Press Release
Press Release · Thursday, December 4, 1997

Press Release
December 4, 1997
National Archives Opens Additional CIA Records

Washington, DC. . . The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has opened to researchers a series of 58 National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) transferred to NARA by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The documents were reviewed, declassified and released under the CIA’s Historical Review Program. The majority of the releases are in redacted form; a few were released in full. The records are available at the National Archives College Park, MD facility, located at 8601 Adelphi Road.

The NIEs date from the period 1951 to 1985 and analyze issues of continuing interest and importance, such as chemical and biological warfare capabilities of the former Soviet Union, the use of toxins and other lethal chemicals in Southeast Asia, the Soviet space program, arms control and the potential for clandestine introduction of weapons of mass destruction.

These records are part of a continuing transfer of National Intelligence Estimates which occurs as documents are declassified and released. Approximately 350 NIEs have been transferred to date. For more information, researchers may contact the Textual Reference Branch (NWDT2) at the National Archives at College Park (301) 837-3510.

DIRECTIONS to the National Archives at College Park:

BY CAR. The new facility is approximately 40 minutes from downtown Washington, DC. Take North Capitol Street north, turn right onto Michigan Avenue (Michigan Avenue becomes Queens Chapel Road in Maryland), continue to East West Highway, turn left on Adelphi Road and follow it to the National Archives entrance on the right. Parking is available.

BY SHUTTLE. From the National Archives in Washington, DC board the bus on 7th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues. The shuttle leaves on the hour from 8 AM to 5 PM, returning to the downtown building on the hour. Researchers may use the shuttle on a space available basis with National Archives staff members receiving priority boarding.

BY METRO. Take the Green Line to the Prince Georges Plaza station. Board the R-3 Metro bus which stops at the College Park facility.

For additional PRESS information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (301) 837-1700 or e-mail


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