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Teacher Resources on features publications from the Agency’s Historical Collections Division that offer teachers of US history and government a wealth of materials on key events in the 20th century. Topics range from the Berlin Wall to the Korean War and the role of intelligence during the Cold War. 

These collections of declassified documents give students a chance to explore history from primary sources and learn about archival research methods. The photos, videos and essays vividly put documents into historical context.

  • Each printed booklet includes a multimedia DVD containing historical videos, photos, an interactive timeline, declassified government documents and essays from CIA historians.

Currently, 17 historical collection booklets are available on, including:


Intelligence, Policy, and Politics: The DCI, the White House, and Congress is a publication that examines the ebb and flow of the relationships between the Directors of Central Intelligence (DCI), presidents and Congress, and the way those relationships impact policy decisions. The collection covers 1946 to 1953 and includes over 800 declassified documents from the CIA's first four DCIs.

ReaganPublication.jpgRonald Reagan: Intelligence and the End of the Cold War is a booklet that explores Reagan’s use of intelligence 1981-88 and addresses common myths about his presidency and foreign relations acumen.

CPE-cover.jpgThe Caesar, Polo, and Esau Papers collection provides insight into CIA analysis of Soviet and Chinese decision making between 1953 and 1973.

View a full listing of available collections on the Historical Collections Publications page.

To request a multimedia booklet, go to the “Contact Us” tab and use the comment form to send your mailing address and the booklet’s title.

Posted: Jan 10, 2013 07:44 AM
Last Updated: Jun 07, 2013 10:47 AM