Records of the Agency for International Development [AID]
(Record Group 286)
Table of Contents
- 286.1 Administrative History
- 286.2 Records of AID Predecessor Agencies
- 286.2.1 Records of the Economic Cooperation Administration
- 286.3 Records of the Office of Public Safety, AID 1955-74
- 286.4 Records of the Office of International Training, AID 1956-67
- 286.5 Records of other AID Organizations 1962-87
- 286.6 Records of the Commission on Security and Economic Assistance 1983
- 286.7 Motion Pictures (General) 1935-89
- 286.8 Video Recordings (General) 1975-89
- 286.9 Sound Recordings (General) 1954-73
- 286.10 Machine-Readable Records (General) 1960-71, 1975-89
- 286.11 Still Pictures (General) 1947-67
Established: In the Department of State by Department Delegation of Authority No. 104, November 3, 1961.Predecessor Agencies:
- Economic Cooperation Administration (1948-51)
- Mutual Security Agency (1951-53)
- Foreign Operations Administration (1953-55)
- International Cooperation Administration (1955-61)
Transfers: To newly established U.S. International Development Cooperation Agency by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1979, effective October 1, 1979.
Functions: Administers nonmilitary U.S. foreign assistance programs and supervises programs under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended (75 Stat. 424), September 4, 1961.
Finding Aids: Preliminary Inventory in National Archives microfiche edition of preliminary inventories.
Security-Classified Records: This record group may include material that is security-classified.
Related Records: Record copies of publications of the Agency for International Development in RG 287, Publications of the U.S. Government. Records of U.S. Foreign Assistance Agencies, 1948-1961, RG 469.
History: For administrative histories of AID predecessor agencies, see RG 469.
Textual Records (in Truman Library): Office files of Special Assistant to the President Gordon Gray, 1950, relating to preparation of his "Report to the President on Foreign Economic Policies," submitted November 10, 1950.
Textual Records: Security-classified subject file, 1957-74, and subject-numeric file, 1956-74. Program surveys and evaluations, by country, 1959-74. Regional briefing and fact books, 1965-73.
Textual Records: Security-classified and unclassified country files of the Latin America Branch, 1955-74. Security-classified country files of the Africa/Near East and South Asia Branch, 1956-72; and the East Asia Branch, 1955-73.
Textual Records: Security-classified subject file, 1955-72.
Textual Records: Subject file, 1963-72. Records of the Inter-American Police Academy, consisting of general correspondence, 1962-64; a subject file, 1956-64; and records concerning the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 1954-64.
Textual Records: Security-classified general correspondence, 1966-68. Security-classified country file, 1961-70. Security-classified and unclassified correspondence relating to geographic areas, 1965-71.
Textual Records: Training authorizations, 1964-67. Language training records, 1958-64. Third country training records, 1956-64. Records of the Organization for European Economic Cooperation, consisting of training newsletters, 1960-62; and an inventory of training possibilities in Europe, 1965.
Textual Records: Reading file, 1963-65. Correspondence with the African-American Institute, 1963-66. Correspondence concerning the African graduate fellowship program, 1963-66. Records relating to the African scholarship program of American universities ("ASPAU Program"), consisting of correspondence, 1961-66; and progress reports of African students participating in the program, 1965-66. Records pertaining to an Ethiopian student, 1965-66.
Textual Records: Participant training subject files, 1963-67. Miscellaneous training records, 1962-67.
Machine-Readable Records: Assistance provided by the U.S. Government in response to foreign disasters between 1900 and 1978 ("Disaster Assistance System Historical Analysis Master Files, 1920- "), 1979, with supporting documentation (1 data set). See also 286.10.
Textual Records: Microfiche copy of development project files, 1973-87 (2,568 fiche).
Textual Records: Microfiche copy of development project files, 1972-87 (1,161 fiche).
Textual Records: Transcripts of commission meetings and public hearings, 1983. Reports and briefing materials prepared for commission members, 1983. Commission final report, November 1983.
Training and public information films, collected or produced by AID and its predecessors, documenting agency activities and projects, 1935-89 (374 reels).
See under 286.2.2.
Training and public information video recordings, collected or produced by AID, documenting agency programs and activities, 1975-89 (77 items).
Recordings of Foreign Operations Administration Director Harold Stassen, International Cooperation Administration (ICA) Administrator John Hollister, and Acting ICA Director Leonard Saccio; and interviews, discussions, and reports by officials on foreign economic programs, 1954-61 (30 items). Speeches, interviews, and radio recordings of AID Administrator David E. Bell, AID officials, and others; and interviews, discussions, and reports by AID officials on foreign economic programs, 1961-66 (72 items). Weekly broadcasts of AID public affairs educational radio series, "Overseas Mission," 1971-73 (273 items).
Development Information System, 1976-89 (2 data sets), with supporting documentation. Computerized Index to AID Project Document Microfiche System, 1975-87 (2 data sets), with supporting documentation. Survey data from Demographic and Health Surveys Program, 1986-89 (77 data sets), with supporting documentation (167 data sets). Economic and social indicators for eighteen Latin American nations, 1960-71 (1 data set).
See under 286.5.2.
Photographs: Taken by AID and its predecessors to document economic recovery programs in Europe under the Marshall Plan, including pictures of agricultural, educational, medical, technical, industrial, and military assistance programs, 1948-67 (MP, 31,000 images). Marshall Plan activities in Europe and Africa, 1948-55 (ME, 169 images). Photographic prints of foreign assistance activities, 1947-67 (2,000 images). Photographic prints and negatives of AID activities in Cambodia, 1956-63 (8,500 images).
Finding Aids: Shelflist to series MP.
Bibliographic note: Web version based on Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States. Compiled by Robert B. Matchette et al. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1995.
3 volumes, 2428 pages.
This Web version is updated from time to time to include records processed since 1995.