NARA and Declassification

The National Declassification Center

NDC - "Releasing All We Can, Protecting What We Must"

The NDC issued its Latest Director's Report:

The NDC issued its latest Release Listing:

The NDC has released a listing of 228 entries that have completed declassification processing between January 2 and August 31, 2016 and are now available for researcher request. This release consists of records from both military and civilian agencies.

Highlights include:

  • Department of State, Program and Subject Files for North Vietnam,
  • Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State, U.S. Consulate General, Hong Kong: Classified Central Subject Files,
  • Joint Chiefs Of Staff, Office Of The Secretariat, Central Files,
  • Army Staff, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2 (Intelligence); Project Decimal Files, 1964,
  • Atomic Energy Commission, Classified Official Correspondence,
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense, Advanced Research Projects Agency; Orders, and
  • Bureau of Naval Weapons, Proposal Files For Aircraft, Helicopters, and Missiles

Requests to access the newly released records or to order copies should be directed to Archives 2 Reference at 301-837-3510 or archives2reference@nara.gov.  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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The National Declassification Center (NDC) was created when President Obama signed the new Executive Order released by the White House on December 29, 2009.

NDC began operations in early January 2010 under the direction of Dr. Michael J. Kurtz, Assistant Archivist for Records Services, Washington.  Initially, the NDC will focus on the following:

  • timely and appropriate processing of referrals between agencies for accessioned Federal records and transferred Presidential Records;
  • general interagency declassification activities necessary to fulfill the requirements of sections 3.3 and 3.4 of this order;
  • the exchange among agencies of detailed declassification guidance to support equity recognition;
  • the development of effective, transparent, and standard declassification work processes, training, and quality assurance measures;
  • the development of solutions to declassification challenges posed by electronic records, special media, and emerging technologies;
  • the linkage and effective utilization of existing agency databases and the use of new technologies to support declassification activities under the purview of the Center
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