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Registration Statement
White House Office of the National Security Adviser, 1977-81
Accession No.: 80-1

Date Processing Completed: 3/13/96-3/31/99 (see Quantity below for details)

This is a preliminary finding aid for the material filed by the White House Office of National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and his staff.

Description : The files consist of correspondence, reports, notes, and briefing papers.

Quantity: Approximately 750 linear feet.
161 feet opened to review on request on 3/13/96
40 feet opened to review on request on 9/30/96
30 feet opened to review on request on 3/31/97
17 feet opened to review on request on 6/23/97
21 feet opened to review on request on 12/31/97
54 feet opened to review on request on 9/28/98
26 feet opened to review on request on 3/31/99

Donor: These historical materials were received under provisions of the instrument of gift of Jimmy Carter signed January 31, 1981.

Restrictions: These papers contain documents restricted in accordance with Executive Order 12958 and material which has been closed in accordance with the donor's instrument of gift.

Copyright: Copyright interest in these papers has been donated to the United States government.

Related Records: White House Central File, Subject Files, Atomic/Nuclear Energy, Countries, Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Immigration-Naturalization, International Organizations, National Security-Defense, Peace, and Tariffs; donated historical material of Zbigniew Brzezinski, George D. Moffett, and Anthony M. Solomon; federal records of the Cuban-Haitian Task Force, Japan-U.S. Economic Relations Group, and the Presidential Commission on World Hunger; Exit Interviews with David Aaron, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Gilbert Kujovich, George Moffett, and Burton Wides; White Burkett Miller Center Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski (including Madeleine Albright, Leslie Denend, and William Odom).

NOTICE: Folders listed in this finding aid will be reviewed on request. Documents that must be closed because they contain security-classified information will be submitted for mandatory declassification review.

Folders with handwritten dates have been opened for research on that date and documents containing security-classified information within those folders are in the mandatory declassification review process.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski headed the White House office of the National Security Adviser throughout the Carter administration. Dr. Brzezinski's Power and Principle: Memoirs of the National Security Adviser, 1977-1981 is indispensable in understanding the organization and functions of the National Security Adviser's office. Chapter 2, "Power and Policy," (pages 48-78) and Annex III, "The NSC Staff and Organization, 1977-81," (pages 570-573) are particularly helpful in understanding the arrangement of the office file. As the responsibilities of the office would suggest, most of the documents were created by the Brzezinski staff or one of the national security agencies, although there are also many documents that were sent to this office by leaders and citizens of other countries, other White House staff offices, and the American public.

President Carter's letters, memos, and comments on memos he received are scattered throughout this file. There is no single series arranged by subject or chronologically and devoted exclusively to President Carter's views on foreign policy topics. Researchers must use the series descriptions as the best indication of the likely location of President Carter's personal observations.

In the White House the National Security Adviser's files were kept in two large sub-collections given the titles "Brzezinski Material" and "Staff Material." Within each sub-collection were several series, each of which has been maintained. The only exception is that the Intelligence Oversight Board was not supervised by the National Security Adviser nor by anyone on his staff. Nor were the files of the Intelligence Oversight Board actually part of the National Security Adviser's files. They did come to the Carter Library as part of the donation of President Jimmy Carter and are placed here as series 32 of the National Security Adviser's file for the convenience of researchers.

Although most of the material was included in the original January, 1981, shipment of files from the White House to the Carter Presidential Materials Project, several feet of material were retained in Washington for the use of staff members who continued projects into the Reagan administration. Researchers are alerted to this material by a sheet at the front of each such folder indicating the provenance of the file.

Normally folder titles are the same as used in the White House. Brackets indicate groupings of loose material into folders or folder titles created by the Carter Library staff. Numerous misfiles were properly filed during processing without annotation.


