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 Kennedy Administration Vietnam Policy Papers


1,610 pages of Kennedy Administration files dealing with Vietnam Policy.

200 pages of key documents from the The McGeorge Bundy Papers. Papers from President Kennedy National Security files, January 20, 1961 to November 22, 1963. The working files of McGeorge Bundy, the Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs during the Kennedy administration.

While some of the documents were originated by the National Security Council staff, most of the material, which consists of memoranda, letters, reports, cables, formal studies and informal think pieces, originated in the various executive departments and agencies, and foreign countries.

Documents include: A report of the McNamara-Taylor Mission to South Vietnam. This memorandum sums up the situation that Secretary McNamara and General Taylor found in South Vietnam. It also discusses their recommendations for the future. A continued operation of Tran Kim Tuyen's coup d'etat group report. A sanitized CIA information report/telegram dated 17 September 1963. It concerns the continued operation of Tran Kim Tuyen. American Opinion Summary Department of State, Vietnam, dated 10 September. This State Department opinion summary details the varying currents of American opinion vis-a-vis the United States's continued involvement in Vietnam. Incoming telegram from Saigon to the Secretary of State dated September 11, 1963. In this telegram Henry Cabot Lodge gives his estimate on the current situation in Vietnam. He talks about how the situation is worsening rapidly, as well as, the attitudes of the Vietnamese people. Memorandum from McGeorge Bundy on President Kennedy's consideration of a recommendation to withdraw troops from South Vietnam.

1,410 pages of searchable text from the Department of States' "Foreign Relations of the United States, 1961-1963," Volume I and Volume II, covering 1961 and 1962.

The publication of the "Foreign Relations of the United States" constitutes the official record of the foreign policy of the United States. The volumes in the series include, subject to necessary security considerations, documents needed to give a comprehensive record of the major foreign policy decisions of the United States together with appropriate materials concerning the facts that contributed to the formulation of policies. Documents in the files of the Department of State are supplemented by papers from other government agencies involved in the formulation of foreign policy.

Documents includes transcriptions of presidential papers maintained and preserved at the Presidential libraries and some of the most significant foreign affairs-related documentation from other federal agencies including the National Security Council, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Since 1991, the Central Intelligence Agency has provided expanded access to Department of State historians to high-level intelligence documents from those records in the custody of that Agency.

Topics include:

Visit of General Edward G. Lansdale to Vietnam; United States Efforts To Obtain South Vietnamese Acceptance of the Basic Counterinsurgency Plan; Creation of the Presidential Task Force on Vietnam and the Drafting of a Program of Action on Vietnam; Vice President Johnson's Trip to Asia, May 9-24, 1961, and the Visit of Vietnamese Secretary of State for the Presidency Thuan to Washington, June 12-17, 1961; Special Financial Group Mission to Vietnam; Viet Cong Activity September October 1961; The Taylor Mission to Southeast Asia; Reorganization of the U.S. Military Command Structure in Vietnam; U.S. Efforts To Strengthen the Government of South Vietnam; U.S. Consideration of a Crop Destruction Program for South Vietnam; Press Relations, Defoliation, Strategic Hamlets, and South Vietnam's Relations With Laos.


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