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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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October 02, 1974

Domestic Security Service (BVD), Aurora Report

Intelligence briefing including mention of the Japanese Red Army attack on the French Embassy in the Hague.

September 27, 1974

Domestic Security Service (BVD), Aurora Report

Intelligence briefing including mention of the Japanese Red Army attack on the French Embassy in the Hague.

November 28, 1967

Letter, Harry S. Truman to Father Paul White

Harry Truman dismisses the request from Father Paul White to build a hospital in South Korea bearing Truman's namesake.

October 15, 1967

Letter, Father Paul White to President Harry S. Truman

Father Paul White, a resident near the 38th Parallel, proposes the establishment of the Truman Memorial Hospital in South Korea.

November 25, 1974

Domestic Security Service (BVD), Panorama Report, '1 April 1974 - 1 October 1974’

A report in which the BVD testified in broad terms to the Department of Home Affairs about its activities in the past 6 months

September 26, 1957

Decree of the CPSU Central Committee Presidium, 'On the Launch of an Artificial Satellite of the Earth'

Presidium (Politburo) decree approving launch of satellite

October 02, 1974

Domestic Security Service (BVD), Aurora Report

Intelligence briefing including mention of the Japanese Red Army attack on the French Embassy in the Hague.

September 27, 1974

Domestic Security Service (BVD), Aurora Report

Intelligence briefing including mention of the Japanese Red Army attack on the French Embassy in the Hague.

November 28, 1967

Letter, Harry S. Truman to Father Paul White

Harry Truman dismisses the request from Father Paul White to build a hospital in South Korea bearing Truman's namesake.

October 15, 1967

Letter, Father Paul White to President Harry S. Truman

Father Paul White, a resident near the 38th Parallel, proposes the establishment of the Truman Memorial Hospital in South Korea.

November 25, 1974

Domestic Security Service (BVD), Panorama Report, '1 April 1974 - 1 October 1974’

A report in which the BVD testified in broad terms to the Department of Home Affairs about its activities in the past 6 months

September 26, 1957

Decree of the CPSU Central Committee Presidium, 'On the Launch of an Artificial Satellite of the Earth'

Presidium (Politburo) decree approving launch of satellite

Featured
Collections

SPACE RACE

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

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

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.

TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

SPACE RACE

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

VIETNAM WAR

This is a large collection of primary source documents all related to the the Vietnam War

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.

TAIWAN’S COLD WAR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Documents on Taiwan's efforts to engage non-communist states in Southeast Asia in the 1970s and 1980s.

SOVIET UNION AND THE OLYMPICS

The Soviet Union joined the International Olympic Committee only in 1951, but went on to dominate the games along with its rival, the United States.

CUBAN FOREIGN RELATIONS

Documents on Cuban's international relations, focusing on it's relationship with the Soviet Union, China and the United States.

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]

Explore
themes

Learn about specific topics and regions through essays, timelines and educational resources.

Browse
documents

Explore documents from the Digital Archive through the map, date, and subject browsing tools.

FROM THE
WILSON CENTER

Researching the People’s Republic of China

Based on experiences at 25 different Chinese archives, Charles Kraus offers an in-depth overview of researching the history of the People's Republic of China.

Taiwan’s Cold War in Southeast Asia

Hsiao-ting Lin reveals that Nationalist China’s top leaders believed ingraining anticommunism into the souls of their Southeast Asian neighbors was vital to Taiwan’s international security.

Introducing 'Sources and Methods'

Sources and Methods is a new platform that showcases fresh archival evidence and presents new insights into contemporary international history

TWITTER

When terrorists stormed the French embassy in the Hague, @CIA gave cameras, mics, and a silent drill to dutch intel. https://t.co/JriqIeP1M1

In 1974, Dutch intelligence teamed up with the CIA after Japanese terrorists took the French ambassador hostage https://t.co/JriqIeP1M1

Upcoming event at George Washington University assessing Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's 'Vietnam War' series https://t.co/B0hVJU463b

Going Global: Zbigniew Brzezinski and China’s Rise https://t.co/wMpzznhoiy

Educating Cold Warriors: Contending visions of teaching about the Soviet Union in the United States https://t.co/OTtnxT84nc #ColdWarHist