1 Reply Latest reply on Nov 23, 2021 8:18 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking records of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1942

    austinc1776 Newbie

      Hello to all, I'm attempting to find the following documents as part of personal research into American strategic planning in World War II:


      J.P.S 85, "Strategic Policy of the United Nations and the United States on the Collapse of Russia’’

      • The report dates from August 7–8, 1942.
      • Colonel Nevins is its author.
      • Alternate report numbers are J.P.S 43 or J.C.S 85, same title.
      • It should be located in the National Archives, Record Group 218, CCS381 (3-5-42)


      Related to the first, I'm also searching for the minutes/notes of the 29th JPS meeting on August 19, 1942.


      "Conditions under Which an Armistice Might Be Negotiated between the United Nations and the European Powers"

      • The report dates from June 11, 1942
      • Major General George Strong is its author.
      • Alternate report title/indexing number is S. Document 22, from the Department of State archives.
      • It should be located in the Notter Papers, box 76, RG 59, NA.


      Ideally I am trying to find them either in digital format, online, or somehow get copies made. Any help is greatly appreciated!

        • Re: Seeking records of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1942
          Rachael Salyer Ranger

          Dear Mr. Carroll,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Geographic Decimal Files, 1943-1945 in the Records of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (Record Group 218) that contains some records for the Combined Chiefs of Staff (CCS) from 1942. The series Geographic Correspondence Files, 1942-1958 and the series Decimal Correspondence Files, 1942-1958 in Record Group 218 also contain records of the CCS and of the Joint Staff Planners (JPS), including policy statements regarding relations between the United States and foreign countries. The strategic policy document you are seeking may be included in one of these series. The Chronological Card Index to Messages, 1942-1958 serves as an index to the Geographic Correspondence Files and to the Decimal Correspondence Files. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for access to and information about these and similar records.


          Next, we located the series Records of the Advisory Committee on Postwar Foreign Policy, 1949-1950 in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) that contains “S Documents” and files of Harley Notter for 1942 which may include the armistice document you are searching for. These records have not been digitized. Please contact RDT2 for assistance with these records.


          Finally, if you have not already done so already, we suggest that you 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 archives2reference@nara.gov. FRUS volumes are usually available at large universities or public libraries, and in the U.S. Government Depository Libraries.


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          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!