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Digital Archive International History Declassified

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The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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August 11, 1948

Letter from Charles F. Knox, Jr., Counselor of Mission at Tel-Aviv, to US Secretary of State, 'Arrival of Minister and Staff of USSR Legation'

Knox reports that the Soviet diplomatic legation at Tel-Aviv is staying in the same hotel as the US legation due to a lack of lodging available to house them.

April 09, 1951

Memorandum to Mr. B. Kuniholm from Enver Shakul, 'News from Sinkiang'

Enver Shakul, a Xinjiang exile working at the US Embassy in Ankara, shares the latest gossip from China's northwest.

October 25, 1949

Cable, Mao Zedong to Comrade Filippov [Stalin]

Mao shares a detailed report on the arrival of the PLA in Xinjiang with Stalin.

February 11, 1965

Minutes from a Conversation between A.N. Kosygin and Mao Zedong

The Soviet Union sent a delegation to the All-China Assembly of People's Representatives in Beijing. During this time, A.N. Kosygin and Mao Zedong discussed Vietnam including…

June 17, 1954

Notes on Possible Topics for Discussion with Chou En-lai [Zhou Enlai]

The notes indicates Australia's focus on peace in Indochina and improving relations with China.

January 31, 1961

Record of Conversation from Premier Zhou Enlai’s Reception of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh

A brief conversation concerning a North Vietnamese request for Chinese assistance with an aerial survey. Zhou and Nguyen Duy Trinh also discuss Chinese and Polish economic aid to …

August 11, 1948

Letter from Charles F. Knox, Jr., Counselor of Mission at Tel-Aviv, to US Secretary of State, 'Arrival of Minister and Staff of USSR Legation'

Knox reports that the Soviet diplomatic legation at Tel-Aviv is staying in the same hotel as the US legation due to a lack of lodging available to house them.

April 09, 1951

Memorandum to Mr. B. Kuniholm from Enver Shakul, 'News from Sinkiang'

Enver Shakul, a Xinjiang exile working at the US Embassy in Ankara, shares the latest gossip from China's northwest.

October 25, 1949

Cable, Mao Zedong to Comrade Filippov [Stalin]

Mao shares a detailed report on the arrival of the PLA in Xinjiang with Stalin.

February 11, 1965

Minutes from a Conversation between A.N. Kosygin and Mao Zedong

The Soviet Union sent a delegation to the All-China Assembly of People's Representatives in Beijing. During this time, A.N. Kosygin and Mao Zedong discussed Vietnam including…

June 17, 1954

Notes on Possible Topics for Discussion with Chou En-lai [Zhou Enlai]

The notes indicates Australia's focus on peace in Indochina and improving relations with China.

January 31, 1961

Record of Conversation from Premier Zhou Enlai’s Reception of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh

A brief conversation concerning a North Vietnamese request for Chinese assistance with an aerial survey. Zhou and Nguyen Duy Trinh also discuss Chinese and Polish economic aid to …

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NORTH VIETNAMESE DECISION-MAKING, 1973-1975

A collection of published Vietnamese documents dealing with North Vietnam’s decision-making from January 1973-April 1975.

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Formerly secret documents from the communist word reveal that North Korea's nuclear program began as early as the 1960s.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

THE SIX-DAY WAR

This collection gives insight into the thought processes of global decision-makers as the events of the 1967 War, or Six-Day War, unfolded.

KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953

When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

NORTH VIETNAMESE DECISION-MAKING, 1973-1975

A collection of published Vietnamese documents dealing with North Vietnam’s decision-making from January 1973-April 1975.

NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR HISTORY

Formerly secret documents from the communist word reveal that North Korea's nuclear program began as early as the 1960s.

SPACE RACE

Documents on the 20th-century competition for supremacy in spaceflight capacity between the United States and the Soviet Union.

CONVERSATIONS WITH ZHOU ENLAI

Zhou Enlai, China's first foreign minister and longtime premier, shaped and influenced Chinese foreign policy from 1949 through 1976.

THE SIX-DAY WAR

This collection gives insight into the thought processes of global decision-makers as the events of the 1967 War, or Six-Day War, unfolded.

KOREAN WAR, 1950-1953

When North Korean troops invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, the inter-Korean conflict entered its most bloody phase: the Korean War

Welcome

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. The Digital Archive is overseen by the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program and focuses on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, Korea, and Nuclear Proliferation. [Read more]

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