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Subjects Matter: FBI Files

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This project aims to sift through the hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI archival material we've released, so we can better understand why the Bureau had an eye on these people - and through that, better understand who they're keeping tabs on today.

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Ernest Hemingway's death significantly improved his relationship with the FBI

Ernest Hemingway’s death significantly improved his relationship with the FBI

As we’ve written about before, Ernest Hemingway’s relationship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation would charitably be described as “strained.” Hemingway would tell anybody who’d listen that he thought the Bureau were a bunch of Nazi mediocrities, and the FBI in turn dismissed Hemingway as a drunken phony. As his file shows, however, all of that changed when Hemingway finally did something the Bureau agreed with: he died.

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Shirley, the lady on a lifelong first-name basis with the FBI

Shirley, the lady on a lifelong first-name basis with the FBI

Among the many fans the child star earned as the Curly Top cutie was one of the most notoriously tough G-Men in the whole law enforcement apparatus: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director J. Edgar Hoover, himself.

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The CIA's classified crank call

The CIA’s classified crank call

Formerly SECRET meeting minutes uncovered in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives show the Agency on the receiving end of an incredibly specific crank call.

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Explore over a century of FBI history with our new and improved timeline

Explore over a century of FBI history with our new and improved timeline

Back in 2016, MuckRock celebrated our 100th article in our ongoing project to release the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files on prominent figures with an interactive timeline of the FBI’s history. Now, over a 100 articles and thousands of pages later, we’re launching a new and improved version of the timeline, making it easier than ever to explore who and what the Bureau was investigating, and when they were doing it.

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Throughout the '50s, the FBI hung on Dorothy Parker's every word

Throughout the ‘50s, the FBI hung on Dorothy Parker’s every word

After a little over two years of processing, the National Archives and Records Administration has released the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s files on the writer Dorothy Parker - the first time those files have been made public since the FBI removed them from their FOIA reading room over a decade ago.

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