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Consideration by the U.S. Government of possible severance of diplomatic relations with Cuba, September–December 1960


582. Letter From the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Mann) to the Ambassador in Cuba (Bonsal)

Source: Department of State, Rubottom–Mann Files: Lot 62 D 418, Cuba (July–Sept.) 1960. Secret. Drafted by Mann.


583. Memorandum of Discussion at the 461st Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, September 29, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Boggs.


584. Memorandum From the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Secretary of Defense (Gates)

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD Files: FRC 64 A 2093, Cuba 091. Secret.


585. Memorandum of Discussion at the Department of State-Joint Chiefs of Staff Meeting, Pentagon, Washington, September 30, 1960, 11 a.m.

Source: Department of State, State–JCS Meetings: Lot 70 D 328, September 1960. Top Secret. The drafting officer is not indicated. A note on the cover sheet, which lists 28 participants, indicates that the memorandum was not cleared with the Department of Defense.


586. Letter From the Secretary of Defense (Gates) to the Secretary of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/10–1460. Secret. A copy was sent to Goodpaster. Also published in part in Declassified Documents, 1981, 144B. In transmitting a draft of this letter to Gates, Irwin wrote in a covering October 4 memorandum that it might not be desirable to suggest, as the Joint Chiefs of Staff had recommended (see Document 584), that “any doubt exists about the matter.” Rather than seek Department of State concurrence for the Joint Chiefs’ proposals, Irwin said it would be better for Gates to send the short letter which OSD/ISA had drafted. (Washington National Records Center, RG 330, OSD/ISA Files: FRC 64 A 2170, 092 Cuba)


587. Memorandum of Discussion at the 462d Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, October 6, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Boggs.


590. Memorandum of a Conference With the President, White House, Washington, October 13, 1960, 10:56–11:33 a.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Miscellaneous Material. Secret. Prepared by Goodpaster on October 15. Also published in Declassified Documents, 1981, 601A. The time of the meeting is taken from the President’s Appointment Book. (ibid., President’s Daily Appointments)


591. Letter From the Secretary of State to the Secretary of Defense (Gates)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737. 00/10–1460. Secret. Drafted by Vallon. Also published in Declassified Documents, 1983, 918.


592. Memorandum From the Secretary of State to the President

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, DullesHerter Series. Secret. Signed by Herter. The source text bears the handwritten initials “D.E.” and the handwritten notation that the Department of State was informed on October 17 that the President had approved. Also published in Declassified Documents, 1983, 919.


593. Memorandum of a Conference With the President, White House, Washington, October 17, 1960, 8:05–8:33 a.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, DDE Diaries. Secret. Prepared by Goodpaster on October 18. The time of the meeting is taken from the President’s Appointment Book. (ibid., President’s Daily Appointments)


594. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Mann) to the Secretary of State

Source: Department of State, S/SNSC Files: Lot 62 D 1, Cuba & the Dominican Republic. Secret. Drafted by Stevenson.


595. Memorandum for the Record by the White House Staff Secretary (Goodpaster)

Source: Eisenhower Library, Project “Clean-Up” Records, Intelligence Matters. Top Secret.


596. Memorandum of Discussion at the 464th Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, October 20, 1960

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Boggs on October 24.


597. Memorandum From John C. Pool of the Office of Caribbean and Mexican Affairs to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Mann)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/10–2660. Official Use Only. Drafted by John C. Pool and Vallon and routed to Mann through Vallon and Coerr. Initialed by Pool, Vallon, and Coerr.


598. Circular Telegram From the Department of State to Certain Diplomatic Missions in the American Republics

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/10–2860. Confidential. Drafted by Newlin; cleared with Jamison, Vallon, and Coerr; and approved by Wallner who signed for Herter. Sent to all diplomatic posts in the American Republics except Havana, and repeated to Havana, Ciudad Trujillo, and USUN by pouch.


599. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Mann) to the Secretary of State

Source: Department of State, ARA Special Assistant Files: Lot 62 D 24, Cuba–Opposition Groups 1960. Secret. Drafted by Devine. Initialed by Mann and Herter.


600. Memorandum From the Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for American Republics (Hall) and the Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for Sino-Soviet Bloc (Crawford) to the Director of Intelligence and Research (Cumming)

Source: Department of State, S/P Files: Lot 67 D 548, Cuba 1959–1961. Secret. Drafted by John P. Shaw (INR/RSB) and Robert W. Dean (INR/RAR).


603. Memorandum of a Conversation, Department of State, Washington, November 1, 1960

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/11–160. Confidential. Drafted by Hanes and approved in U on November 17.


604. Airgram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/11–160. Confidential. Drafted by Harvey R. Wellman. Ambassador Bonsal had left Havana October 28.


605. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Policy Planning (Smith) to the Director of Intelligence and Research (Cumming)

Source: Department of State, S/P Files: Lot 67 D 548, Cuba 1959–1961. Secret. Drafted by Henry C. Ramsey. Copies were sent to George Morgan and other officers in S/P.


606. Notes on the 137th Meeting of the Working Group on Cuba, Department of State, Washington, November 7, 1960

Source: Department of State, ARA Special Assistant Files: Lot 62 D 24, Working Group Notes. Confidential. Prepared by Devine on November 8. Participants at the meeting are identified only as the “10:30 Group Members.”


607. Memorandum From the Secretary of Defense’s Deputy Assistant for Special Operations (Lansdale) to the Deputy Secretary of Defense (Douglas)

Source: Washington National Records Center, RG 330, Lansdale Files: FRC 63 A 1803, Cuba. Top Secret; Eyes Only. Signed by Lansdale and stamped, “Dep Sec has seen.”


608. Memorandum of Discussion at the 466th Meeting of the National Security Council, Washington, November 7, 1960, 8:30–10:14 a.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, NSC Records. Top Secret. Prepared by Boggs on November 8. The time of the meeting is taken from the President’s Daily Appointment Book. (ibid., President’s Daily Appointments)


609. Memorandum of a Meeting With the President, White House, Washington, November 7, 1960, 10:15–10:23 a.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Project “Clean Up” Records, Meetings with the President. Top Secret. Prepared by Gordon Gray on November 14. Copies were sent to Goodpaster and Lay. The time of the meeting is taken from the President’s Appointment Book. (ibid.) The source text indicates that the meeting began at approximately 10:20 a.m. Also published in Declassified Documents, 1985, 1984.


610. Memorandum From the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Mann) to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Merchant)

Source: Department of State, ARA Special Assistant Files: Lot 62 D 24, Cuba July–December 1960. Secret. Drafted by Devine.