List of Abbreviations and Symbols

Editors’ Note—This list does not include standard abbreviations in common usage; unusual abbreviations of rare occurrence which are clarified at appropriate points; and those abbreviations and contractions which, although uncommon, are understandable from the context.

  • AD , Acción Democrática, a Venezuelan political party
  • AEC , Atomic Energy Commission
  • AF , Office of African Affairs, Department of State
  • AP , Associated Press
  • APRA , Alianza Popular Revolucionario Americana, a Peruvian political party
  • APS , Agricultural Products Staff, Office of International Materials Policy, Department of State
  • AR , Office of Regional American Affairs, Department of State
  • ARA , Bureau of Inter-American Affairs, Department of State
  • AS & R , American Smelting and Refining Company
  • ASW , anti-submarine warfare
  • CA , Central America
  • CAA , Civil Aeronautics Administration
  • CAB , Civil Aeronautics Board
  • CCC , Commodity Credit Corporation
  • CGT , Confederación General del Trabajo (General Confederation of Labor), in Argentina
  • CIA , Central Intelligence Agency
  • CINCARIB , Commander in Chief, Caribbean
  • cirtel , circular telegram
  • CMB , Corporación Minera de Bolivia (Mining Corporation of Bolivia)
  • COAS , Council of the Organization of American States
  • COCOM , Coordinating Committee of the Paris Consultative Group of nations working to control export of strategic goods to Communist countries
  • COMIBOL , Corporación Minera de Bolivia (Mining Corporation of Bolivia)
  • COPEI , Comité Organización Politica Electoral Independiente, a Venezuelan political party
  • CTAL , Confederación de Trabajadores de América Latina (Confederation of Latin American Workers)
  • Del , delegate, delegation
  • Delus , series indicator for telegrams from the United States delegation at an international conference
  • Depcirgram , Department of State circular airgram
  • Depcirtel , Department of State circular telegram
  • Depgam , Department of State airgram
  • Deptel , Department of State telegram
  • DMB , Defense Mobilization Board
  • DMPA , Defense Materials Procurement Agency
  • DMS , Director of Mutual Security
  • DO , Defense Order
  • DRA , Division of Research for American Republics, Department of State
  • Dulte , primarily a series indicator for telegrams from Secretary of State Dulles while absent from Washington; also used as a series indicator for telegrams to Dulles from the head of the United States delegation at an international conference
  • E , Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
  • ECLA , Economic Commission for Latin America, United Nations
  • ECOSOC , Economic and Social Council of the United Nations
  • ED , Investment and Economic Development Staff, Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State
  • EDT , Office of Economic Defense and Trade Policy, Department of State
  • Emb , Embassy
  • Embtel , Embassy telegram
  • EPS , Emergency Procurement Service
  • EUR , Bureau of European Affairs, Department of State
  • EXIM Bank (Eximbank) , Export-Import Bank of Washington
  • FAO , Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations
  • FBI , Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • FBO , Office of Foreign Buildings Operations, Department of State
  • FCN , Friendship, Commerce, and Navigation (treaty)
  • FinMin , Minister of Finance
  • FOA , Foreign Operations Administration
  • FonAffs , Foreign Affairs
  • FonMin , Foreign Minister
  • FonOff , Foreign Office
  • FSO , Foreign Service Officer
  • FY , fiscal year
  • FYI , for your information
  • G , Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of State
  • GATT , General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade
  • GSA , General Services Administration
  • H , Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations
  • HICOG , United States High Commissioner for Germany
  • IADB , Inter-American Defense Board
  • IA-ECOSOC (IAECOSOC) , Inter-American Economic and Social Council
  • IAGS , Inter-American Geodetic Survey
  • IAPC , Inter-American Peace Committee of the Organization of American States
  • IAPI , Instituto Argentino de Promoción del Intercambio (Argentine Trade Promotion Institute)
  • IBRD , International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • IC , Division of International Conferences, Department of State
  • ICFTU , International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
  • IIAA , Institute of Inter-American Affairs
  • ILO , International Labor Organization
  • IMC , International Materials Conference
  • IMF , International Monetary Fund
  • IO , Bureau of International Organization Affairs, Department of State
  • IRCA , International Railways of Central America
  • ISA , Office of International Security Affairs, Department of Defense
  • JBUSDC , Joint Brazil–United States Defense Commission
  • JBUSEDC , Joint Brazil–United States Economic Development Commission
  • JBUSMC , Joint Brazil–United States Military Commission
