January 19, 2022

History: “Informing President Truman” A Series of Declassified Releases” From the CIA

From the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA):

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) today released the first set of declassified material in a series of six releases of the daily intelligence report President Harry Truman received from the CIA and its predecessor organization, the Central Intelligence Group, between 1946 and 1951. Known then as “The Daily Summary,” the product continues today in the form of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB).

Today’s release, available here, includes:

  • The first 20 Daily Summary reports, which highlight the intelligence President Truman received to help address the challenges the U.S. faced in the immediate aftermath of World War II;
  • A 1973 CIA report, “Keeping the President Informed,” about the evolution of the Daily Summary; and
  • A chapter titled, “The First ‘First Customer:’ Harry Truman,” from a forthcoming history of the PDB by CIA Chief Historian David Robarge.

The next mid-monthly installment of “The Daily Summary: Informing President Truman” will be available this September with a subsequent release each month through January 2019. The entire collection totals more than 3,000 pages and includes intelligence President Truman received regarding topics spanning the Berlin Airlift, the Chinese Revolution, and the Korean War.

Direct to Declassified Daily Summaries

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.