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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Studies by Once Top Secret Government Entity Portrayed Terrible Costs of Nuclear War

Categories: History,Nuclear Arms,Russia,Spying/Intelligence,WMD

A collection of 12 formerly classified documents dating from the late 1950s and early 1960s which reveal estimates of potential damage from a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union.  The documents are mostly summaries from the still-classified full-length reports from the National Security Council’s highly secret Net Evaluation Subcommittee.  From the National Security Archive


Soldiers, Spies and the Moon: Secret U.S. and Soviet Plans from the 1950s and 1960s

Categories: Defense/Military,History,Russia,Science/Technology,Spying/Intelligence

A set of 16 declassified documents about previously secret American and Soviet plans for using space for military purposes.  From the National Security Archive


Should the Fed do Emergency Lending?

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,History

Considers the arguments made in favor of the Federal Reserve as a lender of last resort during financial panics and questions whether the Fed should ever do more than expand the monetary supply in times of financial distress.  From the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank


USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer

Categories: Headlines,History,Maps/Geography

Interactive resource that allows you to find historic maps for a selected area within the U.S.  From the U.S. Geological Survey and ESRI


Iran 1953: US Envoy to Baghdad Suggested to Fleeing Shah He Not Acknowledge Foreign Role in Coup

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Iran,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of six declassified documents from U.S. and British sources that add to the controversy about the events surrounding the removal of Iranian Prime Minister Mossaddeq and the restoration of the Shah to power in 1953.  From the National Security Archive


Ancient Woodland

Categories: Environment,Great Britain,History,Science/Technology

Summarizes the challenges of conserving the biodiversity and cultural heritage of wooded areas in England that have been continuously wooded since 1600 while still meeting development needs of society.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


New Details on the 1961 Goldsboro Nuclear Accident

Categories: Defense/Military,Energy,History,Nuclear Arms,Science/Technology

A set of 7 declassified documents which reveal new details about a 1961 nuclear weapons accident at Goldsboro, North Carolina which nearly detonated a nuclear bomb.  Also includes recently declassified past reviews of nuclear safety.  From the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratory, posted by the National Security Archive.


Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1914, Supplement, The World War

Categories: Foreign Affairs,History,Laws/Regulations

Part of a subseries on the First World War that documents the most important decisions made by the Department of State relating to international law.  Originally compiled in the 1920s, this is the first of the World War I supplement series to be digitized.  From the State Department


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