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Links to resources of declassified government information.
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  • Declassified Documents Reference System
    Searchable collection of over 70,000 scanned declassified U.S. documents from the 1940s to the 200s taken from presidential libraries, the CIA, the FBI and other agencies. Covers the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement and other events.
  • Digital National Security Archive
    Over 35,000 declassified documents used in foreign policy decision-making by the U.S. government. Includes some photographs. These documents have been gathered since 1985 through the use of the Freedom of Information Act by the National Security Archive.
  • Foreign Relations of the US - S 1.1:
    Selected volumes of FRUS (1861-1958/1960) have been digitized by the University of Wisconsin.
  • Foreign Affairs of the US - State Department
    A growing collection. Coverage of selected material extends up through Nixon-Ford Administration.
  • Foreign Affairs of the US - S 1.1:
    FRUS began in 1861 and consists of sensitive correspondence, other documents of the State Department, and other materials affecting the foreign relations of the U.S. Materials are not released for publication until 25 years after they were originally produced. Prior to 1861 similar materials were printed in the Annual Report of the Secretary of State which can be found in the Serial Set, and indexed in Lexis/Nexis Congressional. See also digital versions of FRUS:

  • Guide to Declassifed Information - UC, Boulder
    Excellent resource for identifying declassified information.
  • Proquest (formerly Lexis Nexis) Congressional
    Proquest Congressional includes FRUS, but also many "unpublished" hearings which were released only later due to sensitive information contained in them.
  • National Security Archive
    Declassified U.S. documents.
  • Top Secret America - from the Washington Post
    Washington Post aritcles and a database tracking government agencies and private contracting firms which do top secret work.

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