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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 701 descriptions of records and other sources that may be relevant to your research. Please note that some of the records have been digitized and may be viewed online using the Catalog. For access to non-digitized records, please contact the unit listed in the description.
We would suggest that you look into records located in the series titled Secret and Confidential Reports of Naval Attaches, 1/1940 - ca. 7/1946 in the Records of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Record Group 38) which includes such file units as C-10-K 23595-B,C,D Nazi, Jap, Fascist, etc. Activities in Venezuela. Further, we located a series titled Security Classified General Correspondence Relating to Latin America, 1940 - 1946 in the Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs (Record Group 165) which includes the file unit Venezuela: Germans and Nazis, Who’s Who.
We also located a series titled Intelligence Records Relating to Latin America, 1941 - 1948 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that may contain records of interest to your inquiry.
Next, we suggest that you look into records located in the Central Decimal Files, 1910-1963, described here in the National Archives Catalog, in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) as well as the following:
General Records, 1937 - 1961 and Classified General Records, 1935 - 1961 of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas in Records of the Foreign Service Posts of the Department of State (Record Group 84). These series may also contain records related to your research.
Finally, you may wish to review records located in the series Nazi Party Membership Lists in Foreign Countries, 1946 - 1947 in the National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized (RG 242).
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Also, if you have not already done so you should consult Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS). This is a Department of State publication of selected documents from the Department’s files and other sources. Besides providing the text of the most important documents on U.S. foreign policy, FRUS also provides a source citation printed either as a header with the document or as a footnote). Those references to file numbers or other records identification are the keys to locating not only the printed documents but other documents on the same subject not selected for publication. Cited "Lot Files" may be difficult to identify among the records in the National Archives using just the Lot number. If you are interested in using any of those records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. FRUS is usually available at large universities or public libraries, and in the U.S. Government Depository Libraries.
Finally, you may find the following online resources useful in your research as well if you have not already reviewed them:
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
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