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Special Exhibits

These unusual collections reflect special events, stimulating projects, issues of lasting significance – or just memorable historical moments – that have caught the Archive’s interest over the years.
Mar 2, 2021 | Special Exhibit
Washington, D.C., March 2, 2021 – The first and only president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, is turning 90 years old today in Moscow.   On the occasion of his anniversary, the...
Bridge project
Oct 7, 2020 | Special Exhibit
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Dec 9, 2018 | Special Exhibit
The Reagan-era Iran-Contra affair lit up the political skies over Washington for well over a year in the late 1980s.  The biggest scandal since Watergate, it dominated the news starting in late 1986...
Nov 1, 2017 | Special Exhibit
Over the years, we've seen countless cases of a government agency or official refusing to declassify a document on national security grounds, only to find out it's already been safely released to the...
Oct 12, 2012 | Special Exhibit
The Cuban missile crisis 50th anniversary
Aug 12, 2012 | Special Exhibit
Starting in the early 1990s, the Carter-Brezhnev Project brought together not only policy veterans from the U.S. and USSR, but scholars from several institutions, with three main sponsors - the...
Sep 16, 2011 | Special Exhibit
What Were the 11 Missing Words? Enter the National Security Archive’s Reader Contest! Washington, DC, September 16, 2011 - For the first time ever, all three major editions of the Pentagon Papers are...
Aug 25, 2009 | Special Exhibit
Posted below is a side-by-side comparison of the Bush and Obama administration versions of the 2004 CIA Inspector General Report on Torture.
Xenon for Bregenz, image © 2004 Jenny Holzer, courtesy ARS, NY.
Jun 17, 2004 | Special Exhibit
Washington D.C., June 17, 2004 - Noted modern artist Jenny Holzer, whose signature "xenon" film projectors have cast monumental light images of texts and truisms on the sides of buildings and...
Oct 29, 2002 | Special Exhibit
Press releases, selected documents, photographs, audio clips and other material from the historic conference in Havana. Formerly secret documents from U.S., Cuban, Soviet and East Bloc archives....
Jan 1, 1995 | Special Exhibit
Of all the requests made each year to the National Archives for reproductions of photographs and documents, one item has been requested more than any other. That item, more requested than the Bill of...