State Department: Iran Documents
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[Updated November 18, 2017]


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 | 1951-1954



U.S. State Department Documents

Ambassador Henry Grady Meets New Premier Mossadegh | March 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

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

Henry Grady on Mossadegh’s Cabinet, Oil Committee Prospects | May 7, 1953

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

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

The Shah’s Meeting With Kermit Roosevelt, Jr. | July 27, 1967




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


Estimate of the Political Strength of the Mosadeq Government (U.S. Embassy in Iran, May 1951)
At First, the U.S. Was Optimistic About New Premier Mossadegh


Sec. of State Dean Acheson, U.S. Ambassador Loy Henderson Consider Ahmad Ghavam's Advances (1952)
Acheson Wary of Ahmad Ghavam’s Premier Ambitions (1952)






Related links:

Iran Severs Diplomatic Relations With Britain (Oct. 1952)

Oil, Iran, and the Anglo-American Art of Non-Negotiation (1951)

Mossadegh Slept Here: A Fateful Convergence At Walter Reed Hospital



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