Today’s NDC Blog post concerns a painful episode in modern U.S. history, an earlier chapter of a story that has been in the news frequently over the past months. On January 23, 1968, units of the North Korean Navy captured the environmental research ship USS Pueblo (AGER-2) in international waters off the east coast of North Korean … Continue reading USS Pueblo Ship Plans
Aero Sys Div, 1969 (RG 342 UD-UP 138; NND 63253; Boxes 35 and 58) By Michael Rhodes Recently declassified records from the Aeronautical Systems Division, USAF (RG 342 - Records of United States Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations) reveal some surprising, perhaps never-before-seen images: The above illustration was discovered in the pages of a … Continue reading How to Build a FLYING SAUCER
Twenty records related to the Katyn Forest Massacre are now available on the National Archives Transcription Pilot Project. Help transcribe telegrams, messages, letters and reports, including handwritten script. Your efforts help improve the accessibility of the records. For more information on how to get started, check out the Transcription Tips. Learn more about the Katyn … Continue reading Help Transcribe Records Related to the Katyn Forest Massacre
The National Declassification Center (NDC) led a multi-agency project to identify and review for declassification records relating the Katyn Forest Massacre. This effort resulted in the release of more than 1000 new pages of material not previously released to the public. The opening was announced on September 10, 2012 during an event at The Capitol Visitors … Continue reading Katyn Forest Massacre Project
By Ms. Jenny Namsiriwan Crabb The National Archives has numerous gems in its collection. We are discovering more of them as we continue our work in the National Declassification Center. I discovered one such gem as I was working with a project regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis in February 2012. The collection in its entirety … Continue reading Cuban Missile Crisis
Today's post comes to us from NDC blogger Neil Carmichael. On October 27, 2011, the National Declassification Center held a one-day conference on the Berlin Crisis of 1961. The conference focused on events leading up to and following the Vienna summit between Khrushchev and Kennedy, the height of tension during August with the construction of the wall … Continue reading Berlin Crisis Video on C-Span
Today's post comes to us from NDC blogger Neil Carmichael. The autumn of 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the political crisis that resulted in the erection of the Berlin Wall and created a divided city for 28 years. The National Declassification Center of the National Archives and Records Administration and the Historical Publications Office … Continue reading Berlin Crisis of 1961 Conference: "Building the Wall, From Vienna to Checkpoint Charlie"
The pending release of the Report of the OSD Vietnam Task Force (aka the Pentagon Papers) has brought forth the question of relevancy. After all the Papers were made public 40 years ago, right? What’s the big deal? The fact of the matter is that no one, outside the people properly cleared to view Top … Continue reading The Real Pentagon Papers
NARA is planning a digital/textual release of the Pentagon Papers for the week of June 13, 2011. This simultaneous release will be conducted by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library, and the National Declassification Center at College Park.
I want to update everyone on our progress on this project with the great news that the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has declassified the information of interest to them in the Report of the Vietnam Study Task Force. Since the Report was an OSD product, they retained considerable interest in every volume … Continue reading Pentagon Papers Project Update