Foreign Affairs

A City Divided: Life and Death in the Shadow of the Wall

Selected Records Relating to Divided Berlin at the National Archives

The following is an overview of selected records in the National Archives relating to life in divided Berlin. For descriptions of series and digital images of some of the documents, please consult the Online Public Access (OPA), the online catalog of the National Archives holdings at http://www.archives.gov/research/search/.

This overview consists of two main sections: The first section lists series of records located at the National Archives in College Park and Presidential Libraries that were included in the Special Release Project "Berlin Symposium: A City Divided: Life and Death in the Shadow of the Wall," 1962-1987. The second section lists series of other selected records relating to Berlin located at the National Archives in College Park and Presidential Libraries.

I. Records Included in the Special Release Project "Berlin Symposium: A City Divided: Life and Death in the Shadow of the Wall," 1962-1987:

National Archives in College Park

  1. General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59)
    1. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of Central European Affairs: Records Relating to the Four Power Talks and Quadripartite Agreement, 1961-1982 (National Archives Identifier 2168562; Entry A1 5555)
    2. Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs. Office of Central European Affairs: Records Relating to the Berlin Task Force, 1944-1988 (National Archives Identifier 1157670; Entry A1 5553)
    3. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of Central European Affairs: Records Relating to the Live Oak Program, 1954-1979 (National Archives Identifier 1157663; Entry A1 5554)
    4. Bureau of European Affairs. Central European Affairs: Records Relating to Berlin, ca. 1971-ca. 1983 (National Archives Identifier 1746394; Entry A1 5568)
    5. Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs: Memorandums Pertaining to Contingency Defense Planning for West Berlin, 1961-1963 (National Archives Identifier 2255078; Entry A1 3057)
  2. Records of Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84)
    1. U.S. Mission Berlin. Classified Central Subject Files, 1963-1975 (National Archives Identifier 7450662; Entry P 256)
  3. Records of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (Record Group 218)
    1. Security Classified Central Files, 1959-1960 (National Archives Identifier 7450501; Entry A1 1-B)
    2. Joint History Office (JHO) Records Concerning Berlin and Vietnam Matters, 1952-1973 (National Archives Identifier 7450512; Entry UD 06D 6)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

  1. Presidential Papers
    1. National Security File: Country File, Europe and USSR, 1963-1969 (National Archives Identifier 580807)
    2. National Security File: Agency File, 1963-1969 (National Archives Identifier 4734742)
    3. National Security File: Memos to the President, 1963-1969 (National Archives Identifier 588989)

Gerald Ford Library

  1. National Security Adviser. Kissinger-Scowcroft West Wing Office Files (Collection GRF-0332)
    1. General Subject Files, 1970-1977 (National Archives Identifier 645524)
  2. National Security Adviser. NSC Europe, Canada and Ocean Affairs Staff: Files (Collection GRF-0339)
    1. General Subject Files, 1974-1977 (National Archives Identifier 645667)

Ronald Reagan Library

  1. Records of the Office of the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (Reagan Administration) (Collection RR-0093)
    1. William Patrick Clark's Subject Files, 1981-1985 (National Archives Identifier 6120362; Local Identifier 0096)

II. Other Selected Records at the National Archives Relating to Berlin, 1961-1989:

National Archives in College Park

  1. General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59)

    1. The Central Decimal File (1910-January 1963) (National Archives Identifier 302021) - The Department of State's Central File was arranged according to two different decimal classification schemes from 1910-1963, the first covering the period 1910-49, the second covering the period from 1950-63. The Central Decimal File contains communications between the Department of State and U.S. diplomatic and consular offices in foreign countries, internal memorandums and reports, communications with foreign diplomatic and consular offices in the United States, and U.S. citizens, businesses and other organizations. The most important file categories relating to Berlin are the following decimal file categories in the 1960-1963 segment of the Central Decimal File:
      • File 611.62A: Political Relations between USA and West Germany
      • File 762.00: Political Affairs and Conditions in Germany
      • File 762.0221: German Territory Occupied by Foreign Military Forces
      • File 862.181: Emigration/Foreign Exit Permit
      • File 962.72: Air Transportation in Germany (Microfilmed on C0066, Rolls 28-30)