  • JCS , Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • JMUSDC , Joint Mexico–United States Defense Commission
  • L/E , Office of the Assistant Legal Adviser for Economic Affairs, Department of State
  • LA , Latin America
  • LAV , Línea Aeropostal Venezolana, a government-owned Venezuelan airline
  • LL , Lend-Lease and Surplus Property Staff, Department of State
  • MAAG , Military Assistance Advisory Group
  • MAP , Military Assistance Program
  • MC , Military Committee
  • MD , Munitions Division, Department of State
  • MDA , Mutual Defense Assistance
  • MDAA , Mutual Defense Assistance Act
  • MDAP , Mutual Defense Assistance Program
  • MID , Office of Middle American Affairs, Department of State
  • mil , military
  • MinFin , Minister of Finance
  • MINMET , Minerales y Metales, S.A., an Argentine mining company
  • MMS , Metals and Minerals Staff, Office of International Materials Policy, Department of State
  • MNR , Movimiento National Revolucionario (National Revolutionary Movement), a Bolivian political party
  • MSA , Mutual Security Agency; Mutual Security Act (of 1951)
  • mytel , my telegram
  • NAC , National Advisory Council on International Monetary and Financial Problems
  • NATO , North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • niact , night action, communications indicator requiring attention by the recipient at any hour of the day or night
  • NIE , National Intelligence Estimate
  • NPA , National Production Authority
  • NSC , National Security Council
  • OAR , other American Republics
  • OAS , Organization of American States
  • OCB , Operations Coordinating Board
  • ODECA , Organización de Estados Centro Americanos (Organization of Central American States)
  • ODM , Office of Defense Mobilization
  • OFD , Office of Financial and Development Policy, Department of State
  • OIE , Office of Intelligence Estimates, Department of State
  • OIR , Office of Intelligence Research, Department of State
  • OIT , Office of International Trade, Department of Commerce
  • OLA , Office of Latin American Operations, Foreign Operations Administration
  • OMP , Office of International Materials Policy
  • OPS , Office of Price Stabilization
  • ORIT , Organización Regional Interamericana de Trabajadores (Inter-American Regional Organization of Workers)
  • OSA , Office of South American Affairs, Department of State
  • P , Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs
  • PAA , Pan American Airlines
  • Panagra , Pan American Grace Airways, Inc.
  • PAO , Public Affairs Officer
  • PAU , Pan American Union
  • PJBD , Permanent Joint Board on Defense
  • R , Office of the Special Assistant for Intelligence, Department of State
  • reDeptel , regarding Department of State telegram
  • reEmbtel , regarding Embassy telegram
  • reftel , reference telegram
  • remytel , regarding my telegram
  • reurtel , regarding your telegram
  • RFC , Reconstruction Finance Corporation
  • S/P , Policy Planning Staff, Department of State
  • S/S , Executive Secretariat, Department of State
  • SHADA , Société Haitiane-Americaine de Développement Agricole (Haitian-American Society for Agricultural Development)
  • STICA , Servicio Técnico Interamericano de Cooperación Agrícola (Inter-American Technical Service for Agricultural Cooperation)
  • TA , technical assistance
  • TCA , Technical Cooperation Administration
  • Tedul , primarily a series indicator for telegrams to Secretary of State Dulles while absent from Washington; also used as a series indicator for telegrams from Dulles to the head of the United States delegation at an international conference
  • Totec , designation for telegrams and despatches dealing with technical assistance
  • TRC , Office of Transport and Communication Policy, Department of State
  • U , Office of the Under Secretary of State
  • UFCO , United Fruit Company
  • UN , United Nations
  • UNA , Bureau of United Nations Affairs, Department of State
  • UNGA , United Nations General Assembly
  • UNP , Office of United Nations Political and Security Affairs, Department of State
  • UNSC , United Nations Security Council
  • UNTA , United Nations Technical Assistance
  • UPI , United Press International
  • URD , Unión Republicana Democrática, a Venezuelan political party
  • urinfo , your information
  • urtel , your telegram
  • USA , United States Army
  • USAF , United States Air Force
  • USDel , United States Delegation; also a series indicator for telegrams to the United States delegation at an international conference
  • USIA , United States Information Agency
  • USIE , United States Information and Educational Exchange Program
  • USIS , United States Information Service
  • USMC , United States Marine Corps
  • USN , United States Navy
  • USOM , United States Operations Mission
  • USUN , United States Mission at the United Nations
  • VOA , Voice of America
  • WFTU , World Federation of Trade Unions
  • XMB , Export-Import Bank of Washington
  • YPF , Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales, an Argentine Government petroleum agency