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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 85-101; 102-110; 185-191; 192-203; 323-332; 553-564; 770-781; 844-855
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
103 reels and eight published guides


Name of creator(s)

Project commissioned by the US government and compiled by University Publications of America, from US government reports and defence policy journals, independent scientific journals, and academic symposia and conference proceedings, 1969-1995.

Administrative / Biographical history

Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, and the Threat of Thermonuclear War, 1969-1995 is a themed microfilm compilation of sources published by University Publications of American, Inc. Original texts cover the period 1969-1995, and are drawn from a variety of originating bodies including the US Department of Defense; US Central Intelligence Agency; US Army War College; US General Accounting Office; US Department of Energy; Los Alamos National Laboratory; US Army Command and Staff College; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and non-partisan policy centres such as the RAND Corporation.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University Publications of America, Inc., Bethesda, MD, with supplementary guides edited by Robert Lester, Paul Kesaris, Nanette Dobrosky, and Blair Hydrick.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Microfilm copies of official US government reports and US military, scientific, academic and policy journals relating to nuclear weapons, arms control, weapons technology, deterrence, nuclear strategy, and US foreign policy, 1919-1995. The reports have been arranged chronologically and include material relating to non-proliferation treaty safeguards; civil defence in the United States; deterrence theory; analyses of the Soviet Military Industrial Complex; interview transcripts of US government officials associated with weapons systems development and deployment; qualitative and quantitative analyses of the US-Soviet arms race; analyses of the theory of flexible response; nuclear capabilities of the People's Republic of China; North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) missile warning systems, 1968-1981; the Joint Cruise Missiles Project, 1982; the Tonopah Test Range technical manual, 1982; the planning of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) nuclear deterrent for the 1980s and 1990s; French and British nuclear forces in the 1980s and 1990s; the evolution of US and NATO tactical nuclear doctrine and limited nuclear war options, the Strategic Defense Initiative Program (SDI); trends in anti-nuclear protests in the US; US National Security Policy, 1980s; the threat of nuclear terrorism; the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty; anti-satellite weaponry; the threat of biological and chemical weapons. Official US government reports include report to the US Congress relating to stockpile reliability, weapons re-manufacture, and the role of nuclear testing, 1987; report to the US Congress on the Strategic Defense Initiative, 1989; Nevada Test Site Annual Site Environmental Report, 1989; report on the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START), including the text of the treaty and a number of related documents and protocols, 1991; the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations, 1993; the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency report to the US Congress, 1994; US Department of Energy reports relating to the disposal and storage of fissile materials, 1995.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the following chronological sections: 1969-1981 (MF 85-101); Supplement, 1981-1982 (MF 102-110); Second Supplement, 1983-1984 (MF 192-203); Third Supplement, 1985- 1986 (MF 185-191); Fourth Supplement, 1987-1988 (MF 323-332); Fifth Supplement, 1989-1990 (MF 553-564); Sixth Supplement, 1991-1992 (MF 770-781); Seventh Supplement, 1993-1995 (MF 844-855)

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

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide and a series of eight published detailed guides

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Compiled Jun 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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  • Alliances
  • Arms control
  • Arms race
  • Central government
  • Civil defence
  • Defence
  • Disarmament
  • Foreign relations
  • Government
  • Government policy
  • Higher science education
  • International relations
  • Military education
  • Military engineering
  • Military equipment
  • Missiles
  • Nuclear engineering
  • Nuclear testing
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Peace
  • Public administration
  • State security
  • Warfare
  • Weapons

Corporate names

  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • US Government departments


  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Caribbean
  • China, East Asia
  • USA, North America
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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