Archiving Network Television: The John Martin Collection

Klaus Barbie’s stories are among more than 300 available for screening by scholars in a network television news archive.

Silencing the Archive

How oral history interviews can reveal gaps and distortions in written records 

This post is an excerpt from an article by Anca Șincan, "Silencing the Archive – A Methodological Insight into the Research for the Study 'A Day in the Life of an Inspector for Religious Denomination,'" Anuarul Institutului de Cercetări Socio-Umane "Gheorghe Şincai," Tîrgu-Mureş, XV/2012, pp. 144-155.

What Defines An Archive? Ask a Jewel Thief

Klaus Barbie, World War II Gestapo Chief in Lyon, France, admitted wartime atrocities in audio tapes uncovered by ABC News after his arrest in 1983.

Thirty-four years ago this month, on August 16, 1983, the United States Government issued a formal apology to the government and people of France. It came with a shocking admission.

Iranian Azerbaijan in the Former Soviet Archives

Throughout the 1940s, Iranian Azerbaijan occupied an important place in the Soviet Union’s foreign policy. The region was the site of perhaps the Cold War’s first crisis, sparked by the Soviet Union's refusal to return control of Iranian territory at the end of World War II and the creation of the shortlived People's Republic of Azerbaijan. Stalin eventually bowed to Western pressure and withdrew Soviet troops in late 1946.

Inside the Closed Cuban Archives

Piero Gleijeses describes his experience in the closed, post-1959 Cuban archives

Tracking Down Oral History Sources

Seven ways to find and contact your interviewee

In a recent post on running oral history projects, Elisabeth Roehrlich shares recommendations for conducting effective interviews. Yet the interview is only half the battle—simply contacting interviewees from elite political and government backgrounds can be a serious challenge.

Looted Stasi Files Reappear in Denmark After Over 60 Years

Above: A footprint is visible on the back of one of the documents taken during the 1953 uprising.

Researching the Global Cold War in South Africa’s Archives

Archives in Pretoria and Bloemfontein offer opportunities for researchers of nuclear and Cold War history.

South Africa is the only state to develop and later renounce nuclear weapons. Yet many questions about the scope of the program and the decisions that lead to its termination between 1989-90 remain. As access to archives and primary sources expands, the South African case deserves renewed attention.

Treasures Unseen: The Opening of Nehru’s Post-47 Papers

A trove of invaluable evidence on decolonization and the global Cold War from India’s leading statesmen

North Korea and the East German Stasi, 1987-1989

The archives of the East German Stasi feature revelations about North Korea’s intelligence services and international relations at the end of the Cold War

Although the archives of the former Soviet Union and the Eastern bloc have revealed much about North Korea’s foreign policies and the country’s domestic conditions, these sources tell us very little about North Korea’s international intelligence cooperation, its domestic intelligence services, or its military structures and practices.