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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • 1945

    Soviet Report on Communists in Korea, 1945

    Soviet officers provide a sketch of the existing communist movement in northern and southern Korea in 1945 and suggest that Kim Il Sung should be a leading candidate to head the Korean government.

  • July 11, 1948

    Record of Conversation between Kim Gu and Liu Yuwan

    Kim Gu (Kim Koo) and the Chinese Nationalist Minister Liu Yuwan discuss Kim's participation in the South Korean government, his attendance at a conference in Pyongyang, and the possibility of a Russian-led attack on southern Korea.

  • August 11, 1950

    The Political Situation in Korea during the Period of Military Operations

    A report on the Korean War from June through August 1950, including discussions on the start of the conflict, news media in North and South Korea, the air war, and the North Korean occupation of Seoul.

  • September 02, 1950

    CPSU Politburo Decision on the Secret Archives of the Syngman Rhee Government

    Decision to entrust Vyshinsky to print in the Soviet press the documents found in the archives of the Syngman Rhee government, seized when the communists took Seoul.

  • May 14, 1951

    Letter, Lieutenant General John B. Coulter to President and Madame Rhee

    Lieutenant General John B. Coulter thanks President and Madame Rhee for a gift.

  • May 16, 1951

    Letter, C. P. Koh to Lieutenant General John B. Coulter

    C. P. Koh informs Lieutenant General Coulter that Syngman Rhee will be present at a memorial service.

  • January 27, 1953

    Note form the Embassy of the Polish Republic in Korea

    The Embassy of the Polish Republic in North Korea reports on production in the DPRK, US intention in Korea, and the agenda of the KWP CC plenum.

  • February 28, 1953

    Report No. 1 of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland In the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea for the Period of 1 January 1953 to 28 February 1953

    A wide range of topics are addressed, including the basic guidelines of the 5th Plenum of the KWP CC, education, espionage, culture, transportation, agriculture and the economic situation in ROK.

  • June 19, 1953

    Minutes of Discussion at the 150th Meeting of the National Security Council, 18 June 1953

    The US National Security Council discusses recent release of prisoners of war in South Korea. The riots and disturbances in East Germany and Czechoslovakia are discussed in the context of the general “softening” of Soviet policy. The Council also discusses the possibility of a four-power meeting, and other alternative courses of action.

  • June 25, 1953

    Report No. 3 of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Poland in the Democratic Republic of Korea for the period of 1 May 1953 to 25 June 1953

    The Polish Embassy addresses the ROK and Syngman Rhee's position on the truce talks as well as the arrival of the Polish medical team in North Korea.

  • July 03, 1953

    Telegram of the Soviet Chargé to the PRC to the Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers

    After acknowledging Syngman Rhee's solitary role in blocking the passage of the armistice agreement, Peng Dehuai and Kim Il Sung draft a response to General Clark.

  • July 04, 1953

    Telegram from USSR Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov to Soviet Ambassador in Beijing

    Molotov writes to the Soviet Ambassador in Beijing discussing the Korean War armistice.

  • July 27, 1953

    President Eisenhower to the President of the Republic of Korea (Rhee)

    Eisenhower informs Rhee that US Secretary of State John Foster Dulles will be visiting Korea shortly.

  • September 01, 1953

    Radiogram, John W. Staggers to Syngman Rhee

    John W. Staggers sends congratulations to Syngman Rhee.

  • September 02, 1953

    Letter, John W. Staggers to Syngman Rhee

    John W. Staggers informs Syngman Rhee about his public perception in the American media.

  • 1954

    Handwritten Note to Preston Goodfellow

    Excerpt from a letter supporting President Syngman Rhee.

  • January 10, 1954

    Letter, Headquarters Eighth United States Army to Yu Chang Jun

    Schedule for President Syngman Rhee and General Taylor's visit to Pusan and Kunsan.

  • February 18, 1954

    Letter, General James A. Van Fleet to Syngman Rhee

    General James A. Van Fleet sends a letter with news including architect I. M. Pei coming to Korea.

  • March 20, 1954

    Letter, General James A. Van Fleet to Syngman Rhee

    General James A. Van Fleet send thank you letter for his birthday present.

  • March 25, 1954

    Cable, General James A. Van Fleet to Syngman Rhee

    Birthday greeting from General James A. Van Fleet to Syngman Rhee