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There are 18 Files for this series in AAD :
Electronic Telegrams, 1/1/1973 - 12/31/1973 (info) Search
Electronic Withdrawal Cards, 1973 ? - 12/1973 (info) Search
Electronic Telegrams, 1/1/1974 - 12/31/1974 (info) Search
Electronic Withdrawal Cards, 1/1974 - 12/1974 (info) Search
P-Reel Index, 1/1974 - 12/1974 (info) Search
P-Reel Index Withdrawal Cards, 1/1974 - 12/1974 (info) Search
Electronic Telegrams, 1/1/1975 - 12/31/1975 (info) Search
Electronic Telegrams Withdrawal Cards, 1/1/1975 - 12/31/1975 (info) Search
P-Reel Index, 1/1/1975 - 12/31/1975 (info) Search
P-Reel Index Withdrawal Cards, 1/1/1975 - 12/31/1975 (info) Search
Electronic Telegrams, 1/1/1976 - 12/31/1976 (info) Search
Electronic Telegrams Withdrawal Cards, 1/1/1976 - 12/31/1976 (info) Search
P-Reel Index, 1/1/1976 - 12/31/1976 (info) Search
P-Reel Index Withdrawal Cards, 1/1/1976 - 12/31/1976 (info) Search
1977 Electronic Telegrams, 1/1/1977 - 12/31/1977 (info) Search
1977 Electronic Telegrams Withdrawal Cards, 1/1/1977 - 12/31/1977 (info) Search
1977 P-Reel Index, 1/1/1977 - 12/31/1977 (info) Search
1977 P-Reel Index Withdrawal Cards, 1/1/1977 - 12/31/1977 (info) Search
Title: Central Foreign Policy Files, created, 7/1/1973 - 12/31/1977, documenting the period 1973 ? - 12/31/1977
Creator: Department of State. (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Data Files
Textual Records
Level of Description: Series from Record Group 59: General Records of the Department of State
Other Titles: State Department Cables
State Department Telegrams
Location: Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division (NWME), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 PHONE: 301-837-0470, FAX: 301-837-3681, EMAIL: cer@nara.gov
Inclusive Dates: 7/1/1973 - 12/31/1977
Coverage Dates: 1973 ? - 12/31/1977
Date Note: Although this series was created between July 1973 and December 1977, some documents dated prior to July 1, 1973 are also included.
Part of: Record Group 59: General Records of the Department of State
Arrangement: Arranged chronologically into one-year blocks and thereunder into subseries. Some of the airgrams are arranged alphabetically by Foreign Service post. The other airgrams, oversized enclosures to airgrams, microfilm, and microfilm printouts are arranged by real number and thereunder by frame number.
Function and Use: These records were used to facilitate the conduct of American foreign relations by the Secretary of State, American Ambassadors in foreign countries, and other employees of the Department of State.
Scope & Content Note: This series consists of telegrams, airgrams, memoranda, correspondence, reports, diplomatic notes, and related material. The materials relate to all aspects of American bilateral and multilateral foreign relations and routine administrative and operational activities of the Department of State and its Foreign Service posts.

The telegrams convey official information about policy proposals and implementation, program activities, or personnel and post operations between the Department and posts abroad.

After telegrams were transmitted, they were preserved in a central database that contained the text of telegrams and other written documents. Each text file record potentially contains the following types of information: concepts; date; drafter; original microfilm roll; who the telegram is from; office; subject; Traffic Analysis by Geography and Subject (TAGS); who the telegram is to; message number; and message.

The series also includes records which were not preserved in electronic form. These records include airgrams, memoranda, correspondence, reports, diplomatic notes, and related material that documented Department of State policies in the Central Foreign Policy Files. Also included were documents with national security-classifications such as Top Secret (TS), Restricted Data (RD), Formerly Restricted Data (FRD), or No Distribution (NODIS). An index to the airgrams and some of these records is also included in this series. The index potentially contains the following types of information to identify specific documents: concepts; date; document number; the original microfilm roll; from; subject; TAGS; and who the document was to.

Access Restrictions: Restricted - Partly. FOIA (b)(1) National Security. There are data files that are classified and fully exempt from disclosure under FOIA (b)(1), FOIA (b)(3), and FOIA (b)(6).

There are data files that are unclassified or declassified, but are fully exempt from disclosure under FOIA (b)(3) and FOIA (b)(6).

There are data files that are unclassified or declassified, but are or potentially otherwise partly restricted and exempt from disclosure under FOIA (b)(6). NARA has or can create public use versions of these files.

There are some data files that are unclassified and unrestricted.

The microfilm reels are all restricted fully for FOIA (b)(1), FOIA (b)(3), and FOIA (b)(6). The paper records are restricted partly for FOIA (b)(1), FOIA (b)(3), and FOIA (b)(6).
General Note: The State Archiving System (SAS) was the official foreign policy database that housed the Central Foreign Policy Files at the Department of State. The agency maintained records of all official correspondence, communications, and documentation relating to conducting the foreign relations of the United States in SAS. The Automated Data System (ADS) is a predecessor name for the SAS.

Documents dated December 31, 1976 and earlier but microfilmed after 1976 are still with the Department of State although the indexing information on them may be part of this series. Please contact the Department of State's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) office for access.

The telegrams on the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) include only unclassifed, unrestricted files which have been determined to be of permanent historical value.

These records are popularly known as the "State Department Cables" or the "State Department Telegrams".

This series is a successor to the following earlier series: "Subject-Numeric Files, 02/01/1963 - 06/30/1973" (ARC Identifier 580618), "Central Decimal Files, 1910 - 1963" (ARC Identifier 302021), "Numerical Files, 1906 - 1910" (ARC Identifier 654171), and "Minor Files, 1906-1910" (ARC identifier 656890).
Finding Aid Type: Index
Finding Aid Source: Department of State
Finding Aid Note: There is an electronic index to the non-electronic records in this series.
Finding Aid Type: Technical Information
Finding Aid Source: NARA and the Department of State
Variant Control Number(s): Master Location Register Number: UD 04D 17.
Master Location Register Number: UD 04D 18.
Master Location Register Number: UD 04D 19.
Declassification Project Number: NND 37238.
Declassification Project Number: NND 37239.
Declassification Project Number: NND 37446.
Declassification Project Number: NND 37458.
Master Location Register Number: UD 04D 17A.
Master Location Register Number: UD 04D 17B.
Master Location Register Number: UD 04D 17C.
Extent: 650 linear feet
498 data files, 12 electronic documentation files, and 12 linear inches of paper documentation
4,038 reels of microfilm
Index Terms
  Subjects Represented in the Archival Material
    Names
Names, Personal

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