The FBI COINTELPRO Files
An Archival Collection

Political Research Associates houses an archival collection of over 30,000 pages of FBI COINTELPRO files sorted by major program and then by city. This is not the usual way such files are sorted, and increases the ability of activists and researchers to track how FBI COINTELPRO campaings targeted specific cities.

In addition, PRA has a special collection of FBI COINTELPRO files that reference operations involving the media This includes incidents of the FBI feeding derogatory information about activists to corporate media; or disrupting the alternative and underground press.

PRA also has other related FBI files, and a large collection of books about the FBI, Civil Liberties, Surveillance Abuse, and Political Repression.

All of these FBI documents are avaiable to be studied or photocopied at the PRA library archive in Somerville, MA.


The Collection:

Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO)---"New Left"

Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO)---"Black Nationalist - Hate Groups"

(COINTELPRO) "Counterintelligence and Special Operations—Nationalities Intelligence"

(COINTELPRO) "Counterintelligence and Special Operations—Research Section"

(COINTELPRO) "Counterintelligence Program Files Referencing Media Operations"

Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO)
New Left

 

Files Sorted by City

  • Albany (NY)
  • Alexandria (VA)
  • Atlanta (GA)
  • Baltimore (MD)
  • Birmingham (AL)
  • Boston (MA)
  • Buffalo (NY)
  • Butte (MT)
  • Charlotte (NC)
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Cincinnati (OH)
  • Cleveland (OH)
  • Columbia (SC)
  • Dallas (TX)
  • Denver (CO)
  • Detroit (MI)
  • El Paso (TX)
  • Houston (TX)
  • Honolulu (HI)
  • Indianapolis (IN)
  • Kansas City (KA)
  • Knoxville (TN)
  • Las Vegas (NV)
  • Little Rock (AR)

  • Los Angeles (CA)
  • Louisville (KY)
  • Memphis (TN)
  • Miami (FL)
  • Milwaukee (WI)
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Mobile (AL)
  • New Haven (CT)
  • New Orleans (LA)
  • Norfolk (VA)
  • Oklahoma City (OK)
  • Omaha (NE)
  • Philadelphia (PA)
  • Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Portland (OR)
  • Sacramento (CA)
  • San Antonio (TX)
  • San Diego (CA)
  • San Juan (PR)
  • Savannah (GA)
  • Seattle (WA)
  • Springfield (IL)
  • St. Louis (MO)
  • Washington (DC) Field Office

Special Files

  • Internal Memos
  • International: Tokyo

Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO)
Black Nationalist - Hate Groups

(Racial Matters) Black Extremists,
   Black Panther Party (BPP),
   Nation of Islam (NOI)

Files Sorted by City

  • Albany (NY)
  • Alexandria (VA)
  • Atlanta (GA)
  • Baltimore (MD)
  • Birmingham (AL)
  • Boston (MA)
  • Buffalo (NY)
  • Charlotte (NC)
  • Chicago (IL)
  • Cincinnati (OH)
  • Cleveland (OH)
  • Columbia (SC)
  • Dallas (TX)
  • Denver (CO)
  • Detroit (MI)
  • El Paso (TX)
  • Houston (TX)
  • Honolulu (HI)
  • Indianapolis (IN)
  • Jackson (MS)
  • Jacksonville (FL)
  • Kansas City (KA)
  • Las Vegas (NV)
  • Los Angeles (CA)

  • Louisville (KY)
  • Memphis (TN)
  • Miami (FL)
  • Milwaukee (WI)
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Mobile (AL)
  • Newark (NJ)
  • New Haven (CT)
  • New Orleans (LA)
  • Norfolk (VA)
  • Oklahoma City (OK)
  • Omaha (NE)
  • Philadelphia (PA)
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Pittsburgh (PA)
  • Portland (OR)
  • Sacramento (CA)
  • San Antonio (TX)
  • San Diego (CA)
  • San Juan (PR)
  • Savannah (GA)
  • Seattle (WA)
  • Springfield (IL)
  • St. Louis (MO)
  • Tampa (FL)
  • Washington (DC) Field Office

Special Files

  • Direcftor of FBI: COrrespondence
  • Internal Memos
  • International:
    • Bonn
    • Ottawa
    • Paris

Counterintelligence and Special Operations
—Nationalities Intelligence

  • Internal Memos
  • International:
    • Bonn
    • Buenos Aires
    • Hong Kong
    • Manila
    • Paris
    • Vietnam
Cities:
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Washington (DC) Field Office

Counterintelligence and Special Operations
—Research Section

  • Director of FBI: Correspondence
  • Internal Memos
  • International:
    • Ottawa
    • Paris

Cities

  • Baltimore
  • Los Angeles
  • Newark
  • New York
  • Omaha

 

  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Antonio
  • San Francisco
  • St. Louis

Read the actual FBI COINTELPRO documents summarizing a campaign in Philadelphia in 1967 to target Black activists and "neutralize" dissent.

Selected Articles:

Introduction to COINTELPRO by Noam Chomsky - Public Eye Magazine 1978

Overview of COINTELPRO by Mark Ryter - Public Eye Magazine 1978

Hunt for Red Menace by Chip Berlet

David Kaplan of California's Center for Investigative Reporting called COINTELPRO "the largest known program yet in domestic suverillance." Kaplan observed that "between 1965 and 1975, the FBI opened more than 500,000 intelligence files on more than one million Americans, according to a Congressional report.... Among the Bureau's targets: Martin Luther King and the civil rights movement, anti-Vietnam War Groups, and the underground press." 


 
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