November-December 1961: Discussions Among the Four Western Allies on Negotiations With the Soviet Union


205. Memorandum Prepared in the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.0221/11-961. Top Secret. The source text bears no drafting information, but it was attached to a letter from Stoessel to Kohler, November 9, which states that it is an account based on what Norstad told Stoessel about his conversation with the President on November 7. According to a shorter account of the meeting, drafted by Taylor, only Norstad, Taylor, McNamara, and the President attended the meeting. (National Defense University, Taylor Papers, Box 37, 109 Norstad) Attached to Taylor's account are brief summaries of meetings that Norstad attended at the Pentagon on November 6 and 7.


206. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.00/11-861. Secret. Drafted by Sweeney, initialed by Kohler, and approved in B and S on November 21.


207. Telegram From the Embassy in the Soviet Union to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.00/11-861. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution. Repeated to London, Paris, Bonn, and Berlin.


208. Telegram From the Mission at Berlin to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.00/11-861. Secret; Limit Distribution. Also sent to Bonn and repeated to Moscow.


209. Letter From Chairman Khrushchev to President Kennedy

Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 77 D 163. No classification marking. The letter was delivered to Salinger at the White House at 12:15 p.m. on November 11 by Georgi Bolshakov, editor of USSR magazine. (Memorandum for the President, November 11; ibid.)


211. Telegram From the Embassy in the Soviet Union to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.0221/11-961. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution. Repeated to London, Paris, Bonn, and Berlin.


212. Memorandum From Colonel Lawrence J. Legere to the President's Military Representative (Taylor)

Source: National Defense University, Taylor Papers, Box 38, 510 Partition of Berlin. Secret.


213. Telegram From the Mission at Berlin to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.0221/11-1361. Top Secret; Priority; Eyes Only; No Distribution.


214. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rusk to President Kennedy

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Germany, Berlin. Top Secret. The source text bears no drafting information, but another copy shows that it was drafted by Day on November 16. (Department of State, Central Files, 762.00/11-2061) The November 8 memorandum is not printed. (Ibid., 762.00/11-861) Norstad made this suggestion at a meeting with the President on November 7; see numbered paragraph 6, Document 205.


215. Memorandum From the President's Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy) to President Kennedy

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Germany, Adenauer Visit. Secret. The source text bears no drafting information.


216. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 65 D 366, CF 1994. Secret. Drafted by Lejins and approved in the White House on November 27. In an unedited draft of the memorandum, the President and the Chancellor initially discussed leading political figures in each country. These 3 pages were not included in the source text. (Ibid.)


217. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.00/11-2161. Secret. Drafted by Hillenbrand and approved in S on November 26. The meeting was held in the Secretary's Conference Room at the Department of State.


218. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Germany, Adenauer Visit. Secret. Drafted by Hillenbrand and Lejins and approved in S on November 26 and in the White House on November 29. The meeting was held in the Cabinet Room at the White House. Prior to this conversation with the President, Adenauer talked with Dean Acheson. A 2-page report on their meeting is ibid.


219. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Germany, Adenauer Visit. Secret. Drafted by Lejins and approved in the White House on November 27. The meeting was held in the President's office at the White House. An unedited draft of this memorandum contains paragraphs on John J. McCloy and nuclear testing. (Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 65 D 366, CF 1994)


220. Memorandum From the President's Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy) to President Kennedy

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Germany, Berlin. Secret. The source text bears no drafting information.


221. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Germany, Adenauer Visit. Secret. Drafted by Lejins and approved in the White House on December 1.


222. Letter From President Kennedy to Prime Minister Macmillan

Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 66 D 204. Top Secret.


224. Letter From the Ambassador to the Soviet Union (Thompson) to Secretary of State Rusk

Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 77 D 163. Top Secret; Eyes Only.


225. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Germany

Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 66 D 204. Secret. Drafted by Hillenbrand, cleared by Rusk and Bundy, and approved by Kohler.


226. National Security Action Memorandum No. 117

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, NSAMs. Top Secret. Copies were sent to McNamara and Taylor.


227. Telegram From the Department of State to the Mission at Berlin

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.0221/11-2461. Top Secret. Drafted and approved by Rusk and cleared by Kohler and the White House.


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

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.00/12-161. Secret; Limit Distribution. Drafted and approved by Kohler.


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

Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 66 D 204. Secret; Niact; Eyes Only.


230. Letter From President Kennedy to Chairman Khrushchev

Source: Department of State, Presidential Correspondence: Lot 77 D 163. No classification marking.


231. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rusk to President Kennedy

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, NSAM 117. Secret.


232. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in France

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.00/12-961. Secret; Priority; Limit Distribution. Drafted by Klein (SOV) and approved by Rusk. Repeated to Bonn and Berlin.


233. Telegram From Secretary of State Rusk to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 762.00/12-1061. Secret; Niact. According to another copy this telegram was drafted by Rusk, who was in Paris attending the NATO Ministerial Meeting. (Ibid., Conference Files: Lot 65 D 366, CF 2000)


234. Memorandum of Conversation

Source: Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 65 D 366, CF 2000. Secret; Limit Distribution. Drafted by Hillenbrand and approved in S on December 15. The meeting was held at the Quai d'Orsay.

  1. Although the source text is dated November 8, the reference to the President's press conference in the second paragraph indicates that the conversation took place on November 7. On November 6 Lord Hood had held a similar conversation with Kohler. A memorandum of this conversation is ibid., 762.00/11-661.