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Due to the ongoing government shutdown, the Berlin Symposium scheduled for October 16 at the National Archives Building has been postponed.  Once the government reopens, we will post a new date for the symposium here.


by on October 1, 2013


Due to the Federal Government shutdown, the National Archives ( is closed. We are unable to post or participate in any of our social media channels during this closure. All National Archives facilities are closed, with the exception of the Federal Records Centers and the Federal Register until the Federal government reopens.

On October 16, 2013 at 0900 a.m. the National Declassification Center at the National Archives, in partnership with the Historical Review Program of the CIA, will host a one-day symposium at the McGowan theater at the Archives building in downtown Washington, D.C. to tell the story of the people of East Berlin and their struggle for freedom. The symposium will highlight newly published and released declassified documents that reveal the human struggle for life and death in the shadow of the wall. The documents detail the many aspects of life focusing on the resolve of the human spirit for freedom and equality.  With his iconic speech on June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy united the citizens of Berlin with the United States by his statement that “he too was a Berliner.” Twenty-four years later when visiting Berlin, President Ronald Reagan declared in his speech that “…Yet I do not come here to lament. For I find in Berlin a message of hope, even in the shadow of this wall, a message of triumph.” 

We have gathered on DVD just under 3,000 newly declassified documents on various topics and activities on Berlin from 1962-1986.  The 3,000 documents represent only a portion of the actual release of 12,000 pages in our total release. We have covered the period between two of the most famous speeches by the visiting American presidents Kennedy and Reagan. Included in this joint publication are newly released documents that recorded the life and death struggle with the quest for freedom and the triumph of the human spirit.


Berlin Poster


National Declassification Center – Ms. Sheryl Shenberger

Archivist of the United States - David Ferriero

Director, Information Management Services, CIA – Joseph Lambert

National Declassification Center – Mr. Neil Carmichael

Historian at the George Washington University and the Woodrow Wilson Center – Dr. Hope Harrison

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – Dr. Christian F. Ostermann

Central Intelligence Agency - Dr. Donald P. Steury

The event is free and open to the public. For more information and reserve your seat please contact .


The NDC has released a listing of  445 entries that have completed declassification processing between June 1 and July 26, 2013 and are now available for researcher request. This release records from both military and civilian agencies.  Highlights include:

  • Department of State, Office of Refugee and Migration Affairs, Subject and Country Files
  • Army Surgeon General, Central Decimal Files
  • Atomic Energy Commission, Manhattan Engineer District (MED), Oak Ridge Operations Office: Operational Correspondence,
  • Army Staff, Immediate Office Of The Chief Of Staff; Security-Classified General Correspondence,
  • Army Staff, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2 (Intelligence), Formerly Top Secret Intelligence Document Files, Formerly Special Distribution, Top Secret Control and Decimal Files,
  • Panama Canal Commission, Subject Files Of The Panama Canal Treaty Planning Group,
  • United States Information Agency European Libraries and Centers Branch: Country Files, and
  • Department of the Treasury, Office of the Assistant Secretary for International Affairs, National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Policies; Memorandums of the International Bank For Reconstruction and Development

Requests to access the newly released records or to order copies should be directed to Archives 2 Reference at 301-837-3510 or

(When making a request, please cite the HMS Entry and Series Title.)

By Mr. Michael Rhodes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”. The keynote speaker of that momentous event in the history of the civil rights movement in America was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As recently declassified records reveal, in the spring of 1961, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had identified him as “Rev. Martin Luther King, integrationist.”



FBI File: 100-112434 Sec. 7, Serials 118 – 132X

Presented here are just three pages from a voluminous FBI dossier on the activities and associates of Frank Wilkinson, an American activist opposed to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and the FBI. The document presented here references Martin Luther King, Jr. because he signed a petition asking President John F. Kennedy to overturn the 1959 convictions of both Frank Wilkinson and Carl Braden for contempt of Congress.


Full Doucment


Source: File 100-112434 Section 7, Serials 118 – 132X; Frank Wilkinson v. FBI;

Records of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Record Group 65; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.

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