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Folders noted as “Open” may still contain closed material due to Freedom of Information Act restrictions. Most frequent withdrawn material is national security classified material, personal privacy, protection of the President, etc. Folders noted as closed are subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests under the provisions of the Presidential Records Act (PRA).

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This collection consists of the National Security Council's (NSC) Executive Secretariat's centralized material on National Security Decision Directives (NSDDs) enacted during the Reagan Administration. Material on specific NSDDs often consists of draft versions, action plans, and background memos in addition to copies of the various NSDDs. This collection is partially open for research and the open folders are noted. 

Since the NSC has declassified in full and in part many of these NSDDs, the Library maintains a reference file copy of these declassified and partially declassified NSDDS for quick reference. There is a paper copy in the Library Research Room and a digitized copy on this site.

The following NSDDS, #286-315, are not in the NSDD Executive Secretariat collection, along with several other NSDDs noted within the collection. It may be possible to find material regarding these National Security Decision Directives in other NSC staff and office collections. 

The Library does have these NSDDs in the NSDD Reference Collection and copies of these Directives can be found in our Research Room and digitized on this site.

Many NSC staff and office files contain material on specific NSDDs. Please check with an archivist for assistance in locating this material

Last Updated: 05/19/2023 06:17PM

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