    2. Subject-Numeric File (February 1963-June 1973) (National Archives Identifier 580618) - Beginning in February 1963, the central file is arranged according to a subject-numeric filing scheme. In general, the records are arranged by subject and thereunder by country. The files include telegrams, airgrams, instructions, diplomatic notes, reports, correspondence, memorandums, and related documentation. Records relating to Berlin can be found in the following file numbers:
      • AV 13 GER: Aviation/Navigation Safety/Germany
      • DEF 18-8: Defense Affairs/Testing and Defection
      • POL 16 GER E: Political Affairs and Relations/Diplomatic Recognition/East Germany
      • POL 23-10 GER B: Political Affairs and Relations/Travel Control/Berlin
      • POL 28 GER B: Political Affairs and Relations/Government of Occupied Areas/Berlin
      • POL 32-1 GER: Political Affairs and Relations/Territory and Boundary Disputes. Violations. Incidents/Germany
      • POL 32-4: Political Affairs and Relations/Unification of Territories
      • POL 32-4 GER: Political Affairs and Relations/Unification of Territories/Germany
      • POL 38-6: Political Affairs and Relations/Quadripartite Organizations and Communications Net
      • POL 38-8: Political Affairs and Relations/Harassment and Blockage of Access
      • POL 38-9: Political Affairs and Relations/Access to Berlin/Air Access
      • POL 38-10: Political Affairs and Relations/Access to Berlin/Highway Access
      • POL 28 Berlin: Political Affairs and Relations/Government of Occupied Areas/Berlin
      • POL E GER-W GER: Political Affairs and Relations/East Germany-West Germany
      • POL 36 GER: Political Affairs and Relations/Travel Control. Observation/Germany
      • POL 7 US/Ball: Political Affairs and Relations/Visits. Meetings/United States/Ball
      • POL 7 US/Kennedy: Political Affairs and Relations/Visits. Meetings/United States/Kennedy
      • POL US-USSR: Political Affairs and Relations/United States –USSR
    3. Central Foreign Policy Files, July 1973-1976 - There are numerous Department of State telegrams from the 1973-1976 period that relate to Berlin. The electronic cables and indexes to the paper documents (P-Reels) are accessible online at http://aad.archives.gov/aad/series-list.jsp?cat=WR43.
    4. Executive Secretariat: Records Relating to the Berlin Crisis, 1961-1962 (National Archives Identifier 2125495; Entry A1 3052)
    5. Bureau of Intelligence and Research: Subject Files Relating to the Berlin Crisis, 1959-1963 (National Archives Identifier 596702; Entry A1 1595-F)
    6. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of the Country Director for German Affairs: Records Relating to Berlin and East German Affairs, 10/14/1957-10/25/1968 (National Archives Identifier 631358; Entry A1 5290)
    7. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of German Affairs: Records Relating to Berlin, 1957-1963 (National Archives Identifier 1868280; Entry A1 3089)
    8. Policy Planning Council: Files of Ernest K. Lindley, 1961-1969 (National Archives Identifier 2131139; Entry A1 5441 )
    9. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of Central European Affairs: Records Relating to East Germany, 1952-1972 (National Archives Identifier 1746021; Entry A1 5567 )
    10. Subject Files of Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson, 1961-1970 (National Archives Identifier 603339; Entry A1 5008)
    11. Office of the Secretary. Executive Secretariat: National Security Council Meeting Files and Policy Reports, 11/1959-05/1966 (National Archives Identifier 631636; Entry A1 5336)
    12. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of Soviet Union Affairs: Multilateral Political Relations Subject Files, 1948-1976 (National Archives Identifier 594566; Entry A1 5574)
    13. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of Atlantic Political-Economic Affairs: Alpha-Numeric Files, 1956-1963 (National Archives Identifier 1965769; Entry A1 3101)
    14. Office of the Secretary: Speeches and Statements, 1961-1969 (National Archives Identifier 631695; Entry A1 5376)
    15. Office of the Legal Advisor. Office of the Assistant Legal Advisor for Economic Affairs: Subject Files, 1947-1963 (National Archives Identifier 1933760; Entry A1 3066)
    16. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of Atlantic Political and Military Affairs: Records Relating to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), 1957-1964 (National Archives Identifier 1965758; Entry A1 3100)
    17. Office of the Secretary. Executive Secretariat: Briefing Books, 1958-1976 (National Archives Identifier 604773; Entry A1 5037)
    18. Bureau of Public Affairs: Records Relating to Major Publications, 1949-1990 (National Archives Identifier 2579899; Entry A1 1589)
    19. Office of the Secretary. Office of Press Relations: Background Papers and Press Releases, 1961-1975 (National Archives Identifier 2255747; Entry A1 1580)
    20. Bureau of European Affairs. Office of the Country Director for German Affairs: Records Relating to Berlin and East German Affairs, 10/14/1957-10/25/1968 (National Archives Identifier 631358; Entry A1 5290)
    21. Records of Ambassador Charles E. Bohlen, 1942-1971 (National Archives Identifier 956165; Entry A1 1560)
    22. Prints of Diplomatic Personalities and Other U.S. and Foreign Dignitaries, 1950-1964 (National Archives Identifier 518074; Local Identifier 59-O)

  2. Records of Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84)

    1. U.S. Mission Berlin: General Records, 1959-1962 (National Archives Identifier 1688113; Entry UD 2526-A)
    2. U.S. Mission Berlin. Political Affairs Division. Office of the Legal Adviser: Records on Political Affairs and Relations, 1945-1990 (National Archives Identifier 1756542; Entry A1 1007)
    3. U.S. Mission Berlin. U.S. Element, Allied Kommandatura. U.S. Section of the Legal Committee: Subject Files, 1945-1990 (National Archives Identifier 2124831; Entry A1 1008)
    4. U.S. Mission Berlin. U.S. Element, Allied Kommandatura. U.S. Section of the Economic Committee: Classified Files, 1945-1990 (National Archives Identifier 1756598; Entry A1 1017)
    5. U.S. Mission Berlin: Classified General Records, 1955-1962 (National Archives Identifier 1691306; Entry UD 2526-B )
    6. U.S. Mission Berlin. U.S. Element, Allied Kommandatura. Office of the Senat Liaison Officer: Subject Files, 1977-1990 (National Archives Identifier 2124925; Entry P 1013)
    7. U.S. Mission Berlin. Economic Affairs Division: Subject Files, 1954-1962 (National Archives Identifier 1756257; Entry UD 2527-AC)
    8. U.S. Mission Berlin. Political Affairs Division. Office of the Legal Adviser: Records Relating to Rudolf Hess, 1945-1987 (National Archives Identifier 1756419; Entry A1 1006)
    9. U.S. Mission Berlin. U.S. Element, Allied Kommandatura. U.S. Section of the Legal Committee: Issuances, 1956-1990 (National Archives Identifier 1756547; Entry A1 1009)
    10. U.S. Mission Berlin. U.S. Element, Allied Kommandatura. U.S. Section of the Allied Secretariat: Classified Files, 1945-1990 (National Archives Identifier 1756595; Entry A1 1013-C)
    11. U.S. Mission Berlin. U.S. Element, Allied Kommandatura. U.S. Section of the Allied Secretariat: General Records, 1945-1990 (National Archives Identifier 2125107; Entry A 1015)

  3. Records of the Central Intelligence Agency (Record Group 263)

    1. National Intelligence Estimates and Related Reports and Correspondence, 1950-1985 (National Archives Identifier 6942952; Entry A1 29). Digital images of records in this series are available in NARA's online catalog.
    2. Intelligence Reports on the Soviet Union Provided for a Conference at Princeton University Held March 9-10, 2001, 1948-1991 (National Archives Identifier 7330240; Entry A1 82)
    3. Articles from "Studies in Intelligence," 1955-1992 (National Archives Identifier 6922330; Entry A1 27). Digital images of records in this series are available in NARA's online catalog.
    4. Directorate of Intelligence. Office of Central Reference. Foreign Documents Division: East Europe Daily Press Reports, 10/07/1963-05/17/1966 (National Archives Identifier 1432864; Entry A1 62)
    5. Moving Images Relating to Intelligence and International Relations, 1947-1984 (National Archives Identifier 592764; Local Identifier 263)

