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CIA Histories

CIA histories produced within the Agency, divided by type and listed chronologically by the beginning of their coverage. You may also be interested in early CIA, SSU and OSS Files.

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Pre-CIA Histories

  • Office of Strategic Services Headquarters and Organization
  • Office of Strategic Services Operations in the Field
  • Donovan and the CIA: A History of the Establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Historical Background of the Central Intelligence Agency

    General CIA Histories

  • A Curator's Pocket History of the CIA
  • CIA Chronology 1940-1953
  • Legislative History of [Creation of] the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Planning and Construction of CIA Headquarters (January 1946-July 1963)
  • CIA Historical Staff Chronology Volume 1 1946-1955

  • History of SIGINT in the CIA, 1947-1970
  • CIA Family Jewels 1947-1973
  • CIA Organization and Functions 1949
  • CIA Organizational History 1950-1953
  • CIA Junior Officer Training Program 1950-1966

  • The Cable Secretariat 1952-1966
  • Organization, Functions and Activities of the Office of Security April 1959
  • 50 Years in Langley - Recollections of the Construction of CIA's Original Headquarters Building 1961-2011
  • The Long Range Plan of the Central Intelligence Agency, circa 1965
  • CIA Watergate History

  • State of the Directorate 1974
  • Eagle And Swastika: CIA and Nazi War Criminals and Collaborators
  • History of the Office of Communication

    Directors of Central Intelligence

  • Directors of Central Intelligence as Leaders of U. S. Intelligence Community 1946– 2005

  • General Walter Bedell Smith as Director of Central Intelligence October 1950 - February 1953 | Complete set
  • General Walter Bedell Smith as CIA Director - Volume I: The Essential Background
  • General Walter Bedell Smith as CIA Director - Volume II: Bedell Smith Takes Command
  • General Walter Bedell Smith as CIA Director - Volume III: Reorganization Pursuant to NSC 50
  • General Walter Bedell Smith as CIA Director - Volume VI: The War Emergency and the Clandestine Services

  • General Walter Bedell Smith as CIA Director - Volume V: External Relations
  • General Walter Bedell Smith as CIA Director - Index

  • Allen Welsh Dulles as CIA Director - Volume I: The Man
  • Allen Welsh Dulles as CIA Director - Volume II: Coordination of Intelligence
  • Allen Welsh Dulles as CIA Director - Volume III: Covert Activities
  • Allen Welsh Dulles as CIA Director - Volume IV: Congressional Oversight and Internal Administration
  • Allen Welsh Dulles as CIA Director - Volume V: Intelligence Support of Policy

  • John McCone as Director of Central Intelligence, 1961-1965
  • Richard Helms as Director of Central Intelligence, 1966-1973
  • William Colby as Director of Central Intelligence 1973-1976

    Clandestine Services Histories

  • Civil Air Transport (CAT): A Proprietary Airline 1946-1955
  • The Evolution of Ground Paramilitary Activities at the Staff Level October 1949 - September 1955
  • The Secret War In Korea, June 1950 - June 1952
  • Overthrow of Premier Mossadeq Of Iran, November 1952- August 1953
  • Southeast Asia Communications Activity (SEACA) And Its [redacted] 1951-1964

  • The Berlin Tunnel Operation 1952-1956
  • Paramilitary Action Against the Castro Government of Cuba, March 17 1960 - May 1961

    Support Services Histories

  • Security Program of the CIA 1941-1968 Volume 1: An Overview
  • Security Program of the CIA 1941-1968 Volume 2: Personnel Security

  • Printing for Intelligence 1942-1968
  • Office Of Logistics: An Overview 1945-1970
  • Personnel Placement In CIA 1946-1971
  • Office of Personnel Position Management and Compensation Division 1946-1967
  • Overview of the Office of Medical Services 1947-1972

  • The Development of Retirement Policy in CIA 1947-1968
  • Personnel Records and Reports Control Division, Office Of Personnel 1947-1971
  • Fitness Reporting in CIA 1947-1969
  • Agency Training August 1949-July 1951
  • Personnel and Training in Logistics November 1950-December 1969

  • Special Activities Staff, 1957-1970

  • Office of Training July 1951-January 1966 Volume 1: Definition and Consolidation
  • Office of Training July 1951-January 1966 Volume 2: Growth and Development
  • Office of Training July 1951-January 1966 Volume 3: Management and Support
  • Office of Training July 1951-January 1966 Volume 4: The Intelligence School
  • Office of Training July 1951-January 1966 Volume 5: Language and Area School and the School of International Communism

  • CIA Supply Division 1951-1970
  • Reluctant Retirees - Outplacement, Second-Career Counseling and Retiree Placement 1957-1967
  • Housekeeping Plus CIA's Logistics Services Division 1961-1971
  • History of the Retirement Counseling and Placement Staff (with Attachments) June 19 1967-March 14 1969

    DCI Historical Series

  • The Central Intelligence Agency: An Instrument of Government (through 1950)
  • Support Functions Organization and Accomplishments of the DDA-DDS Group 1953-1956

    Foreign Broadcast Information Service

  • Background on Development of Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service History, 1941-1947
  • Foreign Documents Division 1946-1967
  • Foreign Broadcast Information Service History 1957-1967

    Directorate of Science and Technology Historical Series

  • History of the Office of Special Activities From Inception to 1969
  • Directorate for Science and Technology 1962-1970
  • Office of Scientific Intelligence 1949-1968
  • National Photographic Interpretation Center: Antecedents and Early Years
  • National Photographic Interpretation Center: HTAUTOMAT, 1956-1958

    Directorate of Intelligence Historical Series

  • National Intelligence Survey Program 1948-1968
  • A History of the Central Intelligence Bulletin 1951-1967

    Programs and Operations

  • Operation PBSUCCESS: The United States and Guatemala 1952-1954
  • The U-2 and OXCART Programs, 1954-1974
  • A Documentary History of the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962

    Inter-Agency Relationships and Histories

  • CIA and the Origins of the BND, 1945-1949
  • CIA’s Relationship with Congress, 1946–2004
  • CIA and the Origins of the BND, 1949-1956
  • Chronology of NRO-CIA Relationships | Produced by NRO
  • Getting to Know the President: CIA Briefings of Presidential Candidates 1952-1992

  • Getting to Know the President: CIA Briefings of Presidential Candidates 1952-2004
  • President's Daily Brief: Delivering Intelligence to Kennedy and Johnson

    Vietnam Histories

  • CIA and the Generals: Covert Support to Military Government in South Vietnam
  • CIA and the House of Ngo: Covert Action in South Vietnam, 1954-1963
  • CIA and Rural Pacification in South Vietnam
  • CIA's Estimate of Arms Traffic Through Sihanoukville, Cambodia During the Vietnam War
  • The Way We Do Things: Black Entry Operations Into North Vietnam
  • Undercover Armies: CIA and Surrogate Warfare in Laos

    Bay of Pigs Histories

  • Bay of Pigs Volume I: Air Operations, March 1960-April 1961
  • Bay of Pigs Volume II: Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy 92
  • Bay of Pigs Volume III: Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1959-January 1961
  • Bay of Pigs Volume IV: The Taylor Committee Investigation of the Bay of Pigs
  • Bay of Pigs Volume V (draft): CIA's Internal Investigation of the Bay of Pigs