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Fidel Castro’s assumption of power, January–April 1959


207. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–159. Confidential; Priority. Received at 6:46 p.m.


208. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–159. Confidential; Priority. Received at 7:03 p.m.


209. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–159. Official Use Only; Priority. Received on January 2 at 1:29 a.m.


210. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–159. Confidential; Priority. Received on January 2 at 4:03 a.m.


211. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–159. Confidential; Priority. Received on January 2 at 4:27 a.m.


213. Notes on the Secretary of State’s Staff Meeting, Department of State, Washington, January 2, 1959

Source: Department of State, Secretary’s Staff Meetings: Lot 63 D 75, January 1959. Secret. Prepared by McElhiney. The meeting was chaired by Acting Secretary Herter. The time of the meeting is not indicated.


214. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Consulate at Santiago de Cuba

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/1–359. Confidential; Niact. Repeated to the Department as telegram 703, which is the source text.


216. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–659. Confidential; Niact. Received at 9 p.m. A note on the source text indicates that Stevenson was “informed” at 10 p.m.


217. Memorandum From the Secretary of State to the President

Source: Eisenhower Library, Project “Clean Up” Records, Cuba. Confidential. The source text bears the handwritten note, “1/7/59. DE.” Also published in Declassified Documents, 1983, 248.


218. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 123–Bonsal Philip W. Secret; Niact. Also published in Declassified Documents, 1983, 915.


219. Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation Between the President and the Secretary of State, Washington, January 9, 1959, 2:56 p.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, Telephone Conversations. Prepared by Bernau. The source text also bears Herter’s initials and the notation by Macomber: “WBM saw & ret’d.”


220. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–959. The time of transmission is not given on the source text. Received at 7:27 p.m.


221. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 123–Smith Earl E.T. Secret; Niact; Limit Distribution. Drafted by Rubottom, cleared with the Secretary in draft, and approved by Herter who signed for Dulles.


222. Memorandum From the Deputy Director of the Office of Caribbean and Mexican Affairs (Little) to the Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs (Rubottom)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–1059. Confidential. Drafted and initialed by Little; also initialed by Rubottom.


224. White House Special Staff Note

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, DDE Diaries. Confidential. No drafting or clearance information is given on the source text, which bears the handwritten initials “DE”.


225. Despatch From the Consulate at Santiago de Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–1459. Confidential; Air Priority; Urgent. Drafted by Wollam.


226. Memorandum From the Chief of the Division of Research and Analysis for American Republics (Wardlaw) to the Director of Intelligence and Research (Cumming)

Source: Department of State, INR Files: Lot 58 D 776, Cuban Situation 1957–1959. Secret. Drafted by Wardlaw.


227. Circular Telegram From the Department of State to Certain Diplomatic Posts in the American Republics

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–1559. Official Use Only. Drafted by Little and approved by Wieland who signed for Dulles. Sent to all diplomatic posts in the American Republics except Havana and repeated to Havana and Santiago de Cuba.


228. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.58/1–1559. Secret; Priority.


229. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Cuba

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.58/1–1559. Secret; Niact. Drafted by Wieland, cleared with Murphy and Irwin, and approved by Snow who signed for Dulles.


230. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.00/1–1959. Confidential; Niact.


231. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.58/1–1959. Secret; Niact.


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

Source: Department of State, Rubottom–Mann Files: Lot 62 D 418, Cuba (Jan–Apr.) 1959. Official Use Only. Drafted by Little.


233. Despatch From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.13/1–1959. Confidential. Drafted by Topping.


234. Letter From the Consul at Santiago de Cuba (Wollam) to the Deputy Director of the Office of Caribbean and Mexican Affairs (Little)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.37/1–1958. Confidential; Official-Informal.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 123–Bonsal Philip W. Official Use Only. Drafted and initialed by Rubottom; concurred in and initialed by Murphy, Macomber, and Henderson.


236. Telegram From the Embassy in Cuba to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 737.58/1–2059. Secret; Niact.

  1. The source text is incorrectly dated January 19, 1958.