Created in collaboration with the National Security Archive, this database is a richly curated collection of significant primary documents central to U.S.foreign and military policy since 1945.
This database contains an unparalleled selection of declassified documents — totaling more than 650,000 pages — that have been gathered through extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): many are published now for the first time.
The Digital National Security Archive is made up of 41 individual collections, each based on a single topic. Theme-based collection sets are also available.
Each collection contains a diverse range of policy documents including presidential directives, internal memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters, and other once-classified material. Additionally, reference supplements including introductory material, a chronology, glossaries, an essay, and a bibliography provide context and background for each collection. Leading scholars in each of the topic areas selected the documents, which were then abstracted, indexed, and cataloged in more than 20 different fields to enable powerful searching. Full images of each document can be viewed in GIF or PDF format.
In its totality, the DNSA offers one of the most effective research and teaching tools in the area of U.S.foreign policy, intelligence, and security issues during this pivotal period of 20th century history, and into the 21st century.
DNSA Individual Collections:
- Afghanistan: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1973–1990
- The Berlin Crisis, 1958–1962
- China and the United States: From Hostility to Engagement, 1960–1998
- The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
- El Salvador: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977–1984
- El Salvador: War, Peace, and Human Rights, 1980–1994
- Iran: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1977–1980
- The Iran-Contra Affair: The Making of a Scandal, 1983-1988
- Iraqgate: Saddam Hussein, U.S. Policy and the Prelude to the Persian Gulf War, 1980–1994
- Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, 1960–1976
- Nicaragua: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1978–1990
- The Philippines: U.S. Policy during the Marcos Years, 1965–1986
- Presidential Directives on National Security, Part I: From Truman to Clinton
- South Africa: The Making of U.S. Policy, 1962–1989
- The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Analysis of the Soviet Union, 1947–1991
- U.S. Espionage and Intelligence, 1947–1996
- The U.S. Intelligence Community: Organization, Operations, and Management, 1947-1989
- U.S. Military Uses of Space, 1945–1991
- U.S. Nuclear History: Nuclear Arms and Politics in the Missile Age, 1955–1968
- U.S. Nuclear Non-proliferation Policy, 1945–1991
- Terrorism and U.S. Policy, 1968–2002
- Presidential Directives on National Security, Part II: From Truman to George W. Bush
- U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part I: 1954-1968
- Death Squads, Guerrilla War, Covert Operations, and Genocide: Guatemala and the United States, 1954-1999
- U.S. Policy in the Vietnam War, Part II: 1969-1975
- Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, 1977–1992
- The Kissinger Transcripts: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969–1977
- The Cuban Missile Crisis Revisited: An International Collection of Documents, From the Bay of Pigs to the Brink of Nuclear War
- U. S. Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction: From World War II to Iraq
- The Kissinger Telephone Conversations: A Verbatim Record of U.S. Diplomacy, 1969-1977
- Peru: Human Rights, Drugs, and Democracy: 1980-2000
- US Intelligence Community after 9/11
- The National Security Agency: Organization and Operations, 1945-2009
- The United States and The Two Koreas, 1969-2000
- Colombia and the United States: Political Violence, Narcotics, and Human Rights, 1948-2010
- US Intelligence and China: Collection, Analysis, and Covert Action
- Chile and the United States: U.S. Policy toward Democracy, Dictatorship, and Human Rights, 1970-1990
- Japan and the United States: Diplomatic, Security, and Economic Relations, Part III, 1961-2000
- Argentina, 1975-1980: The Making of U.S. Human Rights Policy
- CIA Covert Operations: From Carter to Obama, 1977-2010
- Mexico-United States Counternarcotics Policy, 1969-2013 New!
DNSA Themed Collection Sets:
- Asia collection
- Cold War collection
- Human Rights collection
- Intelligence collection
- Latin America collection
- Middle East collection
- Nuclear Weapons
- Military History
About the National Security Archive:
Founded in 1985, the National Security Archive has developed a reputation as the most prolific and successful user of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Through its FOIA expertise, the Archive has built what the Christian Science Monitor called "the largest collection of contemporary declassified national security information outside the United States Government."