Digital National Security Archive
Created in collaboration with the National Security Archive, this database is the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to U.S.foreign and military policy since 1945.
This database contains the most important, 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 Archive is made up of 39 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, memos, diplomatic dispatches, meeting notes, independent reports, briefing papers, White House communications, email, confidential letters, and other secret material. Additionally, reference supplements including introductory material, a chronology, a glossary, an essay, and a bibliography provide context and background for each collection. Documents have been selected by leading scholars in each of the topic areas. Each item has been abstracted and indexed over 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 the most effective research and teaching tool available 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.
Published with the cooperation of the National Security Archive.
DNSA Individual Collections:
DNSA Themed Collection Sets:
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."
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