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Anna K. Nelson Papers

VOLUME: 22 linear feet

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Biographical Note

Anna Louise Kasten Nelson was born in 1933 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Nelson began her academic career as a student at Fort Smith Junior College. She then studied at the University of Oklahoma at Fort Smith, where she earned her BA in history and MA in political science.

Nelson began her college teaching career at George Washington University as a history lecturer in 1970 and earned her PhD in history there in 1972.

In the mid-1970s Anna Nelson served as a member of the National Study Commission on Records and Documents of Federal Officials. Generally known as the Public Documents Commission, it was established after President Richard Nixon resigned and announced plans to control his presidential records. Nelson helped write the commission's report that led to the passage of the Presidential Records Act, which clarified that the records of the president are the property of the American public.

She left George Washington University in 1986 to become an adjunct professor in history at American University, where she became the Distinguished Historian-in-Residence in 1996.

In addition to Nelson's membership to the State Department's Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation (1992 to 1994), she was a member of the American Historical Association's Research Division (1986-1989). In 1994, she was nominated by President William Clinton to represent the American Historical Association on the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board.

Nelson published more than 30 scholarly articles on 19th and 20th century United States foreign and national security policy. She received the James Madison Award from the Coalition on Government Information, and the AHA awarded her its Troyer Steele Anderson Prize for the advancement of its association.

Anna Nelson passed away in 2012.


Scope and Content Note

The majority of this collection (1945-2012) contains declassified National Security Council documents, Nelson's publications, and research material. The research and articles series includes information for her unfinished book, Presidents, Policy, and Process: 5 Case Studies of National Security Decisions (1950-2012). The five case studies are about the following topics:

  • Harry S. Truman and the process of National Security Report 68 [NSC 68] (1950 - 1989)
  • The White House administration of Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953 - 2004)
  • John F. Kennedy Foreign Policy (Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missile Crisis, April 1962 - October 1962)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson and Dominican Republic military intervention (1964 - 1991)
  • Richard Nixon and his attempts to restore power to the National Security Council as well as his appointment of Kissinger negating these attempts (1965-1973)

The declassified National Security Council documents are from the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, as well as interviews, clippings, and information pertaining to the Assassination Records Review Board (1962 - 1963, 1975, 1992 - 2008). There are photos of Nelson (1986 - 2010) at panels and events throughout her career as well as lesson plans and syllabi (2004 - 2011) from the classes she taught at American University.


Provenance

Anna Nelson's sons donated this collection to American University in 2013.


Processing Note

The collection contains five series: 1. Research Notes, 2. Articles and Speeches, 3. The National Security Council, 4. Subject Files, 5. Teaching, and 6. Biographical.

All of Nelson's publications are located in the articles and speeches series. Her research guides, such as finding aids, research notes, and requests are in the research notes series. The declassified documents are arranged by series. National Security Council documents are in the National Security Council series, and the Assassination Record Review Board documents are in the subject series. The original papers were in order by topic and remain so. Every series is in alphabetical order by subject. For all acronyms, the order will be under the full name (Example: National Security Council instead of NSC).

There is an Audiovisual (AV) portion in this collection. All of the AV is stored in a single box (25), but the material has been organized alphabetically in series order. The material is listed in the box and folder list with a marker to indicate its location. There is AV content in series 2 (articles and speeches), 4 (subject files), and 5 (teaching). There is a born-digital component to this collection. The files are sorted by series and subject. The majority of the digital files are in series 1, 2, 5, and 6.

According to American University's policy on the confidentiality of student records, all graded items were removed from the collection.


Series Descriptions & Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Research Notes (1950 - 2010)
3 linear feet

This series contains Nelson's research notes, finding aids for archival collections, oral history notes, and file requests.

Box 1
Aiken, George - research, 1978, 1981, 1991
Articles and declassified memos - research, 1981, undated
Articles and notes, 1985, undated
Aswan - research notes, undated
Back - Channel - research, 1970
Bedford series - letters and notes, 1994, undated
Bell, David - oral history and research notes, 1987
Bibliographies and Booklists, 1993, 2003 - 2006 See: digital inventory
Bibliography, congressional record, and notes, 1986, undated
Bosch, Juan, 2004, 2010 See: digital inventory
Congress - articles and research notes, 1988, undated
Connally, Senator Tom and James E. Webb, - notes and memos, 1950, 1988, undated
Cuba, 2009 See: digital inventory
Declassification requests - includes CIA memos and notes (2 folders), 1996 - 1998, 2006
Declassified document requests - includes letters and forms, 2011 - 2012
Department of State - records request, 1987, undated
Document withdrawal requests and notes, 1985, 2003, undated
Dulles, John Foster - oral history notes, undated
Eisenhower Library - notes, shelf list, withdrawal sheet, 1977
Eisenhower - notes, 1981, undated
Elliott, William Y. - research and trip, undated
Elsey, George M. - oral history research and notes, 1974, undated
Executive Order - notes, 1993, undated
Finding aids and notes

  • Finding aid notes 1980, undated
  • 1995, 2002 - 2005 See: digital inventory

Freedom of Information Act - request, 1996, undated
Gleijeses, Piero, 2005 See: digital inventory
Goodpaster, Andrew - interview notes, undated
Gray, Gordon - interview notes, undated
Harlow, Bryce and Wilcox, Francis oral histories - notes and research, 1975, undated
Harriman, W.A. Papers - articles, notes, and research, 1970, undated
Hiss Case - records and research notes, 1999, undated
Indochina research, undated
Interview Tape Notes, 2008 See: digital inventory
Interviews and notes, 1978, undated
Jackson, Henry, 2006 - 2010 See: digital inventory
Johnson, Lyndon B. 2004 - 2007 See: digital inventory
Johnson, Robert H. - interview notes, 1980
Kissinger, Henry, 2003 - 2009 See: digital inventory
Lovett, Robert A. - oral history interview research, undated
Mann, Thomas C. files - hearings research, 2005
"National Classified Information" - Executive Order research, 2010, undated
National Security Council (NSC)