BRZEZINSKI MATERIAL

Date Opened

3/13/96 1) PRESIDENT'S DAILY REPORT FILE. 1977-81. 18 containers
Reports from the Situation Room to Brzezinski and Brzezinski to the President. Arranged chronologically.
3/13/96 2) PRESIDENT'S DAILY CIA BRIEF FILE. 1977-81. 34 containers.
Daily CIA reports to the President. Arranged chronologically.
3/13/96 3) PRESIDENT'S CORRESPONDENCE WITH FOREIGN LEADERS FILE. 1977-81.
22 containers.
Exchanges of correspondence between the President and foreign leaders. Arranged alphabetically by country and chronologically thereunder.
3/13/96 4) TRIP FILE. 1977-80. 43 containers.
Briefing books and correspondence for the travel of the President, Mrs. Carter, the Vice President, Zbigniew Brzezinski, David Aaron, Cyrus Vance, Clark Clifford, and Robert Strauss. Arranged by traveler in the order listed above and chronologically thereunder.
3/13/96 5) VIP VISIT FILE. 1977-80. 15 containers
Briefing books and correspondence concerning visits of foreign dignitaries. Arranged alphabetically by country and chronologically thereunder.
9/30/96 6) COUNTRY FILE. 1977-81. 89 containers.
Correspondence, reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and maps concerning virtually all countries and regions of the world. Arranged alphabetically by country or region and both chronologically and by topic thereunder.
9/30/96 7) SUBJECT FILE. 1977-81. 68 containers.
Correspondence, reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and maps concerning various subjects. Arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder.
9/30/96 8) AGENCY FILE. 1977-81. 23 containers.
Briefing books, correspondence, and reports concerning various federal government agencies and international organizations. Arranged alphabetically by agency or organization and chronologically thereunder.
3/13/96 9) NAME FILE. 1977-80. 4 containers.
Correspondence with or concerning 125 individuals. There is presumed to be more information on each of these individuals scattered elsewhere in the National Security Adviser's files and other White House files. Arranged alphabetically by name of individual and chronologically thereunder.
9/30/96 10) STAFF EVENING REPORTS FILE. 1977-81. 33 containers.
Memos, cables, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday of each week, each staff member was to provide a memo to Brzezinski (or occasionally to David Aaron in Brzezinski's absence) indicating the staff member's daily activity. On Thursdays each staff member could submit suggested items for the President's attention. These memos were expected to be very short, so they tend to cover topics that were not covered by more substantive memos during the day. The memos were filed here after being seen by Brzezinski and often have his annotations. It appears that an occasional Staff Evening Report or Weekly Report may not have been filed here, but it is impossible to determine which ones are missing because all staff members did not write such a report each day, as when the staff member was traveling on business or on leave. Often a photocopy rather than the original is found here. Perhaps the original was annotated and returned to the author for action. Items are filed by date of report with subsequent commentary on that report attached. Occasionally items were attached to these daily reports, the most prominent example being almost daily cables analyzing media news reports in the Middle East. Arranged chronologically.
9/30/96 11) INDERFURTH AND GATES CHRON FILE. 1977-79. 7 containers.
Rick Inderfurth and Robert Gates, Special Assistants to Zbigniew Brzezinski and David Aaron, memos with occasional reports and correspondence. Arranged chronologically.
9/28/98 12) GENERAL ODOM FILE. 1977-81. 61 containers.
Correspondence, reports, notes, and briefing books. General Odom was Military Assistant to the National Security Adviser and Crisis Coordinator throughout the administration. (He later served as Director of the National Security Agency during the Reagan administration.) This Subject File is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder.
12/31/97 13) SCHECTER/FRIENDLY (PRESS) FILE. 1977-81. 18 containers.
Cables, letters, memos, printed material, and White House press releases. Jerrold Schecter served as Press Officer and Associate Press Secretary from January, 1977, through February, 1980, and was succeeded by Alfred Friendly, Jr., for the remainder of the administration. Schecter and Friendly were the NSC staff members assigned to support the White House Press Secretary on national security matters, but they worked for National Security Adviser Brzezinski. They coordinated the press guidance and functions of the security agencies, served as liaison between the press and Brzezinski and the NSC staff, monitored what the media was writing and broadcasting about national security matters, and developed press guidance on national security matters for the President and other administration spokespersons for use at press conferences, trips abroad, and during visits to the United States by international leaders. The Subject File is arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder. The Trips/Visits File is arranged chronologically.
12/31/97 14) PUBLIC AND CONGRESSIONAL CORRESPONDENCE FILE. 1977-81. 30 containers.
Cables, letters, memos, and printed material. The Subject File series consists primarily of items that were sent to White House Central Files for filing. The Chron File series was retained by the National Security Adviser's office. The Subject File is arranged alphabetically by subject, and the Chron File is arranged chronologically.
Unprocessed 15) BRZEZINSKI OFFICE FILE
(approximately 40 feet to be processed)
Unprocessed 16) CABLES FILE
(approximately 40 feet to be processed)

