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U.S. State Department Documents on Iran, Mossadegh, 1953 Coup | 1951-1954

This archive collects declassified State Department documents on Iran, Premier Mossadegh, oil negotiations and the 1953 coup. The transcribed documents are supplemented with in-depth analysis, footnotes, annotations and other background information, with regular updates to follow.

CIA Documents on Iran, Mossadegh, 1953 Coup

National Security Council (NSC) documents on Iran




U.S. State Department Documents

Ambassador Henry Grady Meets New Premier Mossadegh | May 2, 1951

Estimate of the Political Strength of the Mosadeq Government | May 4, 1951

Shah “Quite Unhappy” About Mossadegh Win, Oil Nationalization | May 7, 1951

Henry Grady on Mossadegh’s Cabinet, Oil Committee Prospects | May 7, 1951

Iranian Situation (Henry S. Villard to Paul Nitze) | May 24, 1951

Max Thornburg: Notes For Discussion With Dean Acheson | July 5, 1951

Iranian Situation (Henry S. Villard to Paul Nitze) | September 26, 1951

Dean Acheson’s Telegram To French Embassy on Ghavam | April 1, 1952

Loy Henderson’s 2½ Hour Discussion With Dr. Mossadegh | July 28, 1952

Sec. of State Dulles Advises British on AIOC Legalities | January 26, 1953

Henderson and Mossadegh’s First Post-Inauguration Meeting | Jan. 28, 1953

Measures which the United States Government Might Take in Support of a Successor Government to Mosadeq | March 1953

Amb. Loy Henderson Ponders Interfering in Iran Elections | January 18, 1954

John D. Jernegan Memo to Robert Murphy on Oil Consortium | May 15, 1954

Loy Henderson’s Telegram on Iran Oil Consortium Details | May 17, 1954

Sec. Dulles’ Message to Pres. Eisenhower Re: Iran Oil Deal | August 3, 1954

Sec. Dulles and Anthony Eden’s Messages on Iran Oil Deal | August 5, 1954

Text of Joint British-Iranian Statement Re: Sterling Payments | Aug. 5, 1954

Eisenhower and Shah Trade Compliments After Iran Oil Deal | Aug. 5, 1954

U.S. Says Oil Deal Is A “Significant Victory” For Iran | October 28, 1954

Shah of Iran “Greatly” Encouraged By U.S. Help | December 21, 1954

The Shah’s Meeting With Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. | July 27, 1966




The Department of State Bulletin

American Policy in the Middle East During 1953 | Iran | Jan. 29, 1954

Statement by Amb. Loy Henderson on Iran Oil Deal | August 5, 1954

Sec. Dulles to Premier Zahedi and Abdollah Entezam | August 5, 1954

Foreign Minister Abdollah Entezam’s Reply to Sec. Dulles | August 9, 1954

Iranian Oil Agreement | October 28, 1954

FOA Announces Program of Aid to Iran | November 22, 1954

Arrangements for Participation in Iranian Oil Consortium | Dec. 7, 1954




1979 Iranian Revolution

Demonstration of Iranian Students in Manila | November 13, 1979

Demonstration of Iranian Students in Manila | November 14, 1979

Iranian Student Activities in Manila | November 20, 1979

Appeal To Student Groups: Hostages | November 20, 1979

Security During Iran Crisis | November 26, 1979




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