FBI Files: Historical Figures
FOIA Document Archive
Historical Figure FBI Files
The following are FBI files of important people throughout history and important events.
- Booth, John Wilkes - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #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.
- Brecht, Bertolt - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 ] - 1940's internal security investigation of Bertolt Brecht, author and poet, due to his affiliation with Soviet officials and other known communists.
- Chavez, Cesar - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 ] - 1940's internal security investigation of Bertolt Brecht, author and poet, due to his affiliation with Soviet officials and other known communists.
- 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.
- Donovan, William J. - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #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.
- DuBois, William E.B. - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 ] - William E.B. DuBois, former Director of Publications of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was of interest to the FBI due to his affiliation with communist front groups.
- Einstein, Albert - [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 | File #8 | File #9 | File #10 | File #11 | File #12 | File #13 | File #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.
- Fard, Wallace - [ File # 1 | File # 2 | File # 3 | File # 4 | File # 5 | File # 6 | File # 7 ] - Miscellaneous information about Wallace D. Fard, who is said to be the original founder of the Black Muslim movement.
- Faulkner, William - [ File #1 ] - The FBI investigated a possible extortion violation in 1957 when the wife of the famous author received several phone calls asking for $500 for certain information about her husband.
- FBI Undercover Operations and Guidelines - [ File #1 ]
- Ford, 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.
- Hammer, 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.
- History of the FBI (30 mb) - [ File #1 ]
- Hoffman, Abbie - [ Part 1a | Part 1b | Part 02 | Part 03 | Part 04 | Part 5a | Part 5b | Part 6a | Part 6b | Part 07 | Part 8a | Part 8b | Part 09 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14a | Part 14b | Part 15 | Part 16 | Part 17 | Part 18 | Part 19 | Part 20 | Part 21 | Part 22a | Part 22b | Part 23a | Part 23b | Part 24a | Part 24b | Part 25a | Part 25b | Part 25c | Part 25d | Part 26 ] - Abbie Hoffman, an activist and anarchist in the 1960's and 70's, was Co-Founder of the Youth International Party (YIP a.k.a. Yippies). He was also one of the"Chicago Seven". In view of Hoffman's anarchist actions, he was the subject of a security investigation in 1968. He was also the subject of an anti-riot law investigation as a result of his leadership in disturbances at the 1968 Democratic National Convention (DEMCON) in Chicago.
- King, Jr., Martin Luther - [ File #1 | File #2 ]
- Levison, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Malcolm X - [ Part 01 | Part 02 | Part 03 ] - Malcom X was the Minister of the Nation of Islam up to March 1964. He left the Nation of Islam and formed the Muslim Mosque, Inc. and the Organization of Afro-American Unity. Malcom X was assassinated in 1965 while delivering a speech in New York City. Norman Butler, Thomas Johnson and Talmage Hayer were convicted of Malcom X's murder and all three were sentenced to life in prison. The FBI investigated Malcom X to verify communist influence.
- Safire, William Lewis- [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 ] - On April 7, 2010, the FBI released six files totaling 345 pages on William L. Safire, a Pulitzer Prize winning political columnist and a speechwriter for President Nixon who died on September 27, 2009.
Over the course of his journalistic and political career, Mr. Safire came to the attention of the FBI in several matters. The main files released document four separate investigations between 1965 and 1994. Only one of these investigations concerned a potential criminal matter involving leaks of classified material to newspaper reporters. No evidence of improper or illegal leaks by Safire was found by the Bureau.
- 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.
- 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.
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