FOIA Archive

The following are FBI files of important people throughout history and important events.  

Many of the files are broken into different parts, for easier downloading.  


William Albertson Albertson, William - [ 2,563 Pages, 125.3 MB ] - William Albertson, an American communist party leader who in 1964 was the subject of a snitch jacket, an FBI project to forge and plant a fictional report identifying him as an informant for the Bureau. (Source:
Neil Armstrong Armstrong, Neil - [ 18 Pages, 0.8 MB ] - Neil Alden Armstrong (1930-2012) was a naval aviator and U.S. astronaut. This release consists of 18 pages of FBI file references to Armstrong ranging from 1969 to 1985 relating primarily to requests for FBI name checks in consideration of executive appointment; no derogatory personnel information was found. Redactions were made primarily to protect the privacy of living persons.

John Wilkes BoothBooth, John Wilkes - [ File #1File #2File #3File #4 ] - These records contain correspondence dated 1922-23 of William J. Burns, former Director of the Bureau of Investigation, concerning a theory that Booth lived many years after the assassination of President Lincoln. Also included are the results of a 1948 examination by the FBI Laboratory of a boot said to be worn by Booth on the night of the assassination and a 1977 examination of a diary belonging to Booth.

Clarence Darrow Darrow, Clarence - [ File #1 ] - Clarence Darrow was a lawyer from the 1900's to 1930's. There have been many books on him, an estimated number of fifty. He was the best orator of his time and was coveted at all kinds of debates.Once he had moved from Ohio, he quickly became the most successful lawyer in Chicago, and grew to be the most famous lawyer in all of history. This is Miscellaneous material and correspondence regarding the famous attorney.
William J. Donovan Donovan, William J. - [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7 ] - Background investigation of Major General William J. "Wild Bill" Donovan, Medal of Honor recipient and former Director of the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Albert Einstein Einstein, Albert - [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7File #8File #9File #10File #11File #12File #13File #14 ] - An investigation was conducted by the FBI regarding the famous physicist because of his affiliation with the Communist Party. Einstein was a member, sponsor, or affiliated with thirty-four communist fronts between 1937-1954. He also served as honorary chairman for three communist organizations.
FBI FilesFBI Undercover Operations and Guidelines - [File #1] - Although not a historical figure file, it does should the history of the FBI and the domestic surveillance programs. I felt it would be a fit here.
Henry FordFord, Henry - [ File #1 File #2 File #3 File #4 File #5 ] - These records consist of seven files involving Henry Ford on various subjects, such as his being the victim of an extortion attempt, kidnapping plots, jury tampering, and a State Department investigation.
Leonard Garment Garment, Leonard - [ 338 Pages, 15.26 MB ] - Leonard Garment (May 11, 1924 – July 13, 2013) was an American attorney, public servant, and arts advocate. He served U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford in the White House in various positions from 1969 to 1976, including Counselor to the President, acting Special Counsel to Nixon for the last two years of his presidency, and U.S. Ambassador to the Third Committee at the United Nations.
Armand HammerHammer, Armand - [ File #1 File #2 File #3 File #4 File #5 File #6 File #7 File #8 File #9 File #10 File #11 File #12 ] - Noted entrepreneur and art collector Armand Hammer had extensive import-export dealings with the SovietUnion and personally negotiated with Premier Lenin during the 1920's. He later went into the oil business and became head of the Occidental Petroleum Corporation.
Highlander Folk School Highlander Folk School - [ 1,376 Pages, 64.50 MB ] - The Highlander Folk School was originally established in Grundy County, Tennessee. When Highlander was founded in 1932, the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression. Workers in all parts of the country were met with major resistance by employers when they tried to organize labor unions, especially in the South. Against that backdrop, Horton, West and Dombrowski created the Highlander School "to provide an educational center in the South for the training of rural and industrial leaders, and for the conservation and enrichment of the indigenous cultural values of the mountains." Horton was influenced by observing rural adult education schools in Denmark started in the 19th century by Danish Lutheran Bishop N. F. S. Grundtvig.  During the 1930s and 1940s, the school's main focus was labor education and the training of labor organizers. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
FBI Files History of the FBI (30 mb) - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 | File #8 ] - Although not a historical figure file, it does should the history of the FBI and the domestic surveillance programs. I felt it would be a fit here.
