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SHAPE Historical Office

The documents of the SHAPE historical office center around the production of an Annual History, known as the SHAPE History. Documents from this series include the history itself and the background material (footnotes) used in its production.

SHAPE Historical Office

Defence Committee Agendas

The Agenda Series represents a partial collection of the agendas for the four meetings of the Defence Committee.

Agenda - Defence Committee

Defence Committee Subject Files

The Subject Series includes Directives, Proposals, Notes, Memoranda, Resolutions and Decisions by the Defence Committee created between 1949 and 1951. The Defence Committee primarily drafted these items and sent them to the North Atlantic Council, the Military Committee and the Standing Group.

DC - Subject Files Defence Committee

Defence Committee Memorandum

The Memoranda Series is made up of Defence Committee Memoranda created between 1949 and 1951. The Defence Committee primarily drafted these items and sent them to the North Atlantic Council, the Military Committee and the Standing Group.

DCM - Defence Committee

Defence Committee Meeting Records

This Series contains a list of attendees, decisions made and a verbatim transcript for each of the four meetings held by the Defence Committee between 1949 and 1950.

RECORD - Defence Committee

NATO Press Releases

The Series includes a large collection of NATO Press Releases from 1961 to the Present, including official meeting notices, advisories, decisions, speeches, background information, comments, and statements made by press officers, the secretary general and ministers from NATO nations. The series also includes communiqués from the Defence Planning Group, the Eurogroup, NATO Ministerial meetings, the Special Consultative Group, the Nucl...

PR - Public Diplomacy Division (PDD)

NATO Publications

The PDD Series contains NATO’s official publications from the organisation’s founding until the present.The largest section of the Series includes regularly updated and published Handbooks, which were used to describe the history, goals and functions of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Fonds also includes speeches, articles, documents, brochures, pamphlets and informational guides that were collected and published by PDD.

Publications - Public Diplomacy Division (PDD)

Communications-Electronics Board

The CEB documents consist of Notes, Memoranda, Meeting Records, Decision Sheets, Working Papers and others concerned with Communications and Electronics.

Consultation, Command and Control System

Chairman of the Military Committee (CMC)

Personal business letters from the Chairman of the Military Committee. They included summaries of informal meeting discussions, briefings, letters of congratulations, and other topics.

Chairman of the Military Committee (CMC)

International Military Staff Memorandum

This was the normal means of communication between the IMS and MODS, MILREPS, Commands, Staffs, Agencies, Offices, Groups, Boards, Committees outside the IMS. They transmitted taskings or information.

All IMS Divisions but mostly EXCOCELL

International Military Staff Memorandum - Secretariat

This was the normal means of communication between the IMS Secretariat and MODS, MILREPS, Commands, Staffs, Agencies, Offices, Groups, Boards, Committees outside the IMS. They transmitted taskings or information.

Secretariat of the IMS (Currently Executive Coordinator - EXCO)

International Military Staff Working Memorandum

A draft document was covered by an IMSWM and issued to the MlLREPs by the IMS. The covering memorandum explained the background and specified clearly what action the MlLREPs were asked to take. A target date for replies was quoted and, to give adequate time for consultation with National Authorities, this was not normally less than six weeks from the date on which MlLREPs received the document. If the normal period of six weeks for r...

All IMS Divisions but mostly EXCOCELL

Informal Staff Planners Memoranda

Used for the exchange of views on a strictly planning level and never used for seeking or giving official guidance.

Standing Group and Commanders of the Standing Group Liaison Offices

Military Committee Series

The series includes directives, memoranda, notes, reports, corrigenda, resolutions and decisions by the Military Committee.

Military Committee Series

Military Committee Memoranda (MCM) Series

The series includes memoranda by the Military Committee between 1949 and 1959. The first seven documents of the Memorandum series were listed as MM documents and are organized in the NATO Military Memoranda Series.

MCM - Military Committee

Military Committee Working Memorandum

These were temporarily used during 1966-1967. They included topics such as France’s continued participation in NATO, appointment of directors and other general officers, infrastructure reports, military planning factors, various studies, meeting schedules and summaries, and other topics and reports.

All Standing Group Divisions

Military Staff Memorandum

The normal form of written communication at staff level within the IMS or from IMS members to staff members outside the IMS. The views in these documents are those of the originator and do not carry the authority nor reflect the official view of the Director of any IMS division/office. Used to convey summary staff reports of meetings, conferences, working groups, etc., to interested staff agencies.

All Standing Group and IMS Divisions

Military Staff Memorandum - Logistics

The normal form of written communication at staff level within the IMS from the Logistics Division to staff members outside the IMS. The views in these documents are those of the originator and do not carry the authority nor reflect the official view of the Director of any IMS division/office. Used to convey summary staff reports of meetings, conferences, working groups, etc., to interested staff agencies.

