Category Archives: – Spies and Espionage

Strange-but-true stories about spies and espionage in the holdings of the National Archives

Monuments Men Coming to the National Archives

A new movie due for release next month tells the story of a special unit of Allied soldiers in Europe at the end of World War II. They were charged with finding and savings works of art and other cultural … Continue reading

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Flying Saucers, Popular Mechanics, and the National Archives

The reports were among the thousands of pieces of paper waiting to be processed in a group of 100 boxes. But a few pieces of paper—with schematics that looked like they were right out of a 1950s sci-fi flick—were destined … Continue reading

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Headhunters and diplomats in the Truman Library

Today’s guest post is from Samuel Rushay, senior archivist at the Truman Presidential Library and Museum, who is featured in our newest “Inside the Vaults” video about the adventure of John Paton Davies. “…I stood in the open door of that … Continue reading

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The Pentagon Papers, now online after 40 years

  If you opened the the New York Times this morning in 1971, you would have seen the first part of the secret “Pentagon Papers” that the newspaper published—without authorization from the government. Today in 2011, the National Archives and the Kennedy, … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Avenue Hotline

Today’s guest post comes from David Coleman,  associate professor at the University of Virginia and Chair of the Presidential Recordings Program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. On April 28, W.W. Norton will publish volumes 7 and 8 in … Continue reading

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Confederate dirty laundry: spies and slaves

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. The Civil War was a spy’s dream come true. With a porous border between the Union and the Confederacy, and little way to distinguish between … Continue reading

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The OSS and the Dalai Lama

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. In the summer of 1942, the Allies’ war against Japan was in dire straits. China was constantly battling the occupying Japanese forces in its homeland, … Continue reading

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The CIA’s catalog of covert conundrums

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. In 1992, George Washington University’s “National Security Archive” submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), soliciting information from the Central Intelligence Agency. Their request was … Continue reading

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Censorship and the C*** W**

Today’s post comes from National Archives Office of Strategy and Communications staff writer Rob Crotty. Censorship has always been a delicate subject in American history. From John Adam’s Alien and Sedition Acts to the publication of the “Government Information Manual … Continue reading

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