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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • September 09, 1950

    National Security Council Report, NSC 81/1, "United States Courses of Action with Respect to Korea"

    The National Security Council reports to President Truman on possible US courses of action in resposne to the North Korean invasion of South Korea.

  • October 19, 1950

    Policy Planning Staff View of Exile National Councils

    State Department Policy Planning official Robert Joyce laments to Frank Wisner disarray among the national councils and suggests redoubled efforts to unify them. Check copy and redactions.

  • November 14, 1950

    Letter, Isa Yusuf Alptekin to Owen Lattimore

    Isa Yusuf Alptekin recounts his experiences in Xinjiang in the 1940s and his flight to India and beyond after the Chinese Communist revolution. He also asks Lattimore for assistance in having exiled students from Xinjiang go to the United States for further education.

  • November 22, 1950

    Wisner Update on Radio Free Europe

    Frank Wisner reviews RFE broadcasting after 5 months and notes a shift from use of exile leaders “of questionable current value” to “timely news items and commentary.” He foreshadows expansion of broadcast hours and shift of program production to West Germany.

  • November 28, 1950

    Letter from General MacArthur to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Chinese Communist Intervention in Korea

    General MacArthur reports from Tokyo on developments in Korea, stating that the Chinese military support to North Korea was increasing.

  • December 31, 1950

    Letter, Lieutenant General Matthew B. Ridgway to Syngman Rhee

    New year greeting letter from Lieutenant General Matthew B. Ridgway of the Eighth Army (EUSAK) to Syngman Rhee

  • 1951

    Letter, Lieutenant General John B. Coulter to Syngman Rhee

    Lieutenant General John B. Coulter responds to Syngman Rhee's request to obtain vehicles and tanks that the US plans to scrap.

  • 1951

    Memorandum, Eighth United States Army Korea, 'Local Procurement of Foodstuffs by Republic of Korea'

    Lieutenant General John B. Coulter reports the required rations supplement for the Republic of Korea Army.

  • January, 1951

    Contract, Goverment of Republic of Korea and CDT Corporation

    Detailed agreement on the price of scrap collected in Korea, and arrangements for shipping.

  • January 02, 1951

    Special Report No.1 from the Korean Embassy in China to the Office of the President, 'The Secret Sino-Soviet Military Agreement'

    The Korean embassy in Taipei reports to Syngman Rhee with details on the alleged 'secret Sino-Soviet military agreement'.

  • January 03, 1951

    Letter, Harold Lady to Syngman Rhee

    Harold Lady writes about a proposal to raise the price at which the Korean government sells aid materials to the public. He suggests that the US military should stop using military script as currency in Korea.

  • January 05, 1951

    Letter, Harold Lady to Syngman Rhee

    Harold Lady replies to Syngman Rhee's request for information on selling iron scrap to raise money for the Republic of Korea. He encloses a sample contract from the CDT corporation.

  • January 10, 1951

    Letter, Syngman Rhee to Harold Lady

    Syngman Rhee replies to Harold Lady regarding the sale of scrap iron.

  • January 11, 1951

    Radio Free Europe Budget Increase Approved

    Allen Dulles (who has joined CIA as Deputy Director for Plans) informs Frank Wisner that CIA has approved RFE’s capital budget for new transmitters.

  • January 26, 1951

    Letter, Harold Lady to Syngman Rhee

    Harold Lady writes regarding his decision to leave Japan because of issues with the State Department.

  • January 26, 1951

    Harold Lady, Memorandum on George T. Walker

    Harold Lady introduced George T. Walker as a potential candidate to work with Syngman Rhee.

  • February 01, 1951

    United Nations General Assembly Resolution 498(V)

    United Nations resolution calling on the People's Republic of China to cease all hostilities on the Korean peninsula.

  • February 09, 1951

    Letter, General John B. Coulter to President Syngman Rhee

    General writes to President Rhee on the subject of prisoners of war. He states that he has written to EUSAK and is awaiting new instructions to arrive.

  • February 14, 1951

    Letter, President Syngman Rhee to General Coulter

    President Rhee urges General Coulter to request for US permission to allow South Korean technicians to restore and repair the war tanks that the US was going to scrap into iron. Rhee argues that these tanks are indispensable for the ROK’ s national defense. He is also willing to pay the US in cash or iron scraps to get these tanks.

  • February 14, 1951

    Letter, Lieutenant General John B. Coulter to Syngman Rhee

    Lieutenant General John B. Coulter informs Syngman Rhee that the movement of Korean refugees is causing problems for UN combat troops.