AIM25 : Click here to go back to the AIM25 homepage
Archives in London and the M25 area

Microform: Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, and the threat of Thermonuclear War: Special Studies, 1969-1995

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA MF 85-101; 102-110; 185-191; 192-203; 323-332; 553-564; 770-781; 844-855
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
  Click here to find out how to view this collection at ›
Full title: Microform: Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, and the threat of Thermonuclear War: Special Studies, 1969-1995
Date(s): 1982-1996
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 103 reels
Name of creator(s): Project commissioned by the US government and compiled by University Publications of America, from US government reports and defence policy journals, independent scientific journals, and academic symposia and conference proceedings, 1969-1995.


Administrative/Biographical history:

Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, and the Threat of Thermonuclear War, 1969-1995 is a themed microfilm compilation of sources published by University Publications of American, Inc. Original texts cover the period 1969-1995, and are drawn from a variety of originating bodies including the US Department of Defense; US Central Intelligence Agency; US Army War College; US General Accounting Office; US Department of Energy; Los Alamos National Laboratory; US Army Command and Staff College; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and non-partisan policy centres such as the RAND Corporation.


Scope and content/abstract:

Microfilm copies of official US government reports and US military, scientific, academic and policy journals relating to nuclear weapons, arms control, weapons technology, deterrence, nuclear strategy, and US foreign policy, 1919-1995. The reports have been arranged chronologically and include material relating to non-proliferation treaty safeguards; civil defence in the United States; deterrence theory; analyses of the Soviet Military Industrial Complex; interview transcripts of US government officials associated with weapons systems development and deployment; qualitative and quantitative analyses of the US-Soviet arms race; analyses of the theory of flexible response; nuclear capabilities of the People's Republic of China; North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) missile warning systems, 1968-1981; the Joint Cruise Missiles Project, 1982; the Tonopah Test Range technical manual, 1982; the planning of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) nuclear deterrent for the 1980s and 1990s; French and British nuclear forces in the 1980s and 1990s; the evolution of US and NATO tactical nuclear doctrine and limited nuclear war options, the Strategic Defense Initiative Program (SDI); trends in anti-nuclear protests in the US; US National Security Policy, 1980s; the threat of nuclear terrorism; the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty; anti-satellite weaponry; the threat of biological and chemical weapons. Official US government reports include report to the US Congress relating to stockpile reliability, weapons re-manufacture, and the role of nuclear testing, 1987; report to the US Congress on the Strategic Defense Initiative, 1989; Nevada Test Site Annual Site Environmental Report, 1989; report on the Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START), including the text of the treaty and a number of related documents and protocols, 1991; the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Doctrine for Joint Nuclear Operations, 1993; the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency report to the US Congress, 1994; US Department of Energy reports relating to the disposal and storage of fissile materials, 1995.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in the following chronological sections: 1969-1981 (MF 85-101); 1981-1982 (MF 102-110); 1983-1984 (MF 192-203); 1985- 1986 (MF 185-191); 1987-1988 (MF 323-332); 1989-1990 (MF 553-564); 1991-1992 (MF 770-781); 1993-1995 (MF 844-855)

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

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

Finding aids:

Summary guide available on-line at, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room, Robert Lester, Paul Kesaris, Nanette Dobrosky, and Blair Hydrick (eds.), Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control, and the threat of Thermonuclear War: Special Studies, 1969-1995 (University Publications of America, Inc, Bethesda, MD, 1982-1996).

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

University Publications of America, Inc., Bethesda, MD, with supplementary guides edited by Robert Lester, Paul Kesaris, Nanette Dobrosky, and Blair Hydrick.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:

Date(s) of descriptions:
Date of compilation:Jun 1999

Related Subject Search

* To search for other records with similar subjects, tick any subjects above then click "Run New Search"

Related Corporate Name Search

* To search for other records with similar names, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"

Related Placename Search

* To search for other records with similar placenames, tick any names above then click "Run New Search"