  • Minute requests and notes, 1947 - 1958, 1980
  • NSC and Senator Jackson - correspondence, finding aids, and notes (2 folders), 2005
  • Notes and research, 1993 - 1994
  • Requests (2 folders), 1980 - 1995
  • Research, 1987, undated
  • 2003 - 2009 See: digital inventory

Box 2
National Security Reform - research and draft edits, 2008, undated
Nixon, Richard

  • Declassification requests and notes, 2006,undated
  • Tapes - notes, 2009
  • 2003 - 2009 See: digital inventory

Notes and photocopy list, 1980, undated
Notes and requests (4 folders), 2003, undated
Ohly, John H. - finding aid, undated
Oral histories - research, 1971
Presidential Management Project - research, undated
Request for book - interviews and notes, 2007, undated
Request for reproduction of documents, 2004, 2005
Requests and finding aids, undated
Research notes - includes clippings and requests (6 folders), 1965 - 2007, undated
Richardson, Elliott Papers - research, 1969, 1970
Rosenberg, Anna and Johnson, Lyndon - research, 1948 - 1973
Rosenberg, Anna

  • Research (4 folders), 1950, 2002, undated

Box 3
Rosenberg, Anna (continued)

  • Research (5 folders), 1950, 2002, undated
  • 1995, 2002 See: digital inventory

Rostow, Walt - interview notes, undated
Russell, Richard B. - research notes, undated
Saudi Arabia, 2006 See: digital inventory
Smith, Bromley, 2002 - 2007 See: digital inventory
State planning system - research, 1972, undated

Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT)
  • Memo withdrawal record, 1972, undated
  • 2007 See: digital inventory

Box 4
Telephone conversations - notes, 1965, undated
Telephone conversations - research, 2003, undated
Transition, 2007 See: digital inventory
Women in International Security - notes, 1987, 1991


Series 2: Articles and Speeches (1950 - 2012)
3 linear feet

This series contains Nelson's articles (drafts and published), book reviews, speeches, conference material, testimony, affidavits, and symposia panel talks. It is in alphabetical order by subject and document type.

Box 5
Access to Papers of Recent American Public Figures - conference, 1976, undated
"The Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation of the Department of State," 1993, undated
Affidavits and Testimonies, 2004 - 2008 See: digital inventory
The Agency - Nelson review, 1988
Aiken, George - case study and letters, 1991, 1995
American Foreign Relations, 1981
American Historical Association

  • Conference and speech, 2004, undated
  • Panel, 1994, 2005
  • Papers and speech, 1991

American Jewish History - Nelson review, undated
American Society for Legal History - panel, 1994
"Anna K. Nelson on Lessons from the Cold War for Homeland Security" - report, 2002
"Anna M. Rosenberg and the Senate Armed Forces Committee" - Congress and the Presidency, 2003
The Annals of Iowa, 1998
"An Arkansas Passover" - Nelson, undated
Articles

  • 1983 - 2001, undated
  • 1995 - 2009 See: digital inventory

Association of Research Libraries - Nelson presentation, 1985, 1986
Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties, 2007
Before the National Security adviser: did the NSC Matter? - Paper proposal and research, 1988
Book review - Nelson, undated
"Borderlands, 1917 - 1920" - manuscript, 2012
"The Bush War on Terrorism: The Challenge to Diplomatic Histories" - panel, 2004
Carter Library Conference, 1997
"Case Closed" - Tulanian magazine, 1988
"A Case Study of the Preservation and Accessibility of Documents" - Nelson, undated
Central Intelligence Agency - conference, 1994, 1996
"The CIA Reveals its Past" - Diplomatic History, 1998
"Challenge of Documenting the Federal Government in the Latter 20th Century" - Nelson, 1981, 1982
The Chronicle of Higher Education - articles, 1995 - 2009 See: digital inventory
Classified National Security Information

  • Symposium, 2005
  • Symposium DVDs (2), 2005 See: Box 25

Comments and Panel Lectures, 1994 - 2012 See: digital inventory
Committee of Government Reform - testimony, 2001, 2006, 2007
Committee on the Records in Government

  • Speech, 1984, 1985
  • Report, 1985

"Continental Expansion and the Roots of American Foreign Policy" - Journal of the West, 2004
Cuban Studies 32 - book, 2002
Declaration of Anna K. Nelson - undated
"Declassification and Democracy" - Nelson and Kohn, 1988, 1992, undated
"Declassification Challenges" - speech, 2009
"Disorder in the House: The Inaccessible Record" - Nelson, 1980
Drafts

