Jan. 15, 2001
The Real Thirteen Days: The Hidden History of
the Cuban Missile Crisis, http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/cuba_mis_cri/
The National Security Archive, an independent
organization that collects declassified government documents obtained through
the Freedom of Information Act, has assembled a fascinating array of original
documents, photos, and audio recordings on the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Listed here are examples of the material found at
- “National Security Action Memorandum No.
181,” Presidential Directive on actions and studies in response to new
Soviet Bloc Activity in Cuba, August 23, 1962.
- “Radio-TV Address of the President to the
Nation from the White House,” October 22, 1962.
- Prime Minister Fidel Castro’s letter to
Premier Khrushchev, October 26, 1962.
- President Kennedy’s letter to Premier
Khrushchev, responding to proposal to end the crisis, October 27, 1962.
- Premier Khrushcehv’s letter to Prime
Minister Castro, informing him of a deal to withdraw the missiles, October
- White House, “Post Mortem on Cuba,”
October 29, 1962.
- Photographs of Soviet missile installations
and antiaircraft guns taken by U-2 spy planes in October 1962.
If you have seen the Kevin Costner movie, Thirteen
Days, you'll be interested in this material. By the way, movie's website is http://www.thirteen-days.com/.
Related Websites and Resources
- The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and
includes numerous audio recordings and original documents. Select the
"History Day Resources" link from the homepage or use the
"Search" feature to look for documents relating to the Cuban
- The Avalon Project at the Yale Law School
presents documents found in Foreign Relations of the United States:
1961-1963, the Cuban Missile Crisis and Aftermath, http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/diplomacy/forrel/cuba/cubamenu.htm.
- The Law Library's copy of the Foreign
Relations of the United States series is found under call number
JX233.A3 in the Classified Stacks. The volumes for 1961-63 are available in
- Also in the Law Library's collection are the
- Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban
Missile Crisis, by Robert F. Kennedy with introductions by Robert S.
McNamara and Harold Macmillan, 1969. E183.8.R9K42 at Classified Stacks.
- The Cuban Missile Crisis, by Abram
Chayes, 1974. E841.C48 at Classified Stacks.
- Other books on the Cuban Missile Crisis that
are available at other UW Libraries include:
- National Trauma and Collective Memory:
Major Events in the American Century, by Arthur G. Neal, 1998.
- Missiles in Cuba: Kennedy, Khrushchev,
Castro, and the 1962 Crisis, by Mark J. White, 1997.
- One Hell of a Gamble: Khrushchev, Castro,
and Kennedy, 1958-1964, by Aleksandr Fursenko and Timothy Naftali, 1997.
- The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White
House During the Cuban Missile Crisis, edited by Ernest R. May and
Philip D. Zelikow, 1997.
- For more books on the subject, search the
UW Libraries Catalog, http://catalog.lib.washington.edu/search/,
with keywords "cuban missile crisis".