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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 361-72; MF 412-421
1945-1959, 1985
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
35 reels


Name of creator(s)

US Department of State, 1945-59

Administrative / Biographical history

The US Department of State is the lead US foreign affairs agency. It advances US objectives and interests through formulating, representing, and implementing the foreign policy of the President of the United States. The US Secretary of State, the ranking member of the Cabinet and fourth in line of presidential succession, is the President's principal adviser on foreign policy and the person chiefly responsible for US representation abroad. The 1947 National Security Act created the National Security Council, which assisted the President on foreign policy and co-ordinated the work of the many agencies involved in foreign relations. During the Cold War, new foreign affairs agencies were placed under the general policy direction of the Secretary of State: the US Information Agency, the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and the US Agency for International Development. US Department of State country missions assist in implementing the President's constitutional responsibilities for the conduct of US foreign relations. The Chief of Mission, with the title Ambassador, Minister, or Charge d'Affaires, and, the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) are responsible for and head the mission's "country team" of US Government personnel. The Country Team includes diplomatic officers representing consular, administrative, political, economic, cultural, and legal affairs, as well as all the representatives from agencies other than the Department of State. These are the people responsible for the day to day work of the mission. Department of State employees at missions comprise US-based political appointees, career diplomats, and Foreign Service nationals. The last are local residents, who provide continuity for the transient American staff and have language and cultural expertise. The Confidential US State Department Central Files, Soviet Union, Foreign Affairs, 1945-59 microfilm collection includes files relating to Soviet foreign affairs prepared for the President of the United States by this field of State Department regional experts.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

A themed microfilm collection relating to US State Department interpretations of Soviet foreign affairs, 1945-1959. Included in the collection are US State Department files relating to the repatriation of German prisoners of war from the Soviet Union following World War Two; Soviet boundary disputes involving the People's Republic of China, Bulgaria, Hungary, Iran Romania, and Turkey; Soviet economic, non-aggression, and peace treaties with the People's Republic of China; Soviet funds raised from enemy property in Germany and Austria; Soviet political relations with the Republic of South Korea and the People's Republic of Korea; Soviet alliances or friendship treaties with Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Austria, Bulgaria, Burma, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Pakistan, Syria, Thailand, and the United States, 1945-1959.

System of arrangement

Arranged according to subject: 'General' or 'International Relations'; 'Bilateral Relations' with states other than the US; and 'US- Soviet Bilateral Relations'. Arranged chronologically therein

Conditions of access & use

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 for research purposes and are charged at the cost to the Centre. Enquiries concerning the copyright of the original material should be addressed to University Publications of America, Inc., 4520 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3389, USA

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and published detailed catalogues available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room, Paul Kesaris and Robert Lester (eds.), Confidential US State Department Central Files, Soviet Union, Foreign Affairs, 1945-1949 and Confidential US State Department Central Files, Soviet Union, Foreign Affairs, 1950-1954 (University Publications of America, Bethesda, MD, 1985).

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC, Record Group 59, Records of the Department of State, Central Files: USSR.



Compiled Jul 1999

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

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  • Alliances
  • Arms control
  • Boundaries
  • Central government
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • Diplomacy
  • Disarmament
  • East West relations
  • Economic relations
  • Foreign relations
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • Interdependence
  • International conflicts
  • International economic relations
  • International instruments
  • International law
  • International relations
  • Peace
  • Political doctrines
  • Public administration
  • Rights of states
  • Territorial rights
  • War prisoners
  • War victims

Personal names

  • Acheson, Dean Gooderham, 1893-1971, US Secretary of State
  • Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959, US Secretary of State
  • Eisenhower, Dwight David, 1890-1969, US President and General
  • Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeyevich, 1894-1971, Prime Minister of the USSR
  • Truman, Harry S, 1884-1972, US President

Corporate names

  • US Department of State


  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria, Eastern Europe
  • Caribbean
  • China, East Asia
  • Germany
  • Hungary, Eastern Europe
  • Iran, Islamic Republic, Middle East
  • Korea, East Asia
  • Romania, Eastern Europe
  • Turkey, Middle East
  • USA, North America
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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