Archives and Libraries

archivesmadeeasyThe Archives Made Easy project, based in the International History Department of the LSE, contains a wealth of knowledge on archives. Relating specifically to the Cold War are 'tips' on archives in the following countries:

Austria Israel
Belgium Italy
Bolivia Japan
China Poland
Cuba Romania
Egypt Russia
France South Africa
Germany United Kingdom
Hungary United States
 India  Vietnam

Contributions to the Archives Made Easy project are welcomed. To submit your experience at an archive not listed, or to submit an updated 'tip', please download the template for submissions, which can be found on the Archives Made Easy page.

Other archives or libraries not listed above:

Library of Congress- Legal depository of all books published in the United States.

British Library- Legal depository of all books published in the United Kingdom.

National Security Archive- Part of George Washington University, the National Security Archive publishes declassified documents mostly obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. It is also a repository of documents relating to the foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States.

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) - The University of Wisconsin Digital Collections hosts a searchable version of FRUS, the official documentary record published by the US State Department's Office of the Historian.

Research Centres and Projects

Cold War International History Project (CWIHP)  - Part of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, CWIHP promotes the declassification of documents from both sides of the Cold War, but especially from formerly unavailable Communist Bloc archives. It publishes a very useful series of 'Document Readers' and Working Papers.

The Machiavelli Centre for Cold War Studies - An inter-university centre based at the University of Florence, it coordinates the Cold War research of the Universities of Florence, Padua, Pavia, Perugia, Roma Tre, and Urbino.

Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security- formerly the Parallel History Project on NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the PHP collects, publishes, and analysing formerly secret governmental documents in order to place them in the context of contemporary international history,

Miller Center for Public Affairs- Researches past and current issues of importance related to the US Government, with special attention on the Presidency.

George Washington Cold War Group George Washington University, Washington DC

Center for Cold War Studies University of California, Santa Barbara

The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University houses the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies, headed by Mark Kramer.

Status of the Foreign Relations Series

Stalin-Era Research and Archives Project, University of Toronto

Center for the Study of Intelligence, run by the Central Intelligence Agency

Yale Russian Archive Project, clearinghouse for materials from Russian/Soviet archives.

Blue Guide to the Archives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Member States and the Institutions of the EU