A View of the Election of 1960 From Abroad

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park.

While the Foreign Service reporting found in Department of State files is mostly about the countries in which the U.S. has overseas representation or about U.S. relations with those countries, the files include a modicum of documentation reporting on foreign official and unofficial commentary about events in the U.S.  One topic that usually attracts attention is a U.S. presidential election.

The election of 1960 was one in which foreign policy and national security issues played a major part, most notably the question of the (non-existent) missile gap between the U.S. and the USSR.  Other foreign policy issues included the off-shore islands between mainland China and Formosa/Taiwan and Cuba.

The following documents  from the Central Decimal Files (NAID 302021) consist of the reporting from the U.S. embassy in Moscow that touches on the election.  The final document is a short intelligence assessment about foreign comment on the election the Department of State prepared for President Dwight Eisenhower.

711.00[3-1160

Telegram 2290 U.S. Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, March 11, 1960. File 711.00/3-1160

711.00[7-860

Despatch 21 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, July 8, 1960. File 711.00/7-860

711.00[7-1460

Telegram 114 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, July 14, 1960. File 711.00/7-1460

711.00[7-1560

Telegram 127 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, July 15, 1960. File 711.00/7-1560

711.00[7-1860

Telegram 158 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, July 18, 1960. File 711.00/7-1860

711.00[8-360

Airgram G-62 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, August 3, 1960. File 711.00/8-360

711.00[10-1860

Telegram 996 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, Oct 18, 1960. File 711.00/10-1860

711.00[10-2460

Telegram 1053 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, Oct 24, 1960. File 711.00/10-24

711.00[11-1060.1169

Telegram 1169 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, Nov 10, 1960. File 711.00/11-1060

711.00[11-1160

Telegram 1180 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, Nov 11, 1960. File 711.00/11-1160

711.00[11-1460

Telegram 1193 US Embassy, Moscow to Department of State, Nov 14, 1960. File 711.00/11-1460

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