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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 441-451
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
11 reels


Name of creator(s)

US State Department

Administrative / Biographical history

Through its embassies, missions, consulates, and foreign service personnel, the US State Department was entrusted by the US Government to gather and disseminate information about the political, economic, and social stability of nations. From 1950 to 1957, the US State Department relayed telegrams and reports about Korea back to the United States Executive Branch for action. Following World War Two, US State Department missions in Southeast Asia had forewarned the US Presidency of political instability with the removal of Japanese occupation forces. In 1950, foreign service personnel began to send urgent messages regarding the movement of scattered communist guerrilla forces southward. During the Korean War, 1950 to 1953, the US State Department maintained a steady flow of messages to President Harry S Truman concerning civil, political, and military actions in Korea and, following the armistice in 1953, continued to inform the Executive Branch of Korean economic and social stability programmes.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University Publications of America, Inc.

Content & structure

Scope and content

A themed microfilm collection containing copies of messages, telegrams, and reports sent from US Department of State personnel to the United States Executive Branch relating to civil, military, and political events in Korea, 1950-1957.

System of arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

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.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC; Harry S Truman Library, Independence, MO; Dwight D Eisenhower Library, Abilene, KA.

Related units of description

President Harry S Truman's Office Files, 1945- 1953: Korea (Ref: GB KCLMA MF 427-433)



Compiled Oct 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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  • Central government
  • Civil war
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • Diplomacy
  • Economic relations
  • Foreign relations
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • Interdependence
  • Internal politics
  • International conflicts
  • International instruments
  • International law
  • International organizations
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Organizations
  • Political doctrines
  • Political movements
  • Political parties
  • Public administration
  • War
  • Wars (events)

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
  • Il-sung, Kim, 1912-1994, Prime Minister of North Korea
  • Rhee, Syngman, 1875-1965, President of South Korea
  • Truman, Harry S, 1884-1972, US President

Corporate names

  • UN, United Nations
  • US Democratic party
  • US Department of State
  • US State Department
  • US government


  • Americas
  • Caribbean
  • China, East Asia
  • Japan, East Asia
  • Korea, East Asia
  • USA, North America

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