Research at the National Archives

Department of State Records

Central Files 1973–1979: State Archiving System (SAS)(RG 59)

On July 1, 1973, the Department began phasing in a new filing system. Records were no longer arranged by subject. Documents were indexed using an automated tool with most telegrams being stored electronically and hard-copy documents (beginning January 1, 1974) being stored on microfilm.

You may gain access to the declassified telegrams and declassified index information about the microfilmed documents on the NARA website at Paper copies of the declassified documents on the microfilm are available for use at the National Archives.

The National Archives has accessioned the records through 1976. Central file records dating after 1976 remain in the custody of the Department of State. You will need to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request directly with the Department to request access to records in their custody.

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