Declassified Documents Online
U.S. Declassified Documents Online is a full-text database of previously classified documents that have been declassified by the Federal government. The database covers major international events from the Cold War to the Vietnam War and beyond, and includes material in the fields of history, political science, international relations, American studies, United States foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism and more. Documents from such agencies as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Justice Department, the State Department, the National Security Agency, and the White House are included.
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Largely post-World War II to the early 1990s, with some documents dating back to the early decades of the Twentieth Century, and into the Twenty-first Century.
Cabinet meeting minutes, CIA intelligence studies and reports, correspondence, diaries, Joint Chiefs papers, National Security Council policy statements, political analyses, Presidential conferences, technical studies, and other archival material from presidential libraries and executive agencies.
Type of coverage
Full text images, with some text blacked out by the issuing agency for security reasons.
Print counterpart or
Declassified Documents Catalog (title varies), Annex STACKS J83.D51 [1975-1996]; Declassified Documents Reference System (title varies), Alexander M-FICH 215 [through 2003]
Vendor/electronic presentation provider