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Cold War History A Resource Guide: Espionage in the Cold War

Venona Intercepts

Venona was a top-secret U.S. effort to gather and decrypt messages sent in the 1940s by agents of what is now called the KGB and the GRU, the Soviet military intelligence agency. The cables revealed the identities of numerous Americans who were spies for the Soviet Union.

VENONA (National Security Agency)

VENONA: Soviet Espionage and the American Response, 1939-1957 (Central Intelligence Agency)

Venona : the greatest secret of the Cold War


CIA's Historical Collection Publications

CIA "Library"

"The Library contains a wealth of information, from unclassified current publications to basic references, reports and maps. The Library features our most popular publication, The World Factbook, and our online directory of Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments. It also features numerous documents and articles of historical significance, including those found in Studies in Intelligence."  Selected titles:

Encyclopedia of Cold War espionage, spies, and secret operations

FBI Records: The Vault: Foreign Counter Intelligence

Federal Bureau of Investigation: Resources in the MSU Libraries

Secrets, Lies, and Atomic Spies

Companion Web site to PBS "Nova" episode " originally broadcast on February 5, 2002. The program chronicles the lives and covert activities of the so-called "atom spies" in the 1940's, including the big one that got away, Theodore Alvin Hall."

Subject Guide

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Sarah Klimek
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Michigan State University