February 17, 1940
The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Steinhardt) to the Secretary of State
Ambassador Steinhardt on rumors that the Soviet Union is planning to take control of Latvia and Estonia.
June 07, 1940
The Minister in Latvia (Wiley) to the Secretary of State
Lithuanian, Latvian, and Estonian officials all anticipate that the Soviet Union will take measure to control the Baltic states.
June 16, 1940
The Chargé in Estonia (Leonard) to the Secretary of State
The Soviet Union has demanded that Estonia and Latvia allow Soviet troops to enter both countries.
July 23, 1940
Welles Declaration, Department of State Press Release, 'Statement by the Acting Secretary of State, the Honorable Sumner Welles'
Later referred to as the "Welles Declaration," this statement by acting Secretary of State Sumner Welles condemned the 1940 Soviet occupation of the Baltic states and set United States policy of refusing to recognize the new Soviet governments of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
February 06, 1948
Memorandum of Conversation, by the Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Armour)
Three representatives of displaced persons of the Baltic States bring a petition for President Truman.
Department of State, Memorandum, 'The Attitude of the United States and Other Governments Toward the Forced Incorporation of the Baltic Republics into the Soviet Union'
State Department memorandum summarizing policy toward Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia following the Soviet incorporation of the Baltic States.
December 07, 1954
Department of State, Memorandum, 'Problems of Compatibility of Collective Security Negotiations with the USSR and Present US Policy Towards the Baltic States'
History of US relations with the Baltic states and the current policy of non-recognition of Soviet control.
March 24, 1958
Letter from Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs C. Burke Elbrick, 'Draft NSC Paper Concerning Baltic States'
Policy paper explaining the current status of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and the US policy of non-recognition of their incorporation into the Soviet Union.
November 05, 1965
Department of State, Memorandum, 'Current United States Policy Toward Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia'
Explanation of US policy of non-recognition of Soviet control of the Baltic states.
Department of State, Background Memorandum, 'The Baltic Question and US-USSR Exchanges'
Summary of past negotiations with the Soviet Union for cultural exchanges which include the Baltic States. The State Department wants to avoid the Soviets using these exchanges to erode the US policy of not recognizing Soviet control of the Baltics.
May 10, 1966
Department of State, Memorandum, 'Termination of Baltic State Representation Supported from Blocked Baltic Assets Held in the United States'
Policy recommendation to phase-out US financial support of Baltic embassies.