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2. Memorandum From Secretary of State Herter to the President’s Assistant (Persons)

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Presidential Transition Series. Confidential. Initialed by Persons. Another copy indicates that the memorandum was drafted by Walter J. Stoessel, Jr., Director of the Executive Secretariat of the Department of State, and by Herter. (Ibid., Herter Papers)


3. Memorandum for Record

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Presidential Transition Series. No classification marking. Drafted by President Eisenhower’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs, Gordon Gray, who sent the memorandum to Persons under cover of a January 17 note indicating that his notes of conversations with Bundy “have been hastily drafted and their literary quality is greatly inferior to their accuracy.” In a separate memorandum for record, dated January 12, Bromley Smith, Executive Secretary of the Operations Coordinating Board, described a 2-hour briefing he provided Bundy on January 11 concerning the Board’s operations. (Ibid.)


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

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Departments and Agencies Series, Bundy Memoranda to the President, 1/61–2/61. No classification marking.


5. Letter From President Kennedy to Vice President Johnson

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Departments and Agencies Series, National Security Council Organization and Administration, 2/1/61–5/4/61. No classification marking.


6. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy) to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs (Merchant) and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (Nitze)

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Meetings and Memoranda Series, NSC Meetings, 1961, No. 475. Confidential. Also on January 30 Bundy sent a memorandum to President Kennedy on the subject of: “Policies previously approved in NSC which need review.” The text is printed in Foreign Relations, 1961–1963, vol. VIII, Document 7.


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

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Bundy Memoranda to the President, 1/61–2/61. No classification marking.


9. Memorandum From John Kenneth Galbraith to President Kennedy and Secretary of State Rusk

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Departments and Agencies Series, Department of State—General, 3/6/61–3/31/61. No classification marking. Galbraith’s appointment as Ambassador to India was announced on March 29.


10. Memorandum From the Counselor of the Department of State and Chairman of the Policy Planning Council (McGhee) to the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy)

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Subject Series, Policy Planning, 2/11/61–5/61. Secret.


11. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy) to the Counselor of the Department of State and Chairman of the Policy Planning Council (McGhee)

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Departments and Agencies Series, Operations Coordinating Board, 1/27/61–7/27/61. Secret.


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

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Bundy Memoranda to the President, 3/1/61–4/4/61. No classification marking.


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

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Bundy Memoranda to the President, 5/16–5/31/61. No classification marking.


14. Memorandum From Charles E. Johnson of the National Security Council Staff to the Professional Staff of the National Security Council

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Departments and Agencies Series, Department of State General, 6/17/61–6/20/61. No classification marking.


17. Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State (Bowles)

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, S/S-NSC (Miscellaneous) Files: Lot 66 D 95, NSC Administrative, 1961. No classification marking. A handwritten notation on the memorandum indicates it was “Sent to all Cabinet heads (members).” In an October 31 covering note to Bundy, attached to another copy, Bowles wrote that the memorandum had been prepared for governmental departments and agencies to explain procedures for preparing papers to replace the former NSC and OCB regional and country papers. Bowles recommended that the President rescind papers in the former NSC series as papers in the new series appeared. Bowles would submit specific recommendations at the time papers were transmitted to the White House and sent for comment to interested agencies and departments. (Memorandum from Bowles to Bundy, “Preparation of Policy Guidelines Papers,” October 31; Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Department of State, General, 10/16/61–10/31/61)


18. Memorandum From Secretary of State Rusk to the Assistant Secretaries of State

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, S/P Files: Lot 70 D 199, Planning, 1962. Confidential.


19. National Security Action Memorandum No. 173

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, S/S-NSC Files: Lot 72 D 316, NSAM No. 173. Confidential. Regarding the implementation of NSAM No. 173, see Document 20.


21. Memorandum by Director of Central Intelligence McCone

Source: Central Intelligence Agency, DCI (McCone) Files, Job 80–B01285A, DCI Memoranda for the Record, 9/24/62–12/31/62. Secret. This memorandum is referred to in a November 16 memorandum from Bundy to President Kennedy entitled “The National Security Council and Supporting Staff Organization.” In his memorandum Bundy, apparently in response to remarks by former President Eisenhower, reviewed the NSC organizational changes put into effect by the new administration. Bundy advised President Kennedy that the reorganized system had always had “rather more organization than General Eisenhower probably recognizes” and that “much of General Eisenhower’s criticism may be directed against phenomena which were more characteristic of our first few months than of your present operations.” For text, see Foreign Relations, 1961–1963, vol. VIII, Document 108.


22. Memorandum From the Chairman of the Policy Planning Council (Rostow) to Secretary of State Rusk

Source: National Archives and Records Administration, RG 59, S/P Files: Lot 70 D 199, Planning, 1962. Confidential.


24. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant for National Security Affairs (Bundy) to the President’s Special Counsel (Sorensen)

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Bundy Chron File, March 1963. No classification marking.


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

Source: Kennedy Library, National Security Files, Meetings and Memoranda Series, Standing Group Meetings General, 4/63–5/63. No classification marking. Another copy is ibid., Bundy Memoranda to the President, 3/63–4/63.