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Digital National Security Archive (DNSA): About

About the DNSA

ProQuest, in partnership with The National Security Archive produce the Digital National Security Archive, the most comprehensive collection available of significant primary documents central to U.S. foreign and military policy since 1945. Collections cover the most critical world events, countries, and U.S. policy decisions from post-World War II through the 21st century, providing unparalleled access to the defining international strategies of our time with more than 150,000 indexed, declassified government documents; many are published now for the first time.

About the National Security Archive

Founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy, the National Security Archive combines a unique range of functions: investigative journalism center, research institute on international affairs, library and archive of declassified U.S. documents ("the world's largest nongovernmental collection" according to the Los Angeles Times), leading non-profit user of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, public interest law firm defending and expanding public access to government information, global advocate of open government, and indexer and publisher of former secrets.

The National Security Archive is a non-profit research institute and library, located at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., which provides unprecedented public access to declassified government documents obtained through extensive use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Recorded Webinar

This 25-minute webinar will assist you in identifying the content and coverage available in your DNSA instance, use search strategies to locate relevant information, and find additional product information and support.


Thomas Blanton of the National Security Archive

President Richard M. Nixon and Henry Kissinger

Fidel Castro

DNSA collections

Below and to the right are collections grouped by subject.  To see a list of collections in alphabetical order, with bookmarks, click here.