STAFF MATERIAL

3/13/96 17) OFFICE. 1977-80. 23 containers (partial).
Correspondence and briefing books for National Security Council and Special Coordination Committee meetings. Arranged by meeting type and chronologically thereunder. Approximately 35 feet remain to be processed in this series, but all NSC and SCC Meetings have been processed.)
Unprocessed 18) DEPUTY
(approximately 3 foot to be processed)
Unprocessed 19) SPECIAL PROJECTS
(approximately 25 feet to be processed)
Unprocessed 20) STAFF SECRETARY
(approximately 15 feet to be processed
Unprocessed 21) FOI/LEGAL
(approximately 25 feet to be processed)
6/23/97 22) PRESS AND CONGRESSIONAL RELATIONS. 1977-80. 5 containers
Correspondence primarily of Madeleine Albright, who joined the staff in March, 1978, as Congressional Relations Officer. (Albright later served as Secretary of State during the Clinton administration.) The NSC Weekly Legislative Reports filed here before Albright joined the staff were written by Jane Pisano and Jerry Schecter. Both sub-series are arranged chronologically.
9/28/98 23) EUROPE, USSR, AND EAST/WEST. 1977-81. 69 containers.
Correspondence, reports, notes, and briefing books. After an initial Western Europe Subject File, there are seven additional sub-series consisting of files of individuals. Included are files of Robert Hunter, James Rentschler, Robert Blackwill, Robert Putnam, Reginald Bartholomew, Marshall Brement, and Stephen Larrabee. Seven Subject Files arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder and one Trips/Visits File arranged chronologically.
containers 1-67 3/13/96

containers 68-90 9/30/96

containers 91-125 6/23/97
24) NORTH/SOUTH. 1977-81. 125 containers.
Correspondence, reports, notes, and briefing books. The Robert Pastor files concerning Latin America and the Caribbean include a Country File arranged alphabetically by country (including regions), a Subject File arranged alphabetically, and a Chron File arranged chronologically. The Thomas Thornton files on South Asia and United Nations matters include a Country File and a Subject File. The Henry Richardson Chron File and Gerald Funk Subject File and Chron File deal with sub-Saharan Africa.
Unprocessed 25) MIDDLE EAST
(approximately 60 feet to be processed).
3/31/97 26) FAR EAST. 1977-81. 72 containers.
Correspondence, reports, notes, and briefing books. Series represent the files of Michel Oksenberg and Roger Sullivan, who worked primarily on China, and Michael Armacost and Nicholas Platt, who worked primarily on the rest of East Asia. One unusual feature is the Oksenberg History File subseries, which totals sixteen boxes and includes copies of documents from 1955 to the beginning of the Carter administration. Arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder and chron files arranged chronologically.
9/30/99 27) HORN/SPECIAL. 1977-81. 6 containers
Paul Henze's responsibilities, according to a May 6, 1977, memo he wrote to David Aaron included Greece/Turkey/Cyprus, the Horn of Africa including Kenya, broadcasting and information programs of the United States government, and certain Intelligence activities. The Chron File consists almost entirely of photocopies of Henze memos and letters. The Evening Reports File also consists of photocopies, though often with Brzezinski annotations. Arranged chronologically.
3/31/99 28) GLOBAL ISSUES. 1977-81. 63 containers.
Subject files are located here for Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Leslie Denend, Lincoln Bloomfield, and Gerald Oplinger. Major subjects include conventional and nuclear arms control, arms sales, weapons of mass destruction, human rights, refugees, the United Nations, the environment, and Law of the Sea negotiations. Individual staff member files are arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder.

Unprocessed 29) INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
(approximately 20 feet to be processed).
9/30/96 30) SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. 1976-80. 5 containers.
Ben Huberman and John Marcum worked on the staff of the National Security Adviser and served as liaison with the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Virtually all of the documents are photocopies. Both Huberman and Marcum are represented by subject files arranged alphabetically by subject and chronologically thereunder and chron files arranged chronologically.
Unprocessed 31) DEFENSE/SECURITY
(approximately 100 feet to be processed).
3/13/96 32) INTELLIGENCE OVERSITE BOARD. 1977-81. 3 containers.
Correspondence, reports, and briefing books for Intelligence Oversight Board meetings. Meetings and reports are filed separately and arranged chronologically thereunder.

(The Intelligence Oversight Board was not supervised by the National Security Adviser nor by anyone on his staff. Nor were these files actually part of the National Security Adviser's files. They did come to the Carter Library as part of the donation of President Jimmy Carter and are placed here as part of the National Security Adviser's file for the convenience of researchers.

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