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December 22, 2016
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September 17, 1968
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Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/10/17: CIA-RDP10T01930R000500160027-9 17 September 1968 25X1 ;Meeting with ect of an b h j e su has not talked to the DCI on t l A'hite about a reference 25X1 archives for C e as talked to Colone reed a I cente that is in for seem prob r for historical this is a good ti terest in collect the Library will c necessary to set lems of space and g t was papers but nothing has come of it. me to press for an archives program since there in g material for the Library.. Since thie protlw~ould ome up each time an Administration Chang s, up the procedure now and this would involve the cost. es hi . v , stated that during his work in the British arc This later ublic the d 25X1 ther e was a 50 year ru . p s to a on disclosing recor t r was .the 30 y changed 50 year ears is that to 30 yeaomewhathstri.naent,X25 years~isItoo soon pand rule is s g about right. rial t - e ~ ~ the history project is trying to bring together ma overall history f 25X1 that should an be available for use in, the writing o cifically d spe of CIA. At present he is concentrating on the DDI side an the Office of the Director. One must familiarize himself with the filing system being used and then trace down the documents. He is in the initial stages of this process. He is temporarily filling the function of overall Historical Officer. He feels there should be a permanent chief, a deputy, and historical officer in each one of the Directorates, assisted by the Historical Board. With this set up there should also be an archiveand archivist. At present there is no such organization and it is something which should be encouraged at this time. The DCI must be persuaded that there is a need for physically keeping documents of his- brical value in an archives where they would not be subject to periodic purges. ~ Chas made a cursory survey of several offices - FBIS, Domestic Contacts, etc? and looked at their files and at their retention rules. There seems to be agreement between the system by which documents are filed and the retention rules so that they can be easily retrieved It was agreed that reports of CIA operations should be kept for internal use only as long as necessary but not made permanent part of the records either for retention or eventual release to the public. It was agreed that there should be included in the Library some. paper describing CIA's historical program to let the academic world know that we are making a consciencious effort to keep this record - 25X1 even if it may not be made available to the public for many years. Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/10/17: CIA-RDP10T01930R000500160027-9 Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/10/17: CIA-RDP10T01930R000500160027-9 stated that he had reviewed several of the histories being prepared. Examples were history of Communications, OCI's history of CIB, a 50-page history of the Defector Program. Most of the histories are satisfactory but none are outstanding. It was agreed that several of these histories which were being written for .internal CIA use, might at a later time become appropriate to .reveal to the public, without danger to CIA operations. said that he would eventually be writing a final report on his efforts on the Historical Board and it was agreed ,that-this might be appropriate for the Library. The Clandestine Services may have some guidance a ers for the historical program. said he thought the report was highly appropriate four inclusion. .The NIE and NIS papers appear to lend themselves to release to the public in a relatively short time. '- The use of bland general essays for inclusion in the Library was discussed and it was agreed that these will always be viewed with suspicion by scholars of the future as self-serving and incomplete. They might serve as bibliographical sign-posts which would lead to the .original documents in CIA custody. 25X1 25X1 25X1\ 25X1: Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2012/10/17: CIA-RDP10T01930R000500160027-9