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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 175-184
PRESIDENT EISENHOWER: Cabinet Meetings Minutes & Documents, 1953-1961
1953-1961, 1980
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
10 reels and one published guide


Name of creator(s)

President Dwight David Eisenhower and his Cabinet, 1953- 1961

Administrative / Biographical history

The microfilm collection contains copies of the minutes and documents relating to the formulation of domestic and foreign policy in the United States during the administration of President Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961. Originally composed of nine members, the Cabinet was increased in 1953 with the addition of the post of Secretary Health, Education, and Welfare. During Eisenhower's two terms in office, the Cabinet included Richard Milhous Nixon, Vice President of the United States, 1953-1961; John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State, 1953-1959; Christian Archibald Herter, Secretary of State, 1959-1961; George Magoffin Humphrey, Secretary of the Treasury, 1953-1957; Robert Bernerd Anderson, Secretary of the Treasury, 1957- 1961; Charles E Wilson, Secretary of Defense, 1953-1957; Neil H McElroy, Secretary of Defense, 1957-1959; Thomas S(overeign) Gates, Jr, Secretary of Defense, 1959-1961; Herbert Brownall, Jr, Attorney General, 1953-1957; William Pierce Rogers, Attorney General, 1957-1961; Arthur E Summerfield, Postmaster General, 1953-1961; Douglas McKay, Secretary of the Interior, 1953-1956; Frederick A Seaton, Secretary of the Interior, 1956-1961; Ezra Taft Benson, Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-1961; Sinclair Weeks, Secretary of Commerce, 1953-1958; Frederick H Mueller, Secretary of Commerce, 1959-1961; Martin P Durkin, Secretary of Labor, 1953; James P Mitchell, Secretary of Labor, 1953-1961; Oveta Culp Hobby, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1953-1955; Marion B Folsom, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1955-1958; Arthur S Flemming, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1958-1961

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University Publications of America, Bethesda, MD, USA

Content & structure

Scope and content

Minutes and Documents of the Cabinet Meetings of President Eisenhower, 1953-1961 is a themed microfilm collection which includes copies of the minutes, memoranda, and supporting documents of the Cabinet meetings during the Presidential administration of Dwight David Eisenhower, 12 Dec 1952-13 Jan 1961. The meetings included discussions relating to all aspects of the domestic and foreign policy affairs of the United States. Meeting minutes relate to the addition to the Cabinet of the post of US Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, 1953; the armistice talks which ended the Korean War, 1953; the US Supreme Court decision declaring racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional, 1954; US military and financial commitment to Indo-China, 1954; American entry into the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), 1954; Eisenhower's re-election strategy, campaign, and victory, 1956; the Suez Crisis, 1956; the adoption of the 'Eisenhower Doctrine', which stated that the United States would provide military and economic aid to any nation in the Middle East threatened by communism, 1957-1959; the launch of US satellites in response to the Soviet launch of the 'Sputnik' satellite, 1958; American intervention into Lebanon, 1958; the adoption of Alaska and Hawaii as US states, 1959; and the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy as President of the United States, 1960.

System of arrangement

Arranged chronologically

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 detailed published guide.


Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Dwight D Eisenhower Library, Abilene, KA, USA



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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  • Alliances
  • Artificial satellites
  • Boundaries
  • Central government
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • Foreign policy
  • Foreign relations
  • Government
  • Heads of state
  • Interethnic relations
  • International conflicts
  • International law
  • International relations
  • International tensions
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Political doctrines
  • Political institutions
  • Public administration
  • Racial discrimination
  • Racial segregation
  • Rights of states
  • Scientific facilities
  • Spacecraft
  • Suez Crisis (1956)
  • Territorial rights
  • Vietnam War (1945-1975)
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • Wars (events)
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Dulles, John Foster, 1888-1959, US Secretary of State
  • Eisenhower, Dwight David, 1890-1969, US President and General
  • Gates, Thomas Sovereign, 1906-1983, US Secretary of Defense
  • Herter, Christian Archibald, 1895-1966, US Secretary of State
  • McElroy, Neil Hosler, 1904-1972, US Secretary of Defense
  • Nixon, Richard Milhous, 1913-1994, US President

Corporate names

  • South East Asia Treaty Organisation (SEATO)
  • US Government departments


  • Alaska, USA, North America
  • Americas
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Caribbean
  • China, East Asia
  • Hawaii, USA, North America
  • Korea, East Asia
  • Lebanon, Middle East
  • Suez Canal, Egypt, North Africa
  • USSR, Eastern Europe
  • Viet Nam, South East Asia

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