Try out the Declassified Documents Reference System

By Victoria Bird|July 17, 2015|Development Studies, Economics, Financial and Management Studies, History, Law, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

We are currently trialling the Declassified Documents Reference System. The database covers govenment documents from the United States and coverage ranges from the years immediately following World War II, when declassified documents were first made widely available, through the 1970s. Nearly every major foreign and domestic event of these years is covered: the Cold War, Vietnam, foreign policy shifts, the civil rights movement, and many others.

DDRS enables users to examine documents originating from the White House and a variety of U.S. government agencies, namely:

  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Defense Department
  • Justice Department
  • National Security Council
  • State Department
  • Commerce Department and International Trade Administration
  • White House

Marine One arriving at the White House - PHC C.M. Fitzpatrick - United States Department of Defense photo (Public Domain), http://www.defenselink.mil/multimedia - Wikimedia.

Materials available for research include:

  • National Security Council policy statements and memoranda and meeting materials
  • CIA intelligence memoranda and studies
  • Presidential and cabinet correspondence
  • White House Confidential File materials
  • Trade treaties, studies and analyses
  • Cabinet meeting materials and correspondence
  • Presidential conferences and visits
  • FBI surveillance and intelligence correspondence and memoranda
  • Joint Chiefs of Staff papers
  • U.S. government analyses and studies on international socioeconomic issues
  • U.S. briefing materials for meetings with foreign heads of state and government officials
  • FBI documents on American political personalities, events, and crises
  • Full texts of letters, instructions, and cables sent and received by U.S. diplomatic personnel
Please send feedback to Victoria Bird, vb18@soas.ac.uk.
The trial runs until 12th August.
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