  • Draft, undated
  • 1994 - 2009 See: digital inventory

Box 6
"Eisenhower and the National Security Council" - conference, 1990
Eisenhower oral history draft - includes Nelson, 1980
Enola Gay Exhibit - panel, 1994 - 1997
"Even Best Laid Plans Go Astray: Implementing the National Security Act of 1947" - Washington seminar, 1950, undated
"The Evolution of the American Foreign Policy Process from Roosevelt to Reagan" - Nelson, 1990, undated
"The Evolution of the National Security State" - Nelson, undated
"Federal Historical Offices, records, and the National Archives" - Nelson, 1979
FOCUS - Balancing National Security and Civil Liberties, 2007
Fosdick, Dorothy - Nelson articles and research, 2006
The Freedom of Information Act: A Legislative History 1955 - 1974 - draft, undated
Freedom of Information - conference and draft, 1990, 2000, 2004
"Frustrations of Scholarly Research in American Documentation" - seminar, 1993, undated
Government Information Quarterly, 1987
H-Diplo - roundtable, undated
"Historians and the Federal Government" - speech, 1986, undated
"A History of Union and Confederate Foreign Relations" - review, undated
"History without Historians" - Nelson, undated
Hotchkiss lecture - includes draft, 2004
Humanities council - speech, 1984
"In Support of History" - Nelson seminar, 1983, undated
"Institute of Contemporary History" - seminar, 1998, 1999
Intel drafts - includes clippings and notes, 1994, 1995, undated
Jackson subcommittee - notes and draft, undated
Jane Storms Cazneau: Disciple of Manifest Destiny - prologue, 1986
"The John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board"

  • Article, undated
  • A Culture of Secrecy, 1998

"John Foster Dulles and the Bipartisan Congress" - Political Science Quarterly, 1987
Johnson, Lyndon B. - paper drafts, undated
Joint oral history review: the Truman White House, 1980
Kennedy, John F., 1996 - 2008 See: digital inventory
Mission to Mexico - The New York Historical Society, 1975
Modern American History - Nelson introduction, undated
"Morse, Wayne Lyman" - American National Biography, 1999
The National Security Act of 1947

  • Nelson articles, 1985, undated
  • 1993 - 1997 See: digital inventory

NSC, 1997 - 2009 See: digital inventory
"National Security Council 680," undated
"NSC in 1970" - article, 2007
The National Security State, 2004 - 2012 See: digital inventory
National Security Council System - draft, undated
National Security Seminar, 2002 - 2003
"National Security vs. the National Interest" - Nelson, 1989, undated
Nelson book review, 2005, undated
"New Interpretations of the Cold War" - Nelson, 1999
Nixon, Richard - draft chapter and memos, 1969, undated
Operation Northwoods and the Covert War on Cuba

  • Article, 2001
  • Draft and letters, 2003
Oral history
  • Interview - includes Nelson, 1980
  • Roundtables, 1999, 2000

Organization of American Historians - articles and Nelson comment, 1996

Box 7
"Organizing for a War without End" - Miller Center forum, 2002, undated
Origins and the Evolution of the National Security Council - Nelson manuscript, 1990
Part-time teaching - American Historian Association Panel, 1985
Passport - roundtable discussion, 2008
"Policy and Process: NSC 68 as a Case Study" - Nelson, Undated
The Policy Makers

  • Policy makers and the formation of American foreign policy - Nelson edits, 2005, undated
  • The Policy Makers - Shaping American Foreign Policy from 1947 to the Present, 2000
  • 2005 - 2008 See: digital inventory

The President, Congress, and Foreign Policy: 200 years of Conflict - Stevens Institute lecture, undated
President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Use of Covert Actions, 2009 See: digital inventory
"President Eisenhower and the National Security Council" - Nelson, undated
President Kennedy's National Security Policy" - Nelson article and research, 1982, 1989, undated
"President Kennedy's National Security Policy: a Reconsideration" - Reviews in American History, 1991
"President Truman and the Evolution of the National Security Council" - Nelson, 1985
Presidential and congressional papers symposium - includes photos, 1996, 2005
Presidents, Policy, and Process, 2005 - 2012 See: digital inventory
Public documents and public history: An interview with Anna K. Nelson, 2003
The Public Historian - includes Nelson roundtable, 1988
Public Historians and Scholarship on the Modern State - panel, 1992
Public policy fellowship proposal for Nelson book, 2007, undated
"Putting Ollie North in perspective: A Historian Looks at the National Security Council" - Nelson, 1987
"Reflections on the Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board" - Nelson, 1999
"The 1985 Report of the Committee on the Records of Government" - Nelson, 1987
Reviews

  • Draft and notes, undated
  • 1993 - 2012 See: digital inventory

Risen subpoena - affidavit, article, and letter, 2008, undated
Roosevelt talk - Navy, 1998
Rosenberg, Anna, 1999 - 2003 See: digital inventory
"Secret Agents and Security Leaks: President Polk and the Mexican War" - Nelson, 1975
Secret Agents: Polk &the Search for Peace with Mexico - Nelson, 1988
"Secret Talks her Dish" - Nelson, 1998
"Setting Priorities for the National Declassification Center" - speech and clippings, 2010
"Silent no More: Saving the Jews of Russia" - Nelson review, 2007
Smithsonian Association - Wilson foreign policy talk, 1993
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

  • Conference presentation, 1988
  • Newsletter, 1994

"Society for History of National Government" - speech, 1984
Society of American Archivists - New York Session, 1987, 1989
Sowing the Seeds of Secrecy - includes drafts, letters, and clippings
Speeches, 1985 - 1988
Statement of Anna K. Nelson

  • Articles and letters, 1986
  • Letter and report, 1986

"The Status of Women in Diplomatic and International History: a Report" - Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), 2008
"Thirty Years of Secrets" - Nelson, undated
The Tragedy of American Diplomacy, 2005, 2009 See: digital inventory
Triangle Universities Security Seminar - newsletter and talk, 1992
"Turf Wars"

  • Article, undated
  • Draft and notes, undated

"The Way we were" - speech, 1983
West Point - symposium, 1988
"What did Nixon Learn from Eisenhower" - Nelson panel, undated


Series 3: National Security Council (NSC) (1945 - 2007)
6 linear feet

This series contains unclassified NSC agendas, memos, and reports. Any notes in this collection are directly tied to substantive declassified NSC document files. Although this collection is in alphabetical order by subject and document type, a sizeable amount of NSC documents are organized within this order by NSC number.

