Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Defense Intelligence Agency [DIA]


(Record Group 373)
1920-84 (Bulk 1920-70)
9,320 cu. ft.

Table of Contents

  • 373.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY
  • 373.2 GENERAL RECORDS 1920-50, 1984 50 lin. ft.
  • 373.3 RECORDS OF THE CENTRAL IMAGERY PROCESSING AND REFERENCE DIVISION AND ITS SUCCESSOR, THE COVERAGE INFORMATION BRANCH OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRODUCTS AND TECHNICAL SERVICES DIVISION 1935-70 80 lin. ft.
  • 373.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)
  • 373.5 MACHINE-READABLE RECORDS (GENERAL)

373.1 ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

Established: In the Department of Defense (DOD) as an interservice agency by DOD Directive 5105.21, August 1, 1961.

Functions: Produces and disseminates defense intelligence. Reviews and coordinates intelligence functions retained by or assigned to military departments. Supervises the execution of all DOD general intelligence functions.

Finding Aids: Preliminary inventory in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.

Security-Classified Records: This record group may include material that is security-classified.

Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Defense Intelligence Agency in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government.

RECORDS
RECORD TYPES RECORD LOCATIONS QUANTITIES
Textual Records Washington Area 213 cu. ft.
Maps and Charts College Park 136,000 items
Aerial Photographs College Park 6,099,720 items
Machine-Readable Records College Park 1 data set

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373.2 GENERAL RECORDS
1920-50, 1984
50 lin. ft.

Textual Records: World War II nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare records formerly maintained at Edgewood Arsenal, MD, 1920-50.

Machine-Readable Records (1 data set): Index to microfiche set of documents seized by U.S. forces during operations (October 1983) against Grenada, 1984.

Related Records: The original Grenada documents have been returned to the Grenadan government. The National Archives has accessioned a microfiche set (filmed by DIA) into RG 242, National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized. Motion pictures seized from the Soviet Embassy in Grenada in RG 306, Records of the United States Information Agency. See also Michael Ledeen and Herbert Romerstein, comps., Grenada Documents: An Overview and Selection (Washington, DC: Department of State and Department of Defense, September 1984).

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373.3 RECORDS OF THE CENTRAL IMAGERY PROCESSING AND REFERENCE
DIVISION AND ITS SUCCESSOR, THE COVERAGE INFORMATION BRANCH OF
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRODUCTS AND TECHNICAL SERVICES DIVISION
1935-70
80 lin. ft.

Textual Records: Agency-created or maintained finding aids to domestic, foreign, and German-flown aerial photography, consisting of mission file cards, 1935-65. Military intelligence reports, with enclosures of aerial photographs and maps, 1940-50.

Maps (136,000 items): Standard Indexing System (SIS) acetate plot overlays with base maps, used to show photographic coverage, 1953-70; and paper graphic linear plots showing some German-flown photography flight lines and exposures, 1939-45.

Aerial Photographs (6,099,720 items): Film images collected from military sources, 1935-65, of U.S. (1,961,100 items) and foreign areas (2,863,800 items). German-flown aerial photographic prints ("GX" prints), 1939-45 (1,209,520 items), and copy negative film (57,600 items). Photo-index mosaics showing U.S. coverage, 1953- 70 (7,700 items).

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373.4 CARTOGRAPHIC RECORDS (GENERAL)

SEE Maps UNDER 373.3. SEE Aerial Photographs UNDER 373.3.

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373.5 MACHINE-READABLE RECORDS (GENERAL)

SEE UNDER 373.2.


Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.

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