Series SHO - SHAPE Historical Office

SHAPE HISTORY VOLUME I - Origin and Development of SHAPE SHAPE HISTORY VOLUME II - Changes in Command Structure SHAPE HISTORY - THE NEW APPROACH 1953 - 1956 SHAPE HISTORY - 1957 SHAPE HISTORY - 1958

Identity area

Reference code



SHAPE Historical Office


  • 1951 - ? (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

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.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

The first three historical volumes each cover the command period of a SACEUR (Eisenhower, Ridgway and Gruenther). After 1956, the history were produced on a calendar year basis.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion




Accession area