Box 8
Acheson, Dean - memos, 1949 - 1952
The Administration of Foreign Affairs and Overseas Operations of U.S. - memo, 1951
Agendas and minutes, 1947 - 1949
Agendas, letters, memos, and notes, 1948
Army - indexes and memos, 1948 - 1951
Background - charts, memos, and notes, 1945 - 1947
Campaign - memos and notes, 1958, 1960
Cannon amendments - memos and notes, 1950
Central Intelligence Agency - articles and notes (2 folders), 1967 - 1971, 1997
Charts and decision indexes, 1970, 2003
Chiefs of staff views - appendix and notes, undated
Congressional directory and notes, undated
Current Policies of the Government - report, undated
Cutler, Robert - articles and notes, 1955, undated
Davis, Jeanne W. and Murphy, Jack - interview notes, undated
Defense and state relations - interview, memos, and notes, 1949 - 1952
Department of Defense (DOD) and NSC - memos, notes, and reports, 1947 - 1950
DOD - directive and memo, 1952 - 1953
Dulles, Eleanor - letter and Suez Canal chapter, 1980, 1986
Dulles, John Foster - article, congressional record, and memos, 1949, 1953, undated
Egypt - memos and notes, 1956 Eisenhower, Dwight D. - clippings, letters, and memos, 1956, 1980
Far East - memos, 1954, 1955
The Federal Civil Defense Program - memos and notes, 1952 - 1956, 1989, 1990
First Secretary of the NSC - letters, logs, and memos, 1956 - 1960
Foreign Policy - memos, 1956 - 1960
Gleason, Everett - draft, letter, and speech, 1957, 1966
Guerillas - unclassified drafts and report, 1950 - 1953
Harriman, W.A. - articles, letters, and notes, 1951, 1966, undated
Harry Truman's Influence on the National Security Process - appendix report, 1951, 1988
Hell's Canyon - minutes, and phone calls, 1955, 1956
History, 2001 Hoover Commission - letters and notes, 1982, undated
Humphrey Proposes Joint Committee on "National Security Affairs" - press release, 1963
Indochina Record of Actions - includes letters and notes, 1953, undated
Institutional files (NSC), 2003
"Intelligence Support for the Voice of American with Soviet Jamming" - report, 1951
"Items to Discuss with the President" - Kissinger memos, 1970, 1972, 2003
Jackson, C.D. - letters and logs, 1957 - 1959
Jackson Committee List - articles and notes (2 folders), 1948 - 1959, undated
Jackson Committee - memos, minutes, and notes, 1960
Jackson, Henry

  • Address, memos, notes, and press releases, 1956 - 1959, undated

Box 9
Jackson, Henry (continued)

  • Agenda, letters, memo, and notes, 1961, undated
  • Articles and notes (2 folders), 1959 - 1972
  • Letters and notes, 1960
  • Water resources, 1957, 1960
Jackson Subcommittee
  • Articles and committee print, 1960 - 1968, undated
  • Hearings, memos, and notes, 1959 - 1961

Johnson, Lyndon B. and NSC - lectures and reports, 1964, 1988, undated
Joint Chief of Staff - commentaries, letters, and memos, 1947 - 1950
Kennedy, John F. and National Security - articles, 1961 - 1963, 2002
Kennedy, John F. and NSC transition - memos, notes, and reports (2 folders), 1960 - 1963, 1983, 1995
Kissinger, Henry

  • Covert Operations of the U.S. Government, 1968
  • Letter, 1968
  • Memos - includes notes and NSC meetings (2 folders), 1968 - 1970
  • Staff organization, 2007

Knowland Committee - articles, letters, notes, and requests, 1953, 1957, 1997, undated
Lansdale, Edward and Frederick Schwarz - interviews, 1948
Letters and notes, 1948 - 1949
Meetings, 1965, 1967
Memos, 2003 See: digital inventory
Memos, notes, and reports (2 folders), 1947 - 1952, 1972 - 1976, 2003
Middle East - letters, 1955, 1956
National Security Act of 1947 - appendix and hearings, 1947, undated
National Security Council (NSC)

  • NSC background - includes memos and notes, 1947, 1970, undated
  • NSC Intelligence Directives - recommended revisions, 1958
  • NSC meetings - annual reports and memos, 1970 - 1972
  • NSC organization - letters and memos, 1953 - 1956
  • NSC system - arms control reports, 1970, 2003
  • NSC 6, 33, 92 [China] - memos, 1948 - 1950
  • NSC 17 - reports, 1948
  • NSC 17 - 37 proofs - includes letters, 1987
  • NSC 18 [Yugoslavia] - memos and reports, 1948 - 1949

Box 10
NSC (continued)

