ABILENE, Kan. - The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum announces the availability of thousands of recently declassified documents. These formerly security classified documents provide additional insight into key foreign policy issues during the Eisenhower presidency.
Eisenhower Library Director Karl Weissenbach states, "This particular release is part of an intensive effort to make more records available in response to increased scrutiny of Eisenhower foreign policy issues. There will be additional releases of formerly national security documents."
The newly-available records are from 16 Eisenhower Presidential Library manuscript collections, notably the papers of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, the National Security Council, and General Lauris Norstad.
Eisenhower appointed Norstad, as Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, in 1956. The Norstad records relate to strategic planning, the placing of missiles in France, Italy, and Turkey, the security of Berlin, Soviet nuclear striking power, and other important issues from the Cold War era.
The National Security Council records offer new documentation of psychological operations in Formosa (Taiwan) and Thailand, the threat of communism in Iraq, and the relationship between Islam and Soviet and Chinese Communism. "The records show the U.S. has long been concerned over its relationship with the Moslem world," Weissenbach said.
The new records touch on numerous subjects, including, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, and NATO.
"The body of historical sources available for scholars working on the Eisenhower era and presidency is still growing," Weissenbach added, "and will continue to grow for many years to come." The records will grow in volume as the Library acquires the papers of Eisenhower's contemporaries and the impending declassification of more restricted records. In addition to the pre-presidential, presidential, and post-presidential records of General Eisenhower, the Library also holds the papers of more than 450 of his associates.
The recently declassified materials are available for research in the research room of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. Researcher application forms
and other helpful information for conducting research
at the Library are available on the web site. The research room is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., closing for lunch from Noon to 12:45 p.m.