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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 82-84; MF 283-285
NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL: Minutes of Meetings, with Special Advisory Reports
1947-1960, 1982
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 reels and 1 published guide


Name of creator(s)

The National Security Council of the United States, 1947-1960

Administrative / Biographical history

The National Security Act of 1947 and the Reorganization Plan of 1949 defined the composition and function of the National Security Council (NSC). Chaired by the President of the United States, the NSC consisted of statutory members (the Vice President and the secretaries of State and Defense), statutory advisers (the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency), the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and professional staff members on temporary assignment from the armed forces, the Central Intelligence Agency, elsewhere in the government, or who had been recruited from universities and think tanks. The statutory function of the NSC was, and is, to advise the President with respect to the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies relating to national security. Since 1947 the NSC has evolved as a key foreign policy making arm of the president under such advisers as McGeorge Bundy, Dr Henry Alfred Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. During the administrations of Harry S Truman and Dwight David Eisenhower, 1945-1953 and 1953 to 1961 respectively, the NSC met to analyse current and potential national security issues, and to formulate for the President Special Advisory reports. Special Advisory Reports were prepared by NSC staff to study specific national security issues or perceived threats to the security of the United States or to assess the domestic and political situation of individual nations. When completed, these reports were distributed to the entire National Security Council for study and comment, and were then were delivered to the President of the United States for action.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University Publications of America, Inc

Content & structure

Scope and content

Minutes of Meetings of the National Security Council, with Special Advisory Reports are microfilmed copies of meeting minutes and Special Advisory Reports undertaken by the US National Security Council, 1947-1960. Material in the collection relates to US strategic nuclear forces capabilities, 1947-60; 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, 1950-1953; 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; and US policy towards Cuba, 1959-60. Special Advisory Reports concern Europe, the Soviet Union and its satellites, Latin America, Japan, The Middle East, the People's Republic of China, South East Asia, Angola, North Africa, 1947-1960.

System of arrangement

Items on film reels are arranged in chronological order.  Reels are numbered in order of accession, and the reel numbers recorded in the published guide which should be consulted first.

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, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. 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 a published detailed guide.



Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

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

Related units of description

Further microfilmed papers created by the National Security Council may be found at LHCMA MF 71-81.



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.

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  • Central government
  • Collectivism
  • Colonial countries
  • Communism
  • Decolonization
  • East West relations
  • Foreign relations
  • Government
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Military engineering
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Political doctrines
  • Political systems
  • Public administration
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Bundy, McGeorge, 1919-1996, US public official
  • Eisenhower, Dwight David, 1890-1969, US President and General
  • Truman, Harry S, 1884-1972, US President

Corporate names

  • National Security Council
  • US Central Intelligence Agency
  • US Government departments


  • Americas
  • Angola, Southern Africa
  • Asia
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Central America
  • China, East Asia
  • Cuba, Caribbean
  • Iran, Islamic Republic, Middle East
  • Japan, East Asia
  • Palestine, Middle East
  • South East Asia
  • USA, North America
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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