  • NSC 20 - staff meetings and reports, 1948
  • NSC 24, 71, 89, 132 [Germany] - drafts and reports, undated
  • NSC 48 [Asia] (4 folders), 1949, undated
  • NSC 68 study - articles, 1959, 1979 - 1989, undated
  • NSC 68 - includes Nelson drafts and notes (4 folders), 1950, undated
  • NSC 73 [Korea] - drafts and reports (2 folders), 1950
  • NSC 81 [Korea] - memos, notes, and reports (2 folders), 1950
  • NSC 82 [Europe and Germany] - reports and series, 1950 - 1951
  • NSC 85 - draft, memos, and report, 1949 - 1951
  • NSC 86 [ad hoc] - memos, notes, and studies, 1950 - 1951
  • NSC 89 [Berlin Blockade] - drafts and memos, 1950 - 1951
  • NSC 93 - drafts and memos, 1950 - 1951
  • NSC 97 - National Petroleum Program - report, 1953

Box 11
NSC (continued)

  • NSC 101 [Korea] - memos and reports (2 folders), 1950, 1951
  • NSC 112 - Possibility of a U.S. Disarmament - proposal, 1953
  • NSC 114 - memos and reports (3 folders), 1950 - 1952
  • NSC 135 - memos and reports, 1952
  • NSC 140, 141 - Special Evaluation Subcommittee Report, 1953
  • NSC 162 and 5415 - amendments and memos, 1948 - 1951
  • NSC 167 [Korea] - memos and notes, 1953, undated
  • NSC 5405 [Southeast Asia] - memos and notes, 1954
  • NSC 5422 - drafts, memos, and notes (3 folders), 1954, 1957
  • NSC 5428 - Aswan - map and memos (2 folders), 1954, 1997
  • NSC 5440 - memos and notes (2 folders), 1954 - 1955, 1989
  • NSC 5524 - memos and notes, 1955, undated
  • NSC 5602 - draft, memos, notes, and reports (2 folders), 1955 - 1957
  • NSC 5707 - memos and policies, 1957, undated
  • NSC 5810 - policy and proposals, 1958
  • NSC 5906 - memos, 1958 - 1961

Box 12
National Security Policy Integration, 1979
National Security Study Memorandums (NSSM), 1961 - 1962
Nixon, Richard - clippings, transcripts, and government and manual, 1970 - 1971, 1974, undated
"The October War and U.S. Policy" - The National Security Archive, 2003
Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization - memos, 1961, 1998
Operations Coordinating Board - logs, memos, and notes, 1953 - 1959, undated
Organization - charts and memos, 1970, 1977, 2003
Organizational history of the NSC during Truman and Eisenhower, 1960, 2004
"The Origin and Development of the NSC 1903 - 1960" - Tufts, 1961
Policies of the Government (6 folders), 1947 - 1948
Policy

  • Meetings and notes, 1953 - 1957, 1977
  • Papers - articles, memos, and reports, 1948
Policy Planning Staff
  • Letters and memos (2 folders), 1948 - 1953, 1982
  • Memos, notes, and reports, 1948, undated

Political transition - article and memos, 1960 - 1961
Procedure memos, 1955 - 1957
Programs and staff strength - memos, 1952 - 1953

Box 13
Psychological warfare - reports [NSC 59, 74, 126], 1950
Re-examination of programs for National Security - memos and notes, 1948, 1995
Reorganization proposals - includes notes, 1965 - 1967, undated
Reports (3 folders), 1947 - 1953
Senior staff - draft, memos, and records of meetings, undated
Smith, Bromley - interview, memos, reports, and notes, 1949 - 1960, 1963, undated
Souers, Sidney W. - address, letters, and notes, 1963, undated
Special Assistant - letters and memos, 1953 - 1960, 1968
Staff assignment meetings, 1950 - 1951
Staff facilities - memos, notes, and reports, 1958 - 1960, undated
Staff meetings - includes indexes (2 folders), 1947 - 1949
State Army Navy Air Force Coordinating Committee - memos, notes, and reports, 1948 - 1949
State Defense Policy - letters and memos, 1946 - 1949
Suez Canal - memos, 1956
Summary memos (3 folders), 1948 - 1952
Undersecretaries' committee - letters and memos, 1971, 1972
The U.S. and the USSR - annexes and memos (3 folders), 1960, undated
Vietnam Project - committee list and notes, 1954 - 1955, 1978, undated
Volunteer Freedom Corps - report, 1953


Series 4: Subject Files (1946 - 2010)
6 linear feet

This series consists of newspaper clippings, magazines, articles, publications, pamphlets, and state department documents related to major events affecting foreign policy and national security, such as the Aswan Dam Project, the Psychological Strategy Board, and intervention in the Dominican Republic. It also contains articles relating to the Nixon administration as well as tapes from the Johnson administration. There are documents that pertain to the John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB) and the declassification process for the board. It is in alphabetical order by subject.

Box 14
Acheson, Dean - letters and memos, 1949 - 1953
Alsop, Joseph W. - letters and notes, 1963, 1965, 1978, undated
American intervention - articles, 1962, undated
"American War and Military Operations Casualties: lists and Statistics" - report, 2005
"The Anguish of Power" - article and notes, 1976, undated
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM) and Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicles (MIRV) - memos and statements, 1969 - 1970
Appendix, undated
Articles and Press, 1993, 2005 - 2010 See: digital inventory
Articles, clippings, and notes (6 folders), 1950 - 2008, undated
Assassination Records Review Board (ARRB)

