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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 427-433
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
7 reels


Name of creator(s)

President Harry S Truman and US government agencies including the National Security Council, the US Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, the US Army.

Administrative / Biographical history

The collection consists of meeting minutes, memoranda, and semi-official correspondence relating to US foreign policy with respect to Korea, 1945-1953. During this period, Korea went from Japanese occupation, to civil war between communist forces led by Kim Il-Jong and republican forces led by President Syngman Rhee, to partition under terms imposed by the United Nations.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University Publications of America, Inc.

Content & structure

Scope and content

President Harry S Truman's Office Files, 1945-1953: Korea is a themed microfilm collection relating to US foreign policy decision making with respect to Korea, 1945-1953. Included in the collection are copies of Presidential memoranda and eeting minutes, 1945-1953; US foreign policy analyses relating to the Japanese occupation of Korea, 1945; US Department of State reports relating to the social, economic, political, and military situation in Korea, 1945- 1953; US military and political intelligence assessments, 1945-1953; US military projections, 1946-1950; US analyses of the United Nations sponsored intervention in Korea, 1950; Presidential reports concerning the conduct of US operations in the Korean War, 1950-1953.

System of arrangement

Arranged in chronological order.

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 in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Harry S Truman Library, Independence, MO, 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.

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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  • Economic information
  • Foreign relations
  • Humanitarian law
  • Information
  • International conflicts
  • International law
  • International organizations
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Military engineering
  • Military intelligence
  • Occupied territories
  • Organizations
  • Political information
  • Social science information
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Truman, Harry S, 1884-1972, US President

Corporate names

  • UN, United Nations


  • China, East Asia
  • Japan, East Asia
  • Korea, East Asia

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