  4. Records of the U.S. Information Agency (Record Group 306)

    1. Office of Research and Analysis: Research Reports on German Public Opinion, 1949-1962 (National Archives Identifier 890276; Entry A1 1005)
    2. Office of Research and Analysis: Research Notes, 1958-1962 (National Archives Identifier 1074117; Entry A1 1029)
    3. Office of Research and Media Reaction: Special Reports, 1953-1997 (National Archives Identifier 1098728; Entry P 160)
    4. Office of Policy and Plans. Program Coordination Staff. Office of the Business Advisor: Subject Files, 1960-1971 (National Archives Identifier 1077466; Entry P 141)
    5. Press and Publications Service. Publications Division: Master File Copies of Field Publications, 1951-1979 (National Archives Identifier 1126039; Entry P 46)
    6. Press and Publications Service. Publications Division: Master File Copies of Pamphlets and Leaflets, 1953-1984 (National Archives Identifier 1136952; Entry A1 53)
    7. Master File Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Personalities, World Events, and American Economic, Social, and Cultural Life, ca. 1953-ca. 1994 (National Archives Identifier 541937; Local Identifier 306-PS)
    8. Office of European Affairs. U.S. Information Service, Bonn: Photographs Relating to World War II, the Cold War, and U.S. - West German Diplomatic, Economic, and Military Contacts, ca. 1951-1994 (National Archives Identifier 639717; Local Identifier 306-BN)
    9. Office of European Affairs. U.S. Information Service, Bonn: Photographs Relating to Visiting American Dignitaries, Embassy Personnel, and U.S. Political and Cultural Outreach Activities in West Germany, ca. 1951-1980 (National Archives Identifier 641693; Local Identifier 306-BNN)
    10. Press and Publications Service. Visual Materials Branch: Photographs Generated from the Film Project, "Years of Lightning, Days of Drums", 1963-1964 (National Archives Identifier 541838; Local Identifier 306-KF)
    11. Moving Images Relating to U.S. Domestic and International Activities, 1982-1999 (National Archives Identifier 46890; Local Identifier 306)

  5. Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Record Group 330)

    1. Armed Forces Radio and Television Service: "Air Force Now" Program Video Recordings, 1963-1992 (National Archives Identifier 1128321; Local Identifier 330-AFN)

  6. Records of United States Army, Europe (Record Group 549)

    1. U.S. Army Berlin. Berlin Brigade: Operations Planning Files, 1954-1965 (National Archives Identifier 563610; Entry A1 3004)
    2. U.S. Army Berlin. Berlin Brigade: Intelligence Reports, 1954-1962 (National Archives Identifier 563613; Entry A1 3006)

  7. Robert S. McNamara Papers (Record Group MNR)

    1. Records Relating to the Defense Program and Operations, ca. 1959-ca. 1969 (National Archives Identifier 608854; Entry A1 13230-B)

Harry S. Truman Library

  1. Harry S. Truman Post-Presidential Papers

    1. Name Files, 1953-1972

  2. Dean G. Acheson Papers (Collection HST-DA)

    1. Post-Administration Files, 1945-1971 (National Archives Identifier 653116)
    2. Publication Files, 1936-1971 (National Archives Identifier 653118)

  3. Harry S. Truman Library Oral History Collection (Collection HST-HSTLOH)

    1. Oral History Interviews, 1960-2005 (National Archives Identifier 200668): Oral History Interview with Bruce C. Clarke (National Archives Identifier 200684)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Library

There are two subject guides on Berlin titled "Berlin: 1945 to 1962" and "Berlin and the Cold War." The guides can be viewed at www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/subject_guides.html.

John F. Kennedy Library

  1. Presidential Papers of John F. Kennedy (Collection JFK-3)
    1. National Security Files, 1961-1963 (National Archives Identifier 565669)
    2. Miscellaneous Presidential Files, 1961-1963 (National Archives Identifier 566162)
    3. President’s Office Files, 1961-1963 (National Archives Identifier 564800)

  2. Kern/Levering Research Papers (Collection JFK-142)
    1. Research Files, 1961-1979 (National Archives Identifier 601491)

  3. Theodore Sorensen Papers (Collection JKF-222)
    1. Administration Records, 1961-1964 (National Archives Identifier 594177)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library

I. Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson: Pre-Presidential Papers

  1. Vice Presidential Papers
    1. Vice Presidential Papers, Subject File, 1961-1961 - Folders titled "Foreign Relations-Berlin" and "Foreign Relations-Germany" contain material on divided Berlin.
    2. Vice Presidential Papers, Subject File, 1962-1962 - Folder titled "Foreign Relations- Germany (includes Berlin)" contains material on divided Berlin.
    3. Vice Presidential Papers, Subject File, 1963-1963 - Folder titled "Foreign Relations-Berlin" contains information on Berlin.
    4. Vice Presidential Security Files, 1961-1963 - Folders titled "Berlin, Germany Berlin Papers for the Vice President," "Report and Related Papers re: Vice President Johnson's Trip to Germany-Aug. 19, 1961," and "Interdepartmental Coordinating Group on Germany and Berlin" contain material relating to Berlin.
    5. Vice Presidential Office Files of George Reedy, 1961-1963 - Folder titled "Berlin" contains information on divided Berlin.
    6. Vice Presidential Diary, Berlin Trip: August 19-21, 1961.

