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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
NATO: Publications relating to
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
8 boxes or 0.08 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

NATO; Ministry of Supply; Royal Netherlands Association

Administrative / Biographical history

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) is an alliance based on political and military co-operation among member countries, established in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. NATO was established by the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty, commonly referred to as the Treaty of Washington. The North Atlantic Alliance consists of the transatlantic partnership between the European members of NATO and the United States and Canada, and is entrusted to support peace and stability throughout Europe. The objectives of the partnership between the European and North American members of the Alliance are primarily political, underpinned by shared defence planning and military co-operation and by co- operation and consultation in economic, scientific, environmental and other relevant fields. Throughout the years of the Cold War, however, NATO focused primarily on the development and maintenance of collective defence and on overcoming the fundamental political issues dividing Europe. Today its focus is on promoting stability throughout Europe through co-operation and by developing the means for collective crisis management and peacekeeping

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Mrs Barbara Edge in successive accessions, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999

Content & structure

Scope and content

Publications relating to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and western European defensive strategy, procurement, and technology, 1948-1988, most notably editions of NATO's Fifteen Nations, a journal devoted to NATO alliance politics, force structure, integration, combined training, and procurement, May 1958-Jun 1988; an edition of Laboratory of the Air (HMSO, Ministry of Supply, 1948), detailing the history and function of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, Hampshire; seven aerial photographs of the Royal Aircraft Establishment; an edition of Facts about NATO (NATO Information Service, Paris, 1959), detailing NATO history, organisation, and force structure; edition of NATO: Facts about the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Bosh: Utrecht, 1962)

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 supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material from NATO publications, including NATO's Fifteen Nations should be submitted to NATO Headquarters, Blvd Leopold III, B- 1110 Brussels, Belgium; requests to publish original material from Laboratory of the Air (HMSO, Ministry of Supply, 1948) should be sent to the Stationery Office, PO Box 276, London, SW8

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

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



Compiled Nov 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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  • Aircraft
  • Alliances
  • Central government
  • Chemical actions and uses
  • Collective security
  • East West relations
  • Economic cooperation
  • Economic policy
  • Foreign relations
  • Government
  • Government departments
  • Higher science education
  • International cooperation
  • International instruments
  • International law
  • International organizations
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • International security
  • Management techniques
  • Military aircraft
  • Military engineering
  • Military equipment
  • Military theory
  • North Atlantic Treaty (1949)
  • Nuclear warfare
  • Organization and methods
  • Organizations
  • Peace
  • Peacekeeping
  • Pharmaceutic aids
  • Political doctrines
  • Public administration
  • Specialty uses of chemicals
  • State security
  • Vehicles
  • Warfare
  • Weapons

Corporate names

  • Ministry of Supply
  • NATO, North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • North Atlantic Alliance
  • Royal Aircraft Establishment
  • Royal Netherlands Association


  • Americas
  • Canada, North America
  • Caribbean
  • Farnborough, Hampshire, England
  • London, England
  • Washington, USA, North America

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