HU OSA 300-8-3 Background Reports

Identity statement

Reference code
HU OSA 300-8-3
Title
Background Reports
Date(s)
1956 - 1989
Description level
Series
Extent and medium (processed)
143 Archival box, 17.88 linear meters

Content and structure

Scope and Content (Abstract)
Background Reports (BR) prepared for the use of the staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were written on an ad hoc, irregular basis and concern not only the eight countries to which RFE used to broadcast but also Albania, the German Democratic Republic, Yugoslavia, the nonruling communist parties of the West, East-West political relations, the Committee of Mutual Economic Assistance, East-West trade and finance, the Warsaw Pact, and general ideology. In 1965 Target Area Research and Analysis was changed to East Europe Research and Analysis with no change in functions or responsibilities. Until 1974, BRs were also written on the USSR, China, Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, Mongolia, and the Sino-Soviet dispute. Background Reports are of three types: a. Long studies that cover a single subject in some breadth and depth and attempt to provide perspective, context, framework, and synthesis. b. Short papers of a purely or predominantly analytical nature. c. Short papers that provide an immediate assessment and description of a sudden development or new information or the latest developments in a running story. These are written for same-day programming use.
Accruals

Not expected

Conditions of access and use

Conditions governing access
Unknown
Languages
English

Description control

Archivist's note
Background Reports were originally divided into a Country Series, a Foreign Relations Series, and a series solely devoted to the World Communist Movement and Miscellaneous (a series whose subject matter does not fit under the other categories), however in our finding aid all background reports are considered to be one series.
Description notes
Background Reports were originally divided into a Country Series, a Foreign Relations Series, and a series solely devoted to the World Communist Movement and Miscellaneous (a series whose subject matter does not fit under the other categories), however in our finding aid all background reports are considered to be one series.
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