  2. Statements of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1927-1972 (National Archives Identifier 583226) - Materials relating to Berlin are scattered throughout the file.

  3. Lyndon Baines Johnson Archives
    1. Lyndon Baines Johnson Archives, 1927-1967, Famous Names File - Folder titled "Brandt, Mayor Willy, 1961-62" relates to Berlin.
    2. Lyndon Baines Johnson Archives, 1927-1967, Subject File - Folders titled "Foreign Relations- Western Germany" and "Visitors-Foreign-Willy Brandt, Mayor of West Berlin, 1959” relate to Berlin.

  4. Senate Papers
    1. Senate Papers, Subject Files, 1959-1959 - Folder titled "Foreign Relations-Berlin, City of" relates to Berlin.
    2. Senate Papers, Subject Files, 1960-1960 - Folders titled "Foreign Relations-Berlin" and "Foreign Relations-Germany” contain material on Berlin.

II. Papers of Lyndon B. Johnson: Presidential Papers

  1. National Security File (Collection LBJ-NSF)
    1. National Security File, Europe and USSR Country Files, 11/22/1963-1/20/1969 (National Archives Identifier 580807) - There are numerous Folders titled "Germany" or "Berlin" relating to Berlin.
    2. National Security File, Head of State Correspondence, 1963-1969 - Folder titled "Germany" contains information on divided Berlin.
    3. National Security File, Special Head of State Correspondence, 1963-1969 - Folder titled "Germany" relates to Berlin.
    4. National Security File, Intelligence File, 1963-1969 - Folder titled "SANITIZED (East Berlin) SANITIZED [Security Breaks]" relates to divided Berlin.
    5. National Security File, National Intelligence Estimates, 1963-1969 - Folder titled "2, World re Berlin" contains information on divided Berlin.
    6. National Security File, Name File, 1963-1969 - Folders titled "[Edward] Fried Memos," "[David] Klein Memos" contain material on Berlin.
    7. National Security File, Files of Walt W. Rostow, 1966-1968 - Folders titled "Meetings with the President, July-Dec. 1968 [2]," "[Non-Vietnam: March-June 1968]," and "Visitors-1967 [2]” relate to divided Berlin.
    8. National Security File, Files of Robert W. Komer, 1966-1967 - Folder titled "Germany-1964-March 1966" relates to Berlin.

  2. White House Central Files (Collection LBJ-WHCF)
    1. White House Central Files, White House Subject Files on Countries, 11/22/1963-01/20/1969) (National Archives Identifier 585563) - Folders titled "CO 92, Germany" contain material on Berlin.
    2. White House Central Files, Confidential File, 1963-1969 - Folders titled "CO 92" and "ND 19/CO 92, Germany" relate to Berlin.

  3. Office Files of the White House Aides
    1. Office Files of the White House Aides: Office Files of Bill Moyers, 1961-1967 - Folder titled "Berlin" (National Archives Identifier 4714392) and Folder titled "Meeting with Willie Brandt 5/18/64" (National Archives Identifier 4714615) relate to Berlin.
    2. Office Files of the White House Aides: Office Files of George Reedy, 1954-1964- Folder titled "Vice President’s Mission to Germany and West Berlin" relates to Berlin.

  4. Statements of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1927-1972 (National Archives Identifier 583226) - Materials relating to Berlin are scattered throughout the file.

  5. Recordings and Transcripts of Telephone Conversations and Meetings (Collection LBJ-LBJ) 11/22/1963-01/03/1969 (National Archives Identifier 187903) - The following are conversations relating to Berlin:
    • Citation #3122 WH6404.12, PNO 2, 4/23/64, 6:03pm, Bill Moyers (National Archives Identifier 189716)
    • Citation #3784 WH6406.11, PNO2, 6/18/64, 8:58pm, Robert Kennedy (National Archives Identifier 190255)
    • Citation #3793 WH6406.11, PNO11, 6/19/64, 7:03pm, George Reedy (National Archives Identifier 190264)
    • Citation #5449 WH6409.03, PNO5, 9/3/64, 11:36am, Robert McNamara (National Archives Identifier 191552)
    • Citation #6231 WH6411.08, PNO 12, 11/5/64, 7:00am, WH Situation Room
    • Citation #8187 WH6506.07, PNO3, 6/24/65, 10:00am, McGeorge Bundy
    • Citation #13351 Transcript Only, 8/30/1968, 10:25pm, Dean Rusk
    • Citation #13515 WH6810.02, PNO5, 10/6/68, 10:49pm, Dean Rusk