  • Agenda, discussions, and executive order, 1996, 1998
  • Article, unclassified memos, 1963, 1998
  • Attwood, William interview, 1994, 1998
  • Background and correspondence, 1997, 1998
  • Chronology and clippings, 1992, 1997
  • Clippings, memos, notes, and registers, 1964, 1993
  • Counterinsurgency, 1962, 1997
  • Cuba, 1963, 1994, 1997 - 1998
  • Cuba chronology and propaganda report, 1997, undated
  • Cuba policy, 1963, 1997
  • Cuban exiles, 1997
  • Drafts, 2008
  • FBI and CIA performance, 1975, 1998
  • Federal register, 1995
  • Final notification determination and notes, 1997 - 2000
  • Final report, 1998
  • Johnson briefings, 1963, 1997
  • Memo and reviewed library papers, 1995 –1996

Box 15
ARRB (continued)

  • Military intervention in Cuba (2 folders), 1962, 1997
  • Mongoose memos (2 folders), 1962 - 1998
  • Personnel records, 1993, undated
  • Photos and unclassified records (2 folders), 1997 - 1999, undated
  • Photos, notes, and Oswald documents, 1960, undated
  • Prepared statement, 1998
  • Recording transcripts and letters, 1963, 1977
  • Reference materials & source book (2 folders), 1995
  • Requests, 1997
  • Soviet reaction to Kennedy's death, undated
  • Unclassified documents, 1968
  • 1994 - 1996, 2008 See: digital inventory

Aswan and Dulles - articles and correspondence, 1957, 1986
Aswan

  • Articles and memos, 1957
  • Congressional hearing and notes, 1956, undated
  • Correspondence, 1953 - 1956
  • Dam - chronological statements, (3 folders), 1953 - 1956
  • Draft cable, letters, and memos, 1955
  • Project - Foreign-Service "despatches" (2 folders), 1953 - 1955
  • Project - telegrams (2 folders), 1956

Bay of Pigs

  • Bibliography, undated
  • Report, 1998, undated

Bennett, William - interview and TELCON, 1965, 1988
"Birth of the Mexican Problem: Studying Mexico and Making Race in the Transitional Borderlands, 1917 - 1920," 2012

Box 16
Boston College Law Review - articles and notes, 1994
Bush Administration - clippings, 1990, 1991
Bush, George W. and the National Security Council - includes clippings, 2001, undated
Central Intelligence Agency and Dominican Republic - memos, 1965
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

  • Articles, notes, records, and reports, 1994, undated
  • Memos, 1947, 1948, 1956
  • Origins - article, correspondence, and notes, 1946 - 1953, 1969, undated

Chile - article and memos, 1970, 2003
Church Committee - notes and records, 1975, 1994
The Citadel Conference on War and Diplomacy - papers, 1978
Civil Military Relations - articles, 2004, undated
Clinton, Bill - clippings, 1993, 1994, 1999
Communications - articles, 2003
Congressional Research Service

  • Reports, 1980 - 1987, undated
  • 2006, 2008 See: digital inventory

Congressional staff directory and notes, 1960, 1984, undated
Cryptology booklets, 2010, undated
Cuba - memos, notes, and reports, 1970 - 1971, 1974
Cuban Missile Crisis 40th anniversary - includes articles, clippings, and correspondence, 2000, 2002
"The Cuban Missile Crisis: Trading the Jupiters in Turkey?" - article, 1980
Dean, John W. - memo, 1973
Declassification - articles and hearing, 1997, undated
Declassification Review Advisory Board - memo, 1995
Defense - article and memos, 1971, 1979
Dennison, Robert L. - oral interview and notes, 1971, undated
The Diane Rehm Show

  • Cassette, 2003 See: Box 25
  • Presidential Powers cassette, 2001 See: Box 25

"Documenting the History of the U.S. Senate" - Baker, 1983
"The Dominican Crisis" - article and notes, undated
Dominican Republic and Bundy - memos and situation room log, 1963, 1965
Dominican Republic (DR)

  • Articles, notes, and statement, 1965, 1985, 2004
  • Checklist, chronology, and memos, 1964, 1991
  • Chronology, memos, and notes (2 folders), 1965, undated
  • Memos, minutes, notes, and statement, 1965, 1984, undated

Dulles, John Foster

  • Correspondence, memos, and notes, 1953 - 1957, undated
  • Foreign policy, 1951 - 1954

Egypt - Foreign Service "despatches", 1952
Elder, Walter and Gilpatric, Roswell - executive session hearings, undated
The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia, 2001

Box 17
The Evolution of the Modern Presidency, 1977
"The Evolution of the U.S. Intelligence Community" - includes notes, 1961, 2004, undated
Executive and congressional powers - article, memo, and notes, 1958, 1984, undated
Executive order (EO) 12958, undated
Findings and recommendations - report, 1979
Foreign Policy - clippings, 1969, 1971
Foreign relations - articles and note, 1975 - 1995 (2 folders)
Formosa - memos (2 folders), 1953 - 1955
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - guide, 2005
Fulbright, William - letters and notes, 1966, undated
"The Garbage Disposer: The Public Health and the Good Life" –Hoy, S. [inscribed], 1985
"George Joannides and the Kennedy Assassination coverup" - Morley, undated
Haldeman, H.R. - Diaries, includes notes, 1969 - 1971, 1994
The Harriman Mission - memo, 1951
Historical Advisory Committee - status report, 1992 - 1993, 1999, undated
Historical Imagery Declassification (DVD) - includes note, 2002 See: Box 25
History's lobbyist: an interview with Page Putnam Miller, undated
Homeland Security - articles, 2002, undated
Houston, Lawrence R. and Schwartz, Frederick - transcript, 1962, 1975
Improving Declassification - report, 2007
In-depth discussions with Carter, 1966, 2004
Indiana Magazine of History, 1998
Indochina - memos and notes, 1953 - 1954
Intelligence - includes articles and clippings, 1961, 2001, undated
International Intelligence History Study Group - abstracts, notes, and receipts, 1999
International Security - articles, 1997
Iraqi Ministry of Culture, 2008 See: digital inventory
Japanese Peace Treaty - memos, 1950 - 1951
John F. Kennedy presentation [PowerPoint] - CD, 2008 See: Box 25
Johnson, Alexis U. - tape transcripts, undated
Johnson, Lyndon B.

