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Historical Collection Publications: Where the Past Becomes Declassified

Are you a history buff? Do you wonder what went on behind the scenes at the CIA during some of the most important events in American history? A visit to the new Historical Collections section on will satisfy your curiosity!

This new section features publications containing declassified CIA documents from the Vietnam and Korean wars and the Office of Scientific Intelligence—the predecessor of the Directorate of Science and Technology.

Featured publications include:

  • Stories of Sacrifice and Dedication: Civil Air Transport, Air America, and the CIA – A booklet featuring two stories that exemplify selfless devotion to mission: Lima Site 85 and a CIA operation utilizing CAT flight support to recover an agent inside Communist China.
  • Air America: Upholding the Airmen's Bond - Throughout the Vietnam War, Air America--a secretly owned air proprietary of the CIA--quietly and courageously supported the Agency’s clandestine mission.
  • Baptism by Fire: CIA Analysis of the Korean War - The Korean War erupted less than three years after President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, establishing the
    Central Intelligence Agency. Only a few CIA officers were stationed in Korea at the outbreak of war and none reported to the Agency’s analytic arm, the Office of Research and Estimates (ORE). The ensuing effort was an early test of the Agency’s analytic proficiency.
  • Office of Scientific Intelligence: The Original Wizards of Langley - The emergence of the Cold War accelerated the development of ever more technically advanced weapons and generated early recognition of the need for additional technical intelligence. For U.S. policymakers, this
    meant obtaining information on Soviet weapons developments and operational concepts, identifying important new systems and, most importantly, developing the technical means for collecting and processing such data.

To read these publications, simply click the booklet covers on the right side of the page. Links to the original declassified documents are also available under each summary.

To request that a printed copy of a booklet—complete with an interactive DVD—be mailed to you free of charge, contact OPA.


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Posted: Jul 07, 2011 12:28 PM
Last Updated: Apr 30, 2013 12:53 PM