EDITORIAL PRINCIPLES AND
Documents are presented in chronological order according to the dates of
authorship of the original texts. Enclosures and attachments to documents,
however, appear with their original covering documents. For purposes of
identification, enclosures are set in italic type in the table of contents. The
publication dates of news reports, speeches, and periodical articles are given on
the place and date lines within square brackets; dates of original composition or
delivery, however, if available, chronologically supersede the dates of
publication and are printed within double square brackets on the document’s
place and date lines.
Investigative or intelligence reports that give both the dates of
composition and the periods covered by the reports are arranged according to
the dates of composition.
Documents that lack dates and thus require editorial assignment of dates
are placed in normal chronological sequence. When no day within a month
appears on a document, the document is placed after the last document
specifically dated within that month. Documents that carry only the date of a
year are placed according to the same principle. Documents that cover
substantial periods, such as diaries, journals, and accounts, appear according to
the dates of their earliest entries.
When two or more documents possess the same date, they are arranged
with regard to affinity with the subject of the document that immediately
precedes them or that which immediately follows them.
Each document is presented in the following manner:
A. A caption introduces the document and is printed in a type size larger than
the text. Letters between individuals are captioned with the names of the
individuals and their titles, which are included only on first appearances.
When the title but not the name of a document’s author is known, the title
alone is given. The original titles of published materials are retained with