Executive Order 12937. Declassification of Selected Records Within National Archives of United States

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Executive Order 12937. Declassification of Selected Records Within National Archives of United States

Ex. Ord. No. 12937, Nov. 10, 1994, 59 F.R. 59097, provided:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered:

Section 1. The records in the National Archives of the United States referenced in the list accompanying this order are hereby declassified.

Sec. 2. The Archivist of the United States shall take such actions as are necessary to make such records available for public research no later than 30 days from the date of this Order, except to the extent that the head of an affected agency and the Archivist have determined that specific information within such records must be protected from disclosure pursuant to an authorized exemption to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552, other than the exemption that pertains to national security information.

Sec. 3. Nothing contained in this order shall create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party against the United States, its agencies or instrumentalities, its officers or employees, or any other person.

William J. Clinton.

Records in the following record groups (“RG”) in the National Archives of the United States shall be declassified. Page numbers are approximate. A complete list of the selected records is available from the Archivist of the United States.


I. All unreviewed World War II and earlier records, including:


RG 18, Army Air Forces

1,722,400 pp.


RG 65, Federal Bureau of Investigation

362,500 pp.


RG 127, United States Marine Corps

195,000 pp.


RG 216, Office of Censorship

112,500 pp.


RG 226, Office of Strategic Services

415,000 pp.


RG 60, United States Occupation Headquarters

4,422,500 pp.


RG 331, Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II (including 350 reels of Allied Force Headquarters)

3,097,500 pp.


RG 332, United States Theaters of War, World War II

1,182,500 pp.


RG 338, Mediterranean Theater of Operations and European Command

9,500,000 pp.

Subtotal for World War II and earlier

21.0 million pp.

II. Post-1945 Collections (Military and Civil)


RG 19, Bureau of Ships, Pre-1950 General Correspondence (selected records)

1,732,500 pp.


RG 51, Bureau of the Budget, 52.12 Budget Preparation Branch, 1952–69

142,500 pp.


RG 72, Bureau of Aeronautics (Navy) (selected records)

5,655,000 pp.


RG 166, Foreign Agricultural Service, Narrative Reports, 1955–61

1,272,500 pp.


RG 313, Naval Operating Forces (selected records)

407,500 pp.


RG 319, Office of the Chief of Military History

Manuscripts and Background Papers (selected records)

933,000 pp.


RG 337, Headquarters, Army Ground Forces (selected records)

1,269,700 pp.


RG 341, Headquarters, United States Air Force (selected records)

4,870,000 pp.


RG 389, Office of the Provost Marshal General (selected records)

448,000 pp.


RG 391, United States Army Regular Army Mobil Units

240,000 pp.


RG 428, General Records of the Department of the Navy (selected records)

31,250 pp.


RG 472, Army Vietnam Collection (selected records)

5,864,000 pp.

Subtotal for Other

22.9 million pp.


43.9 million pp.