Hidden Gem: The Pentagon Papers

With so many resources at the library, it’s impossible to know about all the awesome and unique collections available. So, we’re highlighting some of our favorite lesser known collections in our Hidden Gems series.  These are collections that are tucked away in larger library resources that you may not know exist.   

The HeinOnline legal resources database includes several hidden gems including a collection containing the complete “Pentagon Papers.”  To access, simply select this collection under the “Browse Databases by Name” menu.  

Screen shot of the list of collections under the browse database by name category.

Officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, these “Pentagon Papers” are a United States Department of Defense history of the United States’ political-military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967.  These papers were made famous when released to the New York Times in 1971.  They showed that the U.S. government had systematically lied to the public in regard to the scope, aims, and extent of the government’s involvement not only in Vietnam, but the whole of South East Asia during this period.  The 47 volumes with more than 8,000 pages comprising this collection are fully searchable through HeinOnline.  If you are interested in any aspect of the conflict in South East Asia and the actions throughout the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson, this is a major source of historical significance.   

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