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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

August 6, 2019


2019 Third Quarter Release List

On July 3, 2019, the NDC released a listing of 158 entries that completed declassification processing between April 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019. These records are now available for researcher requests. This release consists of textual and special media records from military and civilian agencies as well as the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. The FY2019-Q3 Release List is available to view or download in PDF and Excel formats:

Highlights from the released records include:

  • Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Unabstracted Aircraft Intelligence Reports Regarding Japanese and USSR Aircraft
  • Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Korean War Diaries, 1950-1953
  • Department of State, Classified Passport Applications
  • Department of State, Salk (Polio) Vaccine Files
  • Department of the Army, Publications Background Files and Radio Frequency Files
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense, “Pentagon Papers” Investigation Files
  • Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, White House Tapes: Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations of the Nixon Administration (February 16, 1971-July 18, 1973)

2019 Second Quarter Release List

On April 6, 2019, the NDC released a listing of 105 entries that completed declassification processing between January 1, 2019 and March 31, 2019. These records are now available for researcher requests. This release consists of textual and special media records from military and civilian agencies as well as the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. The FY2019-Q2 Release List is available to view or download in PDF and Excel formats:

Highlights from the released records include:

  • Department of State, Policy Planning Council: Alphabetical Files (1948-1961)
  • Department of State, Bureau of International Organization Affairs: Records Relating to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) (1960-1964)
  • Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State: Classified Central Subject Files (1971-1975 and 1962-1964)
  • Department of the Army, U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army: Operational Files Relating to the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)
  • Department of U.S. Air Force, Air Force Systems Command, Aeronautical Systems Division: Classified Research and Development Case Files (1972-1981)
  • Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, White House Tapes: Sound Recordings of Meetings and Telephone Conversations of the Nixon Administration (February 16, 1971-July 18, 1973)

2019 First Quarter Release List

On February 1, 2019, the NDC released a listing of 33 entries that have completed declassification processing between October 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. These records are now available for researcher requests. This release consists of records from both military and civilian agencies. The FY2019-Q1 Release List is available in PDFand CSV formats.

Highlights from the released records include:

  • General Records of the Department of Commerce: Records Relating to the Cabinet Council
  • Department of State, Files of Charles W. Robinson [Deputy Secretary of State]
  • Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State, Ecuador: Guayaquil – Classified Central Subject Files
  • Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State, Yugoslavia: Zagreb – Classified Central Subject Files
  • Interservice Agencies: Amphibious/Auxiliary Logistics Division: Submarine Tenders, Repair Ships, Destroyers, and Minesweeper Division records
  • Defense Intelligence Agency: Records Relating to Foreign Chemical, Radiological, and Biological Warfare [Edgewood Arsenal Technical Files]
  • Bureau of Naval Weapons: Completed Bureau of Aeronautics Contracts, 1954-1965

To request access to the newly released records or to order copies, please contact Archives 2 Reference at 301-837-3510 or archives2reference@nara.gov. For Nixon Tapes, please contact the Nixon Library at 714-983-9120 or nixonreference@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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