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  • 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.

  • September 02, 1950

    Incoming Cable No. 600081, Shtykov to Vyshinky

    Shtykov passes on a memorandum to Vyshinsky written by Syngman Rhee to Dr. Robert T. Oliver.

  • 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 23, 1953

    Letter, Margery Davidson to Syngman Rhee

    Margery Davidson tells Rhee to ignore the pressure of the likes of Eisenhower and Churchill because “all intelligent patriotic Americans are with you.”

  • June 24, 1953

    Letter, Mr. and Mrs. Warren L. Chaffin and Jay. T. McCamic to Syngman Rhee

    The authors write to assure Rhee that he enjoys their highest support.

  • 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.

  • June 26, 1953

    Letter, E.L. Sundet to Syngman Rhee

    The author claims Rhee enjoys widespread support in Lake Preston, South Dakota.

  • 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.

  • October, 1953

    Annie Sourlook, 'This Key is Free'

    A poem sent to Syngman Rhee from Annie Sourlook.