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Microform: Documents on Disarmament, 1945-1982

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA MF 161-171
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: Microform: Documents on Disarmament, 1945-1982
Date(s): 1945-1982, 1985
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 11 reels
Name of creator(s): US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA), 1945-1982


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA) was established by Act 22 USC 2521 on 26 Sep 1961 in response to US Congressional pressure to centralise arms control and disarmament responsibilities for the purposes of US national security. The Act also provided for the establishment of a General Advisory Committee, appointed by the President to advise the President, Secretary of State, and the Director of the ACDA on matters affecting arms control and disarmament. ACDA formulates, implements, and verifies arms control, non- proliferation, and disarmament policies, strategies and agreements that promote the national security of the United States. ACDA also prepares and participates in discussions and negotiations with foreign countries on issues including strategic arms limitations, conventional force reductions in Europe, prevention of the spread of nuclear weapons, prohibition on chemical weapons, and the international arms trade. Its main objectives are to prepare for and manage US participation in negotiations on arms control and disarmament; to conduct and co-ordinate arms control research; and to ensure that the US can verify compliance with existing agreements through on-site inspections.


Scope and content/abstract:

Documents on Disarmament, 1945- 1982, is a themed microfilm collection including documents on arms control and disarmament developments, 1945-1982. Subjects include relations with the US Atomic Energy Commission; proposed prohibition requirements for the production of biological and chemical weapons; bilateral talks between the Soviet Union and the United States, including the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (START); US negotiations with aligned and non-aligned states; Commission on Security and Co- operation in Europe (CSCE) arms control talks; negotiations with UN organisations including the Ad Hoc Group on Disarmament and Development, the Commission for Conventional Armaments, the Disarmament Commission, international Atomic Energy Agency, and the Security Council, 1945-1982.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

The documents are arranged in chronological order. Also, there are five lists and a subject index for the periods 1945-1956 and 1957-1959, and one for each year thereafter. The lists include topical list of documents included; list of abbreviations used; list of principal organisations and conferences; chronological list of documents; list of persons.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be printed off the microfilm for research purposes and are charged at the cost to the Centre. Enquiries concerning the copyright of the original material should be addressed to University Publications of America, Inc., 4520 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814-3389, USA

Finding aids:

Summary guide entry on-line at, and published detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room, Paul Kesaris (ed.), Documents on Disarmament, 1945-1982 (University Publications of America, Bethesda, MD, 1982).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

University Publications of America, Inc., Bethesda, MD, with fully indexed guide edited by Paul Kesaris.

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Date of compilation: Jul 1999

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