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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA MF 831-843
TERRORISM: Special Studies, 1975-1991
1974-1991, 1986-1992
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
13 reels


Name of creator(s)

US government and civilian organisations, including the US Defense Intelligence Agency, the US armed forces intelligence organisation; US Central Intelligence Agency; US Army War College; the Defense Intelligence College; US Department of State; Columbia

Administrative / Biographical history

Terrorism: Special Studies, 1975-1991 is a collection of studies commissioned by the US government concerning international terrorism, 1975-1991. The US government contracted American universities, colleges, corporations, non-partisan policy centres, and individuals to provide data and analyses relating to terrorist threats to US foreign policy. University Publications of America then compiled the existing texts, which were available in US armed forces reports, US defence policy journals, non-partisan policy journals, academic journals, and academic symposia and conference proceedings, 1974-1991.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

University Publications of America, Inc., Bethesda, MD, with guides edited by Michael Davis and compiled by Mike Acquaviva.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Terrorism: Special Studies, 1975-1991 is a themed microfilm compilation of texts commissioned by the US government and published by University Publications of America, Inc. Original texts cover the period 1960-1991, and are drawn from a variety of originating bodies, including the US Defense Intelligence Agency, the US armed forces intelligence organisation; US Central Intelligence Agency; US Army War College; the Defense Intelligence College; US Department of State; Columbia University; US Naval Postgraduate School; US Army Command and Staff College; the Federal Aviation Administration; and non-partisan policy centres, including the RAND Corporation. The collection includes US Central Intelligence Agency terrorist yearbooks; US Defense Intelligence College reports on the Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), the West German Red Army Faction, and the Irish Republican Army (IRA); US Federal Aviation Administration reports on the effectiveness of the Civil Aviation Security Program; RAND Corporation policy papers relating to hostage survival, terrorism in the 1980s, options for US policy on terrorism, right-wing terrorist organisations, terrorism in the Middle East, the Red Brigade, kidnapping, white supremacist organisations, and the threat of nuclear and biological weapons; US State Department reports on political terrorism; US Army War College policy papers relating to counter-terrorism, psychological aspects of terrorism, the operational level of 'Euroterrorism' in the 1980s, the media and terrorism, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO), and Northern Ireland; Defense Intelligence Agency papers, including the report of the Symposium on International Terrorism, Washington, DC, 2-3 Dec 1985.

System of arrangement

Arranged in the following chronological sections: Series 1: 1974-1977 (MF 831); 1977-1979 (MF 832); 1979-1981 (MF 833); 1982-1983 (MF 834); 1983-1985 (MF 835); Series 2: 1979-1985 (MF 836); 1985-1986 (MF 837); 1986 (MF 838); 1986-1987 (MF 839); 1987-1988 (MF 840); Series 3: 1986-1989 (MF 841); 1989 (MF 842); 1990-1991 (MF 843)

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 United 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, Michael Davis and Mike Acquaviva (eds.), Terrorism: Special Studies, 1975-1991 (University Publications of America, Inc, Bethesda, MD, 1986-1992).

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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  • Central government
  • Collectivism
  • Communism
  • Crime
  • Fascism
  • Foreign relations
  • Government
  • Government policy
  • International relations
  • Management operations
  • Policy making
  • Political doctrines
  • Public administration
  • Racial discrimination
  • Racism (doctrine)
  • Terrorism
  • Totalitarianism

Corporate names

  • Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA)
  • Irish Republican Army (IRA)
  • Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO)
  • Rand Corporation
  • Red Army Faction
  • US Central Intelligence Agency
  • US Government departments


  • Americas
  • Caribbean
  • Germany
  • London, England
  • Middle East
  • Northern Ireland
  • Washington, USA, North America

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