Apollo 11: Dealing with the Foreign Press

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

An earlier post described plans by the United States Information Agency (USIA) to handle matters relating to the flight of Apollo 11.  USIA took over responsibility from NASA for dealing with the foreign press and dealt with the massive number of foreign news correspondents visiting the United States to cover the mission.  The following memorandum describes USIA’s arrangements for handling those visitors.

memo regarding the care of foreign correspondents for Apollo 11

Afterwards, two officials prepared the following description of how things actually went.

memo regarding success of USIA operations for foreign press at Cape Kennedy and Houston

Source:  Both documents come from File INF 7-6 Apollo 11 (NAID 4706078), Office of Policy and Plans, Program Coordination Staff, Subject Files, 1966-71, Entry P-12, RG 306: Records of the United States Information Agency.