FG 6-2-1 (Foreign Broadcast Information Service) (White House Central Files: Subject Files)

Scope and Content Note

The Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) (subject category FG 6-2-1) was first established as the Foreign Broadcast Monitoring Service in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by a Presidential directive of February 26, 1941. The Service was renamed Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service by an FCC order of July 28, 1942, and transferred to the War Department by a War Secretarial Order of December 30, 1945. An Act of May 3, 1945 (59 Stat. 110) provided for liquidation 60 days after Japanese armistice. On August 5, 1946, the Service was transferred to the Central Intelligence Group, a predecessor of the CIA, and renamed Foreign Broadcast Information Service. There are a few materials in this category concerning translation services, publications and the 30th anniversary of the FBIS. Correspondents include: President Nixon, Lyndon Allin, Jeanne Davis, Henry Kissinger and Gerald Warren.

The Executive file category within this subject category includes the correspondence of the President, White House Staff and Administration officials with heads of state, members of Congress, political party members, personal acquaintances and business, patriotic and special interest organizations. The General file category mainly contains correspondence of the President and White House Staff with members of Congress, business, patriotic and special interest organizations and the general public. Many of the same subjects and correspondents, however, may be found in both files.

Related materials may be found in the following subject categories:

ND 18 Wars

PU 2-1 Non-Federal Publications: Books-Booklets


Included in this subject category is a congratulatory letter from President Nixon concerning the 30th anniversary of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS), correspondence from Henry Kissinger concerning the translation of a Russian book, and a request for an FBIS publication by author David Kahn.

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