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U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

To mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of opening for signature of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons on July 1, 1968 the Department of State embarked on a project to provide access to historical documents related to the Treaty’s negotiation and signing. The document collections released in 2018 include: 1) the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency’s in-house history of the Eighteen Nation Disarmament Committee and 2) newly declassified scenario documents and background memos leading up to the NPT’s signing in Washington.

Since 2018, we have reviewed additional records of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and undertook a systematic effort to identify documents relevant to the negotiation, signature, and ratification of the NPT. On March 5, 2020, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty’s entry into force, we began to release documents identified through this process.

The Archivists at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library assisted with this project, by searching their holdings and providing previously declassified documents. Those documents are stamped as files found in the LBJ Library at the National Archives and Records Administration. These include documents on the negotiating history the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its opening for signature on July 1, 1968. Any additional information about these holdings should be directed to the Library. [download]

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