I'm trying to scan
and add a few documents to this page each month. Only a few of
the first links are now up and running, but this should change
in the next few weeks
.this really is a work in progress
at this point. Sorry. -David Oct. 14, 1996
Here are some scanned documents released under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Some of these are a bit fuzzy
and hard to read, but if you can make them out, they are worth
your effort. Over the summer I plan on scanning and posting a
few dozen more documents.
- Online full text version of:
- Price, David H.
- Some CIA Records held on the American Anthropological
Association 1, 2.
- Not much here, but I guess that's the point. Look at the below
item for documentation relating to the CIA purging its own files
relating to the AAA (see Price 1995). Link #2 is the one partial
page that CIA has released. This comes from a pre-1977 annual
meetings of the AAA, and indicates that someone attended the meetings
and kept notes for CIA. The page shown here is page 14 of a document
who's entire length is unknown, all of the page has been blanked
out by CIA's FOIA officers except for the paragraph shown here
(see also Wakin 1992).
- A recent CIA letter documenting CIA's destruction of
records relating to the American Anthropological Association.
- I have a lot of these CIA document destruction memos, here
is a sample of one. George Murdock's CIA file-as well as a number
of other anthropologists' files were destroyed under similar guidelines
(see Price 1995 & 1996a for HRAF/CIA arrangements).
- Some FBI records held on an unnamed Sociology Professor
at the New School for Social Research (From Theoharis 1988). 1 ,
2 , 3 .
- I guess one of the lessons of history is that when given enough
time, tragedy reads as comedy. Here we find Hoover's G-men evoking
launching an investigation into the sociological imagination of
an unnamed sociologist at the New School after he suggested that
there were similarities to be found between the Boy Scouts of
America ® and the Hitler Youth Movement.
- An early CIA document showing CIA's interest in the
Summer Institute of Linguistics and
the Wycliffe Bible Translators.
- Despite claims by Wycliffe, SIL and others, CIA has been interested
in the SIL and missionary groups since the 1950s. In a bizarre
attack on Gerard Colby & Charlotte Dennett's excellent book
(1995) Thy Will Be Done-The Conquest of the Amazon: Nelson
Rockfeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil, Rusty Wright
in Christianity Today has stated that claims of a CIA/SIL
connection were without any documentation. Coby and Dennett's
book is well referenced and contains plenty of such substantiation,
the above link also (see also Stoll 1982)
- Max Millikan and Walt Rostow's 1954 CIA position paper
written for Allan Dulles on the Cold War uses of Modernization
Theory and Development
- In the essay "Subtle Means and Enticing Carrots: Cold
War Funding and the Evolution of Academic Anthropology" (Price
1996) I use portions of this remarkable CIA document to show the
Cold War context of anthropologists' involvement in Development
work. This document show the CIA's awareness of Development primarily
as a Cold War battle strategy. The "Subtle Means" paper
also examines some of the relationships between Clifford Geertz's
work at CENIS (where Millikan was the director after leaving his
position at CIA & Rostow worked on classified research) and
his Ford sponsored Modjokuto Project research in Indonesia.
- Some OSS Records relating to American anthropologist
- An OSS report written by Gregory Bateson
at the end of his clandestined work in Ceylon.
- A telegram sent by Margaret Mead to Melville
Jacobs asking him to conduct Cold War survey research without
disclosing the purpose and uses of this research.
- A few FBI memos and records relating to Clyde Kluckhohn and
his relationship with the OWI, CIA, FBI and DoS.
..much, much more to come.
- For more information on the Cold War Anthropology Project
contact David Price
David Price, Ph.D., St. Martin's College, Lacey, Washington 98503
My Cold War Page