Archives Unbound: Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s

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Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s is a collection of the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation)’s previously classified files on prominent radicals and radical organizations from 1956 to 1971. The files include material such as newspaper clippings, meeting transcripts, internal bureau memoranda, and reports of special agents, which frequently refer to information provided by confidential informants. Subjects of the investigations include Abbie Hoffman, Malcolm X, Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers, Students for a Democratic Society and the Weatherman Underground Organization, the Fire Bombing and Shooting at Kent State University, the Black Panther Party, the Brown Berets, and a number of white supremacist groups. A significant portion of this collection documents COINTELPRO, the bureau's extensive "counterintelligence" program against dissent in the 1960s.

This collection can be crossed search with another Archives Unbound collection, Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984 . Use the search box in the site header to cross-search these collections.

Dates covered


Type of coverage

Full-text, full-image documents.

Producer/content provider

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Gale Cengage Learning