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The materials in the Henry A. Kissinger (HAK) Office Files are described at the series level. Links to the Folder Title lists in each series are provided.

Kissinger Office Files Finding Aid

Boxes:   1-20
Series:  HAK Administrative And Staff Files   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   Material includes official correspondence, memoranda of conversations, telegrams, letters, reports, and briefing books from 1968 to 1974. Subject matter in this series deal with the transition period of the Nixon Administration; various memoranda dispatched from Henry Kissinger's office in the West Basement of the White House; text from HAK's confirmation hearings upon his nomination as Secretary of State in 1973; and assorted subject and chronological files from White House personnel such as Peter Rodman, Les Janka, and Bud McFarlane. Arranged primarily by subject; thereunder by date.

Boxes:   21-51
Series:  HAK Trip Files   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   This series contains trips HAK took during the time he served as both Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Secretary of State during the Nixon Administration, 1973-1974. Material includes telegrams, cables, memoranda of conversations, as well as correspondence that HAK sent (HAKTO) and received (TOHAK). Highlights include HAK's trips to Moscow, Japan, the Middle East, Cambodia, Vietnam, Paris, and the United Nations. Arranged primarily by date; thereunder by geographic region.

Boxes:   52
Series:  Country Files-Africa   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   Covering the period 1968-1975, the HAK Country Files include reports, memoranda, memoranda of conversation, studies, background material, telegrams, and correspondence covering a wide variety of foreign policy issues. In some ways mirroring and yet distinct from the NSC Country Files, these files reflect topics in which Dr. Kissinger took a personal interest. The Africa materials consist of a single folder concerning the situation in Biafra in 1969.

Boxes:   53-65
Series:  Country Files-Europe   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   The Europe materials begin with a section on subjects and organizations of interest to Europe in general: the European monetary crisis, Mutual Balanced Force Reduction talks, the NAC Summit, NATO, OECD, and the United Nations. The next section contains files relevant to specific countries: Canada (arranged as the NSC Country Files), France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin, the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy, Malta, and Spain. Arranged by region; thereunder chronologically.

Boxes:   66-80
Series:  Country Files-Europe-U.S.S.R.   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   The USSR materials are listed separately because of their large size. The series deals primarily with trade, security, nuclear weapons, missile sites, and other defense issues. Also included is correspondence between Henry Kissinger and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. The series also contains background materials prepared by the NSC, the Departments of State and Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency for the Moscow Summits, the SALT talks, the visit of General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev to the US, and the visits to Moscow of the President and Dr. Kissinger. Of special interest is the collection of memoranda of conversations between Dr. Kissinger and Soviet Ambassador Anatoliy Dobrynin. The two men met regularly to discuss a wide range of issues. Also included are memoranda of conversation between the President and General Secretary Brezhnev. The Dobrynin/Kissinger memcons begin with Volume 17. Volumes 1-16 can be found in the National Security Council Files, President's Trip Files, boxes 489-496. The Dobrynin/Kissinger exchange of notes begins with Volume 5. Volumes 1-4 can be found in the National Security Council Files, President's Trip Files, boxes 497-498. This series, President's Trip Files, will be opened in the future. Arranged by topic; thereunder chronologically.

Boxes:   81-102
Series:  Country Files-Far East   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   The general section of this series begins with Vice President Spiro Agnew's December 1969-January 1970 trip to Afghanistan, the Republic of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Included are the Vice President's briefing books prepared by the Department of State, the NSC, and the Central Intelligence Agency, which contain background information, talking points, and the political and economic situations of each host country. The next section contains files relevant to specific countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and Thailand. The China materials predominate. There are extensive memoranda of conversation between US and Chinese officials during visits to the PRC, notably the President, Secretary of State William Rogers, Henry Kissinger, Chairman Mao Tse-tung, and Premier Chou En-lai. There are also memoranda of conversation between US officials and Chinese representatives in Washington. Also of interest are materials regarding the question of Chinese representation in the United Nations. Arranged alphabetically by country; thereunder chronologically.

Boxes:   103-105
Series:  Country Files-Far East-South Vietnam   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   The Vietnam materials are listed separately because of their large size. The South Vietnam files concern US relations with the Republic of Vietnam regarding military matters and the problems of the war. Also included are materials concerning South Vietnamese domestic politics, as well as US diplomatic efforts with the Government of Vietnam to end the war. There are background materials and memoranda of conversation from Henry Kissinger's and General Alexander Haig's respective trips to Saigon, and cable traffic between Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker and Washington. Arranged by topic; thereunder chronologically.

Boxes:   106-127
Series:  Country Files-Far East-Vietnam Negotiations   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   The Vietnam Negotiations material begins with a general section which includes early US contacts with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam through intermediaries, as well as memoranda of conversation and exchange of notes between US and DRV officials. Also included are background materials and drafts of various understandings and what was to become the final agreement to end the war. The series also includes files of the Joint US-DRV Economic Commission for the Reconstruction of North Vietnam, which met from March-July 1973. This group coordinated proposals for US aid to North Vietnam following the conclusion of the war. The next section contains files of the US representatives to the Paris Peace Talks: Ambassador William Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs; Minister Heyward Isham, Acting Chief of US Delegation to Paris Conference on Vietnam; Ambassador Arthur Watson, US Ambassador to France; Minister Jack Kubisch, Deputy Chief of Mission; and Ambassador William Porter, US Ambassador to the Paris Peace Talks. Also included is correspondence between Washington and the Defense Attache's Office, Paris Mission. The final section in the Vietnam series was filed as "C.D." (Camp David) documents. This section contains drafts, telegrams, and memoranda of conversation concerning Henry Kissinger's secret negotiations in Paris. Arranged by topic; thereunder chronologically.

Boxes:   128
Series:  Country Files-Latin America   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   The Latin America series contains material primarily concerning two countries, Chile and Cuba. There is a single folder about Brazilian President Medici. The Cuba material relates mostly to Cienfuegos and the submarine base episode in 1970-1971. Arranged alphabetically by country; thereunder chronologically.

Boxes:   129-145
Series:  Country Files-Middle East   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   The Middle East series contains material primarily dealing with the Arab-Israeli conflict. There are reports, telegrams, and memoranda, although most of the series consists of memoranda of conversation between Henry Kissinger and regional leaders. Of note is a collection of memcons between Dr. Kissinger and Yitzak Rabin, Israeli Ambassador and later Prime Minister. Also included are briefing materials prepared by the NSC staff in conjunction with Dr. Kissinger's various trips to the area, and the President's trip to the Middle East in June 1974. Arranged alphabetically by country; thereunder chronologically.

Boxes:   146-149
Series:  Agency and Congressional Files   |   Adobe Acrobat PDFFolder Title List
Description:   The Agency and Congressional Files consist of security files, federal agency files, and Congressional files. The security files include information regarding the defense budget, Defense Vietnam, and U.S. security and intelligence. The agency files contain material directly produced by agencies of the U.S. Federal Government, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Justice, the National Security Council, and the Department of State. The Congressional files include material regarding the McCloskey/Kennedy Hearings, Senator Mike Mansfield, and other materials written on Congressional letterhead. Arranged chronologically.


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