Hoover InstituteHoover Institution (HQ1-5) - [ 355 Pages, 39.96 MB ] - The Hoover Institution is a conservative American public policy think tank located at Stanford University in California. Its official name is the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. It began as a library founded in 1919 by Republican Herbert Hoover, Stanford's self-proclaimed first student, before he became President of the United States. The library, known as the Hoover Institution Library and Archives, houses multiple archives related to Hoover, World War I, World War II, and other world history. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
George KennanKennan, George - [ 732 Pages, 55.61 MB ] - George Frost Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American adviser, diplomat, political scientist, and historian, best known as "the father of containment" and as a key figure in the emergence of the Cold War. He later wrote standard histories of the relations between Soviet Union and the Western powers. He was also a core member of the group of foreign policy elders known as "The Wise Men". Additional records on Kennan are considered classifed.
David Koresh Koresh, David - [ File #1 File #2 ] - David Koresh (born Vernon Wayne Howell; August 17, 1959 – April 19, 1993) was the American leader of the Branch Davidians religious sect, believing himself to be its final prophet. Howell legally changed his name to David Koresh on May 15, 1990 (Koresh being the Persian name of Cyrus the Great (کوروش, Kurosh). A 1993 raid by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the subsequent siege by the FBI ended with the burning of the Branch Davidian ranch outside of Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Koresh, 54 other adults, and 28 children were found dead after the fire.
Albert J. LingoLeFevre, Robert - [ 90 Pages, 29.88 MB ] - Robert LeFevre (13 October 1911 – 13 May 1986) was an American libertarian businessman, radio personality, and primary theorist of autarchism. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Stanley LevisonLevison, Stanley - [Part 01|Part 02|Part 03|Part 04|Part 05|Part 06|Part 07|Part 8a|Part 8b|Part 9a|Part 9b|Part 10a|Part 10b|Part 11a|Part 11b|Part 12a|Part 12b|Part 13a|Part 13b|Part 13c|Part 14a|Part 14b|Part 14c] - This FBI file consists of security investigations of Stanley Levison from the 1950's through the early 1970's. Levison was a key advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.
John L. Lewis Lewis, John L. - [Part 01[1,605 Pages, 81mb]  |Part 02[ 1,088 Pages, 45mb] ] - John L. Lewis, leader of the United Mine Workers of America, along with three other mine officials, was investigated on charges of violating Section 51 of Title 18 of the United States Code. Between 1937 and 1941 they were accused of conspiring to oppress employees from the Mine "B" in Springfield, Illinois from exercising their rights secured to them by the National Labor Relations Act. After a full investigation by the FBI, the Department of Justice decided not to prosecute the case and it was closed in 1943.
Charles Lindbergh Lindbergh, Charles - [ Part 1a | Part 1b | Part 2a | Part 2b | Part 2c | Part 3a | Part 3b | Part 4a | Part 4b | Part 4c | Part 5a | Part 5b | Part 6a | Part 6b | Part 7a | Part 7b ] - Many citizens wrote to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover indicating their mistrust of Lindbergh. The populous questioned Lindbergh's loyalty to the United States. This file consists of letters sent to Director Hoover and newspaper articles written about Mr. Lindbergh.
Thurgood Marshall Marshall, Thurgood - [ 1,409 Pages, 47.17MB ] - Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court's 96th justice and its first African American justice. Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a decision that desegregated public schools. He served on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after being appointed by President John F. Kennedy and then served as the Solicitor General after being appointed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. President Johnson nominated him to the United States Supreme Court in 1967.
Sun Myung Moon Moon, Sun Myung - [ 891 Pages, 61.76MB ] - Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012) was the founder of the Unification Church. This release consists of FBI records concerning Moon and his church. The files show that the FBI investigated Moon briefly for possible violations of U.S. bribery laws, but no charges were made. The Bureau also received a large number of public complaints about the Unification Church's activities, which constitute the bulk of this release.
NRA National Rifle Association (NRA) HQ1 - [ 211 Pages, 24.08MB ] - The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1871 that promotes firearm competency, safety, and ownership, as well as police training, marksmanship, hunting and self-defense training in the United States. The NRA is also one of the United States' largest certifying bodies for firearm safety training and proficiency training courses for police departments, recreational hunting, and child firearm safety. The organization publishes several magazines and sponsors marksmanship events featuring shooting skill and sports.

This release of documents concerned the FBI's investigation into the NRA through the 1950s and 1960s, and the public outrage. Very interesting to read the letters submitted to the FBI regarding their probe of the organization. (Source: Ernie Lazar)

National States' Right Party National States' Rights Party - [ 69 Pages, 5.21MB ] - The National States' Rights Party was a far right, white supremacist party that briefly played a minor role in the politics of the United States.
Dr. Alton Ochsner Ochsner Sr., Dr. Alton - [ 31 Pages, 20.81MB ] - Alton Ochsner, Sr. (May 4, 1896 – September 24, 1981), was a surgeon and medical researcher who worked at Tulane University and other New Orleans hospitals before he established his own world-renowned The Ochsner Clinic, now known as Ochsner Foundation Hospital. Among its many services are heart transplants. 
J. Robert Oppenheimer Oppenheimer, J. Robert - [ 1,251 Pages, 75.31MB ] - Julius Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is among the persons who are often called the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945, in the Trinity test in New Mexico; Oppenheimer remarked later that it brought to mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
Anna M. Rosenberg Rosenberg, Anna M.- [ File #1 18.71MB |  | File #2 34.90MB | File #3 30.93MB | File #4 19.03MB  | File #5 14.24MB  | File #6 17.96MB | File #7 23.96MB  | File #8 20.64MB  | File #9 12.08MB | File #10 4.04MB | File #11 7.53MB  | File #12 20.42MB  | File #13 1.00MB ] [1,843 Total Pages ] - Anna Marie Rosenberg, (June 19, 1902 – May 9, 1983), later Anna Rosenberg Hoffman, was a public official and businesswoman. Born in Budapest, Anna Lederer immigrated with her family to the US in 1912. In 1919 she married Julius Rosenberg, a Jewish American member of the upper class (not to be confused with nuclear spy Julius Rosenberg). During World War II, she served in numerous government positions including regional director of the War Manpower Commission from 1942 to 1945. She ran a consulting business, with customers that included large businesses and public figures. She was awarded the Medal of Freedom in 1945, and was a recipient of the Medal for Merit in 1947, along with two other women, Mary Shotwell Ingraham and Elmira Bears Wickenden. In late 1950, she was nominated for assistant Secretary of Defense. Joseph McCarthy and his staff launched an all-out campaign to oppose her nomination, but she was recommended by the Senate Armed Services Committee. In spite of all opposition, in November 1950 she was named assistant Secretary of Defense, a post she held until January 1953.
Carl Sagan Sagan, Carl - [ File #1 ] - Dr. Carl Sagan on November 15, 1983, received a letter addressed to him at the Space Science Building, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. The letter spun stories of possible terrorist happenings. The communiqué was signed "M. Springfield." A pretext call was made to M. Springfield who was located in the telephone directory. The call revealed that M. Springfield died in 1972, and his widow now resides at the address. She had no knowledge of the letter sent to Dr. Sagan.
FBI Files Serial Killers in the United States - 1960 to Present - [ File #1 | File #2 ] - Information on serial killers provided by the FBI's Training Division and Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico, Virginia.
Socialist Party Socialist Party - [ File #1 (NYC-3) 23.43MB | File #2 (NYC-4) 28.18MB ] - [ 711 Total Pages ] - Doctor Frederick Charles Schwarz (15 January 1913 – 24 January 2009) was an Australian physician and political activist who founded the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade (CACC). He made a number of speaking tours in the USA in the 1950s, and in 1960 moved his base of operations to California.  He was the author of the international bestseller, You Can Trust The Communists (to be Communists) (Prentice Hall, 1960). Dr Schwarz worked with his wife, Lillian Schwarz, from abroad and, in his later years, at their home in Camden, near Sydney, in the Australian state of New South Wales. