1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 2, 2020 9:31 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking cables of Richard P Mitchell


      How do I find State Department cables of Richard P Mitchell who was a US Foreign Service Officer in Kuwait during the late 1950s?

        • Re: Seeking cables of Richard P Mitchell
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Ms. Allen,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          According to the 1962 Biographic Register of the Department of State, Richard P. Mitchell was assigned to the consulate in Kuwait City on 21 August 1960.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Central Decimal Files, 1910 - 1963 and in the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59) which may include cables from Kuwait.  The filing manual for the series is here. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Please note that depending on his place in the hierarchy, his name might not be on any of the cables, even if he wrote a particular cable in whole or in part.  Cables typically went out under the name of the ambassador or the consul even when other staff wrote them.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


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