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August 29, 1960
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:Approved For Release 2000/08/24 :CIA-RDP68-00069A000100110005-1 ~`: PROCIB-D-36 . Z9 August 1960 Mr. V~illiam McAfee _ Interdepartrneatal Coordinator for Foreign Publicatioas Department of $tat~r Washington ZS, Tl. C. Dear Blll. The Committe~a on Procurement of Foreign Publications of the United States Intelligence Board (PR4CIB) has far several months indicated increasing concern over the failure of the Publications Procurement Program to secure adequate putalication~r coverage from Latin America. The extreiuely volatila~ n~.ture of the situation in many countries of that area; tnc~ recent and forth-- coming elections in several of the countries. all of winch have a bearing ou hemtspheric relations and .security; the stappc~d-up Soviet and Chinese Com-~ monist drives to penetrate sad subvext~ atsd to gain dAn~iaation of the p~zoples and economise of many Latin American countries. ali ac~rrve to highlight the itnportunce o! acquiring publications. In thin connection the difficultie,~ en- countered by ?the three National I.ibraries+ and other strong Latin American Collections in Chia country are of concern to use since we moat draw upaA the total available resc-uzcas in m~aeting the information need~a of the Intelligence Community. 8ec~au se it was desired to Dave a firsthand impression of the scope of books and periodicals available throughout Latin America. a survey team visited nine couapci~s iu the area in early I960. They found and brought back with them several hundred publications of interest to the Intelligence Community and their report ou the availability of pubUcatlous in Latin America has been made avs~.ilM ablae to s1l PRgClB m?rrs. Ia their report. these officers stress the unique State :Dgpt.'declassification & release instructions on file Approved For Release 2000/08/24 :CIA-RDP68 :00069A0001.0011 Q005-1 Approved`For Rase 2000/08/~?4 : CIA-RDP68-OOA000100110005- situstioad Sa the Laatiac- Amoricaan booktrada~, as Iwokaellers in that area do sot rm~dax tlt~ sea~wic~~r ca cu~rt~-mar~rs which ck~aractaacire~a 1lkcnericaa~ an~~~uxc-pa~n ` for books bookstores. tie Americsa booksellers toad to disregard ordera . stow service.. With very few euceptions, a~eith~r baok? or give ` atsli+ers spot pubiistaera pxoducar lists of available publications froaaa which aderiuat~e selectioxa cnn t>e xnade.~ Such lisle as are produced are spasmodic Qad usually disc after a fares issues. Vary few Latin Araaarican countries produce amatioaal bib-liographie~~ and wharra such do erxiat, thep are several years in mracears. 'TM+a Qamorphoua state of book distribution in certain Latin Aamericaaa- ' countries bas bean confir:pa+~d by as entirely separate report,i3y 17r. At~rttiar Lear Hanson,, Head at that Latin Aaa-erLcan +~oliectioA of th~+ University of Taxae. , lu view c>tf these factors, Pf~{?Cl8 has concluded that the only ravay i~ which the Publications k'rocurQrnez>u~ can ad~agpate pracureamiant be accoaanplished. 13e amust be i>a a position to cover ttta amany important Corumuwist s