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Major resources for U.S. declassified documents

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)

"The Foreign Relations of the United States series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity. The series, which is produced by the State Department's Office of the Historian, began in 1861 and now comprises more than 450 individual volumes. The volumes published over the last two decades increasingly contain declassified records from all the foreign affairs agencies." (U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian)

Digital National Security Archive (Yale subscription)

Includes more than 94,000 declassified documents on U.S. foreign and military policy. Coverage begins in 1945.

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books

"National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books provide online access to critical declassified records on issues including U.S. national security, foreign policy, diplomatic and military history, intelligence policy, and more. Updated frequently, the Electronic Briefing Books represent just a small sample of the documents in our published and unpublished collections." (The "published collections" are included in the Digital National Security Archive database linked above.)

CIA Family Jewels

Freely accessible, searchable subset of the Digital National Security Archive that includes "the most controversial documents ever compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency," according to the CIA itself. The collection "represents the CIA's own view, in 1973, of those domestic activities it had engaged in up to that time that were outside its charter, hence illegal."

University Publications of America collections on microform

Search Orbis by publisher, "University Publications of America", then enter search term(s) in keyword search box.


Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS)

Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS) provides full-text declassified documents from U.S. government agencies, including the CIA, FBI, White House, State Department, and others. Document types include: correspondence, memoranda, minutes of cabinet meetings, technical studies, national security policy statements, and intelligence estimates.

There are two components to DDRS:

  • A subset of the Declassified Documents microfiche set is available online for searching and retrieving scanned versions of the documents. More than 10,000 documents in the microfiche set are not included in the online system. To ensure a complete search, use the CD-ROM or print indexes, as described above.

More declassified documents on the web

Declassified documents freely available on the web can be found at federal agencies' web sites (search the agency's site for "FOIA" or "electronic reading room"), from presidential libraries, research institutes, or other sites, sometimes presented by subject. Below are examples of such sites:

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