Part 1: Invaluable Resources Every Political Researcher, Historian & Activist Should Have

In part 1 of 2 of this particular series I am going to disclose the locations of nearly every library of declassified documents you can find online dating back to World War II, specifically implicating the United States Government. Perhaps most importantly, all of the documents contained within them were won via Freedom of Information Act requests and/or lawsuits. In part 2 of this series, I will assemble all of the online links you need to begin requesting new information from the Government for yourself, for free, with just the click of a button and the filling out of an application. But without any further adieu……

For those of you whom are not aware, over the course of the last two decades or so many legal experts, researchers and activists have been lobbying very hard to make government records more accessible to the general public. However, even in victory, rarely if ever do these successes ever get reported in the news. To this effect, below you can find various archives and repositories full of hundreds of thousands of newly declassified documents/files dating all the way back to the end of WW2 and up on through the 2000’s – all disclosed via “Freedom of Information Act” (FOIA) lawsuits. In the case of the CIA for example, these archives used to only be accessible via one computer located in Washington DC – until the entire archive was published/released online for the first time in 2017, that is.

Below is a list of open/available databases hosting countless records across different US Government agencies, almost all of them classified at one point or another throughout America’s past. I put them all together here today not only for my own resources, but also because I believe them to be invaluable resources for anyone reporting on modern US politics or US history, including educators, as a means to understand various situations or circumstances as they existed throughout the past – leading to the politics of today.

NSA FOIA Online Archive/Repository: https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/virtual-reading-room
NSA Declassification & Transparency Index: https://www.nsa.gov/news-features/declassified-documents/

US Department of State Archive/Repository: https://foia.state.gov/Search/Search.aspx

CIA Online Archive/Repository: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/home

The Vault – FBI Archive/Repository: https://vault.fbi.gov/search

Reading Room – National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/foia/electronic-reading-room

Reading Room – Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/rr/main/

Department of Homeland Security Library: https://www.dhs.gov/foia-library

Available Documents – Department of Justice: https://www.justice.gov/oip/available-documents-all-doj-components

Executive Services Directorate – White House: https://www.esd.whs.mil/FOID/DoD-Records/

Electronic Library – NASA: https://www.hq.nasa.gov/pao/FOIA/err.htm

DoD – US Inspector General Reading Room: https://www.dodig.mil/FOIA/FOIA-Reading-Room/

US Army – FOIA Library: https://www.foia.army.mil/readingroom/index.aspx

US Navy FOIA Reading Room: https://www.secnav.navy.mil/foia/readingroom/SitePages/Home.aspx

US Airforce FOIA Library: https://www.foia.af.mil/Library/