III. Personal Papers of Other Individuals

  1. Papers of Gardner Ackley (1946-1986) - Folder titled "International Political Crisis-Cuba and Berlin" contains material on Berlin.
  2. Papers of Robert W. Komer (1950s-1967) - Folders titled "RWK CHRON File, January-June 1961," "RWK CHRON File, June-December 1961," and "RWK CHRON file, January-June 1962" contain materials relating to Berlin.
  3. Papers of Drew Pearson (Collection LBJ-P76002) - Files from the Georgetown Office and Residence, 1915-1969 (National Archives Identifier 577110) - Folders titled "Berlin (& Problems over with Russia)" and "Germany-Berlin Crisis ’58 (II-A)” contain material on Berlin.
  4. Papers of Bromley K. Smith (1946-1986) - Folders titled "Chronological File, 1959-1962," "NSC Policy Notes and Discussions-I [9/53-11/58]," and "Timing of Talks with UK & France - US Policy Toward Berlin [1955-1961]" contain materials on Berlin.

IV. Oral History Collection

Information relating to Berlin can be found in the following oral history transcripts: Joseph M. Barr, Robert E. Baskin, Charles K. Boatner, Charles E. Bohlen, Willy Brandt, McGeorge Bundy, Andrew J. Goodpaster, Walter W. Heller, William J. Jorden, George E. Reedy, Walt W. Rostow, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., and Cecil Stoughton.

Richard Nixon Library

  1. National Security Files (Collection RN-NSF)
    1. Henry A. Kissinger Telephone Conversation Transcripts (Telcons), 01/21/1969-08/08/1974 (National Archives Identifier 579113)

Gerald Ford Library

  1. National Security Council: Institutional Files (Collection GRF-0398)
    1. National Security Decision Memoranda (NSDM) Files, 1974-1977 (National Archives Identifier 721510)

Ronald Reagan Library

  1. White House Office of Records Management File Systems (White House Central Files) (Collection RR-WHORM)
    1. White House Office of Records Management (WHORM) Subject File, 01/20/1981-01/20/1989 (National Archives Identifier 198419)

Other Resources

  1. There are two volumes (vol. XIV and XV) entitled "Berlin Crisis, 1961-1963” located in the series "Foreign Relations of the United States," commonly referred to as FRUS. Prepared and issued by the Department of State since 1861, it is a compilation of selected documents from the files of the Department of State, the White House, and other agencies. FRUS volumes related to the Berlin Crisis are available online at:

    http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1961-63v14 (volume XIV) and
    http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1961-63v15 (volume XV).

    In addition, volumes numbered XV and XL titled "Germany and Berlin" for the 1964-1968 and 1969-1976 time periods contain several documents relating to Berlin. They are available online at:

    http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1964-68v15 (volume XV) and
    http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1969-76v40 (volume XL)

  2. Department of State Publication 9446 titled "Documents on Germany, 1944-1985" contains several documents relating to Berlin. The documents are derived from United States and other government publications, United Nations documents, and the files of the Department of State.

  3. Department of State series "American Foreign Policy: Current Documents" presented, on a near-contemporary basis, public foreign policy messages, addresses, statements, interviews, press briefings and conferences, and congressional testimony. There are numerous documents concerning divided Berlin in the volumes for the 1961-1989 time period.

  4. The National Archives hosts the CREST System. CREST is a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) database of images of documents from CIA files that have been declassified under the provisions of the executive order on declassification. The database, searchable by name, title, date, and text content, includes many finished intelligence reports and other related documentation. There are numerous documents relating to the divided city of Berlin.

    CREST is available for use only at Archives II, Monday-Friday, 9AM-4PM. The CIA has made some remote access to documents in CREST possible by putting metadata about the released records on-line at http://www.foia.cia.gov/search_archive.asp. Requests for copies should be sent directly to the CIA.

  5. Secretary of Defense historical series "History of the Office of the Secretary of Defense" contains volume V entitled "The McNamara Ascendancy, 1961-1965" by Lawrence S. Kaplan, Ronald D. Landa and Edward J. Drea. It covers several subjects relating to Berlin and is available at http://history.defense.gov/resources/OSDSeries_Vol5.pdf

  6. Department of Defense Annual Reports for 1961-1989 contain information regarding Berlin.

  7. U.S. Congressional Serial Set contains a few congressional reports and documents from the 1961-1962 time period (87th Congress) relating to Berlin. Learn more about the U.S. Serial Set.

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