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Venona Messages, compiled 1943 - 07/21/1964, documenting the period 11/23/1939 - 07/21/1964

ARC Identifier 2775191 / MLR Number P 11

Series from Record Group 263: Records of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1894 - 2002

Details | Scope & Content | Archived Copies | Hierarchy |
Creator(s):National Security Council. Central Intelligence Agency. (09/18/1947 - 12/04/1981) (Most Recent)
Department of Defense. Joint Chiefs of Staff. Armed Forces Security Agency. (05/20/1949 - 12/29/1952) (Predecessor)
War Department. Office of the Chief Signal Officer. Army Communications Service. Signal Security Branch. Signal Security Agency. (07/1943 - 09/15/1945) (Predecessor)
War Department. Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence (G-2). Army Security Agency. (09/1945 - 09/18/1947) (Predecessor)
Department of Defense. National Security Agency. (11/04/1952 - 12/23/1971) (Predecessor)
Type(s) of Archival Materials:Textual Records

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Other Title(s):Communication Records: Venona Files
Inclusive Dates:1943 - 07/21/1964
Coverage Dates:11/23/1939 - 07/21/1964
Date Note:Although this series was created in 1943, it contains documents that date back to 1939. The bulk of these are from the period from 1941 to 1946.
Part Of:Record Group 263: Records of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1894 - 2002
Includes: 47 file units described in ARCSearch within this Series
Arrangement:Arranged alphabetically by the name of the city from which the original telegram was sent to, or received from, Moscow; and thereunder chronologically by the date of the original telegram.
Function and Use:This series consists 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 Central Intelligence Agency (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 these records originally sent to - and subsequently cleared for release to the National Archives and Records Administration by - the National Security Agency. Because the IWG encouraged agencies to send whole files and whole file sets, this series includes documents that are only marginally relevant, or irrelevant, to war crimes.
Access Restriction(s):Unrestricted
Use Restriction(s):Unrestricted
General Note(s):This series was known as "Communication Records: Venona Files" in previous finding aids.
Another version of the VENONA messages, which is redacted but has copies of messages not included in this version, can be found in the series "Public Release Copies of Records Relating to Project Venona, 1942-1967" (ARC Identifier 595370).
Finding Aid Type:Folder List
Finding Aid Note:A folder list is available with the series.
Finding Aid Source:NARA
Variant Control Number(s):Agency-Assigned Identifier: 65-S-0072
Declassification Project Number: NND 52702
Former HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 223
Former HMS/MLR Entry Number: A1 225
HMS/MLR Entry Number: P 11
Lifecycle Tracking Information 
Disposition Authority Number(s):NC1-226-80-1, item 125
Accession Number(s):NN3-226-02-003
Former Record Group(s):226



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