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The collections can be searched by selecting their title and may also be searched by using the Virtual Reading Room Documents Search tool. The documents within each collection are included in the number of total searchable documents.

Secretary Clinton Emails

In December 2014, former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton provided the Department with emails that were sent or received by her while she was Secretary of State.

The Department conducted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) review of all emails provided by former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Starting in June 2015, a new set of emails from this collection was released on this site at the end of each month. These monthly releases continued until the entire collection of records was reviewed for public release. All releasable records are now available on this site.
In May 2015, the Department released a set of 296 of these documents which previously had been provided in February 2015 to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. All 296 documents originally released in May’s production were re-produced within the subsequent productions.
All documents are fully searchable.

Additional postings of emails that were sent or received by Secretary Clinton while she was Secretary of State:

Chile Declassification Project

President Clinton had directed the Department of State to identify documents that would shed light on human rights abuses, terrorism, and other acts of political violence prior to, and during, the Pinochet era in Chile. This collection was the culmination of a government-wide effort resulting in the release of over 23,000 documents concerning Chile from 1968-1991 and posted to the Department of State FOIA website. This collection consists of documents produced by the CIA, DOD, NARA, NSC, FBI, DOJ, and the Department of State. Some information has been redacted to protect the privacy of individuals, sensitive law enforcement information, intelligence sources and methods, and other national security interests. WARNING: GRAPHIC MATERIAL INCLUDED.

Press Releases

Henry Kissinger Telephone Transcripts

This is a collection of telephone conversations of Dr. Henry Kissinger during his tenure as Secretary of State under Presidents Nixon and Ford (September 1973 to December 1976). The Department of State obtained the collection of roughly 9550 pages of telephone transcripts from the Library of Congress. Of those received, over 8400 pages of transcripts have been released and are available here on-line. The Nixon-era transcripts conform to the National Archives and Records Administration’s review under the Presidential Recording Materials Preservation Act. The Ford-era transcripts have been reviewed under the Freedom of Information Act. The transcripts are conversations that Dr. Kissinger had with: former President Richard Nixon, leaders in government and business, members of the press, foreign ambassadors, and prominent members of the national and international communities. The transcripts record Dr. Kissinger’s role in the Middle East peace process, shuttle diplomacy after the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Cyprus crisis of 1974, US-Soviet Union relations, Strategic Arms Limitation Talks (SALT) negotiations, and actions in negotiating a Vietnamese peace treaty.

Argentina Declassification Project

In response to nine separate requests for information on human rights abuses in Argentina during the military dictatorship in that country (1976 - 1983), the Department of State reviewed files from 1975 through 1984 and identified 4,677 documents for release in full or in part; redactions were made for reasons of personal privacy, national security and foreign relations, including protection of confidential sources.

As part of a new Argentina Declassification Project, the Department of State began to re-review those documents that were either denied or not fully declassified in 2002 to determine if additional information could be released to the public. The Department coordinated the review with the Intelligence Community and other Executive branch agencies and led a word-by-word review using access standards specifically for the project and agreed to by all participating agencies. In all, the Department and agencies re-reviewed 813 documents. A majority of the redacted documents were now releasable in their entirety or with more precise redactions. These newly available documents are integrated into the existing database. They are identifiable and can be sorted using the "Posted Date" field in the database.

The Department of State continues to support the Argentina Declassification Project and its goal of releasing U.S. Government documents related to human rights abuses committed in Argentina during the 1976-1983 dictatorship by the end of 2017. The Department of State is actively working to identify additional relevant documents and review them for public access.

Press Releases

El Salvador Declassification Project

This collection of over 7,800 documents consists of documents processed under three different El Salvador Human Rights special projects cases. Documents concerning allegations of human rights abuses committed by Salvadoran security forces and FMLN rebels (1979 to 1991) were produced by the Department of State in response to inquiries by the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador and the U.S. Congress in 1993 - 1994. Documents concerning the murder of four American Churchwomen (Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Dorothy Kazel and Jean Donovan) by five Salvadoran National Guardsmen on December 2, 1980 are also included.

Guatemala Declassification Project

In 1995 prompted by strong Congressional, media, and public interest, both President Clinton and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) requested the Department's records on the deaths of Michael Devine, Efrain Bamaca Velasquez, Jack Shelton, Nicholas Blake and Griffin Davis, the abuse of Sister Diana Ortiz and the reported role of Guatemalan military Colonel Julio Roberto Alpirez in the deaths of Devine and Bamaca. This collection is comprised of over 4,800 documents and covers the Bamaca case and other cases involving human rights abuses against American citizens in Guatemala from 1984 to 1995.

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