15 July 2015

FBI Records -- The Vault (FREE Access to select FOIA requested documents)

It’s amazing how a couple of years can go by and then I’m reminded of a resource.  That is the case with FBI Records: The Vault.

Obviously the description provided has not been updated since it says the same things it did back a couple of years ago!  The collection has definitely expanded in the intervening years and the best way to get a summary view of how is to click on “Recently Added” (right hand side navigation).  You can also search, check out the A-Z index, or look into a particular category.

This is the type of resource that is unlikely to talk about your ancestors directly, unless they were infamous, and it is great for giving you historical context.

I was reminded of Emma Goldman after watching a historically-based TV show where she was mentioned.  I had done some research on her and various collaborators back in 2006 and I put in a bunch of FOIA requests to the FBI, NARA and elsewhere.  Maybe some of those papers are now part of this collection!?!  Most of her entries in this database are related to Julius Rosenberg.

Did a particular topic catch your eye?
Did you find a relative mentioned?

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