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation - [ File #1File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 | File #8 | File #9 | File #10 | File #11 | File #12 ] - [ 3,047 Total Pages ] - The Society of Former Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (SFSAFBI) is the official world-wide benevolent service organization for former Special Agents of the FBI. In 1972, the Society was called "Mr. Hoover's Loyal Legion" by Nation Magazine. The Society of Former Special Agents was founded in 1937, and its membership, restricted to former Special Agents of the FBI, has grown to almost eight thousand men and women who previously served as Special Agents of the FBI. Located in Dumfries, Virginia, it has 129 nationwide chapters. Through the Former Agents of the FBI Foundation, created by the Society to further its charitable work, it has established several law enforcement awards, including the "Louis E. Peters Memorial Award," which is jointly awarded by it and the FBI, and is the highest public service award recognized by the FBI. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Fred Schwarz Schwarz, Fred - [ File #1 14.46MB | File #2 36.15MB | File #3 18.23MB | File #4 14.63MB | File #5 5.70MB ] - [ 711 Total Pages ] - Doctor Frederick Charles Schwarz (15 January 1913 – 24 January 2009) was an Australian physician and political activist who founded the Christian Anti-Communism Crusade (CACC). He made a number of speaking tours in the USA in the 1950s, and in 1960 moved his base of operations to California.  He was the author of the international bestseller, You Can Trust The Communists (to be Communists) (Prentice Hall, 1960). Dr Schwarz worked with his wife, Lillian Schwarz, from abroad and, in his later years, at their home in Camden, near Sydney, in the Australian state of New South Wales. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Nikola Tesla Tesla, Nikola - [ 290 Pages, 53.52MB ] - Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.  Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before emigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla as a consultant to help develop a power system using alternating current. Tesla is also known for his high-voltage, high-frequency power experiments in New York and Colorado Springs which included patented devices and theoretical work used in the invention of radio communication, for his X-ray experiments, and for his ill-fated attempt at intercontinental wireless transmission in his unfinished Wardenclyffe Tower project.
Arthur Trudeau Trudeau, General Arthur - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 ] - [ 360 Pages Total ] - Arthur Gilbert Trudeau (July 5, 1902 in Middlebury, Vermont – June 5, 1991, Chevy Chase, Maryland) was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army best known for his command of the 7th Infantry Division during the battle of Battle of Pork Chop Hill during the Korean War. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Wackenhut Wackenhut Corporation - [ File #1 51.0MB | File #2 19.09MB | File #3 30.36MB | File #4 20.36MB ] - [ 1,023 Total Pages ] -  The Wackenhut Corporation was founded in 1954, in Coral Gables, Florida, by George Wackenhut and three partners (all former FBI agents). In 2002 the company was acquired for $570 million by Danish corporation Group 4 Falck (itself then merged to form British company G4S in 2004).[1] In 2010, G4S Wackenhut changed its name to G4S Secure Solutions (USA) to reflect the new business model. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
Donald L. West West, Rev. Donald L. - [ File #1File #2File #3File #4File #5File #6File #7File #8File #9File #10File #11File #12File #13File #14 |  ] - [ 2,398 Total Pages ] -  No biography available. (Source: Ernie Lazar)
White Supremecist White Supremecist Groups - [ 78 Pages, 10.94MB ] - White supremacy is the belief of, and/or promotion of the belief, that white people are superior to people of other racial backgrounds and that therefore whites should politically, economically and socially dominate non-whites. The term is also used to describe a political ideology that perpetuates and maintains the social, political, historical and/or industrial dominance of whites. Different forms of white supremacy have different conceptions of who is considered white, and different white supremacist identify various groups as their primary enemy.
Bertram Wolfe Wolfe, Bertram - [ File #1, 21.4MB | File #2 23.09MB | File #3 14.05MB ] [ 546 Total Pages ] -  Bertram David "Bert" Wolfe (1896–1977) was an American scholar and former communist best known for biographical studies of Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Leon Trotsky, and Diego Rivera. (Source: Ernie Lazar)


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