Archives Unbound: Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984

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Federal Surveillance of African Americans, 1920-1984 is a fulltext, full image database of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's previously classified files on prominent African Americans and African-American organizations. The documents total approximately 88,000 pages and include published material such as newspaper clippings, transcripts of public meetings and speeches, and reports of special agents, which sometimes refer to information provided by confidential informants. Subjects of the investigations include Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, the NAACP, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Black Panther Party, and the Highland Folk School. This Archives Unbound collection can be crossed search with another collection, Federal Response to Radicalism in the 1960s in Advanced Search.


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Declassified files of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Full image, with full text searching.

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All of the individual files were originally published as microfilm sets. Rutgers Libraries own a number of these sets.

Producer/content provider

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Vendor/electronic presentation provider

Gale Cengage Learning