President Ford invited the Olsons to the White House, where he apologized on behalf of the federal government and set in motion a Congress approved compensation of $750,000. CIA director William Colby also felt compelled to offer an apology, and in the summer of 1975 he met the three grown Olson children in his office on the seventh floor of the agency’s headquarters.
Document package provided to the Olson family by CIA Director William Colby, during their meeting with him in his 7th floor office at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia on July 24, 1975. (165 page PDF – 33MB)
Aug 5, 1945 - Consent for Medical Treatment
This letter signed by Frank Olson states that in the event he becomes ill that he must report only to U.S. Army doctors and facilities and forbids his use of public sector medical facilities or doctors. The contract also states that in the event of his death Fort Detrick in Maryland will "make arrangements for and conduct the processing of my remains and to place them in a sealed casket which will not thereafter be opened."
Nov 20, 1951 - Project Artichoke (Office Memorandum)
This U.S. Government office memorandum discusses high ranking government representatives being briefed on the existence of Project Artichoke earlier that year in April of 1951. This document designates liaison officers approved by the intelligence agencies to report to the government officials or provide updates on these projects.
1951 - Special Research Project Bluebird
This document discusses the various goals and existence of Special Project Bluebird. The writer of the document concludes accurate information can be extracted from both willing and unwilling targets using the techniques of the project. The project focused on mind control through use of hypnosis, sensory depravation, truth serums and various other techniques.
Jun 9, 1953 - MKULTRA / LSD study Funding
A proposal for the continuation of a study of biochemical, neurophysiology, sociological, and psychiatric aspects of L.S.D., and also a study of L.S.D. antagonists and drugs related to L.S.D., such as L.A.E., the estimated budget for the project is $39,500.
Oct 2, 1953
Subproject 16 was under budgeted and therefore an additional subproject was needed to fund the maintenance and facilities.
Dec 1, 1953 - Camp Detrick
A letter sent to the Commanding Officer at Camp Detrick regarding the unusual causes or circumstances leading up to or following the death of Frank Olson. Noticed the reference to the floor number of the hotel.
Nov 18, 1953 - Deep Creek Memo (page 1)
This document discusses the "Deep Creek Rendezvous." The memo describes the time of the meeting and provides a detailed description of the property as well as in-depth directions to the location.
Nov 18, 1953 - Deep Creek Memo (page 2)
Deep Creek Rendezvous memo (page 2) lists the invited participants for the scheduled rendezvous, and lists Mr. Frank Olson among 11 expected attendees total. The document also describes the "camouflage" for the meeting as a "winter meeting for script writers, editors, authors, lecturers and sports magazines."
Feb 10, 1954 - MKULTRA program, CIA document
Document discusses a psychiatric subject (Miss Pierce) while in a state hypnosis being instructed to awaken another subject (Miss Jackson) and shoot her if she was unable to awaken Miss Jackson. Miss Pierce complied with the instructions.
Apr 30, 1954 - Personnel Clearances for Access to RESTRICTED DATA
The subject of this document is to alert the commanding intelligence officer at the Office of the Chief Chemical Officer within the Department of Army that Frank Olson was deceased. The document refers to the file number of the restricted data Mr. Olson had access to at the before his death.
Sept 23, 1959 - MKULTRA, Subproject 101
This document established Subproject 101 as a vehicle to pay a Dr. working on the MKULTRA program. The requested and approved funds were $2,000 annually.
Jul 11, 1975 - Lawsuit
A letter sent to John Warner informing him that Daniel Rudovsky would not be a good trial lawyer.
Jul 13, 1975 - Armond Pastore night manager letter
Armond Pastore, the night manager of the hotel in 1953, wrote to the Olson family twenty five years later on stationery from the Diplomat hotel in Ocean City, Maryland, where he was working, and told them he was convinced the CIA was lying about what had happened. He said that moments after Olson plunged to his death, the hotel operator connected a call through the switchboard from a man in room 10 1 8A. The operator overheard him say, “Well, he’s gone.” The man on the other end replied, “That’s too bad.”
Jul 24, 1975 - Colby Documents
Document package provided to the Olson family by CIA Director William Colby, during their meeting with him in his 7th floor office at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia on July 24, 1975. Link to the entire PDF is located in the description at the top of the page.
Jul 24, 1975 - Special Counsel Letter
A letter sent from Mitchell Rogovin, (Special Counsel to the Director) to David Kairys making sure the meeting went well where the lawyers asked to receive documents regarding the death of Frank Olson.
Jul 24, 1975 - Mysterious Letter
This document was found in 1994 by AP reporter Deb Riechmann in Frank Olson’s personel file at Detrick. No explanation of who wrote this document, to whom it was given, or for what purpose it was written, has ever been provided.
July 25, 1975 - CIA declassified the material on the Frank Olson case
Letter informing William G. Miller (Staff Director / Select Committee To Study Governmental Operation with Respect to Intelligence Activities) that the director of the CIA declassified the material on the Frank Olson case.
Jul 28, 1975 - Attorney Letter
Letter sent to James R. Schlesinger (Secretary of Defense) from David Kairys and David Rudovsky, attorneys representing the Olson family. The letter is a request for material on the Frank Olson that President Ford promised during their meeting on July 21, 1975.
Oct 1, 1975 - Telegram sent to President Gerald Ford from Alice Olson
The Telegram outlines Alice's feelings regarding the settlement at that moment in time.
Sept 20, 1977 - Experimentation Programs Conducted
Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense outlining that the Army, Navy and Air Force conducted or participated in several projects. These projects involved the administration to human subjects of drugs intended for mind-control or behavior-modification purposes.