare, 1948; the Berlin Blockade; the United Nations decision to introduce military forces to Palestine, 1948; US policy towards Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe, 1949; US courses of action with respect to the Republic of Korea, 1950-53; responsibilities of the Central Intelligence Agency with respect to guerrilla warfare, 1952; US policy and courses of action to counter possible Soviet or satellite action against Berlin, 1952; US objectives and actions to exploit the unrest in the Soviet satellite states, 1953; US courses of action with respect to Latin America, Iran and South Asia, 1953-85; covert operations, 1954-75; nuclear attack warning channel and procedures for civilians, 1955-65; the political implications of Afro-Asian military take-overs, 1959; US policy towards Cuba, 1959-60; US strategic nuclear forces capabilities, 1960-85; US military, political and psychological operations in South East Asia, 1961-74; US training objectives for counterinsurgency, 1962-85; the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT); US policy on arms transfers, 1975-85; the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty; US policy towards Cuba and Central America, 1982; the US approach to the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START), 1982-85. Policy papers and progress reports relate to all European nations, the Soviet Union and its satellites, Canada, Latin America, Japan, The Middle East, the People's Republic of China, South East Asia, Angola, North Africa, 1947-1985.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following sections: National Security Council Policy Papers (NSCPP); National Security Council Background Documents; 'P' Files; 'Mill' papers; National Security Council Actions; National Security Action Memoranda; National Security Study Memoranda; National Security Decision Memoranda; Presidential Directives; National Security Study Directives; National Security Decision Directives; National Security Directives; NSC Intelligence Directives. Memoranda, correspondence, directives, documents, policy recommendations and position papers are then arranged chronologically therein. Microfilm reels are numbered in order of accession and the numbers have been added to the published guides, which should be consulted first.

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 guides are available in the Reading Room: Documents of the National Security Council, 1947-1977 (University Publications of America, 1980), and 6 subsequent supplements, 1981-1993

Existence and location of originals

National Security Council Files, Record Group 273, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

Related materials

Further microfilmed papers created by the National Security Council may be found at LHCMA MF 82-84.

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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