How do I do research on NIKE Air Defense Missile
The NIKE air defense program fielded three generations of missiles:
the NIKE-AJAX, the NIKE-HERCULES, and the NIKE-ZEUS. The United
States Army developed them and issued them to units deployed both
inside and outside of the boundaries of the Continental United States.
Locating records of the NIKE program involves determining which
agency was the originating agency for the information that you need,
and understanding how that material was preserved and retired.
Research and development records normally were retired in a regular
process by the various agencies and subordinate staff elements,
and requests for information from or access to those records should
be addressed to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Division.
Before beginning the search for records, however, a historian would
be well advised to contact the various historical offices of the
successor agencies to learn if the historians assigned to them ever
compiled monographic studies or assembled background historical
Finding the records of an individual operational NIKE site is a
more difficult research problem, because the records themselves
have been split into several locations.
Records relating to the procurement and construction of the individual
sites normally were withdrawn from other Army record holdings, and
now are normally housed in either the Engineer District Offices
of the US Army Corps of Engineers, or in the responsible regional
site of the National Archives and Records Administration (the regional
archives division of the nearest Federal Records Center). We suggest
that the first step in attempting to locate those materials should
be to contact the archivist at the Historical Office of the US Army
Corps of Engineers.
Both the Regular Army and the Army National Guard contained NIKE
units. The first step in searching for unit records should be to
determine if the unit in question belonged to the Army National
Guard; if so, then the records probably are still in the custody
of the individual state's Adjutant General. Most NIKE unit records
created by the Regular Army, and possibly some Army National Guard
ones, should have been sent to the Military Operational Archives,
National Personal Records Center, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis,
Missouri 63132. That agency has indicated that records which can
be identified contain correspondence, charts, plans, architectural
drawings, but are not consistent in content. If records are not
at St. Louis, contact the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy