Digging into declassified documents
What is the National Security Archive?
Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents ("the world's largest nongovernmental collection" according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.
How do I access declassified documents held by the National Security Archive?
The DNSA website lets you search, view, and download documents from the National Security Archive. Documents are organized in thematic collections, so you can browse an individual set of documents or search across multiple collections.
Some of the collections:
(These links will work on- or off-campus for Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff.)