FG 208 (President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)


These Presidential historical materials are in the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration under the provisions of Title I of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act of 1974 (44 U.S.C. 2111 note), and implementing regulations. In accordance with the act and regulations, archivists reviewed the file group to identify private or personal as well as non-historical items. Such items, if found, have been withdrawn for return to the individual with primary proprietary or commemorative interest in them.

Materials covered by this act have been archivally processed and are described in this finding aid. Items that are security classified or otherwise restricted under the act and regulations have been removed and placed in a closed file. A Document Withdrawal Record (NA Form 14021) has been placed in the front of each folder describing each withdrawn item. Employees of the National Archives will review periodically the unclassified portions of closed materials for the purpose of opening those which no longer require restrictions. Classified documents may be reviewed for declassification under authority of Executive Order 13526 in response to Mandatory Review Request (NA Form 14020) submitted by the researcher.

  • Linear measurement of materials:   < 2.5 in.
  • Number of pages:   468
Organizational Note

The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board was established February 6, 1956 by Executive Order 10656, as the President's Board of Consultants on Foreign Intelligence Activities; reconstituted as the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board by Executive Order 10938 dated May 4, 1961; reorganized by Executive Order 11460 dated March 20, 1969 by President Richard M. Nixon. It is a presidential advisory board under the White House Office, Executive Office of the President.

The Board assesses the quality, quantity and adequacy of intelligence collection, analysis and estimates; counterintelligence; and other intelligence activities. It reviews the performance of all agencies of the federal government that are engaged in the collection, evaluation, or production of intelligence or the execution of intelligence policy and assesses the adequacy of management personnel, and organization in intelligence agencies.

The President's Foreign Intelligence Board consists of no more than sixteen members who are appointed by the President from among persons outside the federal government who are qualified on the basis of knowledge and experience in matters relating to the national defense and security.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of correspondence, memorandums, and executive nominations. Primary correspondents include the President and White House staff Gen. Alexander M. Haig, Jr., Stephen B. Bull, Peter M. Flanigan, David N. Parker, Dwight L. Chapin, John D. Ehrlichman, Herbert Klein Gen. Brent Scowcraft, Henry A. Kissinger David J. Wimer and William E. Timmons.

The terms "Executive" [Ex] and "General" [Gen] are used before the code FG 208 to identify the source of the materials within a specific file. The files designated [Ex] are communications between national, foreign, state and local governments and their agencies, members of Congress and other prominent people. Files designated [Gen] are communications between government officials and private citizens, institutions and other private interests.

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