Databases:

The National Archives: Cabinet Papers, 1915-1986

 

Foreign Relations of the United States: 

The Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series presents the official documentary historical record of major U.S. foreign policy decisions and significant diplomatic activity.

  • https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments

 

The US Presidential Libraries hold a wealth of documents:

  • http://www.trumanlibrary.org/photos/av-photo.
  • htmhttp://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/research/online_document.html
  • http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/holdings/content.asp

 

Wilson Center, Digital Archive:

The Digital Archive contains once-secret documents from governments ( and especially the Soviet Union) all across the globe, uncovering new sources and providing fresh insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy. It collects the research of two Wilson Center projects which focus on the interrelated histories of the Cold War, and Nuclear Proliferation. The third link points to publications based on these declassified documents

  • http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/theme/cold-war-history
  • http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/theme/nuclear-history
  • http://www.wilsoncenter.org/program-publications/Cold%20War%20International%20History%20Project

 

The 20th Century British Collection of Newspapers:

This is not a collection of all newspapers, but it does contain a sample of many London and provincial titles.

  • https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/library/subjects/newspapers

 

British History Online:

For those of you interested in looking at the policies of the state – the crown and privy council, secretaries of state- and parliamentary debates, there are many available sources, although they are not always easy to locate. A very useful electronic site is British History Online (BHO): www.british-history.ac.uk

Here, you will find the contemporary Journals of the Houses of Commons and Lords, which summarise proceedings, although the summaries are pretty brief. There are also some sources which contain fuller records of parliamentary debates on the same page, for certain periods- when using these, make careful note of the nature of the source that you are using.

 

German History in Documents and Images:

(GHDI) is a comprehensive collection of primary source materials documenting Germany’s political, social, and cultural history from 1500 to the present.

  • http://germanhistorydocs.ghi-dc.org/home.cfm

 

The Digital National Security Archive:

The Digital National Security Archive contains the most comprehensive set of declassified government documents available.

  • http://nsarchive.chadwyck.com/marketing/index.jsp

 

The Avalon Project – Documents in History, Law, and Diplomacy:

  • http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/20th.asp

 

The Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security:

PHP provides new scholarly perspectives on contemporary international history by collecting, publishing, and interpreting formerly secret governmental documents.

  • http://www.php.isn.ethz.ch/index.cfm

 

The Harvard Project on Cold War Studies:

The Cold War Studies program at Harvard University’s Davis Center promotes archival research in former East-bloc countries and seeks to expand and enrich what is known about Cold War events and themes.

  • http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/coldwarstudies/home

 

CVCE: The research infrastructure on European Integration:

  • http://www.cvce.eu/en/hom

 

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution: A History in Documents:

  • http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB76/

 

Kings College London: Oral History Witness Seminars:

  • http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/icbh/witness/OnlineArchive.aspx

 

Central Intelligence Agency:

  • http://www.foia.cia.gov/

 

Printed Primary Sources:

An excellent collection of documents on the Cold War:

 

Secondary Resources:

For Cold War history, the best way to find out what has been published on a subject is via the online Historical Abstracts  (via EBSCOhost): https://www.ebscohost.com/academic/historical-abstracts 

  • WorldCat – http://www.worldcat.org/

The Bibliography of British and Irish History (BBIH) is the most extensive guide available to published writing on British and Irish history: http://www.history.ac.uk/projects/bbih

There are also two journals dedicated to Cold War History: