Wilson Center Digital Archive

The Wilson Center Digital Archive provides access to once-secret documents from governments and organizations all over the world, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. Constructed and maintained by the History and Public Policy Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, the Digital Archive contains newly declassified historical materials from archives around the world—much of it in translation and including diplomatic cables, high level correspondence, meeting minutes and more. The Digital Archive collects the research of of three Wilson Center projects:

  • The Cold War International History Project. This supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War. It seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials and perspectives from the former "Communist bloc" with the historiography of the Cold War which has been written over the past few decades largely by Western scholars reliant on Western archival sources.
  • The North Korea International Documentation Project. This serves as an informational clearinghouse on North Korea for both the scholarly and policymaking communities by widely disseminating newly declassified documents on the DPRK from its former communist allies as well as other resources that provide valuable insight into the actions and nature of the North Korean state.
  • The Nuclear Proliferation International History Project. This is a global network of individuals and institutions engaged in the study of international nuclear history through archival documents, oral history interviews and other empirical sources. Recognizing that today’s toughest nuclear challenges have deep roots in the past, NPIHP seeks to transcend the East vs. West paradigm to work towards an integrated international history of nuclear weapon proliferation.

Basic and advanced search are possible. Documents can also be browsed by location, timeline, or subject. In addition, there are many collections that contain selected sets of historical documents related to a specific topic, region, or event, such as the 1956 Polish and Hungarian crises, the 1988 Seoul Olympic games, the 1955 Bandung conference, the Berlin wall, and China-Europe relations.

In some cases documents are shown in original scan (in pdf format) while in other cases a transcription is shown.

The website also contains (under ‘Themes’) guided overviews of specific topics through introductory essays, timelines, educational resources, and more.

The Wilson Center Digital Archive is supported by the Korea Foundation, the Republic of Korea Ministry of Unification, the Lenfest Foundation, the Leon Levy Foundation, the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and other donors.

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