Logistics Division

Military Memoranda (MM) Series

The subject series includes memoranda as an outcome of the first meeting of the Military Committee in 1949. The documents consist of proposals, one directive, and meeting minutia generally regarding the establishment of procedures for the committee.

MM - Military Committee

Military Representatives Committee Subject Files

The Military Representatives Committee issued documents including Decisions, Reports, Proposals and Memoranda on a variety of topics, such as the establishment of the Military Representatives Committee, activities of the Standing Group, Medium Term Military Planning and Goals, Naval Control of Commercial Shipping, NATO Military restructuring, NATO Exercise costs, Logistics and Command Organisation.

MRC - Military Committee

Military Representatives Committee Memoranda

The Memoranda Series includes MRC Memoranda created between 1953 and 1957. Many of the documents are reports on military programs, strategy plans or major issues and were sent to or sent from the Military Committee and the North Atlantic Council.

MRM - Military Committee

Record Military Committee Series

This series includes meeting records by the Military Committee Chiefs of Staff (MC/CS) and the Military Committee in Permanent Session (MC/PS) between 1949 and 1959.

RECORD - Military Committee

Summary Record of the Military Committee in Chiefs of Staff Session

Summary records of Military Committee Chiefs of Staff formal and informal sessions. In addition to the members of Military Committee (the chairman or selected representative of each nation's Chiefs of Staff Organization), the meetings were attended by the Chairman and the Director of the Standing Group (and sometimes other sitting Standing Group members), the Standing Group Liaison Officer Representative at NATO Headquarters, the Sup...

EXCOCELL

Chairman Standing Group Memorandum

The Chairman of the Standing Group produced a limited number of memoranda each year. These bore the acronym CSGM. Only memoranda dealing with an important issue or referring to an important document were kept.Some CSGM documents were reports sent twice a week by the SG Chairman to the Chairman of the Military Committee (MC). The latter was thus kept informed of the work accomplished by the SG and the Military Representatives Committe...

CSGM - Standing Group

Logistics and Materials Planning Team of the Standing Group Memoranda

The D/SECY(LMPT) documents were the memoranda sent by Mr J.B. Oldfield, a British colonel and LMPT Deputy Secretary.They are a record of a meeting between General Foulkes and the SG about Canada's decision to reduce its contribution to the SG budget.

Logistics and Materials Planning Team of the Standing Group

Standing Group Memorandum by the Director

The SG Director worked closely with the representative of the Liaison Office in London or Paris (especially during the annual review). They communicated via memoranda known as DSGM from Washington or LOM from London or Paris.In the DSGMs, they discussed the issues being dealt with, or which could be dealt with, at Standing Group meetings.The DSGMs also covered matters under the Director's responsibility, i.e. (for each SG body) premi...

DSGM - Standing Group

Index of Standing Group documents

The SG dealt with 265 topics related to unified defence in the North Atlantic region (see ISGP-2-52). Each topic was defined, then information was requested and actions proposed.Major issues included the creation of an integrated European defence force, the creation of SHAPE, regional defence planning, information security and infrastructure.

ISGP - Standing Group

London Branch Standing Group Secretariat Memoranda

The LBSG sent around one hundred memoranda (bearing the same acronym) to the Standing Group in Washington, to several regional planning groups and various services and managers in London.These memoranda were mainly of an administrative and organizational nature. They were produced in 1951 and 1952 and dealt with the organization of the LBSG, the management of correspondence and documents, security procedures and the move to Paris.The...

London Branch Standing Group

Standing Group Liaison Office Paris Memoranda

The LOMs consist of: presentation of a policy proposed by the Council, NATO committees or the IS a personal communication between the SG representative in Europe and an SG member in Washington (e.g. the Director) a request for instructions, sent by the Liaison Office staff to the SG secretariat routine mattersFrom what can be gathered from the two preserved documents, the LOM(W)s consist of: a personal communication between the...

Standing Group Liaison Office (SGLO / 1952-1956) and Office of the Standing Group Representative (SGREP / 1956-1967)

Records of meetings of the Director of the Standing Group

RECORD-DSG documents were records of working meetings chaired by the SG Director. They dealt with the day-to-day management of the SG and its subordinate groups (meeting agendas, secretariat...) and were signed by the Director.

RECORD - Director of the Standing Group

Record of Meetings of the Standing Group

The issues dealt with were of a military and organizational nature, in particular: the review of defence planning and force requirements, the preparation of military exercises, the organization of regional area commands, the establishment of new SG working groups or agencies, the management and protection of informationFor all these issues, the SG published its decisions (approval, revision, request for further study) through d...

RECORD - Standing Group

Memoranda of Vice-Admiral R.M. Dick

The two remaining RMD documents are of an administrative nature. They were produced in 1954 in the name of Vice-Admiral Dick, who was SGLO representative at that time. They deal with the annual review and the NATO Defence College.

Standing Group Liaison Office - Vice-Admiral R.M. Dick

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