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National Archives’ Declassification Center Releases Panama Canal Diplomatic Records

National Archives’ Declassification Center Releases Argentina Human Rights Records  

April 12, 2019

This release represents the final stage of an historic effort by the U.S. Government to search, identify, review for public access, and provide records that shed light on human rights abuses in Argentina between 1975 and 1984. The project, at the request of the Argentine government, involved the U.S. National Archives and four of its Presidential Libraries (Ford, Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush).  It included 15 other U.S. Government departments and agencies, including intelligence, defense, and law enforcement agencies. 

The National Archives’ mission is to preserve and make accessible the permanently valuable records of the federal government. To support this important project, 25 staffers from the National Declassification Center, Presidential Libraries, and the Center for Legislative Archives spent more than 1,300 hours identifying and reviewing relevant records.

New Entries Released by the National Declassification Center

October 24, 2018

The NDC has released a listing of 115 entries that have completed declassification processing between June 1, 2018 and September 28, 2018, and are now available for researcher request. This release consists of records from both military and civilian agencies.

Highlights include:

  • Department of State, Policy Planning Council; Numerical Files,
  • Department of State, General Records Relating to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),
  • Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State, Israel, U.S. Consulate General, Jerusalem: Classified Central Subject Files, 1964-1976,
  • Naval Districts and Shore Establishments, Scientific Notebooks [United States Naval Research Laboratory Scientific Notebooks],
  • Central Intelligence Agency, Intelligence Document Collection,
  • Army Staff, Operational Files Relating to the Persian Gulf War, and
  • U.S. Air Force Commands, Activities, and Organizations, Classified Research and Development Case Files

Requests to access the newly released records or to order copies should be directed to Archives 2 Reference at 301-837-3510 or Please note that some series may contain other restrictions such as privacy or law enforcement and may require screening or a FOIA request prior to access.

(When making a request, please cite the HMS Entry and Series Title.)

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