Cold War

This post features primary sources related to the Cold War with an emphasis on Soviet documents and the Soviet Union’s participation in the conflict.

If you know of similar sources you would like to suggest for this post, please leave a comment with its bibliographical information.

I. Espionage (sources available at/through the UMW library):

Venona: Soviet Espionage and the American Response 1939-1957, Robert Louis Benson, Michael Warner, editors (Washington, DC: NSA and CIA, 1996).

Ia. Espionage (sources available at Library of Congress):

Venona Project Records, 1940-1996 (bulk 1941-1945)

II. US Intelligence Reports on the Soviet Union (sources available at/through the UMW library):

Selected Estimates on the Soviet Union, 1950-1959, editor, Scott A. Koch (Washington, DC: CIA, 1993).

The Caesar, Polo, and ESAU Papers: Cold War Era Hard Target Analysis of Soviet and Chinese Policy and Decision Making, 1953-1973 (

III. Links to content-based websites on Cold War history:

1. Cold War International History Project:

2. National Security Agency’s Declassification Initiatives:

IV. Sources in Our Library

An Assessment of the Aldrich H. Ames espionage case and its implications for U.S. intelligence: report / prepared by the staff of the Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate, One Hundred Third Congress, second session. Washington: GPO, 1994. UB271.R92 A538 1994b

Central Intelligence Agency. Assessing the Soviet Threat: the Early Cold War Years. Central Intelligence Agency, 1997. DK274.A84 1997

Central Intelligence Agency. At Cold War’s End: US Intelligence on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1989-1991. Central Intelligence Agency, 1999. DK274.A8 1999

Central Intelligence Agency. Selected Estimates on the Soviet Union, 1950-1959. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 1993. DK267.S4 1993

Crozier, Brian. The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire. Rocklin: Forum, in Association With National Review, 1999. DK 266 .C758 1999

Keefer, Edward. Soviet-American Relations: The Détente Years, 1969-1972. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 2007. E183.8.S65 S68 2007

Kennedy, John F. The Kennedy-Khrushchev Letters. The Woodlands, TX: New Century Books, 2001. E183.8.S65 K474 2001

Klimow, Gregory. The Terror Machine: The Inside Story of the Soviet Administration in Germany. New York: Praeger, 1953. DK268.K53 A313

Sakwa, Richard. The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union, 1917-1991. London, New York: Routledge, 1999. DK266.S28 1999

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