Find official sites for the declassified document archives
of several major agencies including the FBI, CIA, NSA,
NASA, the Department of Energy, the State Department,
and the National Archives and Records Administration,
- FOIA Homepage
With links to the ATF's FOIA online reading room, users
can read document online and learn how to make formal
requests for other documents not available electronically.
- FOIA Electronic Reading Room
Official CIA portal designed to allow users to search
previously released documents online and to offer information
and tips on how to obtain other CIA documents offline.
of Defense - Freedom of Information Act Program
Includes links to all FOIA pages for the Army, Navy,
Air Force and Marines as well as all other defense related
sites. The DoD passes on declassified information as
required by the FOIA. Browse or search a list of available
documents. Learn how to start the process for electronic
FOIA request filing from the DoD-one of the few agencies
that allow electronic requests.
of Energy - Opennet Database
Official DOE site provides guides and resources for
searching and requesting declassified material and publicly
available documents both online and offline. Find information
concerning nuclear testing records, films, environmental
impact studies, and comprehensive outline of the DOE's
of Justice - Freedom of Information Act Homepage
Official DOJ site highlights how to make FOIA requests,
listings of principal FOIA contacts at federal agencies,
and extensive archives organized specific departments,
offices, and concentrations.
of State - Freedom of Information Act Homepage
Explore the State Department's statements of policy,
reference points for records and information access
programs and browse compilations of frequently requested
Department of Veteran's
Affairs - Freedom of Information Act Homepage
The VA's official site dedicated to the FOIA. Keyword
searchable database of documents allows the curious
to view them online in their original format. Read about
the FOIA and the particular requirements the VA must
meet in requests for information.
- Freedom of Information Act Homepage
Official FBI guide to declassified and public domain
records includes searchable electronic database with
handy guides to documents covering espionage, famous
people, unusual phenomena and violent crime. National
Office - Freedom of Information Act Homepage
Examine the official archives of the NRO, the controversial
Corona project, and learn about NOR archives and educational
Security Agency - Freedom of Information Act Homepage
The FOIA would have not had many fans at the NSA as
evidenced by the scant resources available on their
site. See how fully they complied with 1996 amendments
to the FOIA requiring declassification of documents.
- Freedom of Information Act Homepage
Helpful page from the National Aeronautic and Space
Administration outlines the resources available to FOIA
requests, supplies an electronic reading room, and offers
specific contact information for FOIA resources within
Want more specific information without having to do
all the legwork? Universities and private individuals
often have special collections.
Washington University - National Security Archive
Comprehensive, non-governmental resource for declassified
documents. Not to be confused with the National Security
Administration, the National Security Archives are a
private collection focused on the declassified documents
that have been the foundation of modern history. Find
lists of European cities targeted for nuclear destruction,
the true story begin the invasion of East Timor in 1975,
the science and technology of the CIA declassified,
and much more.
Private site dedicated to helping researchers find links
and leads to original sources. Find collections dedicated
to assassinations, famous people, and "Hidden History."
Contributed by Military.com Researcher Matthew Markovich.