Foreign Affairs

Records of Interdepartmental and Intradepartmental Committees (RG 353)

This record group includes records of a variety of Department of State committees, task forces, and working groups. It includes records of both internal Departmental committees as well as inter-agency committees of which the Department was one member. In the latter case, the Department sometimes served as the official secretariat of the committee.

There are records relating to a wide variety of committees, task forces, and working groups. Among them are the following (this list is not comprehensive):

  • Records of committees maintained by the Executive Secretariat, 1933-1977
    This includes committees on administrative and personnel, areas and countries, economics, information, intelligence, security and military affairs, social policy and cultural affairs, and transportation and communications.
  • State-War-Navy/State-Army-Navy-Air Force Coordinating Committee, 1944-1949
  • National Intelligence Survey Committees, 1948-1965
  • Policy Committee on Arms and Armaments, 19945-1949
  • Committee on the Proclaimed List, 1917-1919, 1941-1948
  • Policy Committee on Arms and Armaments, 1945-1949
  • Advisory Council on Technological Cooperation, 1938-1953
  • Working Group on Point IV Management, 1949
  • Policy Committee on Immigration and Naturalization, 1947-1956
  • Inter-Agency Youth Committee, 1959-1973
  • President's Task Force on Communications Policy, 1967-1969
  • SWNCC/SANACC Military Information Control Committee/State-Defense Military Information Control Committee/National Disclosure Policy Committee, 1945-1969
  • Interdepartmental Committee on Internal Security, 1948-1969
  • Joint USA-USSR Documentary Project on Russian-American relations, 1765-1815, 1975-1981

You can search the National Archives Catalog for entries from RG 353 or see a description in the Guide to Federal Records.