Catalogue description Cabinet Office: Special Secret Information Centre: Files
|Title:||Cabinet Office: Special Secret Information Centre: Files|
This series consists of files prepared as definitive dossiers on major defence and political issues. The file series were set up by General Ismay, Deputy Secretary on the military side of the War Cabinet and Secretary to the Chiefs of Staff Committee on the Prime Minister's instructions.
The files include extracts from the minutes and papers of the top-level conferences, of the War Cabinet, Defence Committee (O & S), COS Committee, Joint Planners, Joint Intelligence Committee, Combined Chiefs of Staff and its sub-committees, minutes and telegrams by Churchill on military matters, COS telegrams and all relevant telegrams and letters of the service departments, of the Foreign Office and other departments as well as Cabinet War Room daily records and situation reports (SITREPS); drafts of letters, minutes and telegrams were not usually included.
Files are divided into
Many of the documents included or referred to in the SIC files may, however, be found in other CAB series.
Some pieces in this series originally contained NATO documents, which were extracted and replaced with dummy cards when the pieces were transferred to the PRO. The dummy cards state that the extracted documents are retained by the Cabinet Office. With the agreement of the PRO, these extracted NATO documents were destroyed by the Cabinet Office in May 2001. Researchers wishing to seek access to extracted documents should apply to the NATO Archives in Brussels.
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
Cabinet Office, Special Secret Information Centre, 1941-1945
|Physical description:||785 files and volumes|
|Access conditions:||Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated|
|Immediate source of acquisition:||
From 1992 Cabinet Office
|Accruals:||Series is accruing|
|Administrative / biographical background:||
The Special Secret Information Centre (SIC) was set up in June 1941 following a meeting of the Defence (Operations) Committee on 17 June 1941, in which the Prime Minister said that he was anxious that commanders-in-chief should be kept fully informed of the situation, but that he was reluctant to increase the circulation of highly secret papers. Accordingly the Prime Minister gave instructions to organise a Special Secret Information Centre which commanders-in-chief could visit whenever they came to London.
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