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Cuban Missile Crisis: Robert F. Kennedy Papers
3,584 pages of documents produced or accumulated by United States Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, while acting in his role as an advisor to President John F. Kennedy concerning the Cuban Missile Crisis.
hese documents were declassified through the National Archives and Records Administration's National Declassification Center and made available to the public on October 11, 2012.
According to the head of the National Archives, David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, "Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy played a crucial role in the peaceful resolution of the crisis, and researchers and the public are keenly interested in the information and insights contained in these documents."
These files were transferred from the Department of Justice to the National Archives after Robert Kennedy resigned his post as Attorney General soon after the assassination of John Kennedy.
The coverage contained in these files are of events, deliberations, and actions, usually outside of the scope of the jurisdiction and responsibilities of the Attorney General. However Robert Kennedy's special relationship as both the brother of and special advisor to President Kennedy made him the closest man to JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
The materials include papers, memorandums, correspondence, reports, notes, doodles, hand written material, accounts of Executive Committee meetings, and notes on private meetings with President Kennedy. This collection also includes telegrams, cables, and reports sent by the CIA, State Department, and FBI related to the Cuban Missile Crisis and its aftermath.
One folder of material maintained by Attorney General Kennedy included copies he kept of memos written to the President about meetings RFK had with Russian ambassador Anatoly Dobrynin, copies of correspondences to and from President Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, and draft copies of speeches made by President Kennedy concerning Cuba.
Highlights from this collection of documents include: