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U.S. Declassified Documents Online

Declassified Documents Reference System provides online access to more than 500,000 pages of previously classified government documents. Covering major international events from the Cold War to the Vietnam War and beyond, this single source enables users to locate key information underpinning studies in international relations, American studies, United States foreign and domestic policy studies, journalism and more. Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS). 

DDRS is not just for international affairs and foreign policy research. There are significant materials highlighting the political, social, and economic development and forces in post-World War II America. There are documents on the “Communist Scare” of the 1950s; the rise of Black militancy and violence in the 1960s and the white backlash; political and social unrest, particularly the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements; political scandals and abuse of power; the rise of both global and home-grown terrorism; and development of NAFTA and world trade.

DDRS provides users with:

  • actual documents that were used to develop and implement domestic and foreign policies;
  • provides the “real” story behind events and crises;
  • encourages critical reevaluation of previously published memoirs and other subjective writings.

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

  • 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

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

Formerly jnown as Declassified Documents Reference System DDRS

A Gale database.

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1941 - 1997

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