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Pentagon Papers Now Online

by Emily Rogers on June 14, 2011 in Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

On the fortieth anniversary of the original New York Times publication of leaked selections from the Pentagon Papers, June 13, 1971, the National Archives has begun releasing the full Pentagon Papers report online as PDF documents.  Print copies of the now declassified papers became available for review at the National Archives in College Park, MA, and at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston,  MA, the Lyndon Johnson Library in Austin, TX, and the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA.

Read the National Archives’ press release summarizing the history of and process for releasing the Pentagon Papers, formally titled the “Report of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Vietnam Task Force,” 34% of which have never previously been released.  The press release also contains external links to key moments from Pentagon Papers history, including an interview with Daniel Ellsberg, source for the original leak, and a video of Senator Mike Gravel reading the papers aloud into the public record.

Odum Library has the book of the papers as originally published in the New York Times on the second floor at call number  E183.8.V5 P4 1971b. Our Government Documents collection holds two 1972 Senate staff studies based on the Pentagon Papers:  U.S. Involvement in the Overthrow of Diem, 1963, at documents call number Y 4.F 76/2:D 56/963/no. 3, and Bombing as a Policy Tool in Vietnam, at Y 4.F 76/2:V 67/23.

Need help? Just contact VSU’s Government Information Librarian at 229.245.3748, or click on Live Chat on the library’s home page.

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