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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 161-171
1945-1982, 1985
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
11 reels and one published guide


Name of creator(s)

US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), 1945-1982

Administrative / Biographical history

The Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) was established by Act 22 USC 2521 on 26 Sep 1961 in response to US Congressional pressure to centralise arms control and disarmament responsibilities for the purposes of US national security. The Act also provided for the establishment of a General Advisory Committee, appointed by the President to advise the President, Secretary of State, and the Director of the ACDA on matters affecting arms control and disarmament. ACDA formulates, implements, and verifies arms control, non- proliferation, and disarmament policies, strategies and agreements that promote the national security of the United States. ACDA also prepares and participates in discussions and negotiations with foreign countries on issues including strategic arms limitations, conventional force reductions in Europe, prevention of the spread of nuclear weapons, prohibition on chemical weapons, and the international arms trade. Its main objectives are to prepare for and manage US participation in negotiations on arms control and disarmament; to conduct and co-ordinate arms control research; and to ensure that the US can verify compliance with existing agreements through on-site inspections.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

Documents on Disarmament, 1945- 1982, is a themed microfilm collection including documents on arms control and disarmament developments, 1945-1982. Subjects include relations with the US Atomic Energy Commission; proposed prohibition requirements for the production of biological and chemical weapons; bilateral talks between the Soviet Union and the United States, including the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (START); US negotiations with aligned and non-aligned states; Commission on Security and Co- operation in Europe (CSCE) arms control talks; negotiations with UN organisations including the Ad Hoc Group on Disarmament and Development, the Commission for Conventional Armaments, the Disarmament Commission, international Atomic Energy Agency, and the Security Council, 1945-1982.

System of arrangement

The documents are arranged in chronological order.  The accompanying published guide has a brief content list for each reel and a subject index.

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 one published detailed guide.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 320 21st St. NW, Washington, DC, 20451, USA



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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  • Arms control
  • Biological warfare
  • Chemical warfare
  • Diplomacy
  • Disarmament
  • Energy resources
  • Foreign relations
  • International cooperation
  • International instruments
  • International law
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Military engineering
  • Military equipment
  • Non-proliferation
  • Nonrenewable energy sources
  • Nuclear energy
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Peace
  • Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) (1972-1979)
  • Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), 1992-1999
  • Warfare
  • Weapons

Corporate names

  • Atomic Energy Commission


  • Americas
  • Caribbean
  • USA, North America
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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