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Primary sources from the previous 30-40 years

  • Declassified Documents Reference System
    Full text of Presidential, Executive Branch, and Congressional documents since World War II declassified under the Freedom of Information Act. Subjects include foreign relations, the Korean and Vietnam Wars, civil rights movement, assassinations, etc. Limited to authorized UM users.
  • Digital National Security Archive
    Contains 29 themed collections of more than 63,000 declassified documents that led to U.S. policy decisions related to Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iran, Nicaragua, the Philippines, South Africa, the Berlin Crisis, the Cuban Missle Crisis, and more. Limited to authorized UM users.
  • National Security Archive
    An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at The George Washington University, the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. The Archive also serves as a repository of government records on a wide range of topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.

Looking for debate in Congress?

Primary sources from 1861 to 30 or 40 years ago

Foreign Relations of the United States records major U.S. foreign policy decisions and diplomatic activity.  It contains declassified and unclassified documents from Presidential Libraries, State Department, Defense Department, National Security Council, CIA and others.  This seriest tends to publish about 30-40 years after the events.  The most current volumes as of fall 2009 is for 1969-1976.

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