  • Articles and notes, 1966, 2005, undated
  • Daily diary, 1965
  • National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recordings (13 CDs), 1971 See: Box 25

Judd, Walter - memos and notes, 1967, 1978, undated
Kissinger, Henry - memos, 1969 - 1973
The Kojo Nnamdi Show - Oval Office Recordings, 2003 See: Box 25
Korea - checklist and memos, 1950
Landis, James M. - register, 1977
Lone Star - letter and pamphlet, 1985
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library - recordings of conversations, telephone conversations, meetings, and White House Series (55 tapes), 1965 [the back of each tape lists the names and the length of time of the conversations.] See: Box 25
Marshall Papers Project - application for federal assistance, 2009
Members of congress - congressional research service, 1992
Micro dictating cassette, undated See: Box 25
Middle East - meetings and memos, 1953 - 1957 Morse Tape - cassette, undated See: Box 25
National Coalition for History - financial statements, 2003
National Security Action memoranda - includes notes, 1964 - 1965
"The National Security Adviser and Presidential Decision Making" - Burke, undated
The National Security Archive (NSC) - booklets, undated
NSC meetings during Johnson presidency - manuscript, 1991, 1992
"National Security Policy Organization in Perspective" - Korb and Hahn, 1981
National Security transition - clippings, 1968 - 1969
Newsletters, 2006 See: digital inventory
Nixon and Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) - memos (2 folders), 1969 - 1970
Nixon - articles (2 folders), 1965 - 2003

Box 18
Nixon doctrine for Asia - memos and statements, 1970, undated
Nixon - letters and memos, 1968 - 1973
Nixon - oral history and notes, 1994, 2008, undated
Nixon, Richard

  • Articles, 1986, 1996
  • Clippings, notes, and report, 1989, 1997, undated
  • Tapes and NSC files - finding aids, 2009 See: Box 25
  • Trips - memos, 1969 - 1971

"No Peace, No Honor: Nixon, Kissinger, and Betrayal in Vietnam" - conference, 2003
Organization of American Historians - historical photos, 1951 - 1970, undated
Oswald, Lee Harvey and Yeltsin, Boris - articles and translated Russian documents, 1963, 1999
Oswald, Lee Harvey - article, undated
Panama - report, 1992
Presidency - book chapter, panel, and report, 1980, 2000
"A Presidency for the 1980s" - panel and report, undated
"President Reagan, the U.S. Senate, and American Foreign Policy, 1981 - 1986" - Bailey, undated
Presidential foreign policy decisions - memo and articles, 1967, 2003
Presidential public statements, 1965, undated
Presidential Records Act - articles, correspondence, and notes, 2001, 2007, undated Psychological Strategy Board (PSB)

  • Background, 1951, undated
  • Letters, memos, and reports (4 folders), 1951 - 1996

Box 19
Reagan, Ronald

  • Administration - articles, 1981, 1982, 1989
  • Articles and clippings, 1989, 2001 - 2002
  • Clippings, 1981, 1986 - 1987
  • Declassification - articles, correspondence, and conference materials, 2002

Reports and Statements, 2004 - 2009 See: digital inventory
The Restrictive Effects of Government information Policies on scholarship - minutes, 1985
Richards mission - background and memos, 1957
Rogers, Bill - memos and notes, 1969 - 1971
Rosenberg, Ellen - manuscript and notes (4 folders), undated
Santo Domingo - telegrams, 1952, 1965
"Secrecy and Accountability in U.S. Intelligence" - Aftergood, 1996
Secrecy Policies - articles and reference, 2000, 2002, undated
Senate Historical Office - annual report, 1996
Smith, Alexander H. - memos and notes, 1953, 1955 - 1956
Smith, Bromley

  • Briefs and memos, 1961, 1966, undated
  • Meeting notes, undated

Soviet Archives - clippings, 1995
State Department and Congress - meetings, memos, and notes, 1949 - 1950, undated
State Department - memos, 1949, 1951 - 1952
Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT)

  • Article, memos, and notes, 1970 - 1973
  • Letters and memos, 1971 - 1972

Studies in Intelligence, 1994, 1995
Taft, William H. - notes and records, 1953
Transition - memos, 1973, undated
U.S. Foreign Policy - publications, 2002, undated
"U.S. Presidential National Security Advisers: Changing Roles and Relationships" - Wildman, Joel M., 1987
"Washington in Crisis" - LOOK, 1962
"Witnesses to the Russian Revolution" - Pethybridge, Roger, undated
Women in the Services - article, correspondence, and reports (3 folders), 1952 - 1953, undated
Yalta - comments and notes, 1955, undated


Series 5: Teaching (1970 - 2011)
3 linear feet

This series consists of Nelson's syllabi, lectures, assignments, class maps and notes, exam questions, and PowerPoint presentations from her American University classes. It also includes lesson plans and lecture notes. It is in alphabetical order by subject and document type.

Box 20
9/11 and the Politics of Intelligence 380/680, 2005 - 2011 See: digital inventory
American University review readings, 1970, undated
Assignments and exams, 2009 - 2011 See: digital inventory
Assignments, exams, handouts, and syllabus, 2011
Between the Wars, 1993 - 2004 See: digital inventory
Book lists

  • Booklist and clippings, 2002, undated
  • 1998 - 2009 See: digital inventory

A calendar for history students, undatedCentral Intelligence Agency - articles and papers, 1998, 1999, 2005
Class continuity and professional conduct standards, undated
Class readings, 1983
Cold War - articles, printed email, and clippings, undated
Cold War International History Project - papers (5 folders), 1993 - 1996
Cold War readings, 1989, undated
Conquest and Culture class

  • Articles, assignments, and notes (3 folders), 1981, undated
  • 1999 - 2010 See: digital inventory

Counterintelligence literature, 1993
Department book requests, 2001, 2004
Diplomacy class evaluations, 2011
Diplomatic history - reading list and email, 2003, 2009, undated
Directories, 2003, 2011
Edited paper and clippings, 2005, undated
The Elements of Style - Strunk and White, 1972
EndNote, undated
Espionage class

  • Assignments, notes, and syllabi (2 folders), undated

Box 21
Espionage class (continued)

  • Assignments, notes, and syllabi, undated
  • 1998 - 2004 See: digital inventory

Exam questions, 2001
Foreign Policy class - clipping, emails, notes, and reading lists, 1999, 2000, undated
Foreign Relations class

  • Assignments, exams, notes, and syllabi (2 folders), 1997 - 2011
  • Student narratives, 2008 - 2010

Hanson, Kurt - dissertation, 1996
Hauser, Thomas - dissertation proposal, 2011
"History is" - quotes, undated
History 360

  • Maps, 2008 - 2010
  • 2008 - 2011 See: digital inventory

Intelligence and Policy Project - case book, 1991
Intelligence class - articles, clippings, and notes, 1984, 2001, undated
Intelligence - clippings, emails, and notes, 1996 - 2002
Lecture PowerPoint - CD, undated See: Box 25
Maps, undated
Middle East class - articles, maps, notes, photos, and syllabi (3 folders), 1998, undated
Mission and manifest destiny - course description and lecture notes, undated
Nixon and Mao - memo for class, 1972
Notes and projector images, undated
Nuclear history - articles and lecture notes, undated Phi Alpha Theta - articles and clippings, 2003, 2004, undated
Powerpoint Presentations, 2006 - 2011 See: digital inventory
"Preserving History on the Web" - article, 2009
President Bush [senior] - articles for class, 1989 - 1991
President Clinton - articles for class and clipping, 1994, 2000
The President, congress, and National Security Policy - syllabi and articles, 1989, 1992, undated
President Reagan - articles, and lecture notes (2 folders), 1986 - 1987, 2004
President W. Bush - articles for class and clippings, 2000 - 2004
Research seminar - articles, emails, notes, and syllabi (2 folders), 1995, 2008, undated
Research seminar - booklet and handout, 2007 - 2008

Box 22
Research Seminar in American History, 2008 See: digital inventory
Review notes, 1981, 2002, undated
The Secret Cold War class - articles, notes, and syllabus, 1998
Sources on cryptology, undated
"Studies in Intelligence," 1999, 2000, 2002
Syllabi, 1994, 1995, 1999, undated
Syllabus and textbook adoption, 2008, undated
Textbook adoption - process and requests, 2006, undated
United States Diplomacy - lectures and notes (4 out of 6 folders), 1998, 2008, undated

Box 23
United States Diplomacy - lectures and notes (2 folders), 1998, 2008, undated
US Foreign Relations, 1997 - 2011 See: digital inventory
Venona and Alger Hiss, 2000
Wilson History Day - The Papers of Woodrow Wilson and article, 2000, 2008
9/11 and the politics of intelligence class - articles, clippings, and syllabus, undated
9/11 - articles, clippings, and notes, 2005, undated


Series 6: Biographical (1950 - 2012)
1 linear foot

This series consists of biographical material such as Nelson's resumes and personal letters. It also contains photos and correspondence. It is in alphabetical order by subject and document type.

Box 24
Author lists, 1976, undated
Contracts to publish, 2003
Correspondence

  • Correspondence (2 folders), 1985 - 1994, 2006
  • 2005 - 2010 See: digital inventory

Cosmos Club History Committee, 1994 - 2011
CVs and resumes, 1997 - 2011 See: digital inventory
Directory of History Departments, 2008 - 2009
Dissertation letters, 1989
Faculty Papers, 2009 See: digital inventory
Fort Smith - photos, 2008Fulbright, 2002 - 2007 See: digital inventory
Harriman, W.A. - photography list and oral history interview, undated
Journal of Military History - acceptance letter, 2002
Kasten, Maurice E., 2000
Letters - includes clipping, 1971, 1974 - 1980
Mandatory review case, 2003
Myra E. Bernath committee, 2011, 2012
Nelson, Anna

  • AU reappointment, 2010
  • Personnel file, 1977, 1985, 1977, 1985
  • Testimony photos, 1986, 1987, undated

Paul Nelson

  • Obituary and resume, 2006
  • 2006 See: digital inventory

Notable American Women, 2002
Personal information, 1993
Photos, 2002 - 2010 See: digital inventory
Planners, 2002 - 2009
Policy Planning - introduction and royalty statement, 1994, 1996, undated
Publishing, 2006, 2008 See: digital inventory
Resume - drafts, 2002, undated
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations - renewal, 2011
Society for History in the Federal Government - membership directory, 2004, 2008
Troyer Steele Anderson Prize, 2008
Who's Who, 2012