The late S. Everett Gleason supervised the initial planning and compilation of this volume. Fredrick Aandahl succeeded him as editor in 1972 and directed the process of review, declassification, and final editing.
David H. Stauffer compiled and edited the sections on the concern of the United States with the defense of Western Europe, continued economic assistance to Europe, and negotiation of the Schuman Plan, as well as the sections on Belgium, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. Charles S. Sampson prepared the sections on the meeting of ambassadors at Rome, the meetings of foreign ministers at London and New York, and the question of possible establishment of diplomatic relations with the Vatican, as well as those on Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Lisle A. Rose prepared the section on American interest in the Council of Europe; Joan Ellen Corbett those on efforts in support of democratic forces in Italy and the Free Territory of Trieste; and Mr. Aandahl the one on France and John A. Bernbaum the one on revision of the Treaty of Peace with Italy. The technical editing of the volume was done by the Publishing and Reproduction Division (Willard M. McLaughlin, Chief), and Francis C. Prescott prepared the index.
The editors acknowledge with appreciation the assistance provided them by the historians of the Department of Defense, including those of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They are grateful for the cooperation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the National Security Council, the Department of Defense, and the Central Intelligence Agency, all of which facilitated declassification of papers for release in this volume. Thanks are also due to those foreign governments that kindly granted permission for publication of certain of their documents.
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