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Director's Office Files, compiled 1945 - 2002, documenting the period 1941 - 1945

ARC Identifier 2579649 / MLR Number

Series from Record Group 226: Records of the Office of Strategic Services, 1919 - 2002

Details | Scope & Content | Archived Copies | Hierarchy |
Creator(s):Central Intelligence Agency. (12/04/1981 - ) (Most Recent)
Joint Chiefs of Staff. Office of Strategic Services. Office of the Director of Strategic Services. (06/13/1942 - 10/01/1945) (Predecessor)
Type(s) of Archival Materials:Photographs and other Graphic Materials
Textual Records

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Other Title(s):Director OSS Official Files
Donovan Microfilm
Inclusive Dates:1945 - 2002
Coverage Dates:1941 - 1945
Date Note:Although this series was created in 1945, material in it dates back to 1941. It includes versions which were released in redacted form in 1990, and re-released in full in 2002.
Part Of:Record Group 226: Records of the Office of Strategic Services, 1919 - 2002
Arrangement:Arranged in ten versions, and thereunder unarranged.
Function and Use:This series consists largely of records released in compliance with the Nazi War Crimes, and Japanese Imperial Government, Disclosure Acts (Public Laws 105-246 and 105-567). The Acts call for the Interagency Working Group (IWG) to locate, inventory, recommend for declassification, and make available all classified Nazi and Japanese war criminal records, subject to certain specified exceptions. The IWG tasked federal agencies, including the CIA, to search their record holdings for relevant war criminal and war crimes documents responsive to personal name and subject terms identified by the IWG. In complying with the Acts, the CIA selected the records that now make up this series from throughout its various file systems, including documents previously released in redacted form. Because the IWG encouraged agencies to send whole files and whole file sets, the series includes files that are only marginally relevant, or irrelevant, to war crimes.
Access Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Use Restriction(s):Restricted - Possibly
Some or all of the records may be subject to copyright restrictions. Researchers should contact the publisher for further information.
General Note(s):This series was known as "Director OSS Official Files" and "Donovan Microfilm" in previous finding aids.
Finding Aid Type:Index
Finding Aid Note:An alphabetical index for this series is available with the records.
Finding Aid Type:Index
Finding Aid Note:An index for each roll of microfilm in this series is available with the records. There are discrepancies between the index and the microfilm.
Variant Control Number(s):Agency-Assigned Identifier: 57-00091R
Agency-Assigned Identifier: 61-00453R
Agency-Assigned Identifier: 89-000067R
Declassification Project Number: NND 51651
Declassification Project Number: NND 51812
Declassification Project Number: NND 51850
Declassification Project Number: NND 913180
Former HMS/MLR Entry Number: UD 180
Former HMS/MLR Entry Number: UD 180A
Former HMS/MLR Entry Number: UD WX 1571
Former HMS/MLR Entry Number: UD WX 1572
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180A
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180B
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180C
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180E
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180F
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180G
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180H
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180I
HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 180K
Lifecycle Tracking Information 
Accession Number(s):NN3-226-02-001
Custodial History Note:OSS Director William J. Donovan and other OSS personnel microfilmed select documents from Donovan's files shortly before the termination of the OSS in 1945. Donovan then combined the microfilm of his files with microfilm of select OSS cable files, and took the film with him for his personal use. Following Donovan's death in 1959, Otto C. Doering, a member of Donovan's law firm, took charge of Donovan's papers. In 1979, Doering's widow returned the microfilm to Donovan's law firm, which then loaned it to British historian Anthony Cave Brown. In 1982, Brown returned the film to Donovan's son David, who later deposited the microfilm and other records with the Army Military History Institute. When the Department of the Navy made a diazo copy of the microfilm held by the Army Military History Institute, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was informed in accordance with Executive Order 12356. The CIA undertook a formal declassification review of the records, withdrew parts for continued protection, and subsequently produced sanitized versions of the microfilm for the U.S. Army and NARA in 1990. The complete set of the classified version of the microfilm was retained by the CIA until 2002, when it was